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About Dusty

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  1. Dusty added a post in a topic Salt water operations in sea-drowned valleys   

    Based in Rangiora,   I'm not hard to find  Just ask for the owner of kitfox JFA ! There is a YouTube video of one of our trips to D'Urville 
    D'Urville island landing https://YouTube.be/GJeUOf9Mgz0
    I'm currently flying borrowed KIV and very soon CGT,with the rebuild of JFA progressing slowly
    Looking forward to catching up
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  2. Dusty added a post in a topic Salt water operations in sea-drowned valleys   

    The sounds are a great place to fly. I have landed at Grevill  Harbour a few times .
    Calm weather only, Got severely spanked a few years ago in a southerly.
    An avid amphibian would be so much fun. 3 friends are  building restoring amphibs so we may catch up sometime.
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  3. Dusty added a post in a topic Rotax 582 cooling questions   

    Chuck your thermostat in in a pot and heat / measure .observe what it does. Also there needs to be a small bypass hole in the flange to encourage flow past the bulb for smooth operation.
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  4. Dusty added a post in a topic rotary valve oil being pushed out the reservoir bottle on 582   

    Perhaps ground run with the cap off and observe. May be expanding by foaming . If so change to a different oil as some have better anti foam. Bubbling is bad but as suggested oil may possobly be sucked by the crank seals rather than case pressure blowing.
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  5. Dusty added a post in a topic What do these pictures tell you?   

    The brake and rudder pedal assembly is completly different with the "E" pedals,also the brake cylinders are not mounted directly to the torque tubes. This isn't definitive as it is an easy swap  The tall rudder and large hinge gap due to the rod end hinges is the obvious give away for a1200 but not such an easy job. 
    Have fun
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  6. Dusty added a post in a topic What do these pictures tell you?   

    Great project. +1 on the last post . A 1200 ! You've captured a unicorn 
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  7. Dusty added a post in a topic 109JB got another wrecked Kitfox   

    Yes you need to install a richer setup. The hacman by nature slightly leans from standard, even when off. This amount varies with the size of the reference port.
      I will have to hunt out the data from my last install which may take a few days.
    The needles definatly need changing from 11g2 to 11k2 to eliminate a lean spot just off mid range. These are 503 tc needles.
    A hacman type device is one of the best mods that can be done to a 582 but vigilance is required at all times and especially at part throttle decent 
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  8. Dusty added a post in a topic Mn ski flying   

    Maybe the "experts" from the seventies who were predicting an impending ice age were right . Yea na!  Ski flying looks like so much fun.
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  9. Dusty added a post in a topic Rotax 582 gray head cooling system mod idea   

    The Grey top has a single action thermostat  the blue a two way ,a much better system but the single action seems to work ok(not as cold here).I am assuming your Grey has a thermostat? If it still isn't holding heat ,the steam vent at the front of the head maybe be bypassing too much coolant. Solder this up and drill a small hole. This is usually the easiest  fix.
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  10. Dusty added a post in a topic J3 Tail Springs   

    Just a suggestion before the tail end is covered. Put the lift handle to the top longeron it will make handling easier
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  11. Dusty added a post in a topic Grey Vs Blue   

    Contact an experienced rotax repair shop and get an estimate for a rebuild and go from there. I personally have no preference for blue over silver  as the later silver tops had the same crank as the blue ,the waterpump seals don't give trouble if using dexcool. These seals can be retrofitted with ceramic seal if you feel the need. The bluetop cooling is better able to tolerate poor throttle handling.
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  12. Dusty added a post in a topic A new baby coming home   

    The stuff panel beating suppliers sell for polishing faded plastic headlights works surprisingly well
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  13. Dusty added a post in a topic 914 rotax for sale   

    Seems a lot for what is essentially an 80 hp long block ! And an early light, head to crank case bolt engine.
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  14. Dusty added a post in a topic New Unsinkable Carb Floats?   

    At the risk of a thread drift, the jabaru style floats look like a possible "cure" to another Rotax Bing problem of the guide pins coming loose. This is a scary problem in early models as the bottom of the pin hole arn't blind! The latest incident here saw a plane returning to its hanger trailing fuel, a bit of a close go!
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  15. Dusty added a post in a topic New Unsinkable Carb Floats?   

    I have looked into using these but the price was a deal breaker.
    They are definatly heavier which I don't think would be an issue if they are set up using The Rotax procedure of a syringe through the choke area. The float lever can be successfully tweaked to get the level right.
    Peace of mind I guess, but I check mine within every 25 hrs and have had only a few replacement due to variances. If the drip trays arn't used,checking is a very simple procedure of weighing or checking against scribed witness marks inside the float bowl so well worth the effort.
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