LSaupe

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  1. LSaupe added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    3 mile vis in Class G airspace (Sport Pilot)
    Getting ready for a bi-annual (havent flown in a long time, like 2 years ). I see that the 3 mile vis requirement is still there for Sport Pilots in class G.  Any idea why this is (when ultralight pilots, private pilots have only 1 mile)?
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  2. LSaupe added a topic in Kitfox III   

    Rib Stitch over Covered Wings with Perimeter Tapes
    Can you rib stitch after perimeter tapes have been installed (can this be done without needing to reaccomplish perimeter tapes), or do I buy into adding another layer of perimeter tapes to the wings?
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  3. LSaupe added a post in a topic Painting waterborn paints with a power sprayer   

    Seems odd that they only recommend and show (in the videos) a charcole respirator.  Is there something out of whack here?
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  4. LSaupe added a post in a topic Painting waterborn paints with a power sprayer   

    Great feedback guys.  Many thanks.  Yep, I do have the CD's from Stewart.  Watched them several times through teh covering process. Now need to do the same with the painting.  Did watch them one and see the pass speed is faster than I am used to (more like a fast fog in a way).
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  5. LSaupe added a post in a topic Painting waterborn paints with a power sprayer   

    This one actually is used in the Automotive world.
     
    http://www.amazon.com/Earlex-HV5500-Spray-Station/dp/B004RGOKR2#productDetails
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  6. LSaupe added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Painting waterborn paints with a power sprayer
    Anyone tried to spray a plane using a power sprayer for waterborn paints (such as Stewarts System)?
     
    Gun similar to:
     
    http://www.homedepot.com/p/Wagner-Pa...1?N=5yc1vZarv5
     
    Sounds a bit odd at first but appearntly there has been some success in this regard.
     
    Anyone have first hand knowledge of experience with this?
     
     
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  7. LSaupe added a post in a topic Finishing Tapes, any ironing other than shaping?   

    Thanks for all the feedback.  I am using the 21 Century iron and it works great,  Just to make sure I have this correct.  No ironing on the tapes unless I need to put down the edges (I.e. no ironing on the main portion of the tape)?
     
    Thanks again,
     
    Larry S.
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  8. LSaupe added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Finishing Tapes, any ironing other than shaping?
     I am ready to install the finishing tapes on the ribs of my tail feathers (using the Stewart System).
     
    After gluing (2" tapes), is there anything else required?  Any final ironing over the tapes or maybe just in local spots for a better lay down?
     
    Larry S.
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  9. LSaupe added a post in a topic A few more pictures for you guys   

    Nice looking cowling.  Just a heads-up, key an eye on the routing for the PTO side oil injection line.  My cross over plug wire was routed too tight and pinched off the line.  Luckily caught before engine start.
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  10. LSaupe added a post in a topic Single Piece Cover Question (Model III)   

    Tried putting glue on the tube that gets the overall wrap and that worked fine.  All set now.
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  11. LSaupe added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Single Piece Cover Question (Model III)
    Question for you all:   I am covering my horizontal stab and rudder today.  I am trying to use a single piece of fabric for each in a wrap mode.   Mi intial thought here is to glue it to the non-hinge ends and have the non glued wrap on the large tube diameter (hinge tube).   Is this correct?  If so, when you glue to the two halves together (first half is already glued and dried) how do you keep puckering from happening (i.e. it glues beyond the 90 degree point on the tube as the fabric it is being glued to is not yet shrunk?   I did my elevator using a two piece method (bottom and then top) and didnt have this issue as I was gluing the second sheet to a shrunk fabric.
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  12. LSaupe added a post in a topic How much fabric Fuselage and Tail Feathers?   

    Thanks Ed.
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  13. LSaupe added a topic in Kitfox III   

    How much fabric Fuselage and Tail Feathers?
    Getting ready to cover the main fuselage and tail feathers on a Mod III and could use an estimate on ho wmuch fabric to order.  Anyone have a good feel for this?  Wings are already covered.   Many thanks,   Larry S.
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  14. LSaupe added a post in a topic Oratex covering   

    Dave;
     
    Any updates and/or pics?  If you had to start from scratch would you go the Oratex route for your whole bird?  I am guessing the fusalage/tail feathers takes about the same material as the wings, or would it be more?  Just trying to see if the $6,100 estimate is good number.
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  15. LSaupe added a post in a topic Floor wood supplier?   

