1avidflyer

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  1. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic 1999 kitfox IV engine change   

    I was just watching some videos I took last winter when I went flying with a guy from Pensecola Fl.  He has a Kitfox 4 XL with  a 503 in it.  Really amazing how well that plane performed on just 52 HP.  It was probably 65 above, near sea level, and it took 10 seconds to lift off with maybe 15 gallons of fuel and our at least 400 lbs of weight.  One section of video showed the panel, and turning about 5700 rpm, and in just a slight climb according to the VSI, we were doing 80 MPH.  I still can't get over the lack of landing spaces there.  Over the city, then out over the ocean bays.  Going E into Alabama, we got into some farmland, and that was a bit more relaxing. Then back over a big bay, and then along the beach, cross another bay right in front of the Pensecola Naval airstation, then back over the city to land at Ferguson airfield.  Brave I guess? Or very trusting of that little engine.  I've had to many forced landings and know they can happen at any time.  The point of the whole post though is a light Kitfox with a 503 performs pretty good.  JImChuk
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  2. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Solo bungee wrapping   

    Where there's a will, there's a way.   JImChuk
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  3. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic IVO Props on 912's?   

    Wypaul,  you said in your last post that you had a Warp 72 UL for sale.  Did you mean an IVO UL?   3 blade?  What condition, how much, pictures?  JImChuk
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  4. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Moving wings east to west   

    I believe there is a website called uship.com or something like that where you can advertise for someone to haul your stuff across country.  Might be worth looking into.  The price you got seems real high, if you could find some one going that way with space, it should be way less than that I would guess.  JImChuk
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  5. 1avidflyer added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    Neat Avid flyer video from Finland
    Just ran across this video while surfing utube for Avid or Kitfox videos.  Lots of Finish people in my area, although I'm not one of them.  Good people though, and also obviously have good taste in aircraft.  I'm not on skis yet, but have several inches of snow on the runway.  Lakes are all froze, saw fishermen out on the ice with ATVs today.  JImChuk
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  6. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic want to install HKS700E int Kitfox IV   

    Maybe try Kitfox as well.  I talked to Tom at Green Sky last spring about an HKS mount for the Kitfox 1, and I didn't get the impression that he wouldn't make one.  I had an HKS used engine in mind at the time.  I know they had an HKS mounted on a Kitfox 2 at one point, maybe still do.   JImChuk
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  7. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic How to tell if it's a MKIV   

    I took a few pictures of my MK IV that show changes that should not be on a C model or earlier.  If you look at Doug's pictures near the end of the first page, you can see some of these same gussets.  First is the door latch.  Then the extra gussets on the rear spar carry through.  JImChuk






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  8. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic 1999 kitfox IV engine change   

    I believe the mount will work with either engine.  Occasionally  used radiators come up for sale.  Maybe Ed has one.  Also, you need the filler cap fitting and a overflow catch bottle plus the hoses.  Can't think of anything else off hand right now.  If it was me, and was looking at changing the engine, I would maybe consider an HKS.  4 stroke,  2 cylinder, very easy on fuel, and makes a bit more power than the 503, although a bit less than the 582.  JImChuk
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  9. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic How to tell if it's a MKIV   

    I wouldn't be surprised if a C model was cheaper than a MK IV, and some people wanted a lower priced kit and requested the C model.  The factory could have then said, sure we will sell a C model to you, and then built it to the C model specifications.  That would account for C models being built way after the MK IV came out.  JImChuk
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  10. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic "beefing up / modifying" structures a BAD idea???   

    If you look at how many seat trusses have folded up on Avids and Kitfoxes, using the factory bungee gear, you know it's a weak area.  At that point, it's asking for trouble if you don't beef it up.  Even Avid eventually recommended infilling with plywood.   As far as widening the fuselage at the doors, Lots have done that before me as well, Murhel  Williams comes to mind.  He sells a kit/add on you can do yourself.  And in the end, I'm the one taking the most risk.   JImChuk
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  11. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic How to tell if it's a MKIV   

    Interesting comment by Jerry at Airdale, about # 1388C as the serial # on a C model plane.  I didn't realize they used other letters besides the D after the MK IV serial #.   Other good info about how to tell if it's a MK IV as well.  JImChuk
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  12. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Checking out an Avid   

    Hi Adam,  you can send the pics to me in a private email, and I'll give you my opinion.   That and 75 cents will get you a senior coffee at McDonalds.    Do you have the engine serial # as well?  JImChuk
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  13. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Checking out an Avid   

    A speed wing may not be the best choice for off field landings.  Higher stall speed and such.  I've put about 450 hrs on a Jabiru engined equitp Avid Flyer.  Before serial # 450 may be good to stay away from and the early hydraulic lifter engines (somewheres after #1850 or so.  Latest engines seem to be very good. I have a solid lifter engine # 903.  JImChuk
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  14. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Checking out an Avid   

    One thing about a pre buy, especially on an experimental, is everyone sees things differently.  What might seem just fine to one person may not be to another.  I've changed things on every experimental I've owned after I got it home.  They had flown for varying amounts of time the way they were, but I didn't like them that way myself.  JImChuk
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  15. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Replacing windshield   

    When I mounted the windows on my recent Avid rebuild, I put some foam weather stripping on the tubes and then attached the lexan.  I have a few extra holes in the doors, and they were hidden by the foam.  Foam was 1/8" x 3/8".  Probably cost me about $5 to do both doors.  I drilled the holes in the lexan, clecoing the holes as I went along, and when all the holes were drilled I chamfered the holes, applied the foam to the doors, and then put the windows in place.   I just used gray foam, but maybe you could find white.  They do sell a double sided white foam tape that is made sticky on both sides, but it cost a good bit more than the weather stripping.  JImChuk
     

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