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  1. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Dean Wilson ‘40 Special’   

    From what I've read I agree with you; it can qualify as a Light Sport but I'm not so sure someone without a current regular pilots and medical can fly off the hours to get the paperwork needed to then get it cleared as a Light Sport. Maybe someone that's been down this rabbit hole before knows all the turns but the F.A.A. like most three letter agencies are terrible at explaining the details. You could talk to ten different agents working there and get ten different answers on any given day.
    Let's hope more of the airplanes currently in museums and storage sheds make it back to the tarmac someday. They were never built to be dust collectors.
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  2. nlappos added a post in a topic Bungee questions   

  3. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Dean Wilson ‘40 Special’   

    Gross weight 1320 or less, never had an inflight prop, two seater,  Those are some of the requirements for a plane to be flown as a light sport with a sport pilot license.   An airplane with an experimental or certified airworthiness certificate can qualify.   A cub or champ is legal, as is an Avid flyer.   JImChuk
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  4. Cloud Dancer added a post in a topic Dean Wilson ‘40 Special’   

    I was attempting to pretend I could read and understand FAA lingo so I downloaded the requirements to obtain a Light Sport airworthiness certificate. I think this airplane may eventually qualify but it seems you first need a regular air worthiness certificate issued and you can later down grade if it meets the requirements to a light sport certificate.
    That's too bad because it leaves a lot of potential buyers out in the waiting room on this nice airplane. 
    The wing length now being 35' is both good and bad news. At the previous stated 40' length it sounded like the wings may have been lengthened to carry the heavier Continental motor of less power than previous engines used in Avid Flyers. I'd love to have a Continental up front compared to a 2 stroke any day.
    The 40' length also had my mind racing trying to think of what kind of trailer one would need for such a long beast. That problem went away with the announcement that the wings are 35' long but now we have the wing loading issue which probably changes stall speed. The ailerons look like they no longer hang below the wing which probably make it a faster airplane but also give up some control authority at slower speeds unless they are slotted? I really couldn't tell from the photos exactly how they are configured.
    All this stuff effects which type of air worthiness certificate it may or may not qualify for. And then there's the problem of not being the primary builder. There's something in those regulations about the original builder being able to pass along the design specs and maintenance requirements to another individual but it also sounded like a paperwork nightmare to me considering it's the F.A.A. we are talking about and so far I don't have anything good to say about any of the officials I have contacted.
    The F.A.A. wonder why there's a pilot shortage and don't realize they are a huge part of the problem when it comes to seeding and growing future pilots in this industry. 
    It looks like it's configured for a single door that's hinged to swing up but I didn't see anything on the wing to secure it in it's open position. Does this door come off for summer flying? Can you fly with the door open? Has anyone tried to crawl in it? It's hard to tell if it's easy or hard to get in and get a leg over that stick.
    I was just looking over a friends ultralight version of a Cub. It's a cute airplane but you need to be a bit of a contortionist to get in the thing. His stick detaches to get your left leg in position and I think it would be impossible to get in his airplane without removing the stick. Once inside it's actually got more leg and knee room than my Avid Flyer.
    I think I like the look of my round tail on my Avid Flyer better than the later squared of tails of the the Avid Flyer and Kitfox airplanes. I'm not so sure what this tail looks like, maybe more like a Flight Streak line control I had as a kid? The struts on this airplane on the other hand do look sexy! Those chopped off wheel pants remind me of a half helmet for a motorcyclists. Probably won't clog so bad as full wheel pants but may help out in the drag reduction department. The gear legs themselves also look sleek but I don't know the suspension setup. I didn't see a photo of the tail wheel either. I suppose the wings have anchor points like the original Avid Flyer to hold them in the folded position?
    Is there a turtle deck in the back like the Avid Flyer? Same process to fold the wings? I have a friend that wanted to do a little traveling this summer but I'm not sure I could talk him into traveling that far just to look at an airplane.
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  5. k1fox added a post in a topic Bungee questions   

    Would you use the same bungee material, AS 06-12400 for the horizontal-between-the gear-legs shock cord?  Just starting out on a project of bringing a Kitfox Model 1 back to life that has not been used in 20+ years.  Thanks!
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  6. saskavid added a post in a topic Matco 6" tailwheel spring   

    I would have to say I don't think there is a "set /correct" angle for the tail wheel pivot bolt to be at. Everybody has their own ideas where it should be. I personally decided to set my caster on my tail wheel to be close or near to the angle of the rudder hinges for ease of steering. With the shorter factory landing gear think the caster ended up around 5 degrees positive. The angle of the bend in the spring around 33 to 36 degrees. Went with the ACS homebuilders spring and shortened it and re drilled the holes to better fit what I thought would work best for the plane. May even have changed the arc angle a tad in a press. It is actually standing up better then any spring I had custom made from a spring shop, even though the latest acs iteration is a bit thinner then the original which is what I believe I am seeing in your facebook post. 
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  7. Brian Madetzke added a post in a topic Sky Raider Ultralight (fat) FOR SALE   

