1avidflyer

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  1. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Airdale   

    I would think that if he is making 80 HP, and full throttle prop rpm is not over 2500,  he should be able to turn 3 blades.  Of course they should be facing the right way......If he is getting a different prop, does that mean that he was only able to make 60 MPH with his set up the way it was?  JImChuk
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  2. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Our Website is Live   

    Very nice TJay.  Looks like you guys do some real nice work!  JImChuk
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  3. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avid for sale on Craigslist   

    Great cross country flight though!!?? JImChuk
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  4. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avid for sale on Craigslist   

    Looks like the add has been up for 22 days.  He should be willing to deal by now if he really wants to sell.  JImChuk
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  5. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic FYI: Kitfox IV 1200 rotax 582 for sale Missoula Montana   

    I had to change the test area on my Avid MK IV when I first got it.  Had to have the FAA inspect the plane, because it had a pre 1991 registration.  They changed some of the regs than and I know that later major changes were not such a big deal as they had been before.  Probably the same with moving the test area.  JImChuk
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  6. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Replacement rotary valve hose   

    I believe this is less critical on the Kitfox with a plugs up engine than an Avid with plugs down, but I always filled directly into the lower hose and as the engine cavity fills up, the air is pushed out the upper hose fitting.  Bleed them also just to be sure, but I've never got any air out when I filled at the top of the hose going to the lower fitting.  After both hoses are full of oil, I hook the hose back on to the little bottle.  JImChuk
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  7. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic FYI: Kitfox IV 1200 rotax 582 for sale Missoula Montana   

    Paperwork issues.  JImChuk   http://registry.faa.gov/aircraftinquiry/NNum_Results.aspx?omni=Home-N-Number&nNumberTxt=103gm
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  8. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic ANR Hedset - is it worth it?   

    I have a Lightspeed 20 3G, older set, but it works real well.  You can probably find one used for $200 or less.  I've used it with both 2 stroke and 4 stroke engines.  JImChuk    http://www.blueskiespilotshop.com/lianr20.html
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  9. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic 582 Burn Rates   

    If I kept the rpm at 5000, I would burn about 3.5 gph. with a 582.   JImChuk
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  10. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Airdale   

    Looks good TJ,  I did notice the prop though.  Maybe it was before he set it for pitch, but I noticed that the Warp Drive serial # tag was on the outside of the blade.  They are always on the inside from what I've seen.  I think that would cut down on the thrust a bit if they were backwards???   I did see a guy from Hog Air with a Harley engine on a test stand at Sun and Fun in 2003.  Sounded good and it blew the brush around quite a bit.  Never saw anyone actually flying one though.  JImChuk
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  11. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Better Avid Gear   

    I like the idea of the bungees for the reduced weight it would give.  I know you didn't mention it, but at the risk of hijacking where you wanted to go on your post, have you considered the rubber donuts (hydrozorb??) as a third alternative?  JImChuk
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  12. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic LEAF Shipping Cost   

    USPS if it fits it ships boxes can be a real deal.  A few years ago, I was selling a bunch of big truck parts.  I sold a couple of sets of brake pads that had to stretch the box to fit, but the post office took it.  That box probably weighed at least 40 lbs, and it still shipped for the set priority mail price.  I think it was just under $12.00 at the time.  And like you say, the boxes are free.  JImChuk
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  13. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic LEAF Shipping Cost   

    Speaking is becoming a lost art.  Sometimes we pay the price for that.  Older guys are probably more comfortable with speaking than younger more computer savy guys.  JImChuk
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  14. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avif vs. KitFox actual versions comparison   

    I would add this to the mix.  My Kitfox 1 gets off the ground quicker than the Avid MK IV did.  But then it weighs 85 lbs less and had 2' extra wing.  Both had adverse yaw, but if you lead with the rudder, and use the slip/skid indicator, you get used to it.  They are both short coupled and therefor are a bit squirley on the ground.  The Kitfox with the round cowl is harder to see over both on the ground and in the air.  JImChuk
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  15. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic LEAF Shipping Cost   

    When I order from LEAF (fairly often) I always ask about the shipping costs and tell them I want the cheapest option.  Often it's been shipped in an envelope with USPS for less then $5.  I'm only in the next state over from them, so it always gets there fairly fast.  JImChuk
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  16. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic 912s for sale in england   

