NorthIdahoAvidflyer

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  1. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Flying off paved runways   

    Toe in or toe out?? In the auto world we toe in.
    I understand the pipe.....I was a millwright in my younger days.
     
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  2. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Flap travel   

    Glad it will go to good use. 
    Yeah I do not believe you could get over 13 with the stock linkage. It’s ok. It flys good with 13 degrees. 
    More to come. :)
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  3. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Flying off paved runways   

    How do you adjust that on the standard gear? 
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  4. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Flying off paved runways   

    Made three pavement landings tonight. All went well. Happy feet for sure. I need to adjust some slack out of my rudder cables. It was very helpful changing my point of focus. Still work to be done. 
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  5. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Flying off paved runways   

    Several of you have indicated that you use an aim point than the prop. Just out of curiosity what is your aim point on the ground? Are you using the reference point in our plane against the center line of the runway or are you using something else?
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  6. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Flying off paved runways   

    Before changing my idler jets my plane would not idle below 2500. I dropped two idler jet sizes and now idle smooth at 1900-2000. You might try that for the high idle problem. 
    There is a lot of good points here on this thread. In the Champ you are setting looking right down the center line and I have had little issue keeping it straight. Last week I made two approaches in the Avid and both times I could tell the nose was literally pointing at the center line as I rolled on. I didn't think about it being the fact that I was literally flying the plane where I was focusing. It makes a lot of sense and maybe the reason landing on a strip without any actual reference seems so much easier because you have less tendency fly to a point coupled with the fact that its a more forgiving surface.  
    Joey brings up a good point......It is kinda funny that we are having a discussion about landing on the most standard runway surface in the world. I guess it goes to show you how nonstandard our little planes are.

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  7. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Flying off paved runways   

    That just makes to much damn sense.  Good tip. 
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  8. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Flying off paved runways   

    This is why I love you guys. I knew you would give me good advise. Thank you for the great comments and instructions. 
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  9. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic 582 engine in a kitfox 4   

    It's looking good Mark. I have been meaning to get a hold of you but its been a super for me this summer. 
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  10. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Flying off paved runways
    Now that the Avid Mark IV is about ready for some serious flying I want to start working on my paved runway skills.Having those skills will open up a lot of more airports for me.  I have flow off grass all of my Avid life. I have literally made one paved runway landing in this thing. I have not tested the approachable speed limits of this thing because of the trim issues and I find myself making approaches faster than I need to. I have to say I am a little intimidated because the plane I trained in was such a handful it made me gun shy about short coupled tail wheel planes on pavement. I have the option at my field to use the grass but that not what its about......its about being able to land wherever I need to and be proficient at it. 
    I have several hours flying a Champ off pavement with no issues. 
    I would love to hear from you guys who fly these off pavement on a regular basis. If you could share the techniques you use (type of approach, flaps, speeds...ect.) and the things you have learned I would appreciate it and I'm sure other who are putting one of these together could benefit from it also.  
     
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  11. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Trimming out the plane?   

    Thank you Avid Randy. I like the Belight gauge a lot. It gives you at glance information and has proven to be more accurate than my steam gauge Altimeter. I do not have it hooked to a static port but I do have all the static lines ran in series to a small air filter behind the dash. When I set the B/P on the Altimeter and the Belight the Belight is reads very close to field elevation where the Altimeter is not even close. Joey likes his too. I would recommend it for sure.
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  12. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Trimming out the plane?   

  13. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Trimming out the plane?   

    Update: flew an hour this evening and I’m happy to report the plane flys like it’s supposed too. Roll rate is back and the plane feels solid. I set the Ailerons reflexed 2 degrees. I can’t believe how bad it was before. I leaned out the idler circuit, adjusted the needles and timed the slides. Temp were great. Still would like to see more RPM on take off. The new prop is supposed to be here tomorrow. Hope to get this thing dialed in this weekend.
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  14. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Hanging Luggage Bag for Avids   

    Does anyone have pictures of Nate's bag? What does he charge for them?
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  15. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Speed fairings   

    Looks like a piece of metal filled in with white silicone? Can you provide any details? How did you mount it?
    I have a friend that works magic small fiberglass molds. I'm thinking I could have him help me make molds of these. Attach with two sided tape??
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  16. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Flap travel
    After adjusting the flaperons I decided to check throw of the flap system. The stop bolt that was installed between the seats had them set at about 11 degrees of deflection. I installed a shorter bolt and was able to get 13.2. The book says to set them at 15 or less. I looked over the linkage and it does not look like there is adjustment for anymore length throw. Any Idea.
    Any Ideas?
     
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  17. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic September 11 never forget   

    Thank you 
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  18. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic On a friends airstrip   

    Very Cool. Thanks for sharing. 
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  19. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Ultra-prop II   

    http://www.competitionaircraft.com/Ultra_Prop_II.pdf
    I found this interesting "Craig Catto designed a longer and more efficient blade".
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  20. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Trickle Charger Input Plug?   

    I have given some thought into this same subject because winter is coming on. I thought about using a uni-bit to drill a hole in the rear corner of the small rear side window. At Ace Hardware they sell rubber plugs. A person could drill a hole through the center of the rubber plug , cut one end off of the two prong wire you posted a picture of above, stick the wire through the hole in the rubber plug and install the plug back into the hole in the window. I would then put ring terminal connectors on the cut off ends and wire the hot and ground directly to the corresponding battery posts. 
    A guy could also install one of the window vents and do something similar.
     
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  21. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Trimming out the plane?   

    Update/Dumb Stunt: I went to the hangar this morning and pulled out the other control mixer I had. After removing the other threaded adjuster rod I noticed they were the same exact length as the other one I had. I looked at the other side and sure enough it was longer. I went back to plane and found the same thing. 
    I hate to admit this but when I took all apart the last time to clean and make sure everything was installed correctly I accidentally reinstalled the adjuster rods back in the wrong sides. After I swapped them back everything fits much better now and I had plenty of adjustment to level the ailerons. You wouldn’t believe how far they were out. Funny thing too is I could tell something didn’t feel right but it didn’t fly horrible. They were literally 2.7 degrees out from each other and the worst one was 4.3 from being level.  I’m kinda excited to fly it again to see how it feels. I bet it will be a huge difference. 
    I will report back after I fly it. 
    Lesson: if you do anything to your controls make sure you level the wings per the manual and recheck your control angles. If I would have rechecked this I would have found the problem immediately. I got lucky. 
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  22. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Mountain Avid finally Flys   

    JohnM, I will post pictures of my electrical setup. My ground are all to a common place in the front and I do have another ground point in the back by the battery. 
    I’m usimg a Icom A6 radio. 
    Yes, my wings is undercambered. 
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  23. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Trimming out the plane?   

    I have another aileron mixer set out off my uncles wreckes bird. It was a newer airframe. I wonder if they have the updated parts?? I’ll have to check the hangar tomorrow morning. 
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  24. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Trimming out the plane?   

    These measure 2 3/4 but they have been cut down. They must have been 3” or more 
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  25. NorthIdahoAvidflyer added a post in a topic Trimming out the plane?   

    Someone cut these too short. What can I use to replace them. I can’t find them locally. 

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