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  1. Ava

    Staples for wing rib fabric attachment?

    Oops, had to re-read to see the re- in re-did... :rolleyes:
  2. Ava

    Looking for 1-26 advice

    Nope... My Russian is rusty, and that serif was big. Wrong picture... Илью́шин Ил-16 Much more economical to fill the fuel tank.
  3. Ava

    Looking for 1-26 advice

    ??
  4. Ava

    Staples for wing rib fabric attachment?

    The guys basically did the same on Ole Piet's initial cover (undercurved FC-10 airfoil). But used a strip of pinked tape per rib.
  5. Ava

    Thrust value and tractor propeller for a Hirth F-33

    Based mostly on conversations with those I have spoken with who have more experience than myself, I am thinking that this engine is probably set up pretty well. The previous owner sold it after acquiring a higher displacement twin cylinder power plant... I had seen it fly, without paying much...
  6. Ava

    Wooden aircraft and crash safety

    Junior, ask for more $$$. One of the Grand Canyon Airlines airplanes (5-AT-74) is (or was recently) for sale... $1,400,000.00 I bought a copy of this off eBay. Oh... my... God! It's about the greatest book ever. In 120 pages it basically assumes that you are some rich person who had a spare...
  7. Ava

    What was the first airplane you flew in and how old ?

    Hi, I did cut and paste a quote-- in #155-- from the 1933 Edition of the Modern Mechanix Flying Manual about the way people used to teach themselves to fly. But I had a very good CFI-S instruct me per all the relevant regulations. If I had built the Pietenpol myself, and it belonged to me, I...
  8. Ava

    Wooden aircraft and crash safety

    :) Bottled air... don't laugh... I hear some jet and turboprop pilots-- even some Bonanza pilots-- fall for this scam. :)
  9. Ava

    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    :) You know, they sell paper skirt patterns that have already been tested... :)
  10. Ava

    Wooden aircraft and crash safety

    Weight was carefully accounted for when Andy and Geoff built Ole Piet to Bernard Pietenpol's original plans. However, at just an ounce or three under 670 pounds-- with water, engine oil, and unusable fuel-- it's 45 pounds heavier than BHP's printed specifications. Heavier wheels and tires...
  11. Ava

    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    We disassembled an engine today, cleaning a few parts just enough to take some critical measurements. It took about three hours... I'm just guessing it might take a wee bit longer to put back together... (Not certain how it transformed into a Volks... maybe I accidentally used a metric...
  12. Ava

    Aviation Mega Joke of the Week

    Nigerian...so, apparently it will be built in Legos... (insert rimshot here)
  13. Ava

    Aviation Mega Joke of the Week

    Ah, yes! I well remember all of those family vacations we took on the "Supertrain."
  14. Ava

    Crashes in the News - Thread

    :rolleyes: Because eyewitnesses...in whatever situation...are just so reliable... :rolleyes:
  15. Ava

    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    But it's really difficult to get it to catch on that first swing! :)
  16. Ava

    Wooden aircraft and crash safety

    On Ole Piet, the envelope is 15" aft of the leading edge to 20" back. Taking off at 870 pounds which is solo and full fuel I'm at 15.88" which will move on up to 15.41" if I run the tank dry. Putting someone in the front cockpit only moves the CG back a bit less than an inch. So, I'm always...
  17. Ava

    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    It's 60*F (a high of 80*F is expected) and there is a 10 mph breeze in our cloudless skies... perfect flying weather. I'll go do some turns about a point in an half-hour or so. In January it will be more like 20*F and a light snowfall, so the big push on building the Scout will come this winter...
  18. Ava

    Weedhopper owner

    16° vor (before) TDC (at 2000/min) per: https://milspecppg.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/F33-Hirth-Engine.pdf
  19. Ava

    What did you do on your airplane project today?

    (Sky Scout update #3 6/26/22) Since 6/19/22 I have made a few more wing ribs. Now, we have six or seven out of 32, depending on how one counts them. Andy and Geoff have the engine mostly complete, sans a prop or radiator. At the rate of a rib every couple days I will be building spars before the...
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