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  1. Will Aldridge

    Custom made AN hardware?

    Well the 4" barrel is most definitely too long. The 2 1/4" barrel would only have about .33" of each rod end threaded into it. Don't think that would be adequate.
  2. Will Aldridge

    Custom made AN hardware?

    Think you might have found the easiest solution. There are some 4" long barrels with 1/4 28 threads on aircraft spruce. I'm not at my computer so I don't know for sure but they might be too long. Here's hoping it works.
  3. Will Aldridge

    Custom made AN hardware?

    Theoretically I could use a piece of all thread, but if it fatigues and snaps, the left flaperon will flutter in the breeze and potentially ruin my day if not my life, so I'm looking for rolled threads. How difficult is it to machine rolled threads? Is it in the capability of most machine shops?
  4. Will Aldridge

    Custom made AN hardware?

    hey guys, I've designed a completely new flaperon mixer system for my plane and need a custom bolt. Basically threaded on each end with a right hand thread on one end and a left hand thread on the other, like this: It will be the same application, a female rod end bearing on each end. 3/16"...
  5. Will Aldridge

    LSA Weight to be 3600 Pounds soon !!!

    The latest: Still a couple years off but seems there might be a firm date to expect the new rule to be finalized.
  6. Will Aldridge

    Interesting Autogyro

    Found these sitting in a equipment lot in an industrial park I remember one of my former employers talking about watching these betting tested when he was building hangar next to the airstrip they were being tested on. He said he saw them flip over a couple of times and the test pilot/builder...
  7. Will Aldridge

    Interesting bit of aviation history

    Unfortunately TSA seems to have no sense of the history of the place, namely bringing people into aviation and it seems to be their unofficial purpose to drive GA off the field.
  8. Will Aldridge

    Jabiru 2200 for a Baby Ace?

    There's a couple guys over on Avidfoxflyers.com that fly behind them, namely 1avidflyer aka Jim chuck and Tjay. They both love them as far as I can tell. I think they're both members here as well but don't log on very often here. They can tell you which serial numbers are OK to use.
  9. Will Aldridge

    Corvair gut check

    One good site to peruse is n56ml.com. Mark Langford installed one on his kr2s. He did the big bore version and had 3 crank breaks. The last resulted in enough damage to the plane that it hasn't flown in years.
  10. Will Aldridge

    BMW 1200 R

    The answer is pretty much the same as above. The Q2 was designed around the Volkswagen engine. You'll get more hp for less weight. But again you have the balance issues. Edit: Seems like you've picked your engine and are now trying to pick an airframe. Usually better to pick your mission, then...
  11. Will Aldridge

    BMW 1200 R

    Well depending on which psru you go with you're instalation will weigh as much as 80 lbs less than the o-235 that it was designed for. Which means you're most likely going to have to extend the motor mount considerably to balance the plane. Here is a KR2 with its traditional Volkswagen engine...
  12. Will Aldridge

    Cindy the DragonFox (Highly Modified Kitfox model 1)

    Always have trouble sleeping on Sunday night, so you get the first installment of my ideas. this is the turtle deck, goes behind the aft spar between the wings and is removable to allow the wings to fold. And it weighs 3.5 pounds. It's been on my radar from day 1 when thinking about ways to...
  13. Will Aldridge

    Cindy the DragonFox (Highly Modified Kitfox model 1)

    Going to be going "off the air" soon. One of the thoughts that has percolated for quite awhile when watching Mike Patey videos is that he can't spend near a much time online as I'm doing, if he did he wouldn't get a much done. I have a couple pet peeves that I have gone sniping at some forum...
  14. Will Aldridge

    Cindy the DragonFox (Highly Modified Kitfox model 1)

    Reading Sport Aviation can have unintended consequences. This article: In the June edition led to a complete revision of my plans for the tail surfaces of my plane. That stabilator got me thinking about how I would go about putting something similar on my kitfox. First thought was the Evans...
  15. Will Aldridge

    Scrappy’s Landing Gear Wings - Yay or Nay?

    You know one more point re control of emotions, I'd say it demonstrates a pretty extreme level of discipline and self control and laser focus to achieve so much, so quickly with such a high standard of craftsmanship. And if he can enjoy himself as much as he seems to while doing it, well I wish...
  16. Will Aldridge

    Scrappy’s Landing Gear Wings - Yay or Nay?

    Well you do have a point there and I envy certain portions of your education. Is Mike Pateys control over his emotions inadequate just because he shows his exuberance? It could probably be argued either way.
  17. Will Aldridge

    Scrappy’s Landing Gear Wings - Yay or Nay?

    I've met him once in real life and talked to him for about a minute. Hardly enough to get a true feel for the guy, and if what we see on the videos is really him. I did have a college chemistry professor once who must have been in his 70's who got similarly excited when he got a delivery of...
  18. Will Aldridge

    Scrappy’s Landing Gear Wings - Yay or Nay?

    In the last video he said that he would explain his full reasoning in an upcoming video. I get the impression that he's more interested in adding a little lift to slow his landing speed than ultra drag reduction. But obviously we'll have to wait for him to give his reasoning. I'm sure one of...
  19. Will Aldridge

    Scrappy’s Landing Gear Wings - Yay or Nay?

    There was a certain someone a certain number of years ago that labeled a certain segment of the population "a basket of deplorables" and it kinda became a badge of honor, people referred to themselves that way. Well consider me a 12 year old then cause I still think Draco is awesome. Wether you...
  20. Will Aldridge

    Cindy the DragonFox (Highly Modified Kitfox model 1)

    Got a present in the mail today: It's a hydrostatic pressure fuel sending unit. Basically it measures fuel level by measuring the weight of the fuel above it. My fuel system is slightly unorthodox. The aircraft came with a non useable 6 gallon aluminum tank in the wing and the 9 gallon roto...
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