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About akflyer

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  • Birthday 08/31/1971

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  • Location Soldotna AK

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  1. 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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  2. 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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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. akflyer added a post in a topic Unrecognized Stall   

    sounds like a "moose" stall.  Kills a lot of people.  When I am yanking and banking hard its a pretty good bet that I have the throttle pushed in all the way. 
    My instructor HAMMERED me on these "accelerated and uncoordinated" stalls and they always end with a spin.  Depending on if you are slipping or skidding you will either turn turtle and spin opposite of the bank, or just spin with the bank, either way it normally happens really fast!  Glad we are reading about it here and not in an NTSB report as a probable cause.
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  7. akflyer added a post in a topic F7A Bellcrank mod   

    I think the biggest benefit is when you pull the flap handle.  You can pull more flap before you get into the control reversal issue.
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  8. akflyer added a post in a topic My Kitfox gets 27 Desser's   

    I tried the 3/4" axles with 26" and 30" tires.  Bent both of them in short order.  Loved the 30s for soaking up the rocks tundra but the 582 was just barely marginal and ROC went to around 500 FPM.  That sucked so I ditched the 30s.
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  9. akflyer added a post in a topic Photo Record of Extended Wing Build   

    Pretty sure he used the lift struts as well to crank some of the washout out of it.  It really doesn't take much "force" to take some of that twist out of the wing.
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  10. akflyer added a post in a topic Fun flying in AK   

    I didn't video the whole routine as I decided I wanted to actually watch and enjoy it!
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  11. akflyer added a post in a topic Fun flying in AK   

  12. akflyer added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    Fun flying in AK
    I'm still alive and kicking even though I haven't been around here much.  It's been a beautiful spring here in AK and I try to make the most out of the daylight.  Here are a few pics from a few flights.
    A buddy that does aerobatics in his Citabria flew out to Montague Island with us and gave us a show with his full routine that he does at the Valdez airshow every year.  Was a pretty cool treat to top off a great day of flying and beach combing.

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  13. akflyer added a post in a topic Full lotus 1200?   

    1220 and 1260 work ok if your flying solo.  Put 2 people in it and your not going to have much fun trying to get it off the water.  I don't remember them ever making a straight "1200" float.
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  14. akflyer added a post in a topic Easy wire splices   

    I have been using those for a couple years now and they work great!  Boat, plane, trailers etc.  Have not had one break off or turn loose yet!
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  15. akflyer added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    Winter playing
    Had a few sunny days last hitch home and I got out to do a little playing.  Started off doing a little river running playing follow the leader with my brother in his 170B and laying down some tracks on untouched fresh powder then ended the day with a sunset cruise to Homer and back.  I did a couple sunset cruises just because the ladies seem to love them
    The sun setting behind Augustine Island is about 80 miles south west of where I was.  The pics don't do the view justice.


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