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  1. Smithereen added a post in a topic Avid IV Bandit STOL?   

    Thanks, nlappos - that's what I suspected from looking at the numbers, but it's great to have a spreadsheet to get more precise figures, so thanks for that! I was actually going to ask how many people really fly with two people in the Mk IV, and which models they have.
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  2. Smithereen added a post in a topic Avid IV Bandit STOL?   

    Thanks - that's really interesting. I guess in addition to the model/engine/condition/hours/etc, I'll have to look for those details when trying to make an informed decision about a particular aircraft. This is exactly the type of info I was hoping for, so thanks again.
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  3. Smithereen added a topic in For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it   

    Avid IV Bandit STOL?
    I emailed him and he sent me a bunch of pictures, including a hand written info sheet, calling it an "Avid IV Bandit STOL" (attached here). Does this make sense? He wrote "STOL" in the email, but my understanding is the Bandit is different from the STOL, with the Mk IV STOL having a max gross weight of 1150 lbs and being designed to accommodate up to a 912 engine (based on the original brochures posted elsewhere on this forum). The serial number of this kit is 1562, according to the note (no letter given). Maybe it's a Bandit with a STOL wing?
    He wants $20,000. I'm curious if people think this might be a good deal. He said the engine needs a clutch because it idles too high to land short.
    I'm new to Avids and from what I've seen I really like the Mk IV STOL with the higher gross weight, but I haven't had a chance to see any of them in person yet (let alone fly in one). I contacted him before I remembered an Experimental aircraft can't be imported into Canada with under 100 hours TT, so I won't be buying it. I'm just trying to educate myself, and I find all the different variants confusing, so I'd appreciate your two cents as I get a feel for what are reasonable prices. Thanks.

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  4. Smithereen added a post in a topic Merlin GT   

    I see C-IKEA is for sale:
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