Yep, I have one of the ice chest coolers. Works great for about 1.5 - 2 hours in Florida. That takes 22 lbs of ice. 1 lb of ice wouldn't even get the water cold. Mine circulates the ice chilled water through an oil cooler that with a bilge blower to force air through the oil cooler. It won't cool the cabin, but a cool breeze in the cockpit is a big help when taxiing, and since the water is all sealed, it doesn't add to humidity in the cockpit.
Might work if you are flying in Phoenix. Florida or Alaska, not so much. It will just make you wetter. I remember years ago Universal Studios in Orlando put the misting fans at the wait lines - they worked great at the California location, so let's put them in Florida too! Probably somebody getting a kickback from the fan manufacturer, or else just plain stupid. They did a great job of getting you wet, but didn't cool at all. Hard to get any evaporation cooling when the humidity is already 80%.
Turbo, I think you missed the point of the climb out in the article. The point was that the Avid achieves maximum climb rate at a low speed (60mph in the examples). If you are climbing 1000fpm at 60mph, then you have a steeper angle of climb than an airplane that climbs 1000fpm at 100mph. This is a big advantage when you are in a confined takeoff area. My Cherokee 235 will climb at 1000fpm, but it is going 110mph to do so. At 60mph, it would be mushing along with little to no climb - with full flaps. So the Avid advantage in a confined area is much greater than just the 600-700 feet shorter takeoff run. Always remember these kinds of articles are as much about marketing as they are education- they will stress the strengths of their product, while glossing over the disadvantages. In this case, I'm sure it was inspired by a competitor talking about how much faster they were, with a slightly longer takeoff run. Of course, the Cherokee would be doing that with 4 people, full fuel, and 100lbs of baggage, (or 2 people, full fuel, a couple of dressed moose, well maybe alligators in my case ), which is a different kind of advantage depending on what your mission is. It would also be burning about 20gph in the climb, then 12.5 in cruise, but cruising at 150mph. Again, different mission, different plane. Mark
That works great for a project! Mine was a flying Avid, I think that trailer would be a little short! I also had two nights out on the way back, and didn't want it damaged by looky loos in the hotel parking lots. And I *might* have exceeded the 70mph legal limit for a good part of the trip. That is a great stealth trailer setup though, no one would ever think of asking for someone with a Mini to help them move! Mark
I hope it works long term. I've heard to many stories of it delaminating and clogging the fuel system after several years. It is almost impossible to get something to bond when you don't have the opportunity to prep the surface first. But if it buys you several years, then it is probably worth it. If you start seeing debris when you sump the tanks after this, it is probably time to replace them. Looking through the logs on my Cherokee, I found they did this to the tanks, then replaced the tanks about 5 years later.
I have an enclosed trailer, but a wing has to come off to fit the avid in. It was neither cheap, nor light! But it was worth it to bring the avid from California to Illinois, then Florida. I've probably got 75,000 miles on that trailer now, using it for many things except hauling the avid! One caution - even more so than when you get a pickup, suddenly you have a lot of friends that need to move..... Mark
30 degrees is more than I like on that turn, there is little chance of recovery if you stall there. That said, as long as you were coordinated in the turn, depending on the stall speed of your plane you were probably not too close to the edge. If you want to be sure, get up to a decent altitude, and practice accelerated stalls until you know when it is too much. But then I've also never obsessed about a square base to final turn. That is where I get my final read on the winds, and if I overshoot and need to spend some of my 'final' time getting back to the final course, that's just the way it is. If there are obstacles, that changes things, but there are few times that's an issue. Mark
Note that it wasn't straight water injection on the 109, it was a Methanol/Water mix. This is still done, and kits are available for cars: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HkPFZWd8wj4 B52's used water injection during takeoff when loaded heavy. They could only use it for a short time or it would cool the hot section too much and reduce the power instead of increase it. Jet engines, particularly pure turbojets like the B-52, make thrust by shoving air/exhaust gases out the back really really fast. Add water, which is much more dense AND expands much more than air when it converts to gas (steam), and you get a much higher thrust. At least until the cooling effect sucks up too much energy and things quit expanding. I did an aviation camp at the former Castle Air Force base in Merced, CA with my son one summer. It was a former B-52 base, and they brought in some of the old B-52 pilots to talk about it. They had a museum with a B-52 and a B-36 (what a monster!). They also had an original B-52 simulator - it took up 3 rooms. The Air Force had removed some boards so it would work, but the cockpit, flight engineer, and weapons officer stations (in 3 separate rooms) were all complete to look at, sit in the seats and make airplane noises. Mark
When I bought my Avid in California, I bought an enclosed trailer (8' x 20') to haul it back to Illinois (and later to Florida). Best decision I ever made. Unfortunately, the only one I could find in time was too narrow to load the Avid with the wings attached. I took off the wing without a fuel tank, not terribly difficult, and easy to reattach. I didn't check the tail, and it is just as wide as the wings are folded so it had to come off also. That one nut buried in the vertical stabilizer is a ROYAL b*tch to get out, particularly at a remote field with only the tools I brought! Still have the trailer 13 years later - probably has 75,000 miles on it by now. Most useful thing I ever bought.