akflyer

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  1. akflyer added a post in a topic ANR Hedset - is it worth it?   

    First thing is get Gel ear seals.  That alone makes a HUGE difference!  The ANR kits will let you convert both headsets for less than buying one new one and it will make a big difference! 

     
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  2. akflyer added a post in a topic ANR Hedset - is it worth it?   

    https://www.aircraftspruce.com/search/search.php?s=ANR+RETROFIT&x=0&y=0
     
    You can find them on ebay and amazon too I am sure.  They have some decent reviews on youtube as well.

     
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  3. akflyer added a post in a topic ANR Hedset - is it worth it?   

    I keep looking at the ANR kits you can get for 150 bucks to retro your current headset.  I don't expect it to perform like a 1000 headset but any real reduction would be better than nothing,

     
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  4. akflyer added a post in a topic New Bush Plane   

    Nice hangar! 

     
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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic Ceramic coating exhaust   

    We have also done this on sled exhausts when the skidonts were melting out the mag side seals do to the super tight cowling, shitty air flow and stupid can placement.  It GREATLY lowered the temps around the exhaust can.

     
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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic Remote Muffler mount   

    The only thing I would worry about is the sharp notch on the flat.  Maybe bring that in at a 45 or something to lessen the chances of it cracking.  That's a pretty good bit of weight and vibration hanging on that one. 

     
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  7. akflyer added a post in a topic Remote Muffler mount   

     
    Clean install, I like it.  Gonna have to do something like that next time I have the plane in the shop.  Love having the forum to share / bounce ideas around.  Some of us over think the hell outta some things.

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  8. akflyer added a post in a topic Replacement rotary valve hose   

    don't forget the bleed screw on the top or you will hate yourself about 15 minutes into the break In run...  I also used a turkey baster with a length of hose on it that I shoved down into the RV tank inside the hose that comes off the top side of the engine (bottom of case if inverted) and sucked the oil through to assure no bubbles were hiding in the cavity.. Then the tail in the air spinner on the ground for about 10 minutes to really make sure all the air had migrated out of the cavity.   Yes I was a bit anal about bleeding it on round 2.

     
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  9. akflyer added a post in a topic Going to be in OSH April 2018   

    Sign up for it.  Its on the EAA website.

     
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  10. akflyer added a post in a topic Going to be in OSH April 2018   

    have not booked the flight yet.. check your texts grandpa
     

     
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  11. akflyer added a post in a topic Going to be in OSH April 2018   

    Would love to check out your project!  I am still open on my return date so if there are people I can meet and projects I can see I can extend a day or two or 10.

     
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  12. akflyer added a post in a topic Going to be in OSH April 2018   

    hahahaha. that's my luck!

     
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  13. akflyer added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Going to be in OSH April 2018
    Looks like I will be at OSH April 17~21st attending the EAA leadership workshop.  Going to have a little time to kill so I am tossing this out there to see if anyone will be around the area that wants to get together to have some drinks and lie about how good we once were

     
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  14. akflyer added a post in a topic Subaru Redrive, PSRU   

    Hey John, welcome back to the forum!  Have not seen you on here in a long time, hope all is well!
     

     
     
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  15. akflyer added a post in a topic Replacement rotary valve hose   

    I use fuel hose on mine.  I have seen reinforced nylon hose used as well.  Bear perkins sells some good hose at a reasonable price and is a great guy to deal with!

     
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  16. akflyer added a post in a topic Better Avid Gear   

    Paul I have not yet added it all up.  I think weight gain will be minimal versus the stock Avid "wide" gear.  A couple pounds would be my guess.  I have a set of stock wide gear I can weigh and then I will weight this when I am done. 
    The fun part about experimental stuff is that I can build a set of struts for the bungees and the springs and use on the same plane, same gear so I can test out what does what best.  The challenge to build a better mouse trap excites me more than hohum building parts on an assembly line

    TJ,  I looked at the streamline tubing.  Piper does this I know on the PA20 gear for the bungee strut but that is more of the stock Avid KF bungee style I am trying to get away from.  FWIW, I have repaired a few PA20 seat trusses for the exact same reason we have to repair them on the Avids and KF.  Hence most people that use the PA20 for off field work go with the supercub gear STC.  Glad we don't have to deal with STC's here!

     
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  17. akflyer added a post in a topic LEAF Shipping Cost   

    Just for giggles I looked up Spencer and compared prices on my last few orders.  Some items were a few pennies cheaper, some a few more (versus spruce) and all in all it seemed to be a wash to me.  I would think in a case like this it comes down to customer service.

