Bringing a Kitfox 1 back to life

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And if I'm not mistaken you can legally take lessons in your own plane with dual set up.

Yes of course you can.  You can do it without having dual brakes as well but it is not the smartest thing to do.

 

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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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I did the dual brake upgrade, not cheap. Then my jet pilot CFI drove us off the runway thru a ditch into the weeds coming in too hot. Caught his big ass boot on a tube, never said a word. I stomped so hard and saved the loop but it cost me a bent Grove spring gear too... 

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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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Same in the Avid. I cut that pull start handle/rope guide off my Mk-IV for right side brake pedal clearance.

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Had some good company next door, today. Nice 801.

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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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she will be even better to you after all those mods. Maybe a bit heavier ha but thats ok.

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

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Pretty nice.  I love ski flying as well.  Flew on wheels last evening for the first time since December something....  The last two pictures must have been on your trip to the south pole??:lmao:  JImChuk

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