Thanks Mike, I'm fileing all this good stuff for when I can get my ship righted. It's taking me a little time to sort things out right now, but I'll be back swinging ASAP. You guys are the best and I am very appreciative. Thanks so much for your interest. Be well .. Jim
Trackwelder, it's really funny how certain things really grow in importance over the years. Guess what, just wrecked my truck, no tools. Life goes on but sometimes it seems to be a little 'much'. Take care good man ... Jim
Thanks Mikesk, I can't believe the info I get off this site. Mike I'm caught between rocks and hard places right now, but I would really like to get back to you. I was just involved in a trafic accident and haven't been as normal as I would prefer. Thanks so much for your reply, hope I'll be a little more normal soon. Good tidings to you guy. Would like to correspond in more detail on this. Thanks ... Jim
Joey, that was some of the most spectaclar big sky scenery I have ever witness. I as tried to get my motorcycle ridding buddy to make a run up there but on several different occasions he talked me into sailing out into the Bahamas. Had many wild adventures and 'boo coo' fun. We acted as our own crew (bare boat), he was the captain (licensed) and I was the mechanic and 1st mate. Really got into some hairy incidents with the Bahamian customs, police, and good old mother nature. Made a night crossing (usually due to the Gulf Stream) which gave us good landfall somewhere around mid two late afternon with about seven to eight of us aboard. We had a roster so who did the cooking and the dishwashing and guess who's last name started with an "A"? Yours truly which ment that I had to sail and keep a 60000 lb Morgan twin masted sloop ('stay on those whiches, trim the Genoa, look to the 'missin mast', whatch the wind, trim the sail tufts - loooved to sail, scuba dive [have two open water certifications] and very often get carried away when airplanes and boats come up.
Where were we - oh yeah, when I get my shop back in order I'm comming out to see some of you guys so don,t be mean when I began solicitiing invitations.Don't care what uou drive, where you live, what you eat or how many kids you have. Used to take trips on my Kawasaki, had duffle bags and a rear seat back , raided the convience stores and had a blast. Me and some of my EAA chapter buddies (I was co-chair sometimes and seeing you film Joey made me what tho get stocked up- my AVID MK VI loaded with some jeans and emergency gear and head to some fly-ins and mountain scenery with a light weight tent and pop some pork&beans. I've watched your video and some day, good buddy, you going to teach me some editing Not 'Gone With the Wind' but just a few little tricks. I love to show people the abolute wonders of flyin [some people call it flyinG(had it since about four years, stared at the rudder pedals and looved it) - nailing pieces of wood together banging on them with pieces of rock [had to bang on the rusty nails to rtraightened them with rocks (no hammer). For quite a while just couldn't figure out why my airplnes (didn,t wouldn't, sail through the air like birds and to glide in the air like the noisy things over which I was always suffering neck injuries try to keep in sight long after they hsd srunk to the size of less that a dot.
Be well Joey, you seem lie nice gus and my best to you relatives ... Jim
BTW am i getting priced out of the market? Seems that I noticed diferent wings an planformes of the supper looking KITFXOXES' and AVIDS? My GOd watch over you and yours ... Jim
C5E, forgot to tell you your photos of your ship are clear and concise. I may have just found a lead on a tailwheel mounting spring, gotta check it out. Belongs to the guy I sold my Pegasus Super Sport to (really great flying 'trike'.) Whish I could get him to the airport and trim his wing so I could take her for a few flights. He decided to rig her up himself, left of the washout tubes, and proceeded to wrestle her back to the strip with full left muscle power on the control bar. I had made the statement that the bird was incapable of controlled flight under these circumstances, but he brought her back (he's a really big guy and works out constantly.) Said he thought he could have held her for another 15 min. but admitted he, personally, was totally out of gas. Been trying to get him to bring her back up to the strip, let me trim the wings and take a few test flights. Think he might have gotten his 'wannabe' scared just a tad. Don't blame him.
