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  1. briankbski added a post in a topic So now I have a magnum to assemble   

    Thanks, really looking forward to learning to fly.  Yes, the baggage door is on the passenger side, not sure why.  Your words echo others who have told me the performance should be really good.
    My Magnum is S/N 04.  Avid had two Magnum factory demonstrators, one was blue and silver tail drager and a yellow and blue one ... mine.
    My magnum was built by a professional builder for Avid (can't remember his name, I'll have to look at the documentation).  Apparently, it was built in a tricycle confirguration so Avid could show case that option to potential buyers.  It also has 38 gallon fuel capacity.  Two 14 gallon inboard fuel tanks and two 5 gallon wingtip tanks.  The elderly gentleman that I bought my plane from said he only once ever filled the wing tip tanks.  He also said that it was "a fun plane to fly and the performance was spectacular". 
    Before I brought it up to Canada it was in Arizona.
    Specs as listed on the documentation that came with the plane.
    empty = 950 lbs
    gross = 1750 lbs
    lycoming 0320 160 hp
    My long term plan is to put it on amphibious floats for summer and eventually convert it to a tail drager and put it on skis for winter flying.
    About a month ago I was talking to a gentleman in southern Ontario, who was selling his Magnum.  He said he actually test flew both of the factory Avid demonstrators before deciding to buy a kit backin the early 1980's.   The blue one had a slightly smaller hp engine.   Can't remember exactly which engine but he did say he could notice the performance difference with the more powerful 160 hp engine.
    Again, please keep us all posted on your progress.
    Best regards
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  2. briankbski added a post in a topic So now I have a magnum to assemble   

    SaWeeeet,  Looking forward to following the build and your initial flights.  
    Please Keep the group posted on your progress.  : )
    Good Luck.
    My Magnum, photos attached.  Lycoming 0320 (160 hp)
    Starting my PPL lessons on Monday.  Looking so forward to learning to fly this beautiful bird.

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  3. briankbski added a post in a topic Some good fun!!!   

    hmmmm???  curious, what engine are you using?  What are the "boxes" sticking out on each side of the cowl?  I've never seen that before.
    btw, GREAT looking bird.  Love the colour.
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  4. briankbski added a post in a topic Some good fun!!!   

    SaWeeeet ride.   Great Photos.  Thanks for sharing and please keep us all posted as you continue to test the limits.
    Looking forward to future photos, videos and posts.  : )
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  5. briankbski added a post in a topic Step 2, Build Magnum!!   

    WOW ... LOOKING AWESOME.  THANK YOU for sharing the photos.  Very inspirational and motivational.  Helps the rest of us who are building / modifing and repairing  focused and on track.   Can't wait to see future updates.   Two thumbs up.
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  6. briankbski added a post in a topic My new Avid Magnum Tricycle   

    Hello dholly
    Nope, not a word from the buyer of my Catalina.  I should have held on to that bird ... it was in perfect shape.  ALL the bits and pieces were there.
    Same here,  I'd offer him $1,000 more than he paid me just to buy it back.  Duh ... live and learn i guess.  No worries, my energies and focus is getting my private pilot licence and the Magnum flying ... that will be FUN!   I still have the building BUG ... I want to build and fly a plane so for now the Airdale stays safe in storage.  Most likely I'll keep working on it slowly as I learn to fly the Magnum.
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  7. briankbski added a post in a topic My new Avid Magnum Tricycle   

