Allen Sutphin

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About Allen Sutphin

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  • Birthday 09/10/1955

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  • Location Webster Springs, WVa
  • Interests A&P, flyer, builder,

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  1. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Something you hate to see.   

    At 6' and 140, if I wore enough to keep warm, I couldn't get in the dang plane. Talk about looking like the Pillsbury Doughboy or the Staypuff marshmellow man!
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  2. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Something you hate to see.   

    That's one of the reasons I don't fly in wintertime. Around here you would be a popcicle for a coyote before you walked out. If you were able to walk.
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  3. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Stringer's required?   

    One probably shouldn't even consider resale value in dealing with E/AB aircraft. In general terms, one can buy a flying example for half of new kit price. Not good for kit providers. I don't know if anyone gets out what the have in one. One's time is of no value in selling.
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  4. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Stringer's required?   

    Its really about what you want to do with the aircraft. A single seat Avid/Fox would be a unique thing, especially when converted from a two place. A lot of two seaters should in reality, be one seat anyway. Resale value isn't even in the picture when building a custom plane.  You just might be the guy to pull it off and have a one of a kind plane. As far as being 6'1" and 200 lbs, all I can say is "YES SIR". Go for it and good luck.
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  5. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Stringer's required?   

    You are pretty close to being correct but I doubt a wood stringer would keep a 4130 tube from buckling.  Though in my present situation, I am probably not the one to comment on weight reduction. There is probably not one customer built aircraft that would be as light as the factory specs state. A lot of weight reduction measures depend on the mission of the aircraft. If one flys off a grass or paved strip, a bush gear, big tires, etc  are not really necessary, looks good, but are they necessary.Same for radio equipment, rural or back country flying, is a fancy com or xponder needed, when a simple handheld would suffice. Same with larger fuel tanks when or if your flights are a couple hours or less. Only you can say what you really need for your type of flying. I am an old map,compass,watch type so a Champ or Cub type panel is fine for me.  Sometimes the best weight reduction is the pilot losing a few pounds themselves. No offense intended. I am 140 so that comment isn't really worth much. Worry about the ounces, the pounds will take care of themselves.
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  6. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Shocked   

    Got a hold of a couple medical scales today. Will try the weighing thing again in a couple days. If I don't report back, its either way too heavy or trapped gas. Either one is bad.
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  7. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Shocked   

    That's what I am counting on! Will try to get new scales tomorrow. And I tried to clean my glasses but the tears kept getting them dirty. Maybe I used lead paint?
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  8. Allen Sutphin added a topic in Kitfox II   

    Got the shock of my life today. Tried to weigh the fox and knees are still shaking. Air cooled 110 lb engine, warp drive prop, basic insturments, nothing special and the scales said 573 lbs. Scales must be wrong or I know nothing about building aircraft. Will buy new scales and try again. If it comes out close to that again, I'll part it out and hang it up. A model 2 at that weight is useless to me.
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  9. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Release of liability??   

    Do as you wish. Everybody has the right to do as they please with their aircraft.  Me, I think I'll have another cup of coffee. And you misunderstand what was said. You father can eliminate your right to sue if he was hurt in the aircraft he bought and signed the waiver on. That doesn't apply to any other legal matter.
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  10. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Release of liability??   

    In most states (California excluded) the parents can sign away the rights of their children, adult or not. That was the main question I had for my lawyer and the reason I went to them with the release. And the liability release covers the spouse, children and heirs. If one is really concerned about this, most lawyers will charge $25 or so to go over it and add anything that pertains to their state.  Liability suits usually address the "stream of commerce" clause. Meaning the aircraft was not produced to be in the standard retail market such as a auto, ATV, etc. The release also covers that by stating it is a amateur built and experimental in nature. Actually the EAA legal team drew up this release to cover all the bases. So the release is pretty much accepted across the USA and California. Another big point is that once it leaves  your hands, you have no control of how its operated, maintained, or put to use. I learned that in a class by the FAA on A&P's doing conditional inspections on E/AB aircraft. I certify that it is safe at the time I inspected it. Not after the owner changes settings on the carbs, replaces some item, or whatever he does to it. He might replace the wing bolts with ones from Honest Abe's hardware store or use this new super gas additive that increases horsepower. No offense to anybody but, there are some really misinformed (idiot) owners out there that want someone else to answer for their screw-ups. Most are sensible enough to find out all they can about owning a Avid/fox or any other aircraft and take care of it accordingly.
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  11. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Release of liability??   

    Must be different lawyers in the west. Here our lawyers are like a pack of hungry wolves. They  can smell someone's  money a mile away.  They usually start for a fixed fee and then a BIG percentage of the win. Nobody wins in the end except the lawyers. If what you say is correct, and I'll say it could be, a simple form just adds to the difficulty of them getting a win. Bottom line is for me anyway, is not risking everything I worked for all my life because of not having a release signed which most buyers don't have a problem with. If they did have a problem with it, then I'd raise an eyebrow about selling to them. I, in recent years, won't sell to a first time buyer. Even if he is at fault, I'd still feel bad. You, as a E/AB pilot, know all the little things that can go sideways when flying.  Maybe more than the average rec pilot. Seems the more experienced we get, the more cautious we become.
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  12. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Release of liability??   

    Whether one needs it or not isn't the issue. Its just added insurance and if a lawyer has the signed form in front of him, 99% of the time it ends right there. No going to court, no legal fees, and no hassle. Its true nobody has won in court but it cost a bunch just to go to court. If a free form keeps it from even getting that far, then its worth a lot. Just like flying, always put the odds in your favor and lessen your exposure to risk as much as possible.
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  13. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Release of liability??   

    Well, its good in every state in the USA, and maybe even California.
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  14. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Release of liability??   

    I took the EAA one to my lawyer to look over. They said it was iron clad and would hold up in any court in the USA. Will try to load it here so it can be printed.
    Liability Release.rtf
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  15. Allen Sutphin added a post in a topic Softened plastic fuel tank   

    I have one plastic/ one alum so I will pay close attention to the plastic one. A lot of Stace's tanks out there so if there is a problem, it affects a lot of aircraft. That would probably be the end of Stace and his business. Contrary to what some say, a properly welded alum tank will not just up and spring a leak so I have no concerns with them. I do have concerns about ANY fiberglass tank using auto fuel. Plastic? Well, time will tell.
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