Cheers to all, smooth air - blue skies ... Jim
Trackwelder, I'm seriously dumbfounded by your experience! If that had of been me I just might be one brother short of a full set. As I've written, I'm pretty much banished from my own kin as I write this. From vibes I get I don't think anyone wants to get within striking distance of me, presently. Our father passed on a few months ago and I just wanted to make a fair and respectable offer for his tools (as you know I received the devil's hand with my tools being absconded with also). There must be something about tools or tainted water that has driven mankind totally crazy. Be well good man ... Jim
C5E, you're a straight up dude. Email me anytime, I'll get right back ASAP. I've followed your posts and have been impressed. I certainly unerstand about the tires. We fly much smaller tires down in my neck of the woods as a general rule. I was building a Burt Rutan design years ago (much cheaper then but it cost me a wife) and I had a pretty good indoctrination into glass layups. I'm thinking I'll probably go with wheel pants at some point. Not so good for tundra tires anyway. The burglary thing had me stumping mad for quite a while, but I would imagine most of those guys are doing time on my tax dollar about now. My tools and a few other things are no doubt scattered over the continental US by now.
BTW, another mod I plan to make involves the stiffness of my trim cable. According to what I've read, I should have about 41 degrees of travel measured at the trim tab. I'm half that or less. Too long on the cable with not enough secure points, and too many bends with too little radius in some of them. My idea is a straight run from the trim handle to the empenage, then a bellcrank right angle pivot to the trim tab. Another item on the 'to do' list. Be well good man ... Jim
AKF, ain't it strange that everyone seems to get along reasonably well until SCARCE AND DIVISIBLE resources bring the whole rotten house tumbling down? I would have paid my 'gonads' to each and every one of my family just to BUY dad's tools. They carry their assundery tangible goods to other people to get them serviced/repaired. First time I've been attacked by hornets who want real blood in a while. To be fair, everyone wasn't involved. Just the two I suspected would be.
Oh well, live and learn, I'll find my own tools, have found a small amount already. Hopefully I'll be able to contribute more than just idle words. Be well, and thanks again ... Jim
I hope some day I can meet up with some of you fellows. Your a prime bunch of humanity. I never thought of the track being off, another possible complication for sure. As soon as I can get turned loose, (told you about our part-time guest from next door cleaning me out in the dead of night), I'm going over this bird with a fine tooth comb. Have built new shop facilities but don't even have work benches at this time. Just a big old empty building! I have compression springs on my SCOTT and feel like there's just something missing from the formula. Guys it really and truly helps to have had the interest you great examples of the best there is to offer have shown. I don't believe I've had a bad sugestion of possible causes among the whole lot of you. I feel like you guys really know your stuff.
I'm burning the candle at both ends presently. I've owned this present property for several ions now and still haven't gotten moved! Been sleeping on a sectional sofa and eating sandwiches and opening cans. It will all work out but I'd rather be flying. If anyone ever says a disparageing word about what kind of people AVID flyers are, I'll take care of business big-time, remembering how each and every one of you has treated this complete stranger whom you've never met and possibly never will. My very best to you and your's ... Jim
'akflyer' you've been right there whenever I've had a question or problem. You don't know how much I appreciate any tidbit of advice I can get and you give it by the pound. You've given me more detective work and it is very much appreciated. Be well ... Jim
'C5' you're a real resource. Every time I mention a mod (as in the tailwheel strut length), I get verbally mauled. Makes sense to me that a little wheelbase increase should give a little better track and landing attitude on touchdown. As I mentioned previously, I'm using a SCOTT steerable. My buddies (one of them is the original builder), keep telling me to just learn to handle the little beast. I have lots of tail dragging time but this little guy with the EA81 is trying to eat my lunch. I've torn down one fence and ground looped three times, one purposefully. These are the same guys that are telling me I don't really need the brakes - just drive and act your age (three yrs old next week).
