LSaupe

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  1. LSaupe added a post in a topic EFIS EZ 3.2   

    I like it and am interested as well.  Can you calibrate out compass errors (or at least try to)?  Any dimensions (depth) and weight?  Just a 12V DC hook up?
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  2. LSaupe added a post in a topic Heat Rejection Control   

    The exchanger is an upgrade to the OEM. It is the Merle Williams unit.  Has more surface area than OEM and provides noticeably more cooling capacity in actual operation.
    Lowell at High Wing built the louvers to mate with that exchanger (I sent it to him for a custom fit).  The Louvers used to be part of his standard product offering until he closed up shop last year.  It is controlled via a push-pull cable routed to the cockpit along the coolant lines. When I contacted him last Fall he was amenable to making another set, so I got lucky in that regard.
    Using the High Wing gear as well. I been very impressed with the gears performance (80+ hours now and close to 200 landings in various conditions).  I have seen posts about similar units and spring rates, however no problems on this end.  I do have a lighter unit (Model III with 2 stroke) so that might have some bearing on things.
    Actually, have been very happy with all components I have purchased from both High Wing (electric trim, landing gear and louvers) and Merle Williams.(wide body kit, header tank, door latches and exchanger). 
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  3. LSaupe added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Heat Rejection Control
    Havent been able to fly the Fox much this winter due to snow, however the snow pack has receded enough to get out for a nice flight this morning.  In the Fall I added a heater and airflow control to the radiator (louver kit from HighWing).
    What a difference that made.  Easy now to control temps (and not to mention keeping the heat flowing in the cockpit).
     

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  4. LSaupe added a post in a topic Quite site   

    Any plans to cross over to the O side?
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  5. LSaupe added a post in a topic Nose Over Tendency   

    Mine stays pretty flat (have the Model III washout).  I get that a little bit though when I start to add flaps.
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  6. LSaupe added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 More pics   

    Looks great.
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  7. LSaupe added a post in a topic Trailering a Avid   

    600 or 650 triple would make sense.
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  8. LSaupe added a post in a topic Trailering a Avid   

    Love the idea!
    Name that sled suspension...Polaris XLT?
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  9. LSaupe added a post in a topic Plans for skis   

    Here is a quick setup on one of the Flightstars in the area.  Pretty simple and works great. 2 old water ski;s and a snowmobile ski.


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  10. LSaupe added a post in a topic Flaperon mixer   

    Here is a good thread.

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  11. LSaupe added a post in a topic Flaperon mixer   

    On my model III build manual the max flap setting is set by the realization of less aileron travel in the mixer.  I would have to look it up, but something like "apply full aileron deflection and pull up the flap lever until the stick moves inboard by "X" inch (or thereabouts).   
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  12. LSaupe added a post in a topic Removing an errant lost screw, inside wing trailing edge   

    I hear ya allonseye.  My one concern here is the proximity to the fiberglass fuel tank.  If it finds it way against the tank (between fabric and tank or spar and tank) I might end up with an unhappy result down the road somewhere.
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  13. LSaupe added a post in a topic Removing an errant lost screw, inside wing trailing edge   

    Thanks TJC.  I have one of those, unfortunately the head is too big,  I will keep an eye out for a smaller one though.  Very handy devices.
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  14. LSaupe added a post in a topic Removing an errant lost screw, inside wing trailing edge   

    I will try a small magnet on the remaining screw to see if there is any attraction.  I magnet, the size of a nickle on a string would be perfect (as gravity would take it right too it).
    Yep, thought about whether to drill the rib and repair or do the fabric (both kinda undesirable at this point), but either would have a high probability of success.  
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  15. LSaupe added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Removing an errant lost screw, inside wing trailing edge
    Real bone-head move by me today.  Long story short I lost a screw I was removing from my fuel tank indicator today.  It is a small stainless screw about 3/8" long (looks to be about an 8-32).  The head diameter is about 1/4".
    It fell down the inboard rib/cord of the wing and came to rest at the inboard trailing edge of the wing.  It is in the aluminum V channel against the inboard rib (lowest possible portion of the wing).
    Problem is, that it is very tough to get to (given the spar and gas tank).  Only about 1/4" gap between the aft spar and lower fabric, and it went by there just fine unfortunately. There is hence only a small rectangle with which to access the area (roughly 1/4" by 1") - the gap under the spar between the inboard rib and gas tank.
    How best to remove?  It has an under-camber wing.
    I don't want to fly with it loose in there.  Headed out of town for a few weeks so trying to come up with ideas to attack it with when I get back.  Anyone run across this before?
    My initial thoughts (in order of presedence and hassle)
    1. Raise the tail of the airplane enough to allow for gravity assist (might need to be a bit high with the under camber wing).
    2. Insert a flexible 1/4" tube with vacuum to try and hold/pull out (not sure what vacuum level/flow I could get out of a 1/4" tube 24" long though)
    3. Try a flexible stick with some sort of glue or adhesive on the end.
    4. Open a hole in the fabric near the screw and repair afterwards.
    5. Find a way to inject some epoxy (possibly down a tube) to bond it in place.
    6. Remove the wing and try to shake it out.
    Any other idea's?
     