    Hey nlappos!
    She's put on a few pounds, like me after the holidays, and thats why I say she's (fat).
    This little bird has a (armstrong ; )  )   pull start!   Me!  That helps keep 'er light. Ha! Ha! I have have a blast watching people watch me pull startig this thing!  I have had people ask me how much the toy airplane weighs. I would show off by turning the prop horizontal and get under the motor mount and pick it up into the air, when the engine cowling is off. I actually got applause for doing this and I'm no great weightlifter! It's similar to  pickinking up a large picknic table, its a clumsy task! I gettin older, I haven't done this in a while!
    Got to change out those steel wheels and some other things to get 'er back to where she needs to be. It's not far off, but another reason I would sell as project. It's almost more fun than one can have with one's clothes on!
    If I keep this, I have been wanting to put it on floats. With ultralight provision for floats, and a parachute make weight again with allowance, like the guy flying on floats in the video file. Other wise, take the doors off, change to light wheels, and a few other things. I planed on carbon fences for wing tips like other stol planes. BTW, here is what she would look like in her stol outfit. Just picture it with wing tip fences, no droop tip,s and add light weight wells and tires, The Nancos don't acually weigh that much. 
    If I don't  sell it, I still might do this as the new mosaic aircraft rules are dragging on now don't seem to be done until 2025. I was under the impression they would be out by 2024 EAA AirVenture Oshkosh. Me an Old pilot thats why I went ultralight but when new rules come out so many more aiplanes fit light sport. Thats why I bought a PA-22 Colt (see photo below), It fits the rule and has a payload of 700 pounds!  But looks like I may have to wait a while rumor say later, we will see how this shakes out.........
    Late,r happy flying!
    Brian


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  8. Shipl14 added a post in a topic Matco 6" tailwheel spring   

    Thanks. Yes, I would like to see that picture. upthere1418@gmail.com.
    Yeah, I'm afraid I've lost some angle. but I'm not sure ever had that positive camber.
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  9. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Matco 6" tailwheel spring   

    Good indicator is in this drawing.  I also have a full sized scanned copy of the shape of a good tail spring from the Avid MK IV.  I could send it to you if you like.  JImChuk

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  10. nlappos added a post in a topic Sky Raider Ultralight (fat) FOR SALE   

    Brian, thanks for the clarification. It is amazing that that nice looking aircraft is so light!
    Here in the Cedar City area the Wx is great, except a bit windy lately. I know all about that "if they are shooting at you" part, my best war stories involve North Vietnam's finest!
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  11. Logtrucker added a post in a topic Dean Wilson ‘40 Special’   

    No serious action on the’40 Special ‘ yet. However I did find the logs and build records for it. Someone said they remembered a box of stuff came  with it. So it’s ready for DAR after prop install and checked out. SOMEONE—should‘pull the trigger’ on this one!
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  12. Brian Madetzke added a post in a topic Sky Raider Ultralight (fat) FOR SALE   

    Hi nlaappos,
    This is a Sky Raider 1 ultralight.  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP8mwHALSGs&t=9s
    This was built utralight so it is not registered and there is no paper work. 
    I still planned on doing the waiver for paper work however. 
    I had an Avid flyer years ago and used the paper work you mentioned.
    How's the weather in your neck of the woods? We are getting rain snow mix here in the Black Hills of SD!
    Seems like we go from Winter skip spring and go almost right to summer.
    Fly low  and slow and if they are shooting at you fly high and fast! ........... Brian
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  13. Shipl14 added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Matco 6" tailwheel spring
    Wondering if my spring has lost some of its bend angle. Anybody know what the original angle should be?
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  14. 1avidflyer added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Avid MK IV for sale on barnstormers
    It's not mine, just saw it on barnstormers.  Looks like a real good deal for that price.  Ran the N number and it's current and in order.  JImChuk
    AVID FLYER MK IV • $15,000 • LOOKING FOR NEW OWNER • 1994 AVID FLYER MK IV Rotax engine 65HP 582 LOW hrs Only 451 TOTAL. Needs fuel and annual. Ready to fly. Wing span 30 ' Ready to sell call Jack 505-290-1010 or 505-972-5000 Feel free to call with any questions. • Contact John Wright - WRIGHT & ASSOCIATES , Friend of Owner - located Albuquerque, NM 87107 United States • Telephone: ---------- • Posted May 6, 2024 • Show all Ads posted by this Advertiser • Recommend This Ad to a Friend • Email Advertiser • Save to Watchlist • Report This Ad • View Larger Images
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  15. 1avidflyer added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Avid MK IV for sale on barnstormers
    It's not mine, just saw it on barnstormers.  Looks like a real good deal for that price.  Ran the N number and it's current and in order.  JImChuk
    AVID FLYER MK IV • $15,000 • LOOKING FOR NEW OWNER • 1994 AVID FLYER MK IV Rotax engine 65HP 582 LOW hrs Only 451 TOTAL. Needs fuel and annual. Ready to fly. Wing span 30 ' Ready to sell call Jack 505-290-1010 or 505-972-5000 Feel free to call with any questions. • Contact John Wright - WRIGHT & ASSOCIATES , Friend of Owner - located Albuquerque, NM 87107 United States • Telephone: ---------- • Posted May 6, 2024 • Show all Ads posted by this Advertiser • Recommend This Ad to a Friend • Email Advertiser • Save to Watchlist • Report This Ad • View Larger Images
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  16. nlappos added a post in a topic Sky Raider Ultralight (fat) FOR SALE   