     
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  18. akflyer added a post in a topic LEAF Shipping Cost   

    It is still an issue.  I ordered some bolts and washers from Spruce yesterday for the new landing gear I am working on.  It would easily fit in a small priority mail flat rate box that costs 5.25 to ship anywhere in the world.  The cheapest option was 18.71 for priority shipping on the order.  I called and asked about this but they said the options are limited and they must be charging a "handling" fee.  She also stated that they don't have flat rate priority boxes.
    If that is the case, they are borderline stupid.  Flat rate boxes are free to the business.  I can have cases of them delivered to my house or business for NOTHING.  This means I don't have to pay for shipping boxes and I can also pass the very low flat rate shipping on A LOT of parts on to the customer.  You don't pay for packaging and you get flat rates.  Does that not sound much smarter than having to purchase shipping boxes and then packing 2/3rd of the box full of peanuts and bullshit packaging just  to keep a few washers and bolts from rattling around in a box that's 20 times larger than it needs to be and costs 3-4 times over what it should to ship.  See update below to this one.
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  19. akflyer added a post in a topic LEAF Shipping Cost   

    UPDATE.. I got a surprise phone call from Jack with AC Spruce today.. Seem they do keep an eye on the forum and he was handed a print out of this thread.  Jack called and explained the hose up and credited my account.  Not only is this a one time credit, I have been instructed on how to make sure this does not happen in the future as well.  I was pretty surprised that he took the time to call and make things right now and in the future. 
    My take away is
    1) this lil forum is getting attention of the suppliers etc and they really are trying to do the best they can to keep people happy.
    2) If you are making a small order don't do it on line, call it in and request the flat rate boxes.  If you have issues call and tell them you want to speak to Jack!
     
    I am pretty sure you guys have figured out by now that I am straight up and have no problems calling a spade a spade and I am not one to give out praise too easily.  Jack really gave me a feel good today about the big guy listening to the little fish in the pond.

     
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  20. akflyer added a post in a topic Airdale   

    There is no way in hell I could have gotten the bird up to 60 without pulling back on the stick.. He has some serious self restraint!  Cool project, can't wait to hear flight reports!!
    I thought long and hard about dropping my foot wells down like the airdale on mine.  It is still and option at some point in time.

     
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  21. akflyer added a post in a topic 582 Fuel requirements   

    My source at the local refinery told me the same exact thing.  If I want my 2 stroke to not burn down, don't use car gas more an a week or two old.
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  22. akflyer added a post in a topic Better Avid Gear   

    That's a possibility.  I think its over kill if designed right, but adding the 3rd leg is not a big issue.
    My plan right now is a 1 1/4" front leg and 1" rear leg with a couple braces in between.  I have also been drawing it up for 1.25" axles (cause that's what I an running and they don't bend) but I can easily make then for the bend prone .750" axles as well.  I have wheels and brakes for either set up, I just like the larger axles as chances are guys are looking at bigger tires etc.  If you get the matco wheels that are 1.25" axles and use the 27" desser tires then you should have about the cheapest most robust set up you could bolt on to these birds.  Of course, you could go with the TK1 gear and struts etc but I think that has its own set of issues as far as dinging the shock then loosing your air and having a flat strut.  That is harder to repair in the field than a bungee or spring.  Not to mention, the cost goes up quickly as well. 
    I am trying to work off the K.I.S.S. and have a real gear that wont bend your bird under normal to heavy use but wont break the bank either.  Putting 7K worth of gear and wheels on a 10K bird seems kind of dumb to me

     
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  23. akflyer added a post in a topic Better Avid Gear   

    I will consider anything someone wants to use.  That's the good part about doing custom work, its tailored to the individuals wants or needs.  Once the basic jig is made just changing out the suspension strut is easy and only 4 bolts.  I was just trying to keep costs down as everyone seems to balk at spending money these days   The tooling I am about to order is a substantial investment so I will be fabricating a lot more than airplane parts with it.  Roll cages, roof racks, wheeler racks boat hand rails etc.

     
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  24. akflyer added a post in a topic Catalina engine replacement   

    ohoh.  Looks like the tube is cracked out as well as the weld.  There are a few ways to fix that properly and its not that bad of a fix.  For sure something to keep an eye on in the future though on all the mount tubes.

     
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  25. akflyer added a topic in Avid and Kitfox parts Suppliers   

    Better Avid Gear
    So after much talked about design changes etc. I am just on the brink of being ready to start fabing the new gear.  It will be a cub style gear but a lot more work and thought as well as number crunching has gone into the gear design than those previously brought to market.
    I am on the fence trying to decide if I want to use springs on the struts or wrap the struts with bungee.  The springs are a fixed pressure and it is what it is.  The ride comfort will have a lot to do with tire size and pressure etc but no matter what, things going metal to metal and bending your plane should not be an issue.  I will beat the shit out of them on my bird first.  Using bungee it would be easier to "tune" your ride by adding a wrap if your going to be going someplace loaded really heavy, but taking a wrap off for your normal flying and lower weight to keep the ride softer.
    Thoughts on what you would like to see on the gear?  I can offer it both ways as well just about as easy to fabricate either way.

     
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