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  1. flywise added a post in a topic Matco MH whls run tubeless   

    Hi Smartguy..
    I have a set of WHLWI62L main wheels and in order to save weight and to make field repairs easier I ordered the oring/valve stem kit...well that kit does not fit! There is no provision to fit that o-ring.
    I then proceeded to thoroughly clean the mating surfaces of the rims and made a thin fillet of M3 marine 5200 sealant around the mating surface - groove. Just enough to make it air tight but not too thick to prevent the rims to seat properly. Let it cure completely before you assemble the rims. I fitted a solid brass stem kit, sealed with the same sealant.
    It has been one year now and I am happy to say there is absolutely no leak and it works great for me. I carry a motorcycle tire repair kit in the plane...takes 5 minutes to fix a flat if that ever happens. No more stupid tube removal and repair (ever tried to pry the rim off the tire in the field....a real PITA)
    My 5 cents...
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  2. flywise added a post in a topic Vertical rudder tube issue   

    Hey Superavid,
    looking at your tailwheel installation it seems you have a negative castor angle which is supposed to be bad (see the picture below). Did you try different angles (shims installed)
    ? What did you find?
    Thanks for your input, Laurent

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  3. flywise added a post in a topic CONTRIBUTIONS TO KEEP SITE GOING   

    The Canadian avid flyer connection has sent you his small contribution..Thank you so much for keeping this up an alive
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  4. flywise added a post in a topic Vertical rudder tube issue   

    Hey northidahoflyer, 
    could you edit the title please (rudder vs rubber) so that when we search for your post we'll find it in the future..
    Thanks buckets
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  5. flywise added a topic in Avid Catalina   

    avid catalina flight
    Hey guys, here a little unedited video of where I live and fly (or the other way round). Most is over the ocean but at the end is the Lake I land and take-off from (Sakinaw Lake) which is 15 min from where I live. 
    Happy flying year to everyone...  
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  6. flywise added a post in a topic Wing Strut Fairing   

    Have a look at this 3D printed strut fairing...really neat and light.
    Here the full story

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  7. flywise added a post in a topic AVID C ready for registration, need drawings   

    I don't know if it's me but that prop looks HUGE for the misery 65Hp engine....I know that running a slow prop speed the diameter has to be increased ... but to have a 4 bladed prop and such a big size diameter (looks like 69in) seems over proping the poor hirth
    fantastic looking aircraft .
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  8. flywise added a post in a topic Opening some new dialogue on speed mods   

    Hey Turbo,
    funny you talk about inboard and outboard jury struts.....on my Catalina, Avid aircraft (or the CAA in GB) found they had to ad a jury strut because of the increased span (36ft)...The wing was not strong enough with only one jury strut.
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  9. flywise added a post in a topic MATCO Tail wheel shimmy   

    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
    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..

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  10. flywise added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    King KY-97A for sale
    Hey Guys,
    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

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  11. flywise added a post in a topic Just picked up this Model 1 kitfox   

    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...
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  12. flywise added a post in a topic MK IV Aerobat speedwing spar gouge/repair   

    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... 

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  13. flywise added a post in a topic Flaperon Control Break   

    The flaperon being fitted with counterweights/balanced should just sit in a neutral position in the least that's what I thought.
    Anyone to shed some light?
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  14. flywise added a post in a topic Flaperon Control Break   

    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?
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  15. flywise added a post in a topic Getting close for an engine choice   

    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..
    Price wise you can get them at a good price too...
    Here a thread on
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  16. flywise added a post in a topic Cabin Heat   

    I would be against welding a cabin heat shield to your exhaust because there would be no way of inspecting it for cracks....danger of monoxide poisoning 
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  17. flywise added a post in a topic Replacing header tank   

    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...
    My 2 cents
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  18. flywise added a post in a topic amphibian for sale barnstormers   

    Hey Allen,
    thanks for your input. My quote about 2smokes has nothing to do about them being good or's only financial!  
    A 912 s is many times the price of a 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....
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  19. flywise added a post in a topic IVO Magnum on a 582???   

    I stand corrected .....thank you for shedding the light
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  20. flywise added a post in a topic IVO Magnum on a 582???   

    Hey Northidahoflyer,
    if it came off a pusher it will not work on a tractor configuration.....blades would be back to front. Hope that makes sense
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  21. flywise added a topic in Avid Catalina   

    amphibian for sale barnstormers
    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.
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  22. flywise added a post in a topic So. Oregon   

    very appealing paint scheme, I am sure you'll enjoy this bird. Make sure you got a good instructor though.
    Just wondering what your empty weight is with the soob engine.....???
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  23. flywise added a post in a topic Mountain Avid finally Flys   

    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....
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  24. flywise added a post in a topic lycoming mod ?   

    one guy (courierguy) on forum has more than a 1000Hrs on the big bore kit without any trouble...
    Over a one year period now I have NOT been able to find a single failure story regarding the big bore kit on the net anywhere. I am REALLY interested in the complete story of the guys having had trouble. Why is there nothing about their misfortune anywhere? It would be very helpful of you to bring these stories to light for the rest of us. In the meantime I am going to ask Hall if he knows more about this.
    Thanks for your feedback
    P.s. It is very helpfull to have the details like: Were the engines converted from 80Hp to ? Hp or did they use 100uls engines to go higher Hp / did they install fuel injection,turbo,high performance camshaft? / Were the engines old, used, prop strike before mod etc...
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  25. flywise added a post in a topic lycoming mod ?   

    Hey Ljones
    I have not heard of any 912 fitted with a big bore kit "blow" up.....  Can you please give more info about you having watched 3 blow up!!!!!!!!!
    where, what aircraft, Hrs run, which model 912 etc....
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