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  1. briankbski added a post in a topic My new Avid Magnum Tricycle   

    Hello to all and the MAGNUM GANG.
    GOOD NEWS ... I FINALLY started my flying lessons.  It is so much fun Fun FUN and I am having a BLAST despite the bad weather, fog, low ceiling, WIND.  
    I got tired of waiting for the flight school to open in Thunder Bay so I decided to book lessons at Spectrum Airways in Burlington Ontario, only a thousand miles away.   During these first 10 days the weather hasn't cooperated very well but I have 3 days of flying in, two more days scheduled before I head home.  I'm booked to return for one week in September and 2 more weeks in October and 2 weeks in November.
    I have been doing a LOT of research and reading about home sims.  I know it is NOT the REAL thing but there seems to be strong support for their benefits.  I'm setting one up when I get home so I can practice.  Better than couch flying with my notes and text books.
    I have a Saitek yoke, rudder pedals, radio and nav stack, and a few other peripherals to help with the realism.  The biggest draw back is no motion associated with the input.  It should really help with muscle memory with respect to sequence of things and procedures.
    BONUS, no instructor fees or aircraft rentals and I am not weather dependent when I sim fly.
    I will be using x-plane 11 and will be flying the same aircraft I fly here ... Cessna 152.
    I will also be able to set up and adjust the weather, traffic, radio work etc
    ALL GOOD PRACTICE, until I get back here to do some REAL flying.
    As Steve from Flight Chops says "PRACTICE  REVIEW  IMPROVE"
    I will keep the group posted as I progress through my flight training towards my PPL. 
    Wishing you all blue skys and light winds.  Fly safe.
    Best regards 
    Avid Magnum s/n  04M
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  2. briankbski added a post in a topic It’s Alive!!!   

    SaWeet Ride.  Looks AWESOME.  Two Thumbs up.
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  3. briankbski added a post in a topic Misc Avid Magnum parts for sale   

