Good old number 29

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  1. Good old number 29 added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    Kasilof River ski flying
    Here’s a great iPhone video of flying past the office at work. It was a beautiful day. Lots of good snow cover. It was a great day to get out and enjoy the great late-winter ski conditions. 
     
     
     
    https://youtu.be/ZRSwizHbVls
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  2. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Snow landings   

    Here is a good video of the Kitfox on straight skis in the muskeg. 
    https://youtu.be/HCBFau3edCE
     
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  3. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    I finally got my Federal 1500 skis rigged. It has been incredible ski flying around here, lately. 





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  4. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Getting started in Indiana   

    Hi,
    Good to have you on here. There are a lot of knowledgable people here on this forum, and a few that are just plane nuts.
    It looks like a good project you have there. People here are awesome about helping out in all kinds of ways. Parts, information, and lots of good advice. 
    Post some pictures for us to ogle, if you don't mind. Many of us have been through all the stages of building, and still love to see the process and your progress. 
    Welcome.
    Matt
     
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  5. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic 25 mile radius   

    No longer constrained to the 25 mile radius, but  I did take all these pictures within 25 miles of the airport. Nice day for flying. 








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

    After I did most of my flight training in the Kitfox, it was good to hear that the DPE was willing to do the check ride in it. He came close to calling it off when we had communication issues, but he toughed it out and I walked away with my PPL. My instructor and I have had a finger of an insulated leather glove stuck over our mics since February, and I didn’t remember to suggest that to the examiner on the big day, which meant his mic was picking up a lot of noise. A LOT of noise. I had to back off the throttle significantly to be able to hear him clearly. All’s well that ends well. He did say it wasn’t the best choice for a check ride, but it was a pretty good ride, all things considered. It’s been a long-time ambition of mine to get my license. Onward and upward. 

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  7. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Snow landings   

    https://youtu.be/j4JL0QKcWUo
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  8. Good old number 29 added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    Snow landings
    Had some beautiful flying weather today. I got to try out the home strip a little more. It is one to approach with caution, without much room to go around, but it’s a half-decent strip, for sure. I caught a bounce on the first landing, today, because there’s a bit of a bump right where I landed. The second landing was a bit smoother, as I landed just past that bump. I’m rolling out without any brakes, and taking up about 200-300 feet to slow down before the end. Snow under the ice limited braking power, but the drag of the little tires in the snow had sufficient slowing force. Takeoffs were pushing 400 feet.
    https://youtu.be/https://youtu.be/j4JL0QKcWUo
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  9. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Lionel's Field   

    First takeoff from the field. I used 300 feet of the 800 foot strip, pulling the flaps down after it just started to take off without them. The ground was still soft from the previous week of rain and windstorms, but it had firmed up a little from the previous night's frost. 
     
    https://youtu.be/3XKsxnenNVo
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  10. Good old number 29 added a topic in Avid fox flyers pics and vids   

    Lionel's Field
    I'm calling my unofficial home strip Lionel's Field, in honor of my grandpa. The field that he made, to prove up on the homestead, is dense with trees that have been growing up there since the sixties, but his legacy lives on. We have a nice, 1/2 mile trail around it, treed on both sides, which passes by the family cemetery. You can see the old field and cemetery in the pics.





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

    Yes, the wing tanks added 27 pounds, but I can live with that. It's closer to 25, considering the parts I removed from the wings to fit the tanks. That's the same weight difference between the 25" tires and the 8.00s. I'm putting the small ones back on, so it will be the same weight as when I last flew it. Until I top off the tanks, anyway. But that extra six hours, or more, added to the range, will be very nice. My next project will be to put it on the skis. But first, finish this and get flying again. 
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  12. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life   

    Old #29 has been good to me. I have about 75 hours on the Hobbs, since getting her back in the air. It was time to reset the point gap, since timing was nearing the lower end of the range. Since I had it in the shop, with the engine off, I decided to install the wing tanks, replace the windshield, and lengthen the tail feathers. Horizontal stabilizer got angled down as much I could. Four inches added to the chord of the rudder and elevator. I made some flapperon end caps to fix up the inside ends, which were torn up a little from folding the wings, and were slightly loose. They are very solid now. 













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  13. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Installing wing tanks   

    To clarify, Alaska Air Cargo only shipped freight on combi planes out of Boise. You need the Known Shipper Number to ship freight between states if there are passengers on the flight. They fly cargo flights between Seattle and Anchorage or Fairbanks, so you don't need it then. Things might have changed regarding passengers on those flights from Boise. It's worth looking into, for about $1,000 less for shipping two tanks. 
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  14. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Installing wing tanks   

    They weigh 13.5 pounds each. The tanks were $440 each, plus shipping. I paid another $45 for some fittings for the two tanks, plus I just spent another $250 locally for the rest of the fittings, microballoons and epoxy, 5200 adhesive sealant, and acetone for rinsing them out. I already have fabric and paint supplies. As I'm sure you're aware, the shipping cost to Alaska was outrageous, somewhere north of what I paid for the tanks, since they wanted to Fedex them. I had mine sent to Seattle, where they went on one of our boats that was heading up for the summer. Another option is to have Kitfox Fedex them to Alaska Air Cargo, in Boise. Air freight is relatively cheap, but you have to have a Known Shipper Number to ship between states. I paid for my tanks on 9/6 and they emailed me that they were done on 2/13. Expect six months to get them. 
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  15. Good old number 29 added a post in a topic Installing wing tanks   

    No, not Avid tanks. I bought them new from Kitfox.
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