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  4. HiFlite

    (Electric) Tailwheel tug solution?

    Ximangos are heavy and have about 155 lbs supported by the tailwheel. I could use some help getting it into and out of my crude hangar. I don't see a commercial solution to grabbing the tail without heavy modification. Anyone come up with a good one? Or perhaps use this robot "platform" type robot? https://acairtechnology.com/product/ac-tracktech-t-mini-grab-cradle/
  5. HiFlite

    Taxiway Lighting Clearance

    Thanks, I do that too, but it also eliminates many possible fields like my home one. Distance here across the taxiway between lights measures (by tape measure) 55 feet. (Judging by Google, this seems to be a common spec). However, the light stalks are low enough, about 29", to allow my wings to pass over. Yet here "up north" some lights are much higher to keep them above snow plowed to the side. So it remains a mystery, because Google doesn't say how high ...
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  8. CarlMims

    Grob Factory Survey Re-engine with 912 Rotax

    Does anyone know the outcome of this? The email address in the letter bounces.
  9. Richard Pearl

    G109A Fuselage Painted or Gelcoat

    It was gel coat originally. I had mine subsequently refurbished with paint. I don't have the cockpit height dimensions, but it should be uncomfortable for a tall person. I'm 5'6" and had modest clearance, including the headset. While the seat could have leaned back further for someone with longer arms, it should still be tight. The "B" has a different cockpit height...just one of the improvements to the original model. Before investing in the G109 (there is no "A" I suggest investing in sitting in one.
  10. Hello I'm looking art acquiring a G109A and wondered if the fuselage was originally covered in gel-coat or was it painted? Also, does anyone know what the cockpit dimensions are? My son would fly with me and he is very tall
  11. Sinus Flex Max

    Taxiway Lighting Clearance

    If all else fails, go to Google maps, satellite view, and increase magnification to around 20 feet per inch. You can then see, for example, that the taxiways at Zephyr Hills FL are wider (over 40 feet) than is the runway at Grove Field WA (under 40 feet). This also allows one to measure the distance between taxiway lights.
  12. rauburg

    Sonex Zenos

    XENOS MOTORGLIDER JABIRU 3300 • FOR SALE • 2007 Xenos for sale; N5234, SN X0024. Jabiru 3300, Dynon D180 efis/ems, Becker radio, Becker transponder, Borgelt electric Variometer, Earth X battery, and Skybeacon ADSB. Canopy shade and wheel pants. 172.0 tt and 140 est engine. Spares include new canopy, factory interior, Aerovee carb, and other misc parts. Always hangered and no damage history. Registered Experimental. Condition inspection due 7/30/21. Glider is at KODO, ready to go soaring, and needs nothing. Partner is CFI IA/Glider and can provide FAA or insurance checkouts or endorsements as n
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  14. Frank Anglin

    Garmin GNS 530W`

    Slightly used Garmin GNS 530W unit with install kit such as: Rack, Back plate, Connectors and Antenna. Contact Name: Frank Anglin E-mail: anglines449@gmail.com Phone: 360-358-7245
  15. alexress99

    cheng shin 2.50-3

    Ordered some new tires from the Desser.com site Jim listed above. I thought I would add their part numbers to this thread as the names have changed slightly from those listed. The prices have also changed (you'll have to guess which way they went). These part numbers came from Juan Gomez in sales. Main Tire - DTR1280; Main Tube - GL-4087B; Tail Tire - DTR1430; Tail Tube - DTR20-600 Also a heads up that the main tires are out of stock. Juan says they are 3-4 weeks out which means no earlier than May 7th, 2021. I'm a new (used) Phoenix owner.
  16. HiFlite