    Thanks for all the feedback.  Found a local marine guy and was able to snag a 4x8 sheet and no shipping )
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  16. LSaupe added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Floor wood supplier?
    I am looking for new floor wood for my Model III KF.  Originally this had 5 ply 1/8"  I can find it at Aircraft Spruce, however the shipping is horrendous (over $100.00 just in shipping for two 2' x 4' pieces).  Actually all I need is two 26" x 16" pieces, but I imagine it is the 4 foot dimension that is messing this up.
     
    Any other suppliers out there that carry smaller sizes?
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  17. LSaupe added a post in a topic Poly Fiber Compressor Requirements   

    Great feedback.  Wil have to find out more about the HVLP turbine.
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  18. LSaupe added a topic in Technical tasks   

    Poly Fiber Compressor Requirements
    I am looking at Stewart Systems and Poly Fiber.  I prefer the Stewart Systems, however it requires a large compressure 14 CFM.
     
    I have a smaller compressor (6 CFM) and am curious as if the Poly Fiber spray requirements are less.
     
    Anyone have experience with this?  Are there recommended guns and flow rates for Poly Fiber?  Couldnt find anything specific on the PF website.
     
    Larry S.
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  19. LSaupe added a post in a topic Iron design tailwheel   

    I also plan on going the Matco 8".  Would this also require a main leaf spring change as well, or can I just bolt the new tail wheel onto the double leaf system supplied with my Kitfox III?  I.e. unbolt the Maule and bolt on the Matco?
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  20. LSaupe added a post in a topic Rudder Bushing Alignment Tolerance - Kitfox III   

    Hey Randy, Thank you for the reply and for posting the images.  
     
    I should have mentioned it, but in this case the kit is new (has never flown).  Looks to have been possibly a fabrication issue (I have heard from others with the same problem).  Maybe that is one reason for changing over to an adjustable system like on the Model IVs?
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  21. LSaupe added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Rudder Bushing Alignment Tolerance - Kitfox III
    I am in the process of changing out my Kitfox Mod III rudder with a Mod IV.

    When I fit up the new rudder (still using the original bushings on the vert stab), I find that the lowest of the 4 bushing mounts is 1/4" further forward that the top 3. I.e. you could drop a rod down through the top three bushing guides, but it would then pass behind the bottom guide. Looks like it was built this way from day 1.

    Anyone run across this before? What is odd is that the rudder I took off was actually bent to fit (lower part bent forward 1/4"). It did seem to move o.k.

    Trying to sort out if this is a big deal or not. I can bend the new rudder to fit, however it will still need to accommodate the non-linear movement (to the tune of 0.15" at full 37 degree deflection - side loading). I assume the tubes will all try to bend to allow motion, but with the fabric on I am concerned about increase loading and fatigue.

    One option is to bend the rudder and leave as is (and live with the stresses). The other is to move the lower fuselage bushing out 1/4" and then fill that gap between the rudder leading edge as appropriate.

    Anyone run across a similar situation? Are there any tolerances for hinge mounts on tube-n-fabric birds like these?
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  22. LSaupe added a post in a topic 0 time Kitfox II with Full Lotus Floats and traditional gear   

    Stopped by Terry's today. The inspection was actually accomplished 14 Jan 2008.  Just before the deadline.

    Engine has never been started (stored on the plane and in a garage). It did receive a new crank plus many updates to bring it closer to Blue head specs during the rebuild.
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  23. LSaupe added a post in a topic Elevator Cord Increase?   

    Hi EDMO.  Its a Model III (which measures the same as a friends Model IV-1200)
     
    I see Kitfox sells a larger elevator for the Lite2 (trigear) and offers it for the others.  Anyone familiar with this one?
     
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    Enlarged Elevator Model 3, 4 and Lite2 (squared)   Designed for the tri-gear version of the Kitfox Lite2, but suitable for earlier Kitfox’s this new  Elevator improves flare authority with a full flap, forward CG condition.      Part #: Part #51018.201 
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  24. LSaupe added a topic in Kitfox III   

    Elevator Cord Increase?
    I will be installing an elevator trim system prior to covering.  I also had a suggestion to increase the cord length of the elevator by 4" to help with slow speed authority (especially with flaps depolyed).
     
    Worth the trip and has anyone here done this mod?
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  25. LSaupe added a post in a topic 0 time Kitfox II with Full Lotus Floats and traditional gear   

    Unfortunately I don't know the answers to your questions (just the messenger).  If interested, I am sure the owner could fill you in quickly.
     
    I do know he took the new engine and sent it out for an overhaul to one of the Rotax service centers to make sure it was fresh (as it had been in storage for a long time prior to kit completion).  Not sure when that was however.
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