• Content count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

Community Reputation

1026 Excellent

About akflyer

Profile Information

  • Gender Male
  • Location Soldotna AK

akflyer's Activity

  1. akflyer added a post in a topic First Flight   

    kitfox and just about any knowledgeable KF or avid pilot will tell you NOT to play around with high speed taxiing.,  it states it in the POH.  It is a great way to put your bird back in the shop for a full rebuild.  either keep the speed slow and the tail on the ground or give it the go and fly.  Playing around in between is a dangerous game that many many have lost.

    • 2
  2. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 aka "Foxy Brown"   

    Curious as to why you drilled holes in the cap strips rather than going around the cap strip with your rib lacing
    She be looking good though, keep at it!

    • 0
  3. akflyer added a post in a topic Vg"s on a kitfox 1 wing   

    yes they can be put on the fabric.
    • 0
  4. akflyer added a post in a topic New toy coming for the shop   

    We have a larger table in the shop at work just using a down draft and inline fans to pipe the smoke outside.  With the water table and fan I should be able to keep it under control.  The plus side is I wont be running huge jobs just lots of small ones so the actual burn time per project wont be much.  Smaller areas like mine are much easier to evacuate fumes from with minimal equipment versus a large shop with high ceilings.

    Learning the programing is not that tough.  If you have the means to do so go for it, I don't see a down side to having a new toy in the shop that's a tax write off

    Willja, larger tail feathers are already in the plans anyway.   Its just an idea I am toying with and looking at the possibilities.

    • 0
  5. akflyer added a post in a topic weight and balance Model C vs. Mk IV   

    CG range is the same.  You can go with the 912 and put the battery in the tail.  The engine mount you choose will also determine how much further forward the engine will be.  The closest I was able to get the engine to the firewall still put the prop forward about 1.5"

    • 1
  6. akflyer added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    I doubt he will see or reply to this.  akflyerbob on here just went through the same thing with him.  Shoot Bob a PM and he might be able to help you out with contact info etc.  I will be back in slowdotna Tuesday if I can be of any help strong arming someone into signing it off.  The FAA inspector Bob has been working with has been VERY helpful to him in getting his paperwork straightened out. 
    OKC seems to be a serious pain in the ass right now and are rejecting everything even after you talk to person XX there and they tell you that they need a signed letter stating XYZ then it will go through.  You send that in and person XXX@#$#er rejects it and wants something else.

    • 0
  7. akflyer added a post in a topic Hi pitched IVO prop blades on a 582???   

    Yes they will work you just have to crank them down and flatten them out a bit from "neutral" pitch setting.  Ground adjust no problem, IFA it will burn the little motors up in no time trying to flatten it out enough.

    • 1
  8. akflyer added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    New toy coming for the shop
    I punched the button on a CNC plasma table with router and pipe / tube attachment.  This will greatly speed up making the brackets and all parts for new landing gear, engine mounts etc.  Also at the top of my list will be to make new wing ribs.  After flying Bob's KF IV a bit I think this is the airfoil I will use when I rebuild the coyote wings.  The possibilities are endless but the CNC router will make quick work out of making ribs for those that need them.  I have also seen some work that guys are turning out basically using the router as a mill for doing work on aluminum too and its pretty impressive!  Can't wait to get it set up and running, it should be in the shop the end of next month!
    With the coyote I am not too worried about the wing folding so I am toying with the idea of scaling up the wing ribs a bit.  Any thoughts on this?  I have seen guys using the D&E wing kit going 55" wide on the wings so its essentially a cub wing with side x side seating.  I don't know why this couldn't be done using the KF airfoil and maybe getting a tad bit faster cruise but even better on the stall.  More wing area doesn't seem like a bad idea to me but I am not an engineer.   Thoughts??

    • 7 replies
  9. akflyer added a post in a topic CONTRIBUTIONS TO KEEP SITE GOING   

    Thank you sir!  
    You are all the best group of guys on the net!  

    • 0
  10. akflyer added a post in a topic Need help   

    old injun trick.  Prop the tail up in the air with a saw horse and poke a tiny hole through the fabric right over the area that is bent.  Run a wire or small cable through the hole and pull down on it.  You will be surprised how much of that you can pull out.  A tiny patchy over the holes and your ready to fly again.  Done this on a few cubs after the tailwheel smacked the rudder on hard landings.

    • 0
  11. akflyer added a post in a topic Yamaha Apex Skytrax Adapters   

    I am seriously starting to think about this engine for my Coyote.  I have not followed it as much as I should have so how about a quick down and dirty on the engine.
    What am I looking at ready to bolt onto an engine mount for say a 150 HP package with the gear box?
    I am pulling the trigger in the next few days for a CNC table and tubing cutter so knocking out engine mounts etc will be a breeze real soon.

    • 1
  12. akflyer added a post in a topic Looking for Transponder advice   

    If I need a transponder I have wandered into an area I don't wanna be with my lil bird.  I will stick to the fun stuff with mine.  

    • 0
  13. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox identification   

    Looks like a hodge podge of parts.  The cowling, wheel pants, struts, flaperons and gear legs are off a plane that that has seen some action.  I would guess that it was wrecked and someone found another fuse to use to put the plane back together.  
    • 2
  14. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox identification   

    did you get any paperwork with it or a build manual?
    • 0
  15. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox identification   

    Looking at the door frame and rudder I am going to guess model 2.  If you have the N number you can look it up and it should tell you what it was registered as.

    • 0