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  1. flywise added a post in a topic Susitna River Gravel Bar Landing.   

    Hey Allen,
    I have flown extensively in europe and found when I flew there I had always somewhere I could land if sh*** hit the fan (meadows, river creeks, lake shores, valley in high mountains, corn fields, lots of airfields, etc) .
    When I started flying a C-172 on wheels here in Canada (british columbia) it was the first place I found I often had no place to go if my engine quit.....(big rocks, big forrests and ocean/lakes)
    I did not feel comfortable and decided to go "amphibious"....what a blast. There has not been a single flight where I did not have some water to land on . I now fly mostly in remote places and my Catalina may see a runway 5% of the time......I really feel good and safe to be able to drop into a 500feet pond if needed...
    Just my 2 cents..
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  2. flywise added a post in a topic Kitfox 4 rebuild   

    Hey Jim,
    did you check the ignition trigger coils?? The gap is critical and they should have a certain resistance.
    Hope your trigger coils are good as they cost an arm and a leg @ Rotax..
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  3. flywise added a post in a topic Trimming out the plane?   

    Hey northidahoflyer,
    looks great. There is just one gauge in your cockpit I would reposition If I were flying your nice bird...I would swap the VSI with your ASI so that when you're landing for example your eyes have a shorter distance to look between outside and the ASI for that quick speed check on very short final..
    Just my 2 cents
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  4. flywise added a post in a topic KF3 w 912 for sale   

    wow, that photo nearly looks like a painting....that's art in motion!!!!
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  5. flywise added a post in a topic Catalina 90MPH or bust   

    Hello Duke,
    nice to see you here active on this forum. I am wondering if you have any pictures of Dale Hubner's windshield installation??
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  6. flywise added a post in a topic What's it trying to tell me ?   

    Hey Eg,
    on my 912 I had the same and found the choke lever return springs too weak, the chokes were not resting on their "off" position properly. Also make sure your floats are good (guess you checked that). One more item is the ignition leads which might not be properly inserted/screwed in their respective coil and spark plug cap.
    Check the float chamber vent tube, it should be installed so as to be at the same pressure than the intake (do you have an airbox) and if it's in the airstream (low or high press) you'll get rough running.
    Another easy item to mount backwards in the carb is the diffuser..item#2
    Regarding the mag drop my 912 is the same and I would not worry about that.
    My 2 cents
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  7. flywise added a post in a topic Avid Flyer MkIV in France   

    Hey, Salut Jerome
    welcome to the best Avid group...
    I suggest you ad your location on our member world map here
    Also you'll find another French member close to Grenoble called Fred who has great knowledge and fantastic videos here
    Best regards, Laurent
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  8. flywise added a post in a topic Wing Tank Repair   

    Hello guys, I found a good write-up about a kitfox wing tank repair....something I will have to do eventually

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  9. flywise added a post in a topic am I crazy   

    In my world...people without projects are insane crazy. You're doing really well
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  10. flywise added a post in a topic BRS Parachutes   

    BRS need some altitude to work....for me no use as I mostly fly between 20-200ft....
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  11. flywise added a post in a topic Kitfox Highwing gear on an Avid???   

    I have installed a G-meter in my Catalina...and a usual soft / good landing on a hard runway shows 1.3-1.5 G (remember there is NO shock absorption on the Cat besides the tires).
    A hard/bad landing will show about 1.9- 2.1 G's
    Hope that helps a bit..
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  12. flywise added a post in a topic 6" Matco rims wanted - preferably from Europe...   

    Hey Fred , I bet the rim assembly you are looking for are the Matco WHLWI62L..

    If everything else fails, aircraft spruce europe might be able to get them for you (expensive though)....

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

    Hey Duke, have been looking over the pictures, you've done great progress. Have you done weight and balance yet?? I would be interested in your empty weight and empty aircraft C of G..
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  14. flywise added a post in a topic Avid Flyer Yearbook   

    Thank you so much C5, great stuff
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  15. flywise added a post in a topic Need some compassion...   

