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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 Flew with the new nose water temps up   

    Look up Evans waterless coolant. 
    Less effecient. 
    Harder on the engine. 
    But it it won't boil...
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  2. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Finally starting new hangar!   

    My hangar neighbor carried the rebar through too.  The frost snapped off that 3/4" rebar like it was toothpicks. 
    Freezing water is one of the strongest forces in nature. 
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  3. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Bobcat/super cat with 503 rotax for sale   

    Is that a 502 (snowmobile engine) or a 477 (point type ignition)?  
    The single ignition and lack of a gearbox probably means it isn't a 503...
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  4. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Finally starting new hangar!   

    You're lucky you live in Florida, Mark.
    If we pour the apron separate from the floor around here the frost will heave it up and jam the door the first winter!  Good looking mud-job, though!
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  5. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Is Team Kitfox off line?   

    Yes. GoDaddy move it to a new server without warning and we may be offline for another 24 hours. 
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  6. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic The value of avid mk IV kit   

    Okay, has this become the hobby thread of financial shame?

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  7. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Bad day for Icon today   

    IMO Icon is a scam.  A very large and intricate scam to milk the wealthy (and stupid) out of their money.  A-la Madoff, Eggenflener and Musk.
    I'm very sorry that some people were killed in a crash.  That is very sad.
    It doesn't change my opinion of the venture.
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  8. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Your opinion: Ballistic parachute?   

    There has never been an inflight failure of an Avid/Kitfox which was properly maintained.  My Mangy Fox came with a BRS system, I removed it during the rebuild.  IMO it was a wasted 30 pounds.
    I'm sorry to be harsh, but the flapperon hangar failure is a blatant example of "not properly maintained".  The damage to the hangars should have been noticed, at the latest, on a preflight inspection.  More so on a condition inspection.   I am extremely glad no one was badly hurt, or worse, and he is hear to tell his tale, but that is an example of poor maintenance.  Grabbing and moving the flapperons looking for weakness like this is as important as checking fuel or oil.   The damage was present before that flight occurred. 
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  9. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic New Kitfox Aircraft Logo   

    I am planning to order a seat cushion with the new logo as soon as they are available.  I like it a lot!  I was happy to see the "cutesy" fox go away.
    If they have trademarked it, it's the art with the text.  See Doug's first post.  Unless you were selling something using their version of the artwork, I doubt they would care.  Not worth the expense of suing you.  Look at all the plagiarism that goes on in the experimental aircraft world.  It would fill every courtroom in the country for years to litigate it all.
    Your insurance company doesn't give a damn if you followed the kit or plans or what ever.  It's experimental.  They will charge what they will charge.
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  10. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic I hate new cars !!!!   

    Meh!  That 'ol girl's got a HEI ignition.  40,000 volts, baby!
    350 or 403 in there??
    This was mine in the bad old days:  '79 Cutlass Calais!   Had a 260, 350 and finally a 455 in it...

    (You damn right that's a CB antenna on the trunk lid!)
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  11. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Yamaha RX1 Engines   

    Recommendation:  Don't buy one. 
    This forum is littered with stories of inaccurate and failed analog tachometers.  A digital tach  is far more accurate and reliable. 
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  12. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Left flaperion hinge failure.   

    Those are the rib tails that broke.  This is a common failure point on these planes (Avid Flyer A through Mk 4 and Kitfox 1-3) and is something that needs to be constantly monitored and inspected.  There are repair procedures to strengthen them with aluminum bonded to both sides.  This should have been done to all of the rib tails not just one.  This was probably an insufficient repair done at one point.  The rest of the tails should have been considered suspect.  There may be some salvageable parts there, but that's all.
    IMO that plane is a total loss.  Not worth repairing.
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  13. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Left flaperion hinge failure.   

    Yes, please.  More information.  What type of aircraft?  Maybe photos of the damage.
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  14. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic How to exercise video   

    It would be funny to see someone grab the guy and throw him onto the backpack.  
    Then when it doesn't explode, proceed to beat the ever loving shit out of him.
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  15. Av8r3400 added a post in a topic Not the way to make the news   

    Yep.  Another indestructible Just Stupid STOL bites the dust.
    I find it humorous that guys build these planes and think that they are all of a sudden Superman.  Just like the video posted earlier from Aussy-land.  The only plus is they are at least a strong (Avid design) airframe and no-one is getting hurt.  
    Just a lot of bleeding pride (and wallets)...
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