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  2. Cobra Trailer for the Phoenix?

    I forgot to mention that the cost in 2013 was just shy of $9,000.
  3. Cobra Trailer for the Phoenix?

    Hi All, Having a trailer for my Phoenix has been great. Yes, the Phoenix has a motor and is a quite capable touring machine as we all know (to Costa Rica Jan 2014). Since taking delivery in May of 2013 my Phoenix, snuggled in its trailer, has averaged 8K miles per year. So we are looking at approximately 40K miles. Escaping the NY winter I see the majority of my airtime in Florida and Arizona returning home at the end of May. Having a Phoenix trailer allows me to have my vehicle on this annual adventure. The trailer is all aluminum made by Blizzard. I had the interior height reduced from 6'6" to 5'10" (my height) it allows the canopy to open a bit with access to the package self for charging etc. The empty weight is aprox 2300 Lbs with a max gross of 7k Lbs. It tows well behind my Honda Pilot. It is stable seeing 80 MPH on occasion without a problem. Of course significant cross winds are a factor. I can rig and derig the Phoenix alone if the wind is not too strong. It is a straight forward process. Leaving just less than five gallons in the wings on your last flight allows fuel to drain into two 5 gal containers before disassembly. After assembly at your destination you have fuel and are ready to find some Cu's. Blizzard is willing to customize their trailers and ship then everywhere, including overseas as far as I know. See: http://www.blizzardmfg.com I beleive my model is a modified 716 or 718. Detailed pictures of my trailer are somewhere on this site or at least where at one time. Sorry don't have a link to there location.
  4. Halcon Wonderful. I have an FR-4d and an L-13 SEH, here in Oregon at Twin Oaks Airport (7S3) near Hillsboro, OR. Better yet, I know Collin in MacMinnville. OR (MMV) who owns an RF-5b and who is one of the best motor glider pilots anywhere. He has been very helpful with my motor glider students and pilots sent to me for motor glider training by the FAA. I have flown RF-5's in Italy and the US. Great aircraft! I am also a CFI A and G. So whatever you want or need we can do. My number is 503.888.1600. Robert Brock
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  8. Glider training and self launch training in the NW USA

    The ASA (Auxiliary-powered Sailplane Association) has a list of potential motorglider instructors: https://sites.google.com/site/motorgliders/licensing-and-training#TOC-Washington Start there, and if you find errors in the list, or additions for the list, please let me know, and I will update the list. You can definitely get training if you are willing to travel outside OR/WA, in CA or AZ.
  9. I am in the process of purchasing a Fournier RF-5 this month and need to complete my glider rating and obtain a self launch endorsement sometime within the next month. Does anyone know of any commercial glider training schools operating during the winter months in the Northwest, USA? I hold ATP and CFI licenses and logged over 28,000 hours. I had to discontinue my glider rating due to relocation and personal reasons. I am trying to find a commercial flight school that offers training in the Northwest, USA and operates during the winter months. I live in Washington State but I would travel to Oregon State to finish my glider training and also obtain a self launch endorsement in a rental motor glider. Does anyone know of a school doing this training here in the NW, USA? I need to complete this training within a month or two so I can fly my Fournier motor glider after completing the purchase.
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  13. Cobra Trailer for the Phoenix?

    Jim - Thanks for the info. I already knew about Don's trailer and the Haulmark, but I don't have an adequate tow vehicle to pull either option. What got me started on this was that I found out that Cobra has made at least one Lambada trailer that was suitable to be towed by my Subaru Outback, so I wrote to them about what it would take to do a Phoenix version. Unfortunately, as you point out, it's quite a pricey transaction, probably close to $25k, and I doubt it will have any resale value. Back to square one. Ed
  14. Cobra Trailer for the Phoenix?

    Ed, a Cobra (Spindleberger) trailer for the Phoenix will cost about $20K by the time you get it here with shipping. I don't think there is a Phoenix Cobra trailer. You can get a Haulmark type trailer modified in height only for around $8K. The weights of the trailers will be about the same. The big difference in weight depends on 1 or 2 axles. 2 axles tows much smoother for the plane, and provides extra safety in case of a blowout. Don tows his trailer with a Honda Pilot. Here is a photo of Don's trailer. The Haulmark types are around 7 feet high inside. Don's trailer was about 5' 10", and there was around 5" of space above the canopy. So it would be possible to have one made with around 5'5" inside height. Measure your Phoenix to the top of the canopy and see how low you can go. But if you go back to Don's trailer photo, you can see that he needed that extra room above for the wingtips and tail. Several years ago when I looked into trailers, a local company could build one to my dimensions for the same price as the usual size, $8000 with tandem axles. I would think the Seattle area would have a company which does this work too.
  15. Dynon transponder issue

    I got an e-mail from the FAA yesterday indicating that they finally fixed the ADS-B ground stations in my area, so that they now correctly recognize my Phoenix as a glider rather than a "Skydiver / Parachutist". I ran an ADS-B Performance report on my last flight from Naples FL to Sebring in late January, and sure enough, it now shows that I am a glider. It would be interesting to see if this fix has rolled out nation wide yet.
  16. Dynon ADSB-472 and GPS-2020

    What kind of bugs were they talking about? Are they hardware or firmware issues? How does this affect those of us who already have the new receivers?
  17. Cobra Trailer for the Phoenix?

