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  1. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 2 frame strengthening   

    Jim posted up the biggest thing you need to do.  Have not seen any failures in the wing carry through.  The seat truss area for sure needs to be beefed up.
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  2. akflyer added a post in a topic K-Max down   

    Sorry to hear of your loss.  Its so tough when we loose one of our own.  Thoughts and prayers to you and the family.
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  3. akflyer added a post in a topic Bflight Adventures IV   

    I am putting a G5 in my pacer as we speak.  Gives me all I need to toss the vacuum pump and old outdated instruments.
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  4. akflyer added a post in a topic Stretching the tail?   

    Stretching the tail will make that tail hit first even worse.  Are you using full flaps for landing?  You can either drop the leading edge of the horizontal stab down or put a trim tab on the elevator and tweak it till she flys hands off at cruise.  A couple turns around the pattern will get you dialed in. 
    What is your CG at?  Get it back around 16 or 18" and the plane will fly MUCH better and land SLOWER.
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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic Speed Stall Avid Flyer C   

    The very first thing you should be doing at altitude is figuring out the numbers on your plane.  There are so many factors that go into the differences of the indicated airspeed from plane to the next that my numbers are pretty much worthless to you.  YOU need to figure out at what speed YOUR plane stalls at.  Do this at altitude then you wont have to worry about it anymore.  Stall recovery is really simple in these planes, just relax back pressure and your flying again.
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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic Build new Avid wings   

    If it was me I would use the speed wing ribs at the full wing length.  The speed wing profile gets you more top end and looses little if any on the bottom end if built full length.  Duplicating the ribs is pretty easy so you will have enough to go full length.
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  7. akflyer added a post in a topic Avid flyer flight characteristics   

    It is a very rudder dependent airplane and it will make you use your feet.  If your used to flying a spam can you will sling the ball all over the place the first hour or two then you will get it figured out.  Lead turns with the rudder going both in and out of the turns.  If you push the stick over you better be pushing same rudder.  Other than that these are very docile planes.
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  8. akflyer added a post in a topic Determening wing twist   

    The less you put in it the better it will perform.  I hate the 1.75" of twist that was in my avid, it left a lot on the table on both ends of the envelope.  I would not build a wing with more than .500" washout in it.
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  9. akflyer added a post in a topic Rescued Avid Model C SN573   

    The fabric used is the same same.  Might have a different stamp on it but its the same type of fabric.  I recently used the stewarts glue and eco fill for the first time and it was great to work with, then shot the top coat with polytone to match the existing paint.  The IA is the one that had me do it that way in his hangar during an annual on the pacer.  Worked fine and he does it all the time.
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  10. akflyer added a post in a topic Belly fabric repair   

    A foam brush with a bit of poly tone on it and you can tough that up and like Larry said, it will melt into itself.  Have I said lately how much I love poly for the ease of field repairs? 
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  11. akflyer added a post in a topic HKS Install   

    Maybe getting a cowling meant for the rotax would ease your install issues and not make it nose heavy.  4" is a long way to move it forwards.
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  12. akflyer added a post in a topic Wanted , avid Catalina or amphibian parts   

    FWIW, independent shippers are begging for haul back loads and the prices for freight is stupid cheap right now.  My brother is having an engine for his grader delivered to my house from Washington or Oregon for 350 bucks..
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  13. akflyer added a post in a topic Wanted , avid Catalina or amphibian parts   

    how far is he willing to travel for one?  Not sure if I will ever get to mine or not and for the right price it might be able to be had.
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  14. akflyer added a post in a topic Wanted ,Rotary valve oil reservoir   

    lots of documented cases of the issue Jim described.  That one of the main reasons for the ceramic seal on the blue heads.
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  15. akflyer added a post in a topic Rotax 582 power loss diagnosis   

    had that happen twice.  Both times the back up electric pump saved my ass.  running along fat dumb and happy then silence.  Deafening silence.  hit the boost pump and primer and fired right back up.  Caught it a couple times when the fuel flow meter started dropping and hit the boost pump and things went back to normal.  Were you running with both tanks on? 
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