    Hello Barry.  I am very interested in the wing tip tanks if still available.  What is the asking price.
    Look forward to your reply.
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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. 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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  17. 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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  18. 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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  19. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    Cool, thank you Paul for the gas tank sealer tip.  I will look into it.  I really want this project to last so anything I can do to extend the life of all parts is great.  One of the reasons I will be removing the fabric.  I want to make sure the fuselage is in mint condition before covering and painting.
    Agreed, I think the Airdale is an awesome plane as well.  Soooo, much more room in it than an Avid Mark lV.  : )
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  20. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    Sure, no problem ... what measurements do you need?
    Yes, regarding the wheel pants ... I think ... I have two wheel pants.  I will double check but it looks like I have an left and right.  One is factory new, untouch, just smooth fiberglass, not even a white gel coat.  The other one is white and has been trimmed and mounting holes drilled.  
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  21. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    Cool,  I will ... Thanks Ed.  
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  22. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    Hey Randy
    The fuselage (steel frame) needs a little work, the fabric seems OK??? ... although I am not an expert by any means.  Hopefully, this weekend I will get some photos of the fuselage and misc parts and post them.  Some parts have a little "tarnish" /  what seems to be "surface rust".  Since my plan is to keep this bird for a LOOOOOOOG time I would to make sure it lasts.
    This may sound a bit odd but I REALLY want this bird to look as good as it will fly ... so, a ground up restoration seems like the way to go.  The heritage of this particular plane is kinda cool ... originally owned by John Larsen (designer) ... so i thought I would give it the attention it deserves.   Also, a bit of personal pride ... I would like to honestly say ... I assembled this kit, every part (except the wings).  Just one of my "bucket list" things to do.  Build (assemble) a plane and fly it!  The good news, the wings are built so that will save a lot of time.  One drag tube needs replacing in the left wing and I would like to replace the Right side fuel tank.  Want to also get cosmetic flapperon plastic end caps and a few other misc. items.  Already spoke to Dave? at Kitfox.  I am just getting him the information he requires so I can get the correct parts ordered.  Any other suppliers I should be looking at for parts?
    Can you say PUMPED caused I am REALLY PUMPED to get into this project.  Some people look at it and have said "WOW, that looks like a lot of work".  I look at it and think "WOW ... this is going to be a lot of FUN!"
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  23. briankbski added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Buyer be ware ... Seller be ware
    A few words of wisdom and caution.  As most of you know I sold my Avid Catalina Kit over this past weekend.  Today I received a troubling email from the buyer.  Below is his email from today and below that is my reply.  Has anyone EVER encounter a situation as odd as this where the response is so unexpected and unwarranted?
    Dales reply to me today ...
    merry christmas, you just got about $3500 dollars more than this crap is worth. Guess That will be my lesson to trust no one. Used seats used instruments no nav lights, the pedals are a bad joke, and the list goes on. Not to mention the 1200$ just to travel up there. You should be ashamed of yourself. I will more than likely have to part it out to break even. Thanks for the grief............
    My response to Dale's email
    Hello Dale  (Pilot in Command)
    I’m not sure how to respond to your note.  To say I am completely surprised and disillusioned and saddened would be an understatement.  The whole time you were here on Saturday I never once got the impression you were not satisfied with the condition of the kit.  I sensed you didn’t realize how many parts there were and that it might take you a little longer to assemble it … but it is an airplane ( a seaplane) kit … what did you expect?
    You were here from 10am to 5pm …  I spent the better part of the day helping you where I could to loading everything.  ALL the parts … right down to every nut, bolt and washer was available to you to look at and review.  Almost every part was labeled and easily identifiable.  How is this in any way me ripping you off?
    NOTHING was hidden or concealed.  YOU handled EVERY SINGLE PART.  I didn’t even plastic wrap the AN parts bins until you were just about to load them.  The CLEAR plastic bags the seat cushions were in were OPEN for you to inspect ... NOT sealed.   You even helped me double bag them.   And BTW  the seat cushions are NOT used … remember they have been stored since the kit was bought by the original owner.  Probably about 25 years.  Yes, there were a few minor blemishes on them but NO wear marks NO rips and NO tears.  How is this in any way me ripping you off?
    YOU duct taped EVERY SINGLE CONNECTION (nut and bolt) on the control surfaces, control linkages and wing mount attachments.  There wasn’t a part of the kit YOU didn’t have you hands on.  FOUR days AFTER you arrive home … NOW you tell me this is not what you thought it would be???   Good god man … grow up!  YOU decided to buy the kit!  YOU decided to contact me after seeing the ad!  YOU phoned ME and WE negotiated a fair deal.  I sent you EVERY photo you asked for … YOU DIDN’T buy this kit sight unseen.  YOU bought it with your EYES WIDE OPEN.  How is this in any way me ripping you off?
    No one put a gun to your head forcing you to make an offer on this kit and buy it.  I NEVER called you and asked you to buy it.  At ANY TIME before you arrived or while you were here you could have said this is not what I was expecting and decided not to buy it.  YOU had the money … the ball was in your court.  YOU had the ENTIRE kit loaded and strapped down BEFORE you even gave me the money!  How is this in any way me ripping you off?
    You knew I would have been happy to keep the kit and put it in storage.  You knew I was not in a rush to sell it … I told you on many occasions, even while you were here loading it.  In 2009 I paid $13,600 for the kit and NEVER once felt I got ripped off.  Yes … I paid a premium dollar for it but it was what I wanted.  In 2015 I sold it to you for $8,500 … a $5,100 loss to me, remember, it also cost me $1,100 to have it shipped to Thunder Bay from Ottawa.  How is this in any way me ripping you off? 
    Now that you are home you give the kit a valuation of $5,000??? … I disagree.  I think the kit is easily worth what you paid.  If you think it is only worth $5,000 then listed it and sell it at that price.  My guess is you will have people fighting to buy it at that price.  If I could get time off work I would drive down tomorrow to buy it back for $5,000.  Remember, that is the valuation you just placed on the kit.  
    I’ll even go one step further … you bring it back in the EXACT same condition with ALL the parts … I will give you your $8,500 and put it in storage ... like I was going to do!  That is $3,500 more than what you value the kit to be worth.   Be thankful … I think most people would tell you to F.O. and be done with you!  How is this in any way me ripping you off? 
    Discuss the offer with your wife show her this email ... or anyone else ... I’m betting they will all feel I am being more than fair.
    DON’T ever say I ripped you off.  You will not find a more honest and open individual.  I pride myself on my honesty and integrity.
    YOU of all people … someone who has owned two previous Avids … one amphibian and one Catalina, should know what they are getting themselves into. 
    During our conversations you said both were not what you really expected and they both had issues … especially once you stripped the fabric off wings and fuselage and saw what need to be repaired.
    I am sorry you had bad experiences with your two other aircraft.   
    I am sorry to hear you sold your last Catalina to your friend (teacher) and now feel you got ripped off on that too! 
    I am sorry to hear that your first Amphibian almost fell off the trailer and the fuselage got twisted and damaged while you were still in British Columbia. 
    I am sorry you lost parts from one of your previous plane transporting it back from BC.  
    I am sorry you felt the trailer you got with one of the planes was crap and needed to be rebuilt.   
    I am sorry if you felt assembling this kit was more than what you expected.  
    I am truly sorry, but none of that is my problem.
    There seems to be a common theme here … you buy a plane … after the fact you have issues with it … and then blame others.   Try taking responsibility for your own decisions and actions … it is called growing up!
    The ball is in your court!
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  24. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    Cool. thank you for the information.  I will look into Crystal Finishing.
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  25. briankbski added a post in a topic Airdale Backcountry s/n 007 Rebuild Diary   

    I believe Jerry Matison said a total of 12 kits were made.  His is #001 and mine is #007.
    The Catalina was picked up this past Saturday.  : (   A little sad but it has gone to a good home.   No time to build ... I know it sounds odd cause I am restoring the Airdale from the ground up but there are so many fewer parts to this bird ... a lot less fiberglass work and the wings are done ... although they do need a little work.  I don't see this taking me near as much time to get it complete.  I am going to have FUN trying.  : )
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