1avidflyer

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  1. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Want to buy   

    I flew behind a Jabiru for over 400 hrs.  Take off and climb were about the same as a 582 in the same plane, but cruise was better.   Serial # from around 450 to 1850 or so had solid lifters and were better than later ones when they went to hydraulic lifters.  Not sure what serial # are when they straightened things out with the different cams and lifters.  Find out what the serial # is, and maybe I can do some research.  Or join the yahoo jabiru engine group.  JImChuk
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  2. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Want to buy   

    Is this the one you were wondering about?  It's in Lewiston Id. Actually a B model, not a MK IV like the add says.  Look at the last picture, FAA lists it's serial # as 244 which would make it a B model also.   JImChuk https://lewiston.craigslist.org/snw/6142607245.html
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  3. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Want to buy   

    Looking at the shape of the doors on that Kitfox, I would say it's a Kitfox 1.  I have a Kitfox 1 that I would let go for half that much and be happy to get more than I expected to list it for.  JImChuk
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  4. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic GSC Protractor wanted   

    Actually a laser pointer might be better than what I used.  The smaller the lite dot the better to see exactly where it's shinning.  JImChuk
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  5. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic GSC Protractor wanted   

    Don't know if you saw it, but I built a device to hold a laser on the prop blade.  With the laser lite shinning on the wall maybe 10 or 20' away, I mark where the first blade hits, then adjust the others so the laser shines in the exact same spot.  Very accurate that way to get them all at the same pitch.  Here is a post where I show the laser tool.  You could adjust the screws that touch the prop blade to compensate for the curve in the GSC prop blades JImChuk 

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  6. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic I've got it covered......   

    Well a bit more progress to report.  Taxied the plane around today.  First time it's moved under it's own power since Oct. 2011.  Did the weight and balance weighing, didn't do the calculations yet, but I've gained about 15 lbs from the last time.  I did add some tubing for the wide fuselage mod, and also some .040" sheet along both sides and infilling the seat truss.  Full lexan doors, instead of the aluminum bottoms that used to be there.  I'm right at 602 lbs now.   Empty CG is at 14.51" now so putting the battery all the way back helped.  Just did the calculations and with 400 lbs of people, 148 lbs of fuel, my CG is at 15.09.  Don't remember for sure, but I think I used to be around 13.5 or 14 before.  Don't have any pics, I took some, but they are on the phone memory, and I can't figure out how to transfer them to the memory card.  Tomorrow maybe.  JImChuk
    PS  figured out how to transfer pictures.  Amazing the things a manual will tell you if you take the time to read it. :-)  Still have some painting to do on the cowl and such, but I need to get the annual done on the Kitfox 1, and want to do both planes at the same time and save the AnP some travel time and such.   

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  7. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Going over the Mark IV   

    I would sure fill up that space with washers.  Doesn't look like it shows any in the drawing, but maybe they put a thinner heim joint in than the factory was using normally.  No chance that part is reversed?  JImChuk
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  8. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avid wing tank repair   

    I don't have an answer, but I think Hysol 9460 and Scotch Weld 2216 are not  affected by fuel once they set up.  JImChuk
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  9. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Been a while since I looked at a kit invoice   

    The engine prices have actually gone down.  Not sure on the parts.   An 80 HP 912 is now $14,800.  Used to be something like $3000 more.  Euro down, US dollar up.  JImChuk
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  10. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Want to buy   

    The Kitfox 4 was a big change in quite a few different ways from the earlier Kitfoxes.  Not counting the Avid Magnum, which is in a class by it self, the last Avid Flyer model was a MK IV, and it is very similar to a Kitfox 3.   Early Kitfox 4 had a gross weight of 1050 lbs.  Later Kitfox 4 was 1200 lb.  JImChuk
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  11. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Been a while since I looked at a kit invoice   

    Those prices I just sent you were from LEAF.  Pretty sure they are all using the price set by Rotax.  I just got a new LEAF catalog in the mail today.  Haven't opened it yet though.  JImChuk
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  12. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Question about what type of Avid is this, I think it´s a C model and seller says that is a MarkIV   

    I snapped a couple of pics tonight when I was working on the MK IV.  They show those plates a bit better.  Also the door hold open tubing.  JImChuk



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  13. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Been a while since I looked at a kit invoice   

    I could tell you what those parts are in the Rotax price list.  Don't want your wife to collect your life insurance though!.   JImChuk
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  14. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Been a while since I looked at a kit invoice   

    Ed, I think your starter will fit all of the rotax 2 stroke engines where the starter goes where the recoil start was.  The E box starter has a different part number in my LEAF catalog.  What do you  want for that starter?  Does it have the casting that bolts to the engine?  JImChuk
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  15. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Been a while since I looked at a kit invoice   

    The unfinished Kitfox 4 that I bought a while back cost the original buyer about $14,500 in 1994 dollars.  I didn't pay half of that for it in 2010 dollars.  Inflation factor in that time was probably 25 to 30% at a guess.  I completely agree with you Joey.  And even worse is the poor guy that says "I'll get the engine, and a BRS now with the kit and I wont have to buy anything later".   A guy I know just sold an unfinished Kolb for a song complete with 503 engine and a 18 year old BRS that has never been out of the box.   I should have bought it, but I would have felt to guilty.  JImChuk
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