James R Depfer Sr.
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Steering rod boots - Previous post

Started this discussion. Last reply by Ivan Martinez Mar 31. 13 Replies

A year or two ago there was a post about using rubber boots around the steering rods. I believe there were photos too.Could someone provide the link to those posts if available. I've been searching…Continue

SUN'n FUN App for 2017

Started this discussion. Last reply by James R Depfer Sr. Mar 16. 1 Reply

Last year I downloaded an app called "SUN'n FUN Find it" for Sun'n Fun 2016. I believe Sporty's provided the app. I emailed Sporty's, but they replied, and indicated they no longer provide the…Continue

Plane Deicing

Started Dec 3, 2016 0 Replies

Only once did I find myself at a remote airport wanting to return home early in the morning during winter with a thin sheet of ice covering my plane. It doesn't even get below freezing very often in…Continue

Cabin Heat

Started this discussion. Last reply by James R Depfer Sr. Dec 4, 2016. 10 Replies

I had the Zenith cabin heat option installed in my plane, but it wasn't working very well, and I didn't like it at all. I removed it completely.Has anyone installed a cabin heat box obtained…Continue

 

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Bob Simmons left a comment for James R Depfer Sr.
"I apologize for not replying to your question about the Dynon autopilot.  I broke my back a few years ago and haven't been back here in a very long time.  The answer is unfortunately no, I didn't the autopilot installed. …"
Aug 13
James R Depfer Sr. posted a discussion

Steering rod boots - Previous post

A year or two ago there was a post about using rubber boots around the steering rods. I believe there were photos too.Could someone provide the link to those posts if available. I've been searching for an hour and haven't found anything. If there are any posts talking about the metal piece that slides up and down during steering I would be interested in that post also.Thanks,              JimSee More
Mar 25
James R Depfer Sr. posted a discussion

Sun'n Fun App for 2017

Last year I downloaded an app called "SUN'n FUN Find it" for Sun'n Fun 2016. I believe Sporty's provided the app. I emailed Sporty's, but they replied, and indicated they no longer provide the app.The app had all the seminars and training available, with the times and locations. It had manufacturer's names and booth locations, and lots of other information with maps of everything.Does anyone know of any app available for this year containing similar information ????  I've been searching, but…See More
Mar 6
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Dec 3, 2016
James R Depfer Sr. posted a discussion

FAA SEEKS REMOVAL OF NAVWORX UATS PROPOSED AD AFFECTS 800 ADS-B UNITS

Hope this doesn't affect anyone. I have an order in for a ADS600-EXP unit but its been several weeks waiting for shipment.…See More
Oct 21, 2016
James R Depfer Sr. posted a discussion

Accurate cruising speed ??????

When flying with a crosswind at 90 degrees to the plane, will my IAS be an accurate cruising speed if I maintain the 90 degrees ? Will it be pretty much the same as having no wind ? If not, how do I get an accurate cruising speed when the wind is rarely calm in my area ? I'm talking about winds between 4-12 mph.Thanks,             JimSee More
Jun 15, 2016
James R Depfer Sr. posted a discussion

Anyone using the new iPad 9.7" PRO yet ????

I was wondering if anyone is using the new iPad 9.7" Pro yet. If yes, is the brightness and glare improved as much as they say ???  I presently have an iPad mini 2 and would probably upgrade if the brightness/glare are greatly improved as advertised. How is it in bright sunlight ???I stopped at an Apple store today, but I couldn't determine anything indoors in the store.I presently have the original Mygoflight shield from Aircraft Spruce on my iPad mini and it helps some. Has anyone used the…See More
May 1, 2016
David Wood left a comment for James R Depfer Sr.
"Hi Jim,  The centre rod preloads the spring. You can use it to take all of the pressure off the v-block. Without the centre rod, you can still adjust the preload with the outside rods, but by adding preload here, you are loading the v-block…"
Jan 12, 2016
James R Depfer Sr. posted a discussion

Excessive cabin heat at feet and under instrument panel - Need recommendations

My instrument panel is basically a sealed box to trap heat. I did install a small 12V fan to get a little heat out to keep the instruments from overheating, but yesterday my Dynon D180 did overheat for the second time in two years. The radiated heat through the firewall is also pretty warm on my feet to just below my knees.I presently have no insulation on the firewall but just checked the following 3 products atAircraft Spruce :Koolmat Insulation P/N 09-24730Ceramic Blanket P/N…See More
Sep 10, 2015
James R Depfer Sr. posted a discussion

Photo Assembly Guide - Wheel Fairing Option

I haven't been able to find any photo assembly guide for the wheel fairing option, other than 6-WFO-1A and 6-WFO-1B, edition 2 dated 2006.Are there any guides I've overlooked that may be newer than 2006 ?  I'm assuming the plane model doesn't matter.Thanks,   Jim See More
Aug 4, 2015
William C Cooper II left a comment for James R Depfer Sr.
"Thanks for the welcome and for the offer to see your aircraft!  I work near Tipton and saw the news coverage about the accident.  I hope your friend Tom recovers quickly and gets back in the air.  Time to get changed out of my suit,…"
Feb 12, 2015
Paulo Carlos D Amore left a comment for James R Depfer Sr.
"Dear James, /// the wheel pants are maked in S Miguel Arcanjo/S Paulo/Brazil by Pedro Mello (pedrinho-mello@uol.com.br). thanks"
Aug 21, 2014
James R Depfer Sr. posted a discussion

