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  1. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox Trim Tab   

    On the topic of rudder trim tabs... None are ever needed,  Grab the top of the vertical fin and the tail post and put a little pressure on the leading edge to bend the fin to get it to fly straight.  This is the same thing that is done for super cubs etc.  A little tweak and you don't have goofy tabs hanging off the back of the rudder causing drag.
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  2. akflyer added a post in a topic 1992 Avid C   

    I would scoop this one up if I was closer!
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  3. akflyer added a post in a topic Avid A fuselage, what's it worth?   

    I paid 1500 for the "C heavy hauler" that was in worse shape but had a full panel and a 582 in it.
     Not sure I would offer more than 1000 for it, but I am a cheap bastage at times. 
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  4. akflyer added a post in a topic Avid STOL, how slow can an avid land?   

    This is a completely loaded question.  At lower weights with a good pilot, yes.  At gross plus its going to take longer to get off the ground.  Touch down speed is only a small part of the equation.  The larger part of the equation is how much room do you need to take off as most can land shorter than they can take off.
    Spending time watching youtube vids can only set you up for failure if you try to go out and mimic what you see without good instruction and time in type.
    I spent a lot of years and had a lot of fun with my Avid (I do miss it) playing in the back country on fishing an hunting trips.  It is a very capable plane in the right hands.

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  5. akflyer added a post in a topic How I build my flaperon hangers.   

    Were they laser cut or water jet?  I have tried a few things on my plasma table and I was not super happy with the outcome.  With laser or water jet you could have them cut and the holes "center punched" but your jig makes that task easy as well.  
    As always awesome work and great vid Mr.

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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic Avid Stretch (Mini Plus)   

    Looking good.  Should have known that the wing swap wouldn't have been as easy as we hoped.  I think its going to be well worth it in the end though mr.!  looks like you could really use a tailwheel lift.  I built one for my brother a couple months ago and I don't know how we got along with out one all these years working on the birds.
    I am making a platform for the lift so I can put a scale on it or the tailwheel with a tail ski on it.  Makes leveling stupid easy and I love being able to crank the tail up to work on things and not have to strain.  Granted, our tails on the avids are not too bad to pick up but the pacer and 170 are not as much fun.

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  7. akflyer added a post in a topic Damaged Avid after main gear collapse   

    That sucks.  Do you have any pics of the failure?  This is sounding all to familiar and is a WELL known and documented issue if it failed where I think it did.  I have made many posts about this on this and other forums.
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  8. akflyer added a post in a topic Preg checking a Kitfox   

    no glove?  how unsanitary!    Remind me not to piss you off on a fly in camping trip.

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  9. akflyer added a post in a topic Unrecognized Stall   

    bumping this one back up to the top.
    It seems like most these days are scared of stalls and try to not get into them.  I think the first flight in any new plane should be a full regiment of stalls at altitude so you learn houw each planes flys.  I have flown enough different planes of each flavor to know that there are SO many variables that you can't trust a "book" with published speeds.  AS indicators ae notoriously unreliable especially on the lower end.  Planes have been wreck and rebuilt and often the rigging is out of wack.  There might be mods done that will let the plane fly slower than another of the same type etc.  Bottom line is its extremely important to know your airplane.  It should not be an issue if you take off and find your AS indicator is sitting on zero because you have ice in the line.  You should know your approximate speed based on RPM and your ass should tell you all you need to know on the lower end (are the controls mushy etc).  Stalls are fun and I practice them often just for giggles.  Low and slow is not the place to find out about control reversal either!

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  10. akflyer added a topic in Avidfoxflyers General Hangar   

    Merry Christmas
    Merry Christmas from the far frozen north. 
    Hope this year brings you lots of fun flying!  I have not been on here much as my focus has been on the water more than in the air this year, but I did squeak out 4 oil changes worth of flying.
    Be safe out there guys and gals and have fun!

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  11. akflyer added a post in a topic Magnum assembly manuels   

    I would love to get a manual.  Any chance you can scan it an  post it?  Or send me a copy and I will scan and post it?
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  12. akflyer added a post in a topic IV fuselage repair - measurements   

    Bent tubes are pretty easy to straighten with a block of wood and a mallet.  Use a hard wood block and a router to shape the block to the tube OD.  A few good smacks with a mallet and its good to go.
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  13. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 2 spars needed or wing kit.   

    kitfox is probably your best bet.  Or call the local metal supplier and have them order the tubes. 
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  14. akflyer added a post in a topic ArkanSTOL 2021   

    Any updates and on the ground reports?  Looks like a cluster this year with wrecks and broken pilots.
    I gotta toss in my normal .02.  One thing that has and continues to kill lots of people is the "accelerated stall" and the uncoordinated "moose hunter stall".  Seems these folks are now promoting events that use both of these elements in the course.  Is your few minutes of youtube fame worth your life, or worse yet, being busted up and have life altering injuries that keep you out of the air and reliving your choices? 
    I enjoy doing dumb shit and getting out exploring, but it seems when the cameras are rolling guys are pushed to do things beyond the skill set and limits.  Think about this as you are filming your daring deeds to see how many thumbs up you can get on youtube and how many likes your FB post will get.
    Stay safe out there and have fun!

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  15. akflyer added a post in a topic STOL pilot's competition in Mn this weekend   

    on the bold... uhhh.. no real delicate way to say this.  It is a FAR cry from flying a 100% purpose built aircraft at minimum weight, and the guys that fly one at gross day in and day out from strips that would make you shit yourself.  Not to take away from the youtube sensations, but to say they are the best STOL guys on the planet  
    I am sure they are cool enough and down to earth, but I would not call someone flying the lightest bird you can build with a stupid amount of HP in the nose the best stol pilots on the planet.
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