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  1. cowlove added a post in a topic New Rotax 670 Install   

    I noticed no bypass coolant tube- what is your thermostat setup?      Engine looks great and numbers look encouraging.  Still working on my 670's radiator placement. 
     
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  2. cowlove added a post in a topic Approximate Inlet/scoop size for an internal 582 radiator?   

    Interesting.  Was the tool down on the turtledeck?   Or up higher, actually within the circumference of the prop?   I could see that the airflow falls off very quickly outside the propeller disc- in fact, there should be tip vortices and the air just outside the propeller disc should be moving forward, at least in blade pulses.     A good part of the exhaust cowl flap is within the propeller circumference, so I was hoping it would pull good airflow past it.    At least based on my cartoon-level understanding of propeller theory.
    I will draw a sketch of PLAN B and post it.    
    That is excellent you're in the air again!   How do the extra horses feel?    
     
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  3. cowlove added a post in a topic Approximate Inlet/scoop size for an internal 582 radiator?   

    I'm still a little sad and disappointed that the cowl flap idea didn't work.   I was under the impression that a cowl flap providing suction was even more effective per unit area for developing air flow than ram air into an intake scoop.   
    1) Maybe the cowl flap size is overkill?   The airflow separates?   I should have had an adjustable flap rather than the fixed mockup.  
    2) Propeller inflow isn't as high-velocity as I pictured it being?   That close to the blades, it has to be a pretty good percentage of the outflow speed, right? 
    3) A leaf blower simulating the slipstream isn't accurate?  Maybe the flow over the cowl flap needs to be several feet "deep" to really generate the aerodynamic effects, not just a narrow splash of air from the leaf blower? 
     
     
     
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  4. cowlove added a post in a topic Approximate Inlet/scoop size for an internal 582 radiator?   

    Here's where I'm at so far.  (continued below pic) 

    With some effort, I was able to place a Kawasaki EX500 radiator in the turtledeck area, low enough to clear the folding wings/flaperons.   I mocked up the ducting and plenum with plywood, cardboard and hot glue, solidly enough for a static run.    
    The radiator core is slightly small for the calculations, but I'd hoped to overcome any cooling system shortcomings with
    1) a massive adjustable barn-door cowl flap that would create a low-pressure area in the slipstream and propeller inflow, and would draw huge amounts of cooling air through the radiator.  I was so hopeful about this design that I began to believe that just the propeller inflow over the cowl flap would provide enough cooling for 3000RPM downwind displacement taxi.   The cowl flap is shown mocked up in the full-open position.   In cruise, I pictured that it would be nearly fully closed.    
    2) Electric cooling fans in the form of a couple cheap 70mm EDF motors adding air from the cabin into the radiator plenum.   I didn't want to depend on these for anything except ground idle and maybe taxiing downwind.   Definitely not to be depended on for flight operations.  
    Well, I instrumented everything pretty well and did some static ground runs.   #2 was a good success.  The cooling fans can hold the coolant temp within limits on a 90 degree day, facing downind, up to about 3000RPM.   #1 was a miserable failure.   Even with nephews with leaf blowers simulating fairly generous airflow into the intake duct, and simulating slipstream over the cowl flap, the engine was not adequately cooled at any RPM.     If it had shown any promise at all, I would have made the mockup more solid and proceeded with step-taxi tests, but I think it was bad enough where I'm back to the drawing board. 
     
     
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  5. cowlove added a post in a topic Cat Amph differences   

    I believe the amphibian has some frame differences, too.  I believe the easiest way to tell the difference is the width across the lower rear of the cockpit opening.  My Catalina is 41.25", and I believe amphibians would be less.   Perhaps someone can verify this idea, it's just something I thought I heard at some point. 
     
     
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  6. cowlove added a post in a topic IVOProp IFA with 4 each 66" LH and 71" RH blades, mertacs, brushes, switch $500   

    Sold guys, thanks.   A local EAA guy snapped it up. 
     
