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Old 12-21-2011, 03:47 PM
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Not that simple, my RV7-A has a tubular landing gear while my -8 has a leaf spring gear. It was easy for the -8 simply purchase axles and just put longer bolts to mount the second axle internally opposite the wheel axle.
A tubular gear will require a much more complex attachment fitting and modification to the axles.
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Old 12-26-2011, 05:26 PM
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Today's test flight in 10 inch of powder Awesome smooth as silk!
Cruised at 135 kts no flutter
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Old 12-28-2011, 09:35 AM
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Hi Patrick,

Very well done indeed !!!

I will be starting a QB-8 soon (in Europe) then planning on finishing it in Quebec when my work here is done...

So snow skis are definitely an interesting option !!!

Keep up the great work !!!

Eric

Oh, BTW, can't see your pics in Flickr as they are "private"...

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Old 12-28-2011, 04:47 PM
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Thanks for sharing the pictures and results.
I see lots of potential for these skis.
For overwater flights, a ditch in the case of engine failure would be much less violent, same for a landing in an unprepared field.
Are you considering making these for the group or providing plans when you get it perfected?
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Old 12-29-2011, 08:14 AM
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If I get many requests I may consider either selling kits or plans w bill of materials may also consider selling my design. I also installed mirrors so I can check the position of the skis just after take off. If you want more photos or information email Kitfox.rv@gmail.com
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Old 12-31-2011, 02:13 AM
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This is impressive.

Did you use the factory Van's gear legs or Grove gear legs??

Nice.
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Old 12-31-2011, 07:01 AM
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Thank you
I have Grove gear installed on my RV 8 and I have the original new pair of Van's my wheel skis would fit on them also.
Happy New Year to all Van's Fans!!!
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Old 01-09-2012, 07:20 AM
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I now logged 3.5 hours and 20+ T/O & landings in 10 inch power, 4 inches slush, packed power, rough field 5 inch snow, taxiing through 15 inch drifts no issue at all with my wheel/skis on my RV8. New project for next winter design wheel/skis for my RV7-A.
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Old 01-09-2012, 09:33 PM
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Tricycle ski gear?
That sounds interesting and requiring of inventivness (is that a word?)
There are a lot more 6a, 7a, 8a, 9a's than RV-8s. That would be a bigger customer group.
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Old 01-22-2012, 08:08 AM
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Got stuck yesterday while taxiing off hard pack snow. Skis broke through a 3 inch ice crust with 12 inch of power under it. I shut down, broke a trail pushed away the chucks of ice crust so that the prop would not get damaged. Powered up and taxied back to the hard packed area without furteher issue. Also landed on the Ottawa river snowmobile trail, thick tracks requiring caution and took off through a slush area, only found out after doing a fly by to verify my tracks in the snow. Hoping to find a way of providing photos for everybody.
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