    Hello Gang
    Laurent - Yes, I need to get those braces made.  The leading edge tube was temporarily braced when it was transported.   The entire plane was put in shrink wrap and put on a flat bet trailer and brought up from Arizona.
    LOVE your Catalina.  I wish I didn't sell my Catalina kit (s/n 148 AB), still kicking myself for that decision.  I should have just put it in storage in the Garage.  YES, if I ever get out to BC I will look you up.  Love to check out the Catalina.  The last time I emailed Casey Curtis (a few years ago) he said he had another complete Catalina kit in a storage container, I think I have a picture of it ... hmmmm ... maybe I can get my hands on another kit? lol    I believe he said it was kit s/n 174, apparently the last Catalina kit Avid produced.
    Barry -  THANK YOU, I agree, GREAT looking Magnum.
    TJay - LOL that is only a small amount of lockstone.  Over the past 3 summers I've gone through 14 pallets of pavers plus made 3 raised flower beds.  Preped all the ground, hauled all the gravel and sand and cut every single stone that needed cutting.   What you see there is for the end of the patio and the sidewalk on the East side of the house.  That will be the last of the lockstone and next springs project.
    Over the winter I am focusing on getting the final inspection from MD-RA done on the Magnum.   For now she is safe and sound all folded up and out of the elements in the Garage at work.  Also, hoping to start flying lessons over the winter / spring ... just waiting on the flight school to open.  They said soon.
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  8. briankbski added a post in a topic BIG NEWS: Avid is BACK IN BUSINESS!   

    Ditto ... CONGRATULATIONS and Best Wishes on a very successful business.  Mark, looks like you already have a number of people looking for bits and pieces.
    Let me add my name to that list.  As soon as you are up and running please let us know.  I will be looking for 
    1 heavy hauler complete wing kit
    1 Left and 1 Right 14 gallon Fuel tank for Speed Wings.
    1 Left and 1 Right fiberglass Magnum butt rib (the one that attaches to the fuselage NOT the wing.
    Again, CONGRATULATIONS  : )  
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  9. briankbski added a topic in Avid Magnum   

    My new Avid Magnum Tricycle
    Hello Everyone
    Just want to let everyone know I am the proud new owner of an Avid Magnum.  I picked up this Magnum in August 2017.  It was originally in Nogales Arizona.  It is now in Beautiful Thunder Bay, Ontario Canada.  Just waiting on getting it inspected by MD-RA  Ministers Delegate Recreational Aircraft.  I got clearance and approval prior to importing but still need it inspected.  Then ... flying lessons and the adventures will begin.  It is currently in a tricycle configuration but can be changed to tail dragger.  14 gallon inboard wing tanks plus optional 5 gallon wing tip fuel tanks ... total + 38 gallons.  I have a set of Avid skis ... just need a nice set of amphibious flaots ... hopefully that will happen in the not to distant future.   I think I will install a BRS as well.
    This was one of the two Avid Magnum factory demonstrators s/n 04M this one was set up to show case the tricycle configuration.  The other Avid factory demonstrator was blue and silver and was in tail dragger set up.
    0-360 160 hp lycoming
    Will keep ya all posted once my flying lessons start.
    Enjoy the photos.  : )

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  10. briankbski added a post in a topic Step 2, Build Magnum!!   

    SaWeeeet  ALWAYS EXCITING watching a project come to life.  Looking forward to your future posts.
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  11. briankbski added a post in a topic Big collection of Avid parts in Idaho   

    I would like to buy the Speedwing fuel tanks if you still have them.
    I Look forward to your reply.
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  12. briankbski added a post in a topic Big collection of Avid parts in Idaho   

    Do you still have the Speed Wing Tanks?  I am interested in both.
    Look forward to your reply.
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  13. briankbski added a post in a topic Drooped tips   

    If you still have these I would like purchase them.  Can you email me?  Are these for An Avid or a Kitfox?
    Look forward to your reply.
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  14. briankbski added a post in a topic AVID Flyer Belly Cargo Pod   

    DITTO  any word on cost and possible delivery?  Add me to the list, I would like one,
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  15. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    Not a bad weekend.  I found some time to work on the Airdale.  Well, she is looking naked and sexy ... I stripped off ALL the fabric from the fuselage.  Engine, engine mount and firewall off.  Next up is the removal of all the control cables, push rods and foot pedals.  Then the rebuilding begins.  : )   The photos were take before I finished all the work today.  Tomorrow I will pick up some MEK ... apparently, that is what I will need to clean up the light residue on some of the steel tubing.

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