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  1. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Removing paint from landing gear   

    Aircraft stripper will not hurt aluminium. I have bought it before at the local hardware store. Not sure if it is still that easily available or not. It's pretty powerful stuff.
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  2. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Not a cowboy...   

    Beautiful Fred!
    Just returned from my first ever cruise trip of any kind. (not really my thing but it was a lot of fun) We spent 15 days on a river cruise from Budapest to Amsterdam on the Danube, Main and Rhine rivers. We covered quite a distance over a lot of different country. Never really saw the mountains you are flying in (Alps I assume), but it was beautiful country. I saw virtually no airplanes in the sky at all. No small planes at all and very little commercial jet con trails except for a few places. The whole trip was almost completely devoid of aviation that I could see. You must be one of a very few very luck men there, or I was just in the wrong place at the wrong time. I did see a couple of hot air balloons.
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  3. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Something you hate to see.   

    It doesn't even take a place like Alaska for a plane to go down and be very hard to find or very hard to walk out of assuming you can walk.
    i fly up the Columbia River a lot where I live. When I fly low over the water I can easily see both sides, the islands and boats. It seems very "small" and sort of like no big deal. Then when I am out in my ski boat, the river grows in size to where i can't imagine actually being able to swim from the middle to the side. 
    I have to constantly remind myself just how big (and unforgiving) the world really is when it seems so "contained" when I am up flying. It is very deceptive.
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  4. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Curtis Drains   

    It's pretty easy to just replace the o-ring. Check out the or ring store in Clarkston Wa. I've gotten any o-ring any size any material that I have ever wanted. Saved a bundle on Lockwood prices and they deliver fast!
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  5. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Avid Catalina take off performance   

    That is encouraging. I cant wait to get to work on mine. It does have steam gages but otherwise doesn't look like too much extra weight was added in the build. The builder told me 600 lb. I don't believe it and have not weighed it yet. 
    My intent is to do as little as possible to get if flying first, unlike other projects where I dive in to make "improvements" before I even try the thing out in the first place :-)
    I end up with a good result usually, but it is a lot more time consuming before I can enjoy. This time I intend to get it working ASAP and tinker slowly away at optimizing.
    Oh...and 75 MPH will be fine with me. I bought this to be a TOY only. Just for pure local fun.
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  6. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Avid Catalina take off performance   

    That's awesome! Are you 912 powered? How do you think mine will do on a 582? A lot less engine weight, but a lot less HP. Haven't flown mine or any other Catalina yet.
    I should be able to start on my Catalina when I get back from Europe. It shouldn't take too long to get it ready for flight.
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  7. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic rotax 912 edge performance big bore kit failure   

    Wow that was a fascinating read and very informative. Thanks!
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  8. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Has anyone ever installed a Lycoming in an Avid Plus?   

    My fat Avid is a 1250 gross plane. I also have a Magnum with 0-320 at 1750 gross. I cannot imagine that Lycoming or even a smaller one in my Fat Avid. It would destroy the useful load and while it may take off as good and cruise a bit faster than the 912 it would not land any shorter. It would be worse. 
    If it were me, I would find a used 80 HP 912 (they show up frequently if you look) and they are not that expensive. I have two friends who have obtained them in the 4K range. I would then do the 105 HP zipper kit. That would out perform my 100HP 912 on REGULAR gas where I have to use premium. 
    I think the lighter the better. My fat Avid is 700 empty and I wish it was 100lb lighter!
    One other huge factor to consider. To optimize my fat Avid for landing, even with the 912 I put weight in the back of the plane. My Fat Avid with 912 is not at the forward CG limit, but it is not too far back of it. The longer fuselage barely accounts for the weight difference between the 582 and 912. If you put a lycoming on the Fat Avid you end up with the same problems people have putting 912's on the smaller Avids in that in addition to the increased weight of the engine, you have to put even more weight in the tail to optimize CG and you end up REALLY heavy.  
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  9. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic SOLD FS 912ULS Avid 60HRS TT   

    Yes of course I meant GPH! Sorry for the confusion.
    That's interesting. I am in the 90's at 5 GPH too but when I give her more gas she just doesn't go too much faster :-)
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  10. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic SOLD FS 912ULS Avid 60HRS TT   

    Really nice looking plane and nice panel. You shouldn't have any problem finding a happy buyer.
    I already have 3 Avids so not in the market, but curious what empty weight is. My fat Avid is 700 lb empty. I'm guessing you are at 640-660? Also curious what cruise is at 6 GPM fuel flow.  I assume you have fuel flow with the EIS? 
    Six GPM in my Fat Avid tri gear with under camber wing, 21 inch mains and 600 X 6 nose wheel is 100 MPH plus or minus. I bet with the narrower fuse, smaller tires and speed wing, it really gets up and moves along. 
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  11. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Replacing a Whelen strobe unit   

    This isn't answering the question, but I have both single and dual wehlan power supply trigger boxes and 4 strobe/position lights (2 red 2 green) that are free for paying the shipping to anyone who is trying to keep their system alive. This isn't an offer to just give them ALL away to one person to just collect them, but I will give what ever someone needs to fix their problem and keep their legacy system alive. 
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  12. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Facet fuel pump   

    I have my ignition "start" switch wired downstream of my Facet fuel pump switch/breaker. (it is one of those toggle switch breakers) The fuel pump must be on for the engine to start (It's a 912). Once the engine starts I generally turn it off almost immediately and don't use it during any phases of flight. It's basically to generate initial fuel pressure for start and to use in case of a reduced fuel flow emergency, which I have never experienced thankfully.
    I wired it this way because I thought it made sense, and it saved me a separate fuse/breaker for the start switch.
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  13. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Avid MK IV kit in Reno craigslist   

    Looks like a real MKIV too!
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  14. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Crontrol system   

    Interesting you mentioned turning sticks around. In my Fat Avid the fuselage is wider, but the same stick setup is used as in a normal Avid. In order to center the stick between my legs and have it positioned comfortably,  I had to have rotated about 45 degrees instead of forward or backward. So you can spin the stick around in the little hole until it works as you like!
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  15. ChrisBolkan added a post in a topic Avid nose gear   

    That makes a lot of sense Mark.
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