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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. akflyer added a post in a topic Orange on 582 piston crown   

    I agree with Tom.  If you put the clip up one you leaned out the mid range.  EGT's show a trend not an absolute, the plugs say you running lean.  EGT's can spike pretty quick if you hit a thermal or a bump and you unload the engine.  I like to keep mine closer to 105 on my gauge and that seems to keep the plugs happy as well.

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  12. akflyer added a post in a topic Oratex 6000 on a PA12   

    Get that airstrip dried out mr, its time to fly up and play with the KF and dig in the dirt!  I got bid tires but no floats on the pacer  
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  13. akflyer added a post in a topic OSH AirVenture 2020 CANCELLED   

    The magazine tends to go more towards the Expensive Aircraft Association but the local guys I find are a good group of guys.  Most in our local chapter are not really experimental guys.  WE have a few but the majority are just guys that like to fly and get together to have a good time.  There is a lot of knowledge these old guys pass on and I kind of dig hanging out with them and listening to the stories.  When someone dings a bird they are quick to lend a hand getting it home and getting it back in the air too with loaner gear, props, struts etc.  I may not agree with EAA on a national level, but on the local level I am all about it. 
    I am looking forward to getting out with the guys next weekend for a fly out clam dig adventure then roasting some brats on the beach and burning some air going out sight seeing.

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  14. akflyer added a post in a topic Kitfox 4 rebuild   

    Mine originally had the trim on the panel like yours.  I figured out pretty quickly that on landing I like to keep a hand on the stick and one on the throttle.  I moved the trim to the stick with a ray allen grip so I can bump it as speeds change and keep my hands on the main controls.  I used it a lot more than I thought I would.  Its nice having the PTT wired in as well so nothing is hanging down on cords to get wrapped up in.
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  15. akflyer added a post in a topic Oratex 6000 on a PA12   

    How many sets of tail feathers do you have?  Looking for a set of 18 tail feathers for the pacer and have been buying versus making my own..  Nice score Mr!  Will be good to see progress soon.

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