     
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  7. cowlove added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Run-out 582 Grey Head w/ 2.62 C Gearbox. Complete: starter, carbs, exhaust
    Runs, airworthy, good compression, but should be rebuilt based on hours/age and oil grime showing up around crank ends 
    https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/avo/d/rotax-582-grey-head-262/6604322663.html
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  8. cowlove added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    IVOProp IFA with 4 each 66" LH and 71" RH blades, mertacs, brushes, switch $500
    Bought it used a while ago, used it a bit on my Catalina, gonna stick with the Warp drive on the new 670. 
    https://seattle.craigslist.org/see/avo/d/ivoprop-ul-ifa-in-flight/6604342037.html
    Price OBO especially for avidfoxflyer folks
     
     
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  9. cowlove added a post in a topic Leaning the carbs for altitude - on the cheap   

    The system isn't on the plane anymore, but here's the rough layout.  
    The "calibrated orifice" was pretty large, maybe almost 1/8".  It easily passed liquid gasoline that got into the vent tubes. 
     

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  10. cowlove added a post in a topic Leaning the carbs for altitude - on the cheap   

    I'd be cautious of directly admitting air as a means to lean out the engine.   It might be possible to dial it in for one moment, but changes in engine RPM or throttle position could change the vacuum at the air-injection point and dramatically change the mixture.   
    There's been a lot of success with carb bowl vacuum systems.   I'd stick with that. 
    If you want simple, I wired up a very cheap 12VDC vacuum pump to a 100 Ohm rheostat, and plumbed it to a T in the normal vent tubing.    The vent tubing continued on to its normal atmospheric opening, which I adjusted in size until the pump running full-out pulled enough vacuum on the vent line to increase EGT by about 80 degF.   It increased my ceiling from about 9,000' to 13,999' and made the engine much happier.      
    I didn't like pulling gas vapor through a crappy electric pump, but the pump head seemed pretty well isolated from the sparky parts.   Also, if the vacuum pump was on, and the downstream vent tube got completely or partially plugged, it would excessively lean out the engine and could be catastrophic.    It seems unlikely, but it's worth thinking about all the failure cases. 
    Here's a pic of me holding 1000degF EGTs at (just under) 14,000'.   

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  11. cowlove added a post in a topic Elevator trim tab safety   

    As Laurent said, I had the same happen on my Catalina.  Mine is still just riveted, no spring or mass balancing, but it gets a very thorough looking-at on preflights now
     
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  12. cowlove added a post in a topic Catalina 90MPH or bust   

    Thanks, Laurent.  I'd seen that writeup a while ago, it's good I can now bookmark it.  
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  13. cowlove added a post in a topic Ivo props   

    On my Catalina w/ 582, i've run a Warp Drive 70" w/ 3.00:1 vs a IVO 2 blade ultralight 72" at 2.62:1 and the IVO 3 blade 72" at 3.00:1 (against their recommendations, I only used this last configuration for a few quick test flights).    The two IVO setups were in-flight adjustable, and even given that advantage, I never matched the static thrust, takeoff and climb performance of the fixed pitch Warp Drive.    
    The 2 blade IVO may have had a very slight cruise advantage, but it was difficult to tell.   It was definitely smoother and sounded better. 
     
     
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  14. cowlove added a post in a topic Thoughts on mounting full lotus sponsons inboard on a Catalina?   

