Willja67

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  1. Willja67 added a post in a topic New toy coming for the shop   

    Not an engineer either but structurally I think you're pretty safe increasing the cord of the wing, you can get into trouble increasing span if the spars aren't strong enough. The other thing you have to be aware of is stability. You'll have to increase the size of your tail feathers to keep the same control effectiveness. And that leads to wondering if the aft fuselage can handle those extra loads? Again not an engineer don't sue me if I'm wrong. 
     
    Btw I'm also jealous of your new toy.
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  2. Willja67 added a post in a topic Gear repair picture needed   

    The flat face portion faces outboard and is used to locate the bracket. Just push it tight against the longeron, and probably adds a little strength when you weld it to the longeron.
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  3. Willja67 added a post in a topic Gear repair picture needed   

    Do these help? The bracket shown is the forward bracket the gear leg mounts outboard and the cabane on the inboard hole.  The end of the tape is at the peak of the tubes. Center to center on the cabane mounting holes is 31".



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  4. Willja67 added a post in a topic Gear repair picture needed   

    Looks alot like the gear i bought from Stace Schrader, the main difference being that your gear has braces where the bungee wraps around and my cabane doesn't have the cross tube. I'll measure the distance across the top of the cabane when i get home from work, although mine is for a KF1 which might be narrower than yours. 

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  5. Willja67 added a post in a topic Rotron RT600 XE 100 horsepower   

    I couldn't find a price. I'm guessing pricey but sure looks cool. As light weight as it is and as far out front as you'd have to put it to make cg work you could make it look like a turbine was hanging on the front and have a mini Draco .
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  6. Willja67 added a post in a topic Looking for Transponder advice   

    It's only going to be legal for another 10 months until 2020 then to operate within 30 nm of SLC Int'l you'll need an ADSB transponder. If you stay low enough and outside of class B and C airspace (a generalization) you won't need a transponder. I don't have one in my plane and don't plan on it. Just money I don't want to spend and weight i don't want to carry.
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  7. Willja67 added a post in a topic Kitfox identification   

    What's the deal with all the red and white painted parts? It looks like there's an N number on the wheel pants and the cowling looks like the plane was stood on its nose.
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  8. Willja67 added a post in a topic Hello from Utah   

    I only have access to the internet on my phone so i don't know if it's limited to the mobile version but it frequently does that to me as well. I just fix it(usually) before i post.
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  9. Willja67 added a post in a topic Hello from Utah   

    I live in Stockton and my plane is a project in my garage at present. The county really gave the airport the shaft a decade or 2 ago, you might have heard some of that story if you were considering building a hangar there. Now that it's become an alternate for Salt Lake international I bet it'll be even more onerous to operate or at least base your aircraft there. 
    Are you a member of the local EAA chapter? Pretty neat bunch of guys that've been helpful to me. A lot of us meet at Apollo Burger in North Salt Lake every Saturday at 11:30 for lunch. The monthly chapter meeting is this Friday at the Civil Air Patrol hangar if you're interested.
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  10. Willja67 added a post in a topic Hello from Utah   

    Where in Utah? I'm out in Tooele and have a KF1 which is essentially the same airplane as far as i know. If you're close it would be interesting to see your project.
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  11. Willja67 added a post in a topic "Bush Gear"   

    Do I detect a massive amount of jealousy?
    I don't know all the back stories of these guys but let's just summarize a couple of the most prominent that I do know a little about and have actually met and talked to:
    Mike Patey, came from a very large relatively poor family. When he and his twin were about 15 they got a business license,  rented their neighbor's tools and started a business building redwood decks for people and continued to be entrepreneurs from there. Mike went to college to get an engineering degree but the pace was too slow for him so he studied on his own. He's built over a dozen planes. Point being he paid his dues. He earned what he has. He put the time in to become the skilled pilot he now is. 
    Trent Palmer:
    As a teenager started filming with a camera rig on a rc helicopter and developed it into the business he now has. Used the skills from his business to become popular on YouTube.  The guy obviously has a work ethic if he can spend 18 hrs a day for a week straight upgrading his plane. Does he have all the knowledge necessary to do everything to his plane that's been done to it? No, but neither did Mike Patey at that age. The guy is obviously a good pilot and has obviously spent time developing that skill. And he seems like a really nice guy. I met him at an airport and he let me sit in his plane to try it on for size.
     
    As for the other flying cowboys I know less of their backstories but a couple of them were Alaska bush pilots and a few others own their own businesses.
    I get sick of people tearing others down that paid their dues to get where they are. This is America there are opportunities if you want what they have figure out a way to go get it. If I'm not willing to work as hard as Mike Patey or Trent Palmer I don't deserve to have what they have.
     
    Here is a lecture by Mike's twin brother at a local university. It's a good place to start off you want to follow their path:
     
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  12. Willja67 added a post in a topic Just picked up this Model 1 kitfox   

    That's what mine is.
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  13. Willja67 added a post in a topic E-Tec or Polaris 800 conversions   

    A few years ago when i never thought I'd fly behind or in front of a rotax i heard about them discontinuing a few models and thought it was all their 2 stroke line. I only learned a week or 2 ago they still made the 582.  Because I  have a 532 and all my thoughts were on being it rebuilt i never cared to research the 582. Easy to not find info you're not looking for.
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  14. Willja67 added a post in a topic E-Tec or Polaris 800 conversions   

    I weigh 220-230 and density altitude goes to 7000 in the summer, so definitely NOT looking for less hp. 
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  15. Willja67 added a post in a topic E-Tec or Polaris 800 conversions   

    I imagine you need a fair sized chunk of lead in the tail? I've decided I'm not rebuilding the 532 i have and am looking at other options. The 912 is way too expensive but I'd be interested if anyone has pictures of the engine mount. Ive been drooling over the BMW R1200. Installed they're about 155lbs fwf  which is more than a 912 but considerably cheaper.  
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