    I guess there is a chance they are legit, if you knew someone over there who you trusted to handle the money, shipping, and have a look at them, maybe.  But I would be scared of anything.  Although, I once sent a guy 2000 miles away that I had never dealt with $8000 for an engine, and it all worked out good.  You pay your dues and takes your chances...... JImChuk
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  17. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avid project on barnstormers   

    He says it's kit # 857.  I believe that is the serial #.  That is how Avid numbered their kits, one after the other.  I couldn't pull up the pictures to look for myself, but a couple of things you might be able to see in the pictures is how the doors latch, and if the tubing above and behind the seat is made to have a small shock absorber mounted there that acts as a door hold open.  The Mk IV changed both of those items from earlier models.  Earlier models had the door latch in the front bottom corner, MK IV was latched completely differently about 1/3 back on the door.  Also there is baggage compartment and a bunch of different bracing plates added around the rear wing carry throughs on the MK IV that aren't there on earlier models.  Here are some pics of my MK IV showing some of these things.  In the first picture, see the round tube welded to the bottom of the door frame about 1/3 back. That is for the door latch.  Next picture shows the attachment point for the door hold open as well as some of the bracing around the rear wing carry through.  On that fuselage, I had extended the width of it, that is what the extra outside tube is that goes around the door opening.  Last picture shows door latch in place, and the door hold open mounted where it goes.   JImChuk



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  18. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avif vs. KitFox actual versions comparison   

    I guess I'll add a bit more to it.  The Avid came first, the Kitfox 1 was a copy with some changes of the Avid A model.  Avid A - Avid mk iv models all had undercambered wings, standard length on them was just under 30'.  Kitfox 1 - 3 models had undercambered wings as well and wingspan was almost 32'.  Both Avid and Kitfoxes had flat bottomed flaperons.  Kitfox 4 and later have a nearly flat bottom wing and larger asimetrical (curved top and bottom) flaperons.  As was mentioned, the Kitfox 4 uses different control assemblies for the flaperons to minimize adverse yaw, also, I believe it's 9" longer between the tail and the wing then earlier models.  They also used aluminum pieces that rivet to the rear of the wing rib for the flaperon hangars, the earlier Kitfoxes and Avids extended the rib tails out of the wing, and the flaperons hung off of them.  Very first Kitfoxes didn't have them, but very soon Kitfox went to the round cowl with bumps on it, as if there was a radial engine inside it.  At first glance, that is probably the first thing that will tell you it's a Kitfox.  JImChuk
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  19. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avid on Barnstormers   

    I think it would make for a real interesting dead stick landing.....JImChuk
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  20. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Guess my weight contest   

    594 lbs.   JImChuk
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  21. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Yamaha RX1 Engines   

    You missed a wild ending to the Vikings game..... They make me so mad, I don't know why I cheer for them.... JImChuk
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  22. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avid Flyer Mk IV Major Change and Upgrade   

    I have always had a good experience dealing with Darrel at Warp Drive.  I don't doubt that he would try to convince me that a Warp drive is better than an IVO, but I think I can believe him if he says : this Warp drive prop should work in your application.   I have a 70" or 71" LH taper tip Warp hanging on the wall at home.  Has new blades, used hub, SS inlaid leading edge protection.  Also have a 70" square tip LH used but good shape.  I'm not around there right now, but if it came down to it, I could get my son to ship one.  PM me or give a call  218- seven five zero- 38fiftyone.  JImChuk   PS  spinners for both of them also......
    PS PS  just ran across  a picture of the square tip, and it's a 68" diameter.  
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  23. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Yamaha RX1 Engines   

    I think it's going to need a bit of weight in the tail.....JImChuk
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  24. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic any ski drawing out there?   

    The wing spars were extruded aluminum, and the verticle piece and the outside are all one piece.   Some of the last Kitfox 1s and maybe all of the Kitfox 2s had them.  My Kitfox 1 has them.  I suppose it's a stronger design than a tube with a slid in stiffener.  As far as the doublers on the rib tails go, I fixed one rib tail that way on my Avid Flyer years ago, and it was fine after that.  Would have been nice if you had taken a picture of the underside as well.  How far forward do the doublers go?  I would think the seat truss could be straightened.  JImChuk
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  25. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Spec House Project   

    Looks nice!  I always liked working on houses, although most of our work was commercial construction.  Keep at it :-)  JImChuk
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