    That version of the event makes a lot more sense than what I'd read somewhere: that it was the wing-mounted sponsons that got scraped up in crosswind landings.  Sorry that you knew him, Jack, I hope my mention of it doesn't seem irreverent in this context. 
    Yes, I'm also pretty paranoid about water in the bilge too.  Here's some of my handful of tricks for worrying about it:
    1) These battery-powered water-detector alarms are light and reliable, and I never had false alarms.     https://www.amazon.com/Zircon-Alert-Electronic-Detector-Sensor/dp/B01J39MJ9I/ref=sr_1_1_sspa?ie=UTF8&qid=1509547198&sr=8-1-spons&keywords=moisture+detector&psc=1 
    I kept one in the tail, zip tied to the frame just inside the landing gear spring bolt inspection cover, and I also kept one just behind the step of the hull, where it would detect any water sloshing aft into the tail.    Later, after I dealt with a pretty bad gash in the aft fabric from taxiing into ice, I realized how steep the angle is from the tail to the bilge is.  Even in plow taxi, water drains very effectively from the tail area into the bilge, and I'm confident any leak in the aft area will be apparent as water in the bilge.  
    2) I have a little self-adhesive mounted mirror (non-fisheye worked best) that lets me glance backwards and down into the bilge without moving my head.   I give the bilge a glance once I'm on step. 
    3) In my plane, there's a small void space between the sponson and the hull.  I drilled holes from the interior of the hull into that void space, and through that into the foam-filled sponson itself, so any appreciable water in the sponsons will drain into the bilge, and the leak will be evident. 
     
     
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  15. cowlove added a topic in Avid Catalina   

    Catalina 90MPH or bust
    N157AB is home for a bit while I finish up the 670 install.  The point of this kind of plane is absolutely not about covering ground, but her cruise performance was always a little bad even by Catalina standards: about 65MPH with the 582 running 5700RPM and 5.8-5.9GPH.     So I'm going to take some extra time to do all the little things that I thought might make her a tiny, tiny bit faster.   I'll document all the mods here, and let everyone know the results.   Fun?  Fun!
    Here's what's cooking so far:
    Right prop, wrong engine: the 70" 3-blade warp drive was too much for the worn out 582, and was pitched pretty flat for water takeoff performance.   It's the perfect prop for the new 670, though.  Hopefully halfway to 90MPH already!Internal radiator: the flat radiator right before the prop seems like it would be a double penalty- direct drag, plus decreased prop efficiency.   I've sketched in a Kawasaki EX500 rad down by the turtle deck, with a scoop behind the rear window, and an outlet with a huge adjustable cowl flap on the other side of of the plane.  Hopefully, the cowl flap can be opened enough to suck adequate air through while flying, and the electric fan that came with the radiator will handle ground operation.  (See pic)Better canopy- my canopy was reworked and is even worse than the stock one- very abrupt vertical face and rough transitions.   I'm scheming a vac formed canopy with better curves.   Again, hopefully this provides double benefit- cleaner air to the prop, plus a slight direct drag improvement. Fair the stabilizer struts, gap tape for the elevator, as all this is right in the prop blast and practically incurring double penalty. Experiment with gear doors-  Again, double benefit?  Get on step easier, maybe not need a 3-blade prop for so much static thrust?Exhaust cowl?  Went to all that work to remove the radiator, the exhaust is still right there in the prop's air. Anyway, that's all that's planned.   What's the over/under that I'll make 90MPH on the 65HP available at 5500RPM? 


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  16. cowlove added a post in a topic Catalina 90MPH or bust   

    PS- plywood is for prototyping and static/taxi tests.  (And for the CONSIDERABLE trial and error in getting all this stuff to clear the wing-folding geometry.  I've thought I was done like 5 times and then hit yet another interference point)
    The plenum will be all fiberglass once it's done.
     
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  17. cowlove added a post in a topic Thoughts on mounting full lotus sponsons inboard on a Catalina?   

    Thanks for the full lotus instructions, and thanks Jack for your aerodynamic research.  I don't have the same specific reference plane that the instructions talk about, so I think I'll start off with the same AOA as the stock sponsons.  If the hydrodynamics work out, maybe later I'll orient them for aerodynamics instead. 
    Here's a picture of the AOA and fore/aft placement.    

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  18. cowlove added a post in a topic Thoughts on mounting full lotus sponsons inboard on a Catalina?   

