Good old number 29

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  1. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Today's action   

    I looked up the number, and it appears that the registration has been canceled since 2013. That 175 has been sitting there with flat tires for awhile, before yesterday. My guess is that maybe he just bought it, or they just showed up here to get it going, and did everything wrong. Maybe it was an engine problem. I should have heard it, but there was a big snowbank between me and the plane, and the snow could have muffles the sound. Watching his departure stall, it was obviously climbing too steep, but he recovered quickly without losing any significant altitude. I'd guess that they weren't familiar with the plane or the airport. 
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  2. Good old number 29 added a topic in Close Call's and dumb stunts   

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    This plane was taking off when I showed up to the airport, earlier today. He was climbing way too steep. I saw what was coming, and tried to get video on my phone, but he made a quick recovery from the stall and went on his way. I don't know how I didn't hear him flip the plane a hundred yards away from me, a few minutes later, but I missed it somehow. It looks like he tried to land on the ski strip and just nosed over. 


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  3. Good old number 29 added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

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    Here is a good one for somebody. The wings need more than a little work. 

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  4. Good old number 29 added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

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    Here is a good one for somebody. The wings need more than a little work. 

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  5. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic FNG Here   

    The front spar of the wings uses a clevis pin, rather than a bolt, for ease of folding. 
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  6. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Finally, a good day to fly skis!   

    I'm not on skis, yet, but it was a great day to fly, either way. 

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  7. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Chicken Stuff   

    I've been saving all of my receipts, but hadn't added them all together, until today. It was right about what I thought. Just over double the initial purchase cost. Of course, that doesn't include the thousand hours, or so, of labor that I put into it. That would be another ten times the purchase price, but I just count it as time well spent. For the same money, I could have bought a high time 150 or Taylorcraft. Some of the items, I could have done without, but I made it what I wanted. The big ticket items that I could have gone without, are the two wing tanks and the wide landing gear. That accounted for about a quarter of the expenses. I do have a fair amount of covering and finish products left, and thousands of miscellaneous rivets. No regret on the cost. As I figure it, I could probably sell it for what I have into it. Not a bad deal. 

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  8. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    I noticed that the tubing is kind of in the copilot's way, especially the pull-starter tube by his left rudder pedal. I don't have any big issues from the left seat, but I noticed right away that there was less room on the right side, and mentioned it to my instructor. My foot got jammed in there in the first minute of testing, with ordinary shoes. Need to keep that left foot toward the right side of the pedal. The copilot also has to deal with the crossbar that angles across the cockpit, right where the top of his head should be. 
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  9. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    That is exactly the reason I bought it, and it is finally working out for me. I actually got to fly it for myself, today (with the instructor). It was as great as I hoped it would be. Took a bit longer than I planned, but I should be able to get my license before fishing season. I work year round, but summers are especially busy. The plane was great. Beautiful day. Warmed up to the 20s, clear and calm. Last time we flew, I was sitting right seat, hands off, ducking around that cross bar. There was also a strong crosswind, that day. 
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  10. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    What he said. My instructor flew left seat, so he had the brakes, and said I better put them in so we could do it right. I'm glad I did it. Obviously, I want to learn to fly it without breaking it. Besides that, the brakes are a lot better. There isn't enough traction right now to know for certain, but I believe the brakes will hold it at full throttle. I couldn't quite get there with the previous setup. I improved the geometry on the left, and made my new right side pedals taller, so they have a really good advantage. I was concerned that the additional leverage was going to make them softer, but they were twice as firm after I rebuilt the old masters. 
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  11. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    Dragged the plane back into the shop and installed right seat brakes and a defrost vent. Rebuilt the original MC5 master cylinders and put MC4s on the new pedals. Much firmer brakes. Maybe the cold will let up soon? Minus 6 here this morning. Supposed to be colder tomorrow. Um, why are my pictures loading upside down? Incidentally, that's basically the same view I had when I did those ugly welds.
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  12. Good old number 29 added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    Vortex Generators
    This is the best video I’ve seen on vortex generators, and their placement and effect, on Kitfoxes. 
    https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=IRNPM7A54Yk&feature=youtu.be
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  13. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Gap Seals   

    I’ve only used the black stuff, not the clear. I used it for taping up a rip in a snowmachine seat. It held up for years, and was still going strong when I sold the machine. There was no taking it easy on it, either. Gorilla Tape works like no other. 
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  14. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Rudder/Elevator   

    My Model 1 is 1/2” on the front vertical of the rudder and 3/8” on the rest. Same with elevator. 1/2” and 3/8”.
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  15. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Hoerner wingtips, not the shoes   

    I thought Hoerner tips were supposed to be convex on the bottom side, but the ones pictured in the article don’t appear to be. That is what makes them work, right? The convex shape speeds the air away from the wing, so the vortices don’t circle right back down and push down on the top. The vortices are sped up and out, away from the wing. Anyway, the pictures looked like a flat, or almost slightly concave, angle up to the tip. My droop tips are not removable, or I’d volunteer to try Hoerner wingtips in a fair comparison. I think the droop tips have similar benefits in reducing stall speed. The air can’t fall off (upwards) the ends of the wings, or whirl around and push down on top as easily. Holds the compressed air cushion under the wing, where it belongs. At least, that’s what the infallible internet told me.  
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