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ACRO E-mail Archive Thread: [Acro] Re: Flop tube


Thread: [Acro] Re: Flop tube

Message: [Acro] Re: Flop tube

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From: Randy Reed <reedrandy at>

Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 12:48:32 UTC


  Ashley,  right after I got my Eagle, it started
quitting with 12 gallons of fuel while inverted. 
Once, I thought I would have to land on a road before
it started up again.  I removed the tank and flop
tube.  The tube was yellow plastic and was so hard
there was know way it would flop enough to pick up
inverted.  I ordered a new one from Aviat.  It ran me
about $90 and works well.  I have been told a lot of
people replace them every 2 years or so just to make
sure it doesn't quit when they need it.  Danny
recomends cutting a hole in the firewall while the
tank is out so the next time you change the tube, you
don't have to remove the tank.  I did that on mine and
made a plate out of aluninum and screwed it to the
firewall with 4 screws to cover up the hole.
randy reed
--- AMSnaproll at wrote:
> My trusty Eagle gave me a raised eyebrow the other
> day. Rolled inverted and 
> it quit running. Rolled upright and it ran. Got to
> be entertaining after 
> awhile, but I figured I oughta fix it. I took out
> the flop tube and pressure 
> tested it, and there were no splits or leaks. So,
> gurus, is it possible that 
> it was sucking shut when it was bent a certain way?
> And if that is true, what 
> happens if it sucks shut when upright? Does anybody
> have an emergency fuel 
> feed that bypasses the flop tube, and if so, how did
> you rig it? 
> Thanks a heap!
> Ashley Messenger
> Ch. 34

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