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Cmead last won the day on August 8 2019

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About Cmead

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    VarieFlyer

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    Almost there....
  • Airport Base
    KICT

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    CMead
  • Location (Public)
    Wichita, KS

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    VariEze

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  1. I'd have to agree with Marc on being aware of Mr. Hanson's work, I can speak from personal experience. That said, we have worked very hard of the last couple of years getting our Varie to a dependable and safe state. It's been a mission to say the least. From my point of view, I would look at how much recent time has been put on any of these aircraft. We've logged around 180 hours or so in 24 months. On the one he crashed, that would be up to someone who is willing to invest in that airframe knowing that history, just like any other plane that's had extremely significant damage. I'm hesitant to comment on anyone's airplane, but IMO I would think there are some better options at that price point and that is just my opinion, take it for what you paid for it. Just because Mr. Hanson worked on an airplane, doesn't mean it's a bad choice, just get someone knowledgeable to look it over very well.
  2. Very shortly after purchasing our Vari the gear bow started to break out of the belly! So we did a long ez bow conversion to our Vari. JetGuys in TN did the work for us, was too critical and too time consuming for us to do on our own. They also put in a hell hole access panel on the bottom which is absolutely awesome. We also put new Matco axles, wheels and brakes at the same time.
  3. Cmead

    lights on a Vari

    Here's some pics of the light install.
  4. Cmead

    lights on a Vari

    I have one on my Varie. It pops down below the pilot seat. It's on a lever that locks up and down, kind of like a cam lock. I'll send a couple pics next time I go out for a hop. Also, the nav/strobe LED lights are done like Mark said into the aileron well with quick disconnect so the wings can be removed. NOTE: The lights were installed when I purchased mine.
  5. Where are you all mounting the control module for the LSI ignition system? Thanks in advance.
  6. Hey all, anyone happen to have a nice used O-235 6" Prop Extension laying around that they might want to sell? Feel free to message me if you do!
  7. Cmead

    Panel Upgrade

    I have a lead on a nice new/used (never installed) EFIS for my panel and might be selling the existing stuff. I'd be selling an iFly 740B, EZ Pilot Auto Pilot & Servo and a UltraEFIS AVMAP. All in working condition. What do you all think is a fair price for those? Thanks in advance!
  8. Marc, Thanks for the response. I sent an email to you and thanks for the feedback.
  9. Here I am again, thanks to all the help this board has offered over the last few months. We get one thing solved, and another sticks its head up. I feel like I'm playing Whack-A-Mole.... Noticed this yesterday on a preflight. It definitely has not been there before. We've only got about 10 hours, 20 (ish) landings. None hard landings, probably not the best, but nothing that I think could cause this. A little back note, the main gear has always "popped". Sometimes while you're raising the nose, when you're pushing around, hard to hear with motor running, but I'm sure it's doing that as well when taxi. When the plane was delivered we were told that it was normal and it would stop when everything get's broken in.... Anyway...it looks like to me like when the wheels leave the ground, the gear springs (down and in from no weight) it's cracking right below the gear bow. I've attached a few pics. Basically, is this cosmetic, or do I have a VERY serious/gear falling off/major major issue? My initial thought was to cut a little more space so the gear has more room to spring, epoxy the crack shut and move on down the road. Will need to be fixed this winter when we plan to repaint.
  10. I've searched and read the board posts about the different pitch trim options. I search and found a set of plans for the Atkinson Pitch Trim setup, and it looks pretty straight forward to install/build. My only question is does anyone have this installed in a Varieze? If so, did you have to modify length at all? I found this image on the cozy site...I think...like I said, I do quite a bit of searching. I have the Strong system now, and it doesn't move very well. I've cleaned it up, lubed it with gun oil, ran it up and down outside the aircraft and it works, but it still ratchets from time to time. Not a 100% need to replace today, but is on my radar as I get the bugs worked out.
  11. Cmead

    Aileron Rigging

    Update. Added a trim tab about 18" inboard on the right wing. Worked great. Wings level and ailerons are exactly even on the TE of the wing. Now, do those adjust to be both slightly up? I thought I'd heard/seen that somewhere. Sorry for all the newbie questions but I am learning. BTW I did get a set of plans from Terf. I can't get them to load up on Windows 8 or newer. Any suggestions on that one????
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    Aileron Rigging

    Marc, thanks for the reply. I’m sorry about the information lacking. I would say this is a project on my hands, but I am leaning a lot on the path. Long canard and we are middle forward on the CG. POH says 95-101 The trim system attaches to aileron control rod and uses a carbon bow to connect the linear actuator to the rod. So the trim moves both ailerons. The condition is pretty consistent regardless of speed, 110-150 kts it’s constant or very slight. I’ll look closely at the strake to wing, but wings went in pretty smoothly. Im a newbie to fiberglass. So the trim tab would just rivet on? I would assume with material on top and bottom to “squeeze”on a more significant material? I would definitely talk with my mechanic before, during, after I’m just trying to understand a little better on the attachment thought. I get the trim tab concept and that sounds like it might be a much better option.
  13. Cmead

    Aileron Rigging

    We’ve got about 7 hours or so logged in the last couple of weeks. The aircraft sat for quite some time, about 10 or so years. Our right wing wants to dip in flight. We can correct with trim (electric) but when we put enough to compensate, it’s sbout at the mechanical limit of the system. So when we turn left, we only get about a 1/2” of addition aileron control. So, left side is up and right side down...pretty significantly. Our CG is good, 96.5 to 97 when loaded. When we did the W&B, right side was 15lbs heavier in the rear main. Very little “play” or slack in the system when one is held. So...should I adjust the ailerons and rig left up and right down some while the stick is centered? What kind of drag is this causing? VEZE, O-235, seeing 145 it’s at 2400, no pants yet, silver bullet prop
  14. I thought I would pass on an update. While we were waiting for the new bayonet probes to arrive, we replaced some of the old worn out black baffling material with new red/orange silicon based material and filled some of the holes with RTV. We saw a little drop of about 20 degrees, but we know we have more work to do getting the existing baffles more "air tight". We wanted to switch from the spark plug gaskets to CHT bayonet probes with the no other changes, so we could compare the two, so we stopped and waited on them to arrive. Got them installed, flew this morning. OAT was around 80, pretty windy day but it's KS. Temps are now running around 344 @ 2300 RPM and peaked on takeoff power around 385. Our oil temp is getting a little high, but the heads are fairly fresh, so that could be causing some of that.
  15. I'll try and get some pics tonight. Thanks for your help.

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