I truly do thank you 'C5', I like your style fellow. You're explanations along with the well-lite photos are first rate ... Jim
Hey dude, I'll take the 20x7's if you don't want them, we'll have to figure out what the shipping is. I'm down here outside Birmingham, Alabama. Thanks tons for the info and photo of the master cylinder mount point. This is very very interesting and looks as if it makes logical sense. I've wondered if maybe I haven't had the mechnical advantage I needed for better pressure to the calipers. Very interesting. I don't even know if I'm running MATCO's or not - but I'm going to do a little detective work. The concept sure looks better than my present geometry.
You guys are a gold mine. You, in particular (as well as others) have responded with timely and treasured advice. 'May you run long' dude. My best ... Jim
BTW, I've stated before that I have quite a few irons in the fire. I've ordered some stuff but haven't had time to do much in the way of modification/fabricating. On top of this, some of our bretheren from way down south figured out that I had way too many tools. They equalized this inequity big time, one midnight moon. Ain't life a big box of chocolates? I now have the privilege of ostensibly restocking my entire garage. Tried to buy my presently deceased father's many tools, THAT WENT OVER LIKE LED ZEPPELIN ON A BAD CONCERT NIGHT! I'm really tottering on banishment from the clan (no joke). You guys keep cheering me up - I need it ... Jim
Got blown out on my reply. I TOO HATE MY BRAKES. Got a MKIV Heavy Hauler with an EA81 and it takes me forty acres to manuever the thing. I was told by the builder that it's never had any brakes (I suspect this is an understatement) and I should only be using the SCOTT steerable for handling the pointy end. I'm thinking of visiting a salvage yard and looking for a good pair of FREIGHTLINER assemblys. Another idea was to attach five foot handles to each master cylinder.
Any help or ideas would be appreciated. BTW has anyone ever thought of TWO calipers on one backing plate?
Open to all, not open to 747 mod suggestions. Be well ... Jim
Hey guys, gonna check out AIRDALE on the spring situation. I've gaot an AVID Heavy Hauler with a NSI Subaru EA81 engine. Gets touchy on takeoff. Original length fuselage and standard gear. Have custom built trailer and would like to increase my tailwheel length for a little more stability on takeoff and landing. Have Scott steerable tailwheel with original strut length and mounting. Would like to increase the length but keep the Scott. Nothing major desired here just a little more tailwheel strut length. Any info would be appreciated. Thanks .. Jim
You're a like-minded guy, always feel like we would be buddies of the first order. Thanks for inquiring about my dad. He is sitting up on the side of his bed at times now. This is positive ground compared to the potential. He has had a tracheotimy (sic) but has responded well, all things considered. He is lucid and smiles when something funny is said. Get you loud and clear on not letting the wings get totally placed on the back burner. Right now that particular garage is full of building materials, AND I'M READY FOR THAT SITUATION TO GET REMEDIED. I've put out the word that this room addition deal is not going to be someone's welfare ticket. It doesn't really bother me to get nose to nose with someone when the circumstances call for it. I've been watching airplanes about as long as I care to. Want to wrack the bird around a bit and see what she's got. Appreciate the comeback on AIRDALE, have heard good things from you and two others (have I ever mentioned I love this website?) Some of my 'birds of a feather' buds are meeting at our local grass strip today for lunch (right across the road), and I've been asked to set up the video equipment to show vids of assundry flying activities. Should be fun. Got to go, thanks Randy (and all you other guys [Leni, Av8r, etc]) you guys warm my heart. Have to answer the other email when I get back ... Jim
Hey guys, if any of you want to post some video/s of the event, those of us presently afflicted with 'ground pounder' disease would love to view them. I'm a disenchanted spectator presently, but after I get rolling I'll be back with a vengeance. In the meantime, you guys who are doing it right, don't forget those of us who are restless to re-join the flock. Be careful and have fun ... Jim
