The landing path shown in this video turns a very short right base to final, over a tree line, through a narrow cut and finally landing downhill. It's a challenge. The strip is 1200' length in total, including a 200' over run on each end.
Kitfox IV It's not much different than doing a ski pass on unfamiliar snow. Carry a bit of speed (60 mph) some flap to keep the nose down and let it sink to a light touch down. Push the stick forward a bit to keep it on the water and have fun...
What did you do to keep the fabric from pulling the wood toward the rear of the plane as it is shrunk? Or do you think the angles of the pieces to one another gives enough strength to resist the rear pull?
I don't know what you are including to get 215 pounds for a 912. Maybe with a prop, engine mount, all fluids, battery and a sand bag you can get there. 165-175 with radiator, exhaust and fluids is realistic for a ULS. 198 is what Continental advertises their lightweight O200-D at, not the "standard" O200-A. Engines are a very personal choice. There are plenty of Subaru's flying. They work, no argument. It's all what you want.
I have a friend (non-computer guy) looking for 582 - Avid components. I will forward you list to him. If you've been on the Yahoo forum for a while you know that the VW will be a long, frustrating uphill battle. I can't name a single successfully flying VW in the Kitfox/Avid community. I can name several who have tried and either given up and parted out their total project or went with a different engine after much frustration and expense. I wish you luck with it.
Specs: Classic IV-1200 105 hp Zipper 912 78" x 48" Prince fixed pitch prop 26" Airstreaks 700# empty weight I cruise about 100 mph at 5200 rpm. I can get 115 at 5800. With the large tires I can sustain climb at 1700+ FPM, solo with half fuel.
With my 21x800-6 tires I am seeing about 3-5 mph more speed at the given power settings and 200 FPM more climb.
My old plane, IV-1050, 650#, with 80 hp 912 and 68" 3-blade Warp taper tip, would easily see 15 mph more speed across the board, with a max of 1200 FPM climb when very light. Takeoff distance was substantially longer.
This photo is a friend of mine, Joe "The Point Man" Mapes. He had an engine-out (Snowmobile 503) with this plane a week earlier. He flies this Ridge Runner like a Boss! Window open and elbow in the breeze every time... So Kool!