    Larry S.
     
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  16. LSaupe added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 More pics   

    Yep, at the root end.  Never saw that before.  Maybe they changed it for later models.
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  17. LSaupe added a post in a topic Step 1, build hanger to work on Magnum   

    Beautiful area of the country!
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  18. LSaupe added a post in a topic Kitfox 1 More pics   

    Quick question, the taper on the inside of your flaperons.  Is that a Model 1 thing or did you add that detail for another reason?
    Another quick offering.  I added my flaperon weights per the locations in the Kitfox drawings.  However, I also installed a model IV rudder, which has a deepr cord than the Model III.  And... the counterweights would have met just aft of the model three rudder.  However, I cannot fully close now as they will nut clear the rudder (need to be moved outboard slightly).
    Hopefully you have already done a folding test, but... did want you to be aware of the problem I encountered.  You probably already know this, but flaperon counterweights are still available from Kitfox.  Yours look just as nice though and you got to put the TJay stamp on them!
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  19. LSaupe added a post in a topic New BeLite 2 place   

    The honeycomb aluminum cabin frame looks interesting.
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  20. LSaupe added a post in a topic Final rigging?   

    Also, for what its worth... make sure your aileron bellcrank is on correctly.  I had mine on backwards for a long time before I noticed it.  Functioned just fine (as far as clear travel and range of motion), though opposite control.  The visual on the flaperon is different than an aileron.  I was looking for things to go up when I point the stick that way, and they sure did (just the leading edge vice the trailing edge).  Glad I finally caught it before the first flight.  Several folks had looked at it prior, and like myself, it didn't trigger as incorrect.  Really gave me a pit in my stomach when I saw it.
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  21. LSaupe added a post in a topic Final rigging?   

    I leveled the fuselage for rigging and and set mine at 1.25"" and it worked real nice right out of the gate (though the leveling doesn't really matter for this particular measurement, just a measurement relative to the font spar - I shot mine with a laser against a scale off the front spar).  You can dial things in with the flap lever once you start flying. My final setting after flying a bit was right about 1.0".
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  22. LSaupe added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    New BeLite 2 place
    BeLite is coming out with a two place which appears to have similar characteristics to the Avid/Fox birds.
    https://www.facebook.com/BeliteAircraft/?ref=page_internal
     
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  23. LSaupe added a post in a topic ADS-B   

    Still blows my mine that the FAA wants you to fork over 1/3 the cost of your plane just in order to keep doing what you have been doing.  To me, the few tangibles are not worth it.
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  24. LSaupe added a post in a topic ADS-B   

    Thanks for all the feedback.  I am not sure what he is proposing for the install as I am not sure what ADS-B really is yet, so can't talk intelligent on it (something to do with plane separation and vehicle ID).  Other than the sticker shock.  We are using this plane to obtain our PPL so hopefully we can get all this done before 2020.  Up to the bride after that if we dump more money into a device we might only use once or twice a year.
    So... would it be correct that we could still obtain flight following with the old transponder and no ADS-B after the 2020 deadline?
     
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  25. LSaupe added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    ADS-B
    So what do you guys know about the ADS-B requirements showing up (required by 2020)? My wife's bird with need this upgrade on her 150 between now and then.  Our local A&P indicated it will cost between 3-5K for this changeout! Ugh!
    Does that also mean your old Mode C transponder becomes a planter at that time (if you haven't converted... just leave it off)?
     
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