    I threw on a wing to visualize the geometry of the test sponson location.  It's actually a fair bit lower than I thought, and the angles are quite different.  I drew lines on the picture below to help visualize any problems.   
    DISPLACEMENT MODE: The sponsons will actually be closer to the water.   I think it will be OK, as long as both sponsons aren't forced into the water at super-max gross.  Based on where I remember the water line being then the plane was overloaded with sacks of concrete, there is a chance this might happen and it would require changing something.  I'll check this on slow speed taxi test day.   There also needs to be enough stability to board over the side, which is about the most extreme test of static stability that I've seen the plane subjected to in practice.   The full lotus sponsons are smaller, and the close-in location will cut the lever arm in half, but I am predicting it will be fine.  
    ON STEP: The sponsons are a little further from the water than stock, but not as much as I'd feared.   It appears that the sponson will still amply prevent the wing tip from hitting the water, assuming flat seas.  I'll gradually work up to testing this gently in later step taxi tests.  Maybe     
    LAND: For wheels, it's a win win win.  It looks like I could almost drag a wingtip if I wanted.  A guy killed himself in a Catalina by scraping holes in his full lotus floats on land, then using them in water, so it's good to see these little fellers a little further away from the concrete.   
     
     

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  19. cowlove added a post in a topic Can I get some Catalina and amphibian pics pls?   

    Shared google album of '7ab: https://photos.app.goo.gl/Y9ROsVb6sQPqKukM2
     
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  20. cowlove added a post in a topic Thoughts on mounting full lotus sponsons inboard on a Catalina?   

    I had not seen the FL instructions, thanks for that.    I'm not sure different the floating angle will be.  The new location is only about 1" higher than stock, but of course it is much more inboard and will result in a greater angle to the center of buoyancy and larger list in the water.  How much larger will depend on how low she sits in the water, I guess.   I can adjust the height a little bit as needed. 
    Agreed, catching a wingtip would be all around bad. 
    -Jim
     
     
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  21. cowlove added a topic in Avid Catalina   

    Thoughts on mounting full lotus sponsons inboard on a Catalina?
    I like the looks and results people have reported after mounting their sponsons inboard, at one of the jury strut attachments.   I didn't want to weld on the struts to add tabs, so I mocked up some brackets out of plywood that use P-clamps to attach to the 3/8" jury struts right at the cluster welds.   The plan is to do some slow speed taxi tests and make sure the sponsons still have enough leverage at this closer distance to allow me to re-board the boat over the side.  I think that's the most extreme static stability situation. 
    If it seems workable, I'll fabricate these out of fiberglass.  I weighed it in my head, and decided I'd rather have a sponson shear off rather than deform the jury strut.   I plan to make a little destructive test rig and make the fiberglass just thin enough so that this is the likely outcome.
    Thoughts?  Advice?  Cautionary tales? 

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  22. cowlove added a post in a topic How to keep the Catalina alive   

    Mark- very happy to hear that you have the molds for the Catalina.  Every time I look at or research other airplanes, it just drives home what a one-of-a-kind bird the Catalina is. 
    Jim
    Catalina #157
     
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  23. cowlove added a post in a topic 670 thread   

    I'm not sure I had a thread dedicated to my 670.   I mentioned it on a tangent in a few other threads.   But if there was a thread, here is what it would say:
    1) I ran the original 582 grey head in my Catalina for 250 hours, but it was tired and had a 20 year shelf life. 
    2) I got a timed-out blue head and had Rick build it up into a 670. 
    3) I put it in the Catalina this summer, kept the same 70" 3 blade warp drive with 3.00:1 C gearbox, took it out for taxi tests, and had a huge smile on my face until a RAVE valve came loose and hit a piston.  
    4) Rick was very supportive and redid the engine. 
    5) The Catalina is in my garage now.  Maybe taxi tests in week or three.  I'm taking the time to also do an internal radiator, a custom all-lexan molded canopy, and full lotus sponsons.  80MPH or bust!  
     
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  24. cowlove added a post in a topic Can you ID this Bi-plane?   

    While we're asking questions, whats the pointy sharp one at the top right? 
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  25. cowlove added a post in a topic 670 thread   

    I'm installing a Rotax Rick 670 at this very moment, but I'm not sure I'm the guy you're looking for. 
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