April 1, 2013

Orcas Island

With an amazing weekend of weather and an unprecedented sunny Easter we took off for Orcas Island this weekend. It’s my daughters favorite destination when flying. The airport is close to town and you can easily walk to the beach! The video below was taken with a GoPro camera mounted to the wing strut. It was taking stills every 10 seconds and then stitched into a movie greatly speeding up the return trip!

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March 8, 2013

Evening flight

After all the rain and low clouds of the last few weeks I got a chance to get out and take a short flight. Just around the local area, buzzing a few of my friends houses and turning the sky around.

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February 19, 2013

2013 Annual Inspection

Well, it’s that time again. Time for the annual condition inspection! The good news is that there was nothing to fix this year. Just run the compression tests, open all the access panels, lube the pivots and put it back together and return to service. The only new change I made, was to remove the zip tie seat mounting and replace it with a screw mount from the seat pan to the tube structure behind the seat. This will make it easy to get behind the seat for maintenance and inspections without always having to cutoff the zip ties and then replace them with new ones. I also extended the mounting tabs a bit with some fiberglass and carbon to get more material on the bolt locations where the seat screws to the floor boards. The original installation was cut too close to the hole edges and broke out over the years.

Annual

February 10, 2012

Mountains are out

Nice day for flying!

January 30, 2012

Back in the air with Kitfox V3

This is version three of my Kitfox 7. I shortened the wing tips using the “standard” tips, installed electric elevator trim and put 600×6 tires and wheel pants on. All of this gained another 6mph in speed so now I’m seeing 130mph TAS at 1500 ft.