1avidflyer

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  1. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avid MKIV Engine Mount for Jabiru 2200   

    I have put 600 hrs on a Jabiru in my MK IV.  My field elevation is 1500.   It has worked for me.  I have an early solid lifter engine, they seem to have been more trouble free then some of the early hydraulic lifter engines.  I don't believe they make as much HP as an 80 HP Rotax 912 and you can't run as large a prop, but they are about 25 -30 lbs lighter all up.  Rotex makes watercooled heads for the Jabiru engines, and those seem to have been very trouble free.  Of course then you are adding about 10 lbs of weight to the engine compared to the aircooled heads.  JImChuk
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  2. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Assembly Manual Help Needed   

    Easy way to make a router table is a small piece of plywood with a hole in it.  Screw the router to the plywood with the bit sticking up through the hole.  Set plywood on sawhorses.  Done.  How many ribs and false ribs do you actually need?  JImChuk
    PS,  welcome to the group!
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  3. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Assembly Manual Help Needed   

    I don't think you will find a complete hardware list anywhere.  Although Kitfox would have had it in their parts list paperwork when they were preparing a kit for shipment.  False ribs would be real easy to make, but use aircraft grade plywood.  Make a pattern and use a router table to make more of them.  A router bit with a roller bearing on the top works good.  The bearing rides on the pattern while the cutter cuts the new rib shape.  https://www.eagleamerica.com/product/v117-0402/ea_-_laminate_trim 
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  4. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic New project   

    Any one ever do wood basements in your area?  I have one and it's been good to me.  (and make sure nobody can open that door and walk out)  :-)  I have a story I could tell about that from my days in construction.  Looks like fun though, I'm sure you will do a good job!  JImChuk
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  5. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Brand new avid try gear for sale   

    Check your private messages.  JImChuk
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  6. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Parts   

    Look at the last post in this thread, it's Bob McCaa.  You should be able to message him from there.  JImChuk
    Flaperon metal hanger needed. - For Sale and wanted, you got it, I want it - AvidFoxFlyers Forums
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  7. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Parts   

    I asked for you there, and a Bob McCaa answered and said he had some of what you need, mixer controls and such.  He usually is on this site, maybe you can find a post he made, and send him a private message.  He didn't have pedals and joysticks and crosstube, but I have some of that stuff.  JImChuk
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  8. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Parts   

    Don't think the drawings were ever made publicly available.  There are parts around from wrecked planes, just a matter of finding them.  Could try posting an add on barnstormers, and the Facebook Avid group.  JImChuk
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  9. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Parts   

    Kitfox are different.  I had the Avid mixer controls but sold them to someone else already.  I know TJay changed out his Kitfox 1 mixer controls for the Kitfox 4 style, can't remember if he stayed with the regular flaperons or not.  That would maybe be an easier mixer to make up then the original Avid if you can't find any, and it gives more movement on one flaperon then the other to reduce adverse yaw.  Maybe he'll chime in.    JImChuk
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  10. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Avid Flyer with 4 cylinder Great Plains VW 2180cc for sale, SOLD, SOLD, SOLD.   

    Looks like a walk out basement.  Bet the wife was impressed when you fired it up in there. I'd probably do that as well though.  (at least once) It looks like a pretty plane.  My Avid wings have the same pattern in white and red.  JImChuk
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  11. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Dumb stunt....   

    Actually quite a few nice evenings.... Oh well, such is life.  Back up and flying now.  Use the head or pay the price.  
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  12. 1avidflyer added a topic in Close Call's and dumb stunts   

    Dumb stunt....
    How easy things can happen when you don't think things out.  About 2 1/2 weeks ago,  I was going to take the Kitfox up for an evening flight.  During the preflight, I sumped the fuel tanks, and as sometimes happens, one of the valves wanted to keep dripping a little bit.  My valves have the little pin that sticks out on the sides, and I will usually grab a rag and wrap it around the pin, pull down and twist it back and forth. Usually works, but not this time.   Wasn't much, but I didn't want to leave it like that with the little drip.  Figured, maybe I'll try to shove a hose onto it, blow on the hose at the same time as I push the valve up to blow out the small piece of dirt that's causing the leak. Didn't have the right size hose handy, so I though, I'll give it a short blast with the air compressor blow gun tip.  Maybe "thought" is not the right word to use.  Anyway, I heard bubbles going into the tank, and then a boink kind of sound.  Then I thought, how stupid can I be as I quickly unscrewed the fuel cap on the tank.  Looked the tank over real good and didn't see any issue, it was the left tank and I thought I had the valve between it and the header tank closed so no air should have gone into the other tank.  The valve did quit leaking, but in about a half minute or so, I happened to glance over at the other side of the plane, and saw  a bulge in the center bottom of the right hand tank.  Never did get that flight in.  The right wing tank has only 2 baffles in it, the left tank has three, so it's probably stronger, and some what more idiot proof.  Used a hole saw to make a hole in butt end of tank, and used my bore scope to determine that the baffles had separated from the bottom of the tank.  Ended up cutting a hole in the top of the tank, about 8" x 12", and repaired the baffles with fiberglass.  Also added a center baffle to give more strength.  Fiberglassed the cut out top back in place, and patched the fabric back in.  Yesterday, I sealed the tank with KBS coating tank sealer, so hopefully everything is good now.  Letting the sealer cure for a few more days, but I did take the plane up this evening for a half hr flight running off the other tank.  Anyway, that is my tale of woe and dumb stunts.  And to top it off, we have had the calmest weather for the last 2 1/2 weeks in I don't know how long.  JImChuk



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  13. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic Flaperon hanger needed   

    Might have a hard time coming up with any hanger, as they are built into the flaperon.  If it was me, I would hang the wing with the flaperon installed, but with the turtle deck not in place of course.  Then measure to the bottom and front of the flaperon tube right where it would go through the side of the turtle deck.   Use those measurements to locate the location of the hole in the turtle deck.   Or make up a pattern from some thin metal or even cardboard with the bottom half of the hole at the top of the pattern.  Push is into place touching the flaperon tube, and put some tape on the fuselage on the sides and bottom of that pattern so you can return it to the same location later.  Remove the wing, put turtle deck back on, put the pattern back onto the side of the fuselage, and you will see where the bottom side of the hole should be on the side of the turtle deck.   JImChuk
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  14. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic IV fuselage repair - measurements   

    Tubing is .035" wall thickness.  JImChuk
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  15. 1avidflyer added a post in a topic My buggy is done well for now.   

    Very nice!  You need to do a video of it in action next.  JImChuk
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