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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: Frank <frankgorham at>

Date: Fri, 11 Oct 2002 16:25:45 UTC


           This talk of hardening plastic flop tubes is interesting but not
necessary.  Our Acroduster Too has a 20 year old braided steel flop tube
hose that was still very supple when we checked it last year.  Perhaps this
is the Aeroquip type that Aviat is shipping to Ashley?

              Cheers,  Frank

----- Original Message -----
From: Randy Reed <reedrandy at>
To: <AMSnaproll at>; <acro at>
Sent: Friday, October 11, 2002 7:45 AM
Subject: [Acro] Re: Flop tube

> 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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