    "Merde alors".... glad you're ok and little damage to your bird. Regarding your prop, you can order just the one broken blade...(would be nice to have a close photo of the propeller blade to see how it delaminated).
    Keep it up Fred
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  16. flywise added a post in a topic Avid Catalina photos   

    Yes it used to be Casey's...
    The build quality is good (built by Rick Mosher) but It had not flown in years when I bought it and there were A LOT (50) of items to correct to make this Catalina flyable again. I am very happy with it now
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  17. flywise added a post in a topic Avid Catalina wings and flaperons NEW   

    wing span measured from rear spar to wing tip is 197'in.
    width of wing is 42'in1/2.
    Front/rear spar attach bolt width is 27'in 3/8.
    Let me know if you need any other measurements..
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  18. flywise added a post in a topic Avid Catalina wings and flaperons NEW   

    When fitted on the Catalina they are 33ft span. I'll measure the spar attach fittings and length for you later today. 
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  19. flywise added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Avid Catalina wings and flaperons NEW
    Hi, I have bought a newly built set of wings with flaperons for my Catalina but unfortunately my shipper has let me down big time.. ( the wings are in Batesville / Indiana) The subsequent shipping quotes I got to get the wings to the west coast are prohibitive...
    The wings have fuel tanks in each, wires for nav lights & strobes, flaperons are dent free, polyfiber covering system, spars are clean/no corrosion no dent, flaperon hangers re-enforced. The wings were built by a chap who has already finished 4 experimental aircrafts....not a first time built!!
    Anyhow they are for sale at 2300 USD .-  (wings & Flaperons) loss your gain!!


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  20. flywise added a post in a topic Catalina on barnstormers   

    If this is a nice built it's really reasonable...
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  21. flywise added a post in a topic Approximate Inlet/scoop size for an internal 582 radiator?   

    Hey Cowlove...maybe a useful info I can give you regarding airflow around your cowl flap area thanks to a mistake I made the other day.....
    Doing my prop blade adjustments and synchronizing on my renewed 912 at  I forgot the aluminum tool to set the degrees on my blades exactly along the fairing where you would have your cowl flap, about 1 1/2 inches behind my prop  . This tool is very light, made out of aluminum tubing and a couple of sliding plates riveted to the tubing. 
    I started the engine, run it at idle, at 4000rpm and at full power (5400rpm..)-----believe it or not , the tool after I shut down was still there where I forgot it. Just lying there....not wedged in any way!!!!!!!!!!!!  I just could not believe my eyes.
    Anyhow, since that experience I have the feeling that the whole cowl area behind the rear windows is a "no airflow" area....can't come up with another explanation. There might be a problem getting the air sucked through your rad because of this??!!
    P.s my cat is ripping through the air again...just had a flight today. Report will be posted soon.
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  22. flywise added a post in a topic Luga / Kool / "NR" Propellers   

    I love it....but for my setup the weight (because of my rear c of g) is the deal breaker....Also If you consider how "draggy" Avids are I believe you will not gain much/any top speed. It's only good for shorter t/o and better climb rate...not sure it's worth it.
    In the end someone with a slippery / aerodynamic & fast aircraft should have a VP prop so as to get the best performance on t/o and at high cruise speeds (hardly possible with a ground adjustable prop)....but for us the advantages are somewhat minimal if you have a good fixed pitch prop well adjusted.
    My 2 cents
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  23. flywise added a post in a topic Luga / Kool / "NR" Propellers   

    Brilliant Fred..wish I could "fix" everything like that
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  24. flywise added a post in a topic BIG NEWS AGAIN - Avid TurboProp   

    Awesome....only aesthetic detail I don't like is the cowling / spinner junction. It's too big of a gap and size of spinner is not right.
    Totally subjective of course:)
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  25. flywise added a post in a topic Avid Model A Rebuild   

    Hey fillmanw,
    I have installed an electric carb heat on my dual bing carbs..light, easy to install and can be left 'on' without power loss....
    Have a look here carb heat.htm
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