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  1. 109jb added a post in a topic Fuel line   

    My airplane with a 582 uses 1/4 lines throughout the fuel system.
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  2. 109jb added a post in a topic 912UL - Will it windmill?   

    Thanks.  That's what I suspected. 
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  3. 109jb added a topic in 4-strokes   

    912UL - Will it windmill?
    Just a dumb question I have. Will a 912UL continue to windmill if the fire goes out at normal Kitfox glide speeds? Or will the prop eventually stop. Specifically, a 80 hp 912UL with a 3 blade GSC wood prop, but any info is good.  Thanks.
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  4. 109jb added a post in a topic Vortex Generators   

    A gentle stall progresses from inboard to outboard. The tip stalling first is what you don't want. He could have placed the vortex generators only on part of the wing. For instance if he placed them inboard but not outboard  the VGs would delay the stall at the root but the tip remains unchanged. This could have resulted in the tips stalling first. Just one possible scenario but there could be others.
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  5. 109jb added a post in a topic Vortex Generators   

    Pretty harsh criticism guys.  I found the video to be informative and presented a well thought out and well executed series of tests,  including their results and evaluation criteria. 
    I agree with Willja67 that he was commenting on a stall test in which they had installed vortex generators in such a way that it aggravated the stall characteristics drastically enough that they almost created an unrecoverable spin condition.
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  6. 109jb added a post in a topic What's this part?   

    If all thread is used then you would need 2 right hand heim joints. No left hand heim joints would be needed. Just won't be able to adjust it like a turnbuckle and will have to take a rod end loose to adjust.
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  7. 109jb added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Grove gear for Kitfox wanted
    I'm considering replacing the stock landing gear on my Kitfox IV with something else.  I figured I'd put some feelers out there for anyone who may have a grove gear for the Kitfox that they may want to get rid of.  I figure there may be some out there gathering dust with all of the cabane bush gear conversions that are going on.  Let me know what you have, where you are and how much you want.
    John B
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  8. 109jb added a post in a topic Kitfox IV modifications list   

    I have definitely drooled over your airplane and love the mods you have done.  Can I ask what your Mangy Fox came in at for empty weight and what engine you have in it?
    Oops. I see it has a 912UL with the 105 hp zipper conversion
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  9. 109jb added a post in a topic Kitfox IV modifications list   

    Well OK.  The primary mission is the typical mission for a Kitfox IV. Mostly just bombing around airport to airport, paved strips, grass strips. Ocassionally I will be landing on unimproved landing areas from time to time, mainly farm fields (sometimes a bit rough), and pastures of friends and family I have, and I'd like to take it out west at some point too. I'll be retiring in about 5 years and after that want to do a lot of grass-roots flying and experiencing as much as I can. Basically doing the flying that I couldn't do for the past 30 years raising kids and such. I want it to be a fast as is possible but that isn't a determining factor in the mission or modifications except that I'll do some lightweight fairing of things. I have a SES certificate so throw some amphibious floats on it at some time or another too. I like to build so will probably do Zenith amphibs. Because of where I live and where I want to fly I will have to have ADS-B out, Mode-C transponder, and comm radio, but the rest of the panel will only be a  G5x, an appropriate engine monitor and a tablet for navigation. No fancy heavy upholstery, just comfortable and lightweight. Covering I would love to do Oratex if it is in the budget when I get to that point, again to save weight as I don't consider oratex to be pretty. Modifications I want to do are those that are worthwhile for any of the above missions that are worth the weight penalty. Again I don't want to build an 800 pound Kifox IV so I will assess each suggestion very carefully.
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  10. 109jb added a post in a topic Kitfox IV modifications list   

    Added a few more to the first post.  
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  11. 109jb added a post in a topic Horsepower/Torque   

    Based on my experiences I'd say the manufacturer's numbers are probably pretty darn close for a properly running engine.
    I have had the opportunity to run accident aircraft engines at manufacturer facilities in certified test cells . You'd probably be surprised but by and large they put out exactly what the manufacturer says they should even after being subjected to an accident.  One I remember in particular was a IO-520 that spent a week under water before recovery. It had less than  10/80 pre-run compression on all cylinders and yet is started, ran fine and produced full rated power. After the run the compressions were all over 50/80. I don't suspect Rotax's would be much different so would guess they would reach their rated numbers as well provided they are properly maintained.
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  12. 109jb added a post in a topic Kitfox IV modifications list   

    Good to know. I'll definitely look at beefing that tailspring area up.
    Yeah. I'm not looking for monster gear with 37" tires. The 21" Nanco's on my current kitfox are fine by me. I'd just like a little wider gear than the stock. The Grove does that and eliminates bungy failure concerns, is lower drag but from what I understand a bit heavier. A cabane gear is probably a good compromise and I'd probably build my own. Again, not looking for monster tires or even a taller stance for that matter, just wider for a little better ground stability. Quite honestly the gear decision can be made later since the gear designs I'd consider wouldn't require anything affecting the fabric.
    Definitely doing this as it is ounces of material for improving the strength of a known weak point.
    Keep em coming.
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  13. 109jb added a post in a topic Kitfox IV modifications list   

    I'm sorry if I somehow offended you because it wasn't my intention. I just wanted to make clear that I don't want anyone ommitting any potential modification due to some perceived mission profile.
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  14. 109jb added a post in a topic Kitfox IV modifications list   

    Yes, I will decide if the mods  people suggest fit my mission and if I will incorporate them, but quite frankly that is not something you need to know. It is something for me to know and to decide.  I am intentionally not listing my exact mission specifics because I don't want to limit responses.
    Also I am not only looking for airframe modifications, but all modifications. Nothing is too trivial.  Heck, even something like "weld a tab for a go-pro mount here" is welcome.
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  15. 109jb added a post in a topic U.S. Military jamming east coast GPS?   

    Admittedly it has been a several years. Last time was an ASR approach at Willard Field in Champaign, IL.
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