BTW akflyer, I think I have mentioned what a cool website this is. Look forward to every email notification that something else has been posted. Unfortunately I'm not watching all the forums. If I get time I'll try to include more of them. As I said, I LOVE this site. Keep up the good work ... Jim
Love the side slip video and the music. I save all of those. The guy in the clipped wing, what a thing to have to be reminded about over and over with evidence up close and personal. I had a buddy who corkscrewed himself in while circleing over some of his relatives. He evidently was intent on the kinspeople below and didn't realize he had dropped his nose. Spiralled right in with family and friends watching. He is the fourth friend/acquaintance who paid the ultimate price while doing unusual attitudes for the entertainment of those watching from the ground. My dad (a man of few words) once asked me if I was a little low on one of my simulated cropduster passes over their house in the Stinson L-5 I had rebuilt after the fine folks in the TN. CAP had reduced it to scrap. Guess he must have noticed my wing tip below the bottom of the tree limbs where he was standing. It's easy to get distracted sometimes. Glad the T-man was able to look back on his deal. When I was a student pilot, I used to practice side slip landings in my Cessna 150. Always fantasized that the flap motor might go out. Thanks for keeping me in the loop guys ... Jim
Hey AKFLYER, did you guys switch up on me? Can't keep up with all this fast-paced yakking. Come one, come all, love talking with you dudes. Only learned how to write yesterday, or so it seems. Blue skies, (skys, you know what I mean). Ain't never learned them big words. Jim
No doubt - BTW did I mention I always keep one foot on the ground. Anyone who would make Sun n' Fun from Wisconsin gets a vote from me. Must have been a great flight with all the others. Half the fun is going somewhere with your buddies. See ya ... Jim
Yeah man, I've got one or two on FACEBOOK, one on FLIKR, nothing really. FACEBOOK wont let you upload but so much, FLIKR is better but a little more complicated. I haven't really done anything in a while, FACEBOOK drives me wild with the say nothing - do nothing crowd. Need to get my ship back up and learn a few editing techniques. See you ... Jim
Hey guy, It's your video and a good one it is. I don't know how I interposed the deal of seeing the ICOM A6 on your instrument panel, however. I did watch the video again and liked it just as much the second time. Wish more people would do more informative stuff like that. I have a friend down here who has an in-cockpit of a four turn spin in his Aronca Champ. He and I were going to do another one using a two ship view from one plane looking at the other. Haven't done it yet. Got to get my wayward ducks in a row and get my AVID airworthy. Take care ... Jim
Sorry good buddy. I saw a video approach to 2010 'Sun and FUN' in which the A6 showed up on some guy's instrument panel. I know it was an ICOM A6, don't know exactly how I got it confused with you. My bad. This is what happens when you get old, slow, with just a little bit too much altitude. Promise to keep her straight and level from now on. Good tidings ... Jim
Leni, it means a lot to hear a socond opinion which coroborates a first opinion. One thing I really like about this website is that the people I've talked to seem to be square shooters. This is hands down one of the best sources of info of any site I've been on. I feel like I'm always communicating with people who've been there and done it. Kudos to admin on this site for really putting together something useful (unlike some of the social networking sites where really important topics such as which goes better with the color yellow, blue or royal purple seem to become the topics of the day). BTW, Av8r if you could clue me in on how you hooked up your ICOM A6 I would be all ears. I have an older A21 model (love it) which I plan on using with the two plug headphones, [David Clarks], and the already installed intercom in my ship. I have a schematic which seems to indicate that my PTT should place ground on the tip of each xmit I want to use to xmit through the A21. One pilot I've googled states that he lost his primary navcom out in the Bahamas and still was able to work communications and nav people 70 mi. out by just connected his A21 to his comm antennae or his nav antennae through switching his BNC cables. I think our little ICOM handhelds are pretty potent. Guys, may you all prosper and live long lives ... Jim