    Brian, I bought my Avid from another member of this site, we mutually executed some EAA paperwork expressly used to release any liability. This ment the aircraft remained registered and airworthy, so it took no effort to fly it, and yet the liability concerns were no problem. EAAA says nobody has ever won a suit on an experimental homebuilt, and virtually all experimental home builts are sold with the intact certificate and registration. But local non-aviation lawyers get the cold sweats!
    Here is a page that discusses it, and even has the legal forms:  https://www.eaa.org/eaa/aircraft-building/builderresources/next-steps-after-your-airplane-is-built/selling-and-buying-articles/part-1-protect-yourself
    If a buyer has to regenerate the airworthiness it is a big deal, and the price of the aircraft drops due to the uncertainty and work required. It also means the list of buyers shrinks to those who are inspectors or A&Ps and are comfortable with the FAA process.
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  17. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Sky Raider Ultralight (fat) FOR SALE   

    Finally starting to warm up a bit around here.  Not flying much at the moment.  Going thru chemo treatments at the moment and they can knock the stuffing out of you.  Real nice evening today, and i just didn't feel up to it.  Better days coming though.  Staying positive.  JImChuk
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  18. Brian Madetzke added a post in a topic Sky Raider Ultralight (fat) FOR SALE   

    Thanks Jim, I thought I had that in there. I'll get that done. I also notice this posted  twice.
    How are things up in your neck of the woods! Hope all is good and your getting lots of thim in your Kitfox! Brian
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  19. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Sky Raider Ultralight (fat) FOR SALE   

    Location would probably help to generate interest.  JImChuk
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  20. Brian Madetzke added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Sky Raider Ultralight (fat) FOR SALE
    Sky Rraider 1 Ultralight (fat) for sale   has folding wings and comes with custom trailer 
    good condition not a hanger queen 
    One can even put floats on these if desired. Allowance for floats, 30# per float and aircraft ballistic parachute allowance of 24#  ultralight weight 254 +30+30+24=total 338 lbs when equipped with floats and parachute.  Here is a video link of a Sky Raider 1 on floats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PavNXwbESHM&t=183s
    it is hangerd  when not in use
    503 Rotax performs like a mini super cub  was told engine was rebuilt when I bought it (estamated engine time) engine borescoped cross hatching looked excellent,  engine time
    41.3 hours recorded on tiny tach and hours and increasing.
    flying but will be sold as a project for liability reasons. 
    $16,000 firm / don't really want to sell it but the only reason selling is I bought a larger airplne.
    Brian Madetzke, Custer SD    /    email      homesweethome@goldenwest.net
    I hanger at  /    Mondell Field Airport Newcastle, Wyoming, USA el 4177
     





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  21. Brian Madetzke added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Sky Raider Ultralight (fat) FOR SALE
    Sky Rraider 1 Ultralight (fat) for sale   has folding wings and comes with custom trailer  
    old company video link  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jP8mwHALSGs&t=9s
    good condition not a hanger queen
    One can even put floats on these if desired. Allowance for floats, 30# per float and aircraft ballistic parachute allowance of 24#  ultralight weight 254 +30+30+24=total 338 lbs when equipped with floats and parachute.  Here is a video link of a Sky Raider 1 on floats https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PavNXwbESHM&t=183s
    it is hangerd  when not in use
    503 rotax performs like a mini super cub  
    was told engine was rebuilt when I bought it (estimated engine time) engine borescoped cross hatching looked excellent,  engine time
    41.3 hours recorded on tiny tach and hours and increasing.
    flying but will be sold as a project for liability reasons. 
    $16,000 firm / don't really want to sell it but the only reason selling is I bought a larger airplne.
    Brian Madetzke, Custer SD    /    email      homesweethome@goldenwest.net
    I hanger at  /    Mondell Field Airport Newcastle, Wyoming, USA el 4177
     





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  22. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Jab 2200 Gen 4 installation   

    The plane weighed 605 lbs after the rebuild.   Gross weight is 1150,  That leaves 545 useful load.  JImChuk
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  23. Brian Madetzke added a post in a topic Jab 2200 Gen 4 installation   

    JIm what was your useable weight with the Jabiru 2200?
     
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  24. sioux201 added a post in a topic Dean Wilson’s number 40 special for sale   

    Pic won’t go thru
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  25. sioux201 added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Dean Wilson’s number 40 special for sale
    Wish I had the space!!!!
    a float plane this would make,35 ‘ wing
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