    AN6 to metric bayonet fuel line fitting

    Thanks, ThermalSeeker, but nope. In the Rotax stuff, it's shown only as #956312 which is a Banjo-to-1/4" hose nipple fitting. Nothing shown either on the Rotax diagrams or on these supplier websites does this conversion for an AN6 end. The match is rather critical, since the banjo bolt contains a restrictor which divides the ~20 gph flow through the fuel circuit to the ~5 gph feed to the carbs and plays a key role in final supply pressure. Altering this balance, set during manufacture by Aeromot, seems unwise. Surely a solution exists or perhaps every Ximango is flying around with 20 year
  17. Thermalseeker

    AN6 to metric bayonet fuel line fitting

    Check with Lockwood Aviation https://lockwood.aero/ or California Power Systems https://www.cps-parts.com/ That's called a "Banjo" fitting. You'll need new copper crush washers top and bottom, too.
  18. HiFlite

    Ximango AMT200 Tyres

    An interesting factoid from my IA guy: In case you were wondering why our weirdly-sized main gear tires are offered in "8-ply" load ratings, the most common use for them is for DC-3 (C-47) tailwheels!
  19. Does anyone know where to get the aluminum fitting that guides fuel between the AN hose and metric fuel metering block? (It's the black thing in the picture). Considering how tightly AN connections are screwed together, it's unlikely that I'd be able to remove this one intact enough to be reused. TIA
  20. HiFlite

    Ximango Brakes and Wheels

    Sorry, I haven't logged in for a while. AFAIK, all of these fittings are standard AN and the rest are Cleveland or copies of Cleveland.
  21. Thanks for posting Dave! It's the little things that get you all riled up.
  22. Gents, Here's a heads up that took me a frustratingly long time to figure out. Bottom Line: If you use a SPOT PLB (and I recommend that you do use a PLB) do not mount it anywhere close to the Skyview GPS module on the glare shield. When Terry and I flew from Atlanta to Chico, CA he was the left seat. I mounted my SPOT on the Right side of the glare shield in front of me and sometimes clipped it to my seatbelt shoulder strap. We had no problems with the Skyview or any other systems. The SPOT works great and gives a significant measure of security. On the return trip, I was left seat and moun
  23. Eric Greenwell

    Main switch and charge fail light

    I'm surprised a panel light (the 3W lamp) is part of the charging circuit, and not just an indicator. Perhaps the 3W incandescent lamp fails often, and that's the reason for using an LED and a resistor, as the resistor (the part the charging system needs to function) should be more reliable.
  24. Ok, file this one under you learn something new everyday. I was taxiing out to fly when all hell broke loose with the charging system. Dynon lady (Nora) yelling at me, lights flickering, electrical power loss then resume, radio off and on, etc. Huge static noises from the radio, so shut down all equipment to not cause further damage. Engine was running fine. Needless to say, did not fly. I thought it was a battery or battery connection problem. Looked at the batteries, charged them up, looked at all power connections, everything was fine. Looked at power connections under the hood,
  25. Tom Clary

    Introducing another happy new owner

    Barry, Congratulations. I asked Jim if there were any Phoenix's in New Zealand and apparently there are not any there. Hey it is only a 1000 miles over open water. I hear that the flying there is amazing. Of course, it might not compete with Morning Glory. Still it is on my bucket list. I am with you on your desire to work very hard to learn fly the Phoenix. It is a great plane but I too have much to learn. I got my glider pilots license at 19. I am now 69. I am so grateful to now get to fly the Phoenix after hoping to own an airplane for 45 yea
  26. Tom Clary

    Introducing N43TC (#54)

    Here is one of Rainier and one training in Minden. It was a great flight. Tom
  27. I made a set of rudder pedal extensions for one Phoenix owner. See photo. They are adjustable, but don't have to be. Another owner placed plastic cylinders around the rudder pedals to increase the diameter of the rudder pedals by an inch or so which was the only extension that he needed.
  28. Vic

    Hoffmann Propeller

    Aviation propellers were wanting $8,600 for a new prop in 2020. Anyone know if the calendar time limit applies in the US?
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