Av8r3400

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About Av8r3400

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  • Birthday 01/31/1971

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  1. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Noise Abatement & Cabin Noise Reduction   

    The 670 (not my favorite engine - story for another time) is a different cat altogether.  Because of the (usually malfunctioning) exhaust valves it requires a much more tuned pipe to work properly (when it works at all - did I say that?).  Without the tuned pipe, you leave all sorts of HP on the table.
    When I say two stroke engines, I mean real, reliable, aircraft engines like the 582 or the venerable, lovable, near indestructible 503.
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  2. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Noise Abatement & Cabin Noise Reduction   

    You must have never heard an Avid or Kitfox from the ground.  They are extremely quiet compared to most certificated aircraft.  Even the two stroke engines.
    Ive seen these mufflers befor and they are very effective.  The OEM Rotax muffler is just as good and it fits inside the cowl.  These Swiss mufflers are popular on highlanders and Rans aircraft because they have little to no muffler as part of the fwf in their kits. 
    Whats really funny is when these guys muffle the hell out of their planes exhaust, then put a borer or seaplane prop on it!
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  3. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Maintaining Acrylic   

    +1 Lemon Pledge
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  4. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Flying the Tail   

    IMO, it's a combination of all three.  The Mangy has almost 70# on the tailwheel.  
    With it's power and enlarged tail, I have no problem doing the "Steve Henry" taxi, up on the mains tail up with power, elevator and brake coordination.
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  5. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Kitfox 3 Bushplane Project.   

    Better keep that $5500 ULS under your hat or it will be gone.  That is a very rare and good deal.  1900 well maintained and oft flown hours is nothing for a 912.
    I'm not a real fan of the ULS, but that's a smoking deal.
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  6. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Kitfox 3 Bushplane Project.   

    $5-6k for a 912 replacement is not realistic.  Sorry.  
    For that budget you can do a 105 Big Bore and rebuild or replace the damaged head.  Honestly, in an experimental the service recommendations are not mandatory, there is no such thing as a mandator AD in the experimental world.  Some are realistically not necessary either.
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  7. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Lexan or Maragard   

    The local plastic supplier here has "Margard".  They also call it hardcoat lexan.  It is more scratch resistant but will not hold up to a wiper.
    I'm told it is just as workable as standard lexan.
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  8. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Chocks and Tie Down   

    When I was a kid I worked at an FOB also.  If the planes tied down were not chocked, the line attendant would get fired.  This was the #1 rule about tying down.
    Do as you want.  I will chock when tied.  I will not park near an unchocked plane while tied.
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  9. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Chocks and Tie Down   

    +1 for just plain laziness. 
    Airport tie-downs will never be in the perfect vertical position. Chalking is also required. 
    Tiedowns are meant to hold the aircraft DOWN.  Lateral movement is secured with chalks. 
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  10. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic UK Newbie   

    Bubble doors can be had from LPAeroPlastics.  They have them available for the Mk 4 Avid door frames.  The Kitfox IV windshield from LP will fit beautifully on an Avid C or Mk 4.
    A tailwheel can be had reasonably from Matco.  Parents:  Keep your children away from a Maul tailwheel, they are crap.
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  11. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic My New Creation: EFIS EZ 3.2   

    I could probably peddle a few of these...
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  12. Av8r3400 added a topic in Local Fly in's   

    Cirrus Fly-In

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  13. Av8r3400 added a topic in Rotax and other engines   

    Gen 4 Jabaru
    There's a guy on the Kitfox site all excited about soon installing a generation 4 Jabaru 2210 (85 hp) engine in his model IV.
    By itself this is not really noteworthy, but he later states that this will be his THIRD Jabaru installed on this airframe!!  Now that is noteworthy.
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  14. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Quite site   

    We are getting Wyoming wind here this week!  
    50 mph gusts are probably nothing for you, Paul, but around here it's off the charts!
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  15. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Cuyuna UL 430 RR engine   

    The planetary redrive is mostly comprised of Ford automatic transmission parts.
    Unless you are wanting to make a "historically accurate" restoration, I'd strongly recommend a different engine.  A 503 would be an excellent choice, IMO.
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