Hey Guys I have been successfully operating a fibreglass spring on my Catalina. It saved me more than 2 Lbs of weight compared to the double steel setup and it does not sag as much/a bit stiffer which prevents my rudder to be hit (remember the Catalina is extremely tail heavy compared to the other Avids ....static, wings unfolded I have about 110Lbs weight but when I fold the wings the weight goes up to about 220Lbs!!!) I was going to make a spring but did not have the equipment to prevent air bubbles between the layup ( oven and bagging technique). I found the easy way to by a 84-96 Chevrolet corvette rear fibreglass rear mono leaf spring. like this one on ebay https://www.ebay.com/itm/Corvette-rear-fiberglass-leaf-spring-84-85-86-87-88-89-90-91-92-93-94-95-96-NYU/372502247525?hash=item56badd3865:g:OcgAAOSw8PJb7Jlq:rk:8:pf:0 With it I cut 4 different length to make the perfect one having good strength, rigidity and rebound. I tested mine to over 2000Lbs no problem See the picture of my tail assy below. Last picture is the before..
I am replacing my King Ky97 for a dual frequency garmin SL-40. The King comes with it's tray and is in good working condition. I can include a com whip antennae if someone needs it. It's all yours for 590 $ + shipping
It could be carb icing depending on conditions and otherwise I would check for fuel contamination going from tanks to Carb. (fod or water in tanks/gascolator , check carb fuel bowl (drain it) for contamination and fuel filter...).
My 2 cents
P.s I guess you did check the fuel tank drains for water/contaminants before flight/! Note there is a special bulletin about water contamination in the Cessna 172... https://all-things-aviation.com/tag/drain-water-from-airplane-fuel-tanks/
Hey Justin on the avid Catalina the wing spar had to be extended/spliced to make the span 36 ft. I am including the splicing method of the spar (from the Avid company) and it might be an option to repair your damaged spar...
I am very surprised that you would loose control when only one flaperon is connected to your stick instead of two. In my manual Avid states that you can control roll (if flaperons are completely u/s or disconnected) with rudder only. In the above scenario he still had one flaperon working + rudder!!! Any thoughts?
If I was to choose a new engine I would go for the BMW R1200 engine. Parts are a non issue at a reasonable price. Here you have some info about a guy fitting it to a cherry BX-2.. http://spang-air.de/e/html/bmw_-_engine.html
Price wise you can get them at a good price too... https://www.ebay-kleinanzeigen.de/s-anzeige/bmw-1200gs-flugmotor-m-neuen-bleidieselgetriebe/687835651-242-5976
Here a thread on homebuiltpanes.com http://www.homebuiltairplanes.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4438
Hey Curt, I understand you're at a high elevation and have not much useful load there....but looking a little further down the road, if one day you sell or the plane moves closer to sea level it is of GREAT value to have the possibility to fill more fuel.......One of the prime items a buyer is looking at is endurance . I bought an Avid with 14 Gallons (only one tank in the right wing) and lowered the price because it takes a LOT of work cutting into the wing to ad another tank. I am very limited in range until I add the second tank because the Avid flyer fuel pick up is far from ideal. 4-5 gal in the wing tank is not enough to fly safe as you will constantly feed from your header when banking/climbing & descending...
Hey Allen, thanks for your input. My quote about 2smokes has nothing to do about them being good or bad....it's only financial! A 912 s is many times the price of a 582...so logically an amphibian fitted with a 912 is more expensive than when fitted with a 582. This amphibian is fitted with a 582 and basic instruments (handheld VHF, no xponder) . hence my comment. 2 years ago I bought a very well built Catalina (evolution from the amphibian) fitted with a Rotax 912, in flight adjustable prop, panel mounted VHF and transponder with a purpose built trailer for 27'000.... Also not so long ago a complete catalina Kit was sold for 7500US.. My 2 cents....
Found this ad on barnstormers.....I wonder why someone would install wing fences on an avid amphibian? Price is quite high being fitted with the 2smoke I find. https://www.barnstormers.com/cat.php?mode=search
Hey , I am just wondering what impedance is best with the 912. Some caps are 1kΩ and the ones you bought are 5 kΩ.... I found this company selling caps for the 912 and they're 1 kΩ.... https://shop.brp-rotax.fr/en/all-rotax/12667-983409-shielded-spark-plug-connector-bosch.html