    A Cobra trailer with a Phoenix might work well, but I'll guess the loaded trailer with some stuff in it will weigh around 2300 lbs based on what my ASH 26 E and it's Cobra trailer weigh. I towed my ASH 26 E trailer (about 2400 lbs) with a 1989 Dodge Grand Caravan, about 3700 lbs, 150 hp. It did OK, but 60 mph was a sensible speed, 70 mph was asking for trouble. For coming to Ephrata from Seattle, 60 mph is plenty good enough. It'll be interesting to learn the cost of the trailer. It will be fat and short compared to my 26E trailer! Likely an advantage, however.
  18. Cobra Trailer for the Phoenix?

    It’s not that bad to remove the wings if you have some help, 2 additional people is ideal. I usually never have more than a few gallons of gas in the wings, and I have two 5-gallon gas containers. It’s no more finicky than any other glider I’ve rigged. ed
  19. Cobra Trailer for the Phoenix?

    That explains it. How big of a hassle is it to take the wings off of the Phoenix? I presume you have to drain the fuel?
  20. Cobra Trailer for the Phoenix?

    Mike, you must live in Florida! The best soaring in WA State is on the other side of the Cascade mountains. For example, the Region 8 competition is held in Ephrata, with some of the best conditions in the country. The problem is that I frequently get grounded by IFR in the mountain passes and miss the best flying. Everyone else in the club just trailers over the pass and they have a great time. I’m tired of missing the fun. Eric is lucky — he lives near there! Ed
  21. Static Wicks

    I did some internet research and found nothing definitive about static wicks or tire conductivity. The consensus seemed to be ... Fill the cans only on the ground, pavement, or floor DO NOT fill when they are in the trunk or pickup bed There is no evidence that using cell phones can cause a fire, nor would I expect a low voltage (3.7 volt battery), low power device to have any way to do that (a battery that fails and ignites - yes, but that doesn't happen because you used it!) The conductivity of airplane tires was not mentioned much. Using a grounding lead in the hangar would ensure the Phoenix is grounded, but I'm willing to believe the aircraft will not have a charge after sitting in the hangar for a few minutes, that the gas cans sitting on the floor will not have a charge, and that I will not have charge after opening the door to the hangar; therefore, it's safe to set a can on the wing and empty it into the fuel opening. Our area is dry enough to give me static electricity when I slide out of my Camry's cloth seats in the winter, but that's always discharged by touching or holding onto the car. I do use cans that don't spill gasoline, and are very easy to use on the Phoenix. Ed Walker put me onto them: search Amazon for "no-spill gas cans". Just set it on the wing with nozzle in the fuel opening, press the button on the nozzle, and in it goes, with automatic stop should the fuel reach the nozzle. A bargain at $34 with shipping (Ace Hardware has them for the same price in the store). I hope someone can be more definitive.
  22. Cobra Trailer for the Phoenix?

    Why tow when you can fly?
  23. I just saw this photo of a Cobra Trailer designed for the Lambada. Since the Phoenix is not that dissimilar in size, does anyone know if a Cobra trailer has every been built for the Phoenix? I just sent the Cobra factory a note asking if it can be done and for what price. I've looked locally over several states to find someone who will build one similar to the custom trailer that Don Boardman had built in upstate NY, but there aren't many options near Seattle. Also, they tend to be quite heavy, and I don't have a pickup to haul it around. I have a Subaru Outback that can tow 3000 lbs, so I'm hoping that Cobra's experience with the Lambada will allow them to make something not too heavy. I'll let you know.
  24. Takeoff Requirement

    Give me a call and I will give information about the SunDancer performance. Joe Kulbeth at 559-960-7873
  25. Where did this screw come from?

    That was it! I looked today, and this time I could see the screw was missing. It was hard to see the screw wasn't there, given the poor hangar lighting; also, I assumed the compass had SAE screws for no good reason.
  26. Grob 109B overheating modification?

    Please check that the SU carb cover was installed correctly. The burl on the edge of the top cover should line up with the burl on the bottom part, with the word "Made" on the cover appearing over the Allen screw on the lower half. Else there is insufficient Venturi effect and the engine runs too lean leading to overheating.
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