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  1. C5Engineer

    Attaching Whelen strobes to fiberglass tips

    I'm installing a set of microburst led strobes onto an already covered plane with fiberglass tips. They didnt include any hardware. The holes inside the housing are tapered. There's really no way to access the inside to install a nut or backing plate to use a 4-40 machine screw. Curious what...
  2. C5Engineer

    Avid Flyer B model with old 503

    Hey guys sorry I haven't logged in here for a while so I am just seeing this thread. tsoftware did you account ever get activated on Avid Fox Flyers?
  3. C5Engineer

    Avid Flyer B model documentation

    Saw your thread over at Avidfoxflyers. We will take care of you. All the info you need is there.
  4. C5Engineer

    Rami AV-22 transponder antenna ground plane in chromoly fuse.

    So there's a lot of info out there but it's tough to figure out what's accurate. I'm installing a microair transponder with a Rami AV-22 antenna in my new Avid Flyer. How critical is the ground plane shape and size to the proper operation? I looked at a factory built Rans the other day and it...
  5. C5Engineer

    AK-450 ELT phone cord really a phone cord?

    Mounting my ELT behind my seat and don't need the 20ft of cord that comes with the kit. Anybody know if a 6ft phone cord will work?
  6. C5Engineer

    Cover wood fairings or paint?

    Oh my I love this site. This is the best reply ever!! While I'm not grey haired I built my first RC a Carl Goldberg Butterfly when I was 12 years old and continued to build until I left home for the Military at 18. I have quite a bit of experience with Monokote. I thought about it as an option...
  7. C5Engineer

    Cover wood fairings or paint?

    I picked up a project a while back that has tapered wood fairings glued to the wing struts per the factory instructions. The struts are powdercoated. I've seen guys use polyfill and epoxy varnish and then just paint em. The more traditional method and what I have on my other Avid is to wrap them...
  8. C5Engineer

    Reliability of Rotax 2-strokes

    Oh boy another one of these threads. Sorry but these always rub me a little the wrong way. 2-strokes don't quit they are murdered by their owners. These are not Lycomings or 912's. You can't just blindly jump in, crank the key and go fly. You must understand how they work and how to set them up...
  9. C5Engineer

    Unregistering a kit that was never completed

    Well after three tries this morning and 22 minutes on hold I finally got someone at OKC to answer the phone. What is needed is a typed letter stating the KIT...not airplane was sold unfinished and an AW cert had never been issued or applied for. No fee. I googled letters to the FAA Aircraft...
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    Unregistering a kit that was never completed

    Thanks for the replies. The main goal here is help out the seller who doesn't want a registration floating around out there for the next year on pieces of an airplane he no longer owns. California will come after you for usage tax. I contacted a DAR today and he said it's easy to call OKC and...
  11. C5Engineer

    Unregistering a kit that was never completed

    The plane has a valid FAA registration on file not just a reservation. If you Google the tail number he reserved it comes up with his name and address. Are you saying that without a valid AW cert it doesn't matter? Talking to the FAA or even a DAR for that matter has gotten really difficult...
  12. C5Engineer

    Unregistering a kit that was never completed

    What happens if someone got an N number and registered a kit and then never finished it? It's never had any other paperwork done and the kit is still in pieces. What's the easiest way to make that registration go away in the database for the seller? Will their be problems down the road using...
  13. C5Engineer

    Time for paperwork...question on Kit Bill of sale and registration

    I am doing paperwork on the latest project. The kit changed hands a few times along the way before it was built. I have the kit bill of sale to the original buyer but it's obviously not me which creates a problem for the 8050-88. The FAA site says an aircraft bill of sale 8050-2 will suffice as...
  14. C5Engineer

    Forced landing checklist

    Fly the airplane! Every fatal I've read about from forced landings were stall spins 100ft off the ground. It's been proven over and over again if you go in at the slowest controllable speed with the wings level your odds of making thru are much much better than if you become a lawn dart. In...
  15. C5Engineer

    Installing a Baxter throttle quadrant...cable Fork question

    Nope it's just a 1/16"'cable like a bicycle shifter cable that I cut off to start over from the atrocity that was on it.
  16. C5Engineer

    Installing a Baxter throttle quadrant...cable Fork question

    I am converting my PPC throttle set up to a Baxter quadrant. It needs a fork type fitting to connect the cable to the throttle arm. The throttle cable is just a standard cable in a sleeve that runs to a slider. Curious what my options are for installing something on the end of the cable that...
  17. C5Engineer

    Old guy with lifelong interest in ultralights

    Definitely explore powered parachutes. I recently bought a nice N numbered low time one with a trailer for 5K. Wind is their only enemy but that is true with almost all ultralights. The main thing I like about them is they are extremely forgiving and easy to fly. You can keep it in the garage...
  18. C5Engineer

    Cleaning up my cowling...question for the fiberglass guys

    Thanks for the different ideas to consider!! I should be home from my deployment this week. Looking forward to getting in some flying and then knocking out this project.