Annual Condition Inspection Question

My first Annual Condition Inspection was due in November of 2013. For various reasons, I just completed it on 02/24/2014. Will my next inspection be due in November of 2014, or can I reset my year until February, 2015 ??Thanks,                JimSee More
Feb 24, 2014
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My completed Plane.

Photo of my completed plane prior to inspection. Now that I have my pink slip, I'll take better photos with the runway in the background rather than the cluttered up hangar. I was very pleased with my paint job and vinyl trim (of course I didn't do…
Nov 9, 2012
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Nov 9, 2012
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Weight and Balance Time

Getting closer...Weight was a little heavier than I wanted at 800lbs, but my CG computes for expected passengers, fuel and baggage were all OK. Only a few more tasks left before I request a time for inspection.
Oct 28, 2012

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STOL CH 750
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Rotax 912
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At 7:44pm on August 13, 2017, Bob Simmons said…

I apologize for not replying to your question about the Dynon autopilot.  I broke my back a few years ago and haven't been back here in a very long time.  The answer is unfortunately no, I didn't the autopilot installed.  I'm hoping to be able to resume activity in the next year or so.  Progress has been slow going.  But we just bought land in an airpark in Tennessee, so I'll have a new hangar to occupy in the next couple of years.  Assuming my healing progress continues in a positive direction that'll get my build going again.  Truth be told though, there was a whole lot of procrastinating going on even before I broke my back.  But my wife has threatened to kill me if I don't do something when the new house and hangar get built, so there's no better incentive.  Thank God for her!

At 8:39am on January 12, 2016, David Wood said…

Hi Jim, 

The centre rod preloads the spring. You can use it to take all of the pressure off the v-block. Without the centre rod, you can still adjust the preload with the outside rods, but by adding preload here, you are loading the v-block and making the rudder stiffer. (With less preload, the nose gear will compress more under the load of the aircraft) In our case, there is less load on the block now than when we had the bungee cord, so the rudder is lighter than it was, but not a free as it is when you can take all the load off. 

You still have the option of using flat blocks to lighten the rudder, but I don't think it is necessary.

I think that the headers of the 912 give off a lot of heat, which shortens the life of the elastic bungee. We replaced two this year. 

At 6:28pm on February 12, 2015, William C Cooper II said…

Thanks for the welcome and for the offer to see your aircraft!  I work near Tipton and saw the news coverage about the accident.  I hope your friend Tom recovers quickly and gets back in the air.  Time to get changed out of my suit, drive to my brother's home and get to work on finishing the slats!

 - Bill

At 8:11am on August 21, 2014, Paulo Carlos D Amore said…

Dear James, /// the wheel pants are maked in S Miguel Arcanjo/S Paulo/Brazil by Pedro Mello (pedrinho-mello@uol.com.br).

thanks

At 4:32pm on June 2, 2012, Victor Menkal said…

The two positions I picked were fully back and fully forward.    I used lightweight closed cell foam so my seats are relatively thin and even so my buddy is 5'7" and he found the position quite comfortable.    I cut the rudder control rods shorter to accommodate my legs.

At 3:29pm on June 2, 2012, Victor Menkal said…

Hi James.    I liked the seat rails, well built and would fit quite well.

I actually found during fitting the seats that the semi-recumbant position of the seat design fits different height people quite well.    Im all legs and found that I needed to position the seat all the way back to give me a comfortable fit and this position also fit most people.   Ended up just going with the design attachment and put a second set of nut plates forward about 4" for really short folks.

Easy enough to install seat rails later if the stock system is found wanting.

Cheers

At 3:48pm on April 20, 2012, Edmondo Penazzi said…

Dear James good evening!

I am trying to "force" the Airfox people to do the kit. Unfortunately is not the first priority for them so I had to wait. Soon I get news I will post it.

Thx!

At 7:04am on April 20, 2012, Tracy Buttles said…

Hello James

no i didnt wire in the alternator  But i think im going to change that

ill send you some info

 did you have any trouble fitting the garmin into the airdock?

I see you have a few extra switches in the center ?

an do you buy the landing light wig wag?

 

At 1:59pm on December 15, 2011, Mike Schlichtman said…

Jim,

I put some rubber edging along the edge that is against the glass.  I fit mine before the glass and then refit after glass was installed.  I painted the skins seperate and then installed very last thing....touched up rivets with brush.

At 8:40am on May 10, 2011, Bill Alexander said…

Jim,

The covering on the top skin is part of the Zenith interior kit.

Bii

 
 
 

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