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  2. Yeah, ideally a CT or any aircraft that isn't metal skinned (and even the latter) should not be tied down in the sun on the ramp instead of being hangared. But it's nice to have that option without in addition to heat, wind, and rain, having to worry about UV degradation. Even if nominally "always hangared" at 2000 hours it gets 2000 hours of UV ... some at altitude where there's more UV... and s then there's the weeks of tied down on visitor ramps during cross country trips. So curious about opinions and experiences of UV protection products (ranging from things like 303 Aerospace UV Protectant for ten bucks that wipes on but has to be periodically reapplied, to spray on clear coats like UV-Resistant Clear Coating - | Krylon, to on the high end a ceramic coating like System X Ceramic https://www.element119.com/aircraft.html which would probably cost about $250 to cover a CT and claims to be permanent and have the blessings of some major aircraft makers.) I was particularly intrigued by that System X Ceramic. Even sounds easy to apply. Thoughts? Experiences? Facts?
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  4. okent

    Yet another WTB CTLS post

    As I posted above I just bought a CTLS and am using a CFI who routinely ferries these across the country for delivery, also recommended by the dealer. I like his instruction style and can give you the name if you'd like. If it's an issue with the mods to post in the open forum just let me know and I can PM you. The only down side is that he would be out of pocket for my flight lessons!
  5. Warmi

    Yet another WTB CTLS post

    When I bought my Sting I was still a student pilot so paid a CFi ( provided by the dealer ) to ferry the plane to my place ( 4 hours flight) and then paid for his lodging and his time to spend a weekend with me flying and practicing etc .
  6. Buckaroo

    What are these three wires for?

    Mike you sound like you know these units inside and out! Sorry the folks at Carmo manufacture units like these for Ducati etc. They understand these inside and out as they create them. I was told by Carmo the common failure of ignition modules like these is vibration and heat. Of course they do so well in the real world they very seldom have problems.
  7. Madhatter

    Tuned pipe for Rotax 912?

    There are exhaust ball joints built into each pipe, you can see two in this photo. They are swaged in place and only adjust with heat and load.
  8. Yesterday
  9. Chris S.

    Yet another WTB CTLS post

    Thanks everyone again for the awesome help and discussion. I've gone from "this is an idea" to "cash in hand ready to buy" and I think I'm going to try to find something with Skyview already installed. There are a couple nice looking examples on Barnstormers at the moment so I'm going to try to pursue those first, but if anyone has an unlisted lead I'd love to hear about it. Also, how do folks normally relocate the plane once it's bought? It seems like the ideal thing would be to find a CFI who is willing to ferry it with you to get some CFI time in training and get the plane where it needs to go. Failing that it looks like I will probably need to travel for some CTLS specific training and then likely find a ferry pilot as I don't think I'd be comfortable flying across the country solo in a new to me airplane. I saw an old thread where someone mentioned a name for a CFI who will help with ferrying but if anyone has other names please let me know here or via PM.
  10. Skunkworks85

    Tuned pipe for Rotax 912?

    How is it less prone to cracking? Any plans for the heating shroud?
  11. Another milestone... attended a California Power Systems Rotax seminar lead by Roger Lee and Bryan Toepfer this past weekend in Tucson. Learned a ton about the Rotax 912. The box with the wires and tubes under the cowling is no longer a mystery, or something to be feared. As I and a few other guys at the seminar felt, the seminar boosted our confidence in the Rotax engine and its amazing technology. Roger and Bryan have lengthy field experience and their knowledge-base overlay onto the Rotax factory best practices made all the difference. My classmates were great guys and passionate about flying and their planes. There were a couple of CT owners there too... Strongly recommend that any one who flies behind a Rotax, attend this seminar.
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  13. FlyingMonkey

    Tuned pipe for Rotax 912?

    It sure looks beautiful!
  14. okent

    ADS_B

    I have the same panel as Al and I'm looking for a solution that doesn't require the use of an ipad. I like the idea of everything mounted in the plane. The GTX335 and GDL 39 is probably the way I'll go unless something else will interface with my existing equipment. I priced a SkyView touch screen monitor with all the required add ons and it was about 8K plus install.
  15. Madhatter

    Tuned pipe for Rotax 912?

    I have been working on this for over 5 months. Prototype worked well but noise level is too high, changing design a little at this time. Rotax exhaust is 100 +/- 1 DBa at cruise. Trying to at least get that. There are a lot of difficulties in changing the exhaust such as tight cowling and cabine heat. Biggest advantage is more room under engine, better airflow through radiator and pipes less prone to cracking. I may or may not be successful in this. Time will tell.
  16. My exhaust system seems to have terrible flow disturbance, the welded joints are not well aligned and not designed to flow smoothly from one section to the next. I'm thinking that would be a great bolt on horse power. But, I know also that aviation engines should not be experimented with lightly (the ability to run at full throttle on take off is based on many different parameters). Anyway, just thought I'd ask if anyone has seen or heard of a smooth flow header system for the CT/Rotax? ET
  17. Tom Baker

    ADS_B

    The GDL 82 will work well for the out. It requires installation of a GPS antenna with WAAS GPS receiver built in. A tray to mount the GDL 82, and wiring. For in a Garmin GDL39. Overall the installation is not too hard, but does take some time.
  18. SportFlyer1

    ADS_B

    Sorry to hear about the incompatibility of the beacon designs. The regular uAvionix devices would work fine, but the install isn't as easy as the beacon ones. For my plane I went with the more expensive GTX 335 w/WAAS for the 'out' and the GDL 39 for the 'in' to the 696 (weather and traffic). The 39 will also Bluetooth to a phone or tablet running Garmin Pilot, but I chose not to do that. I use the free Avare app on both my phone and tablet and use their GPS for location display.
  19. Al Downs

    ADS_B

    Well I have tried the UAvionix Sky Beacon and Tail Beacon on my CTLS. Neither one will work on the the composite wing or tail. It seems the reception is blocked by the design of the plane I have a Garmin 696, Garmin 327GTX and the Dynon D100 and 120. What is the best way to go or should I wait for Oshkosh? I have 4 CTLS's and a gyroplane to install them on.
  20. FlyingMonkey

    I could have got a newish RV-12 for what I'm spending

    I agree with you. Would rather have the CT.
  21. FlyingMonkey

    I nosed over my CT - I think its totaled?

    You probably wouldn't have to "arrange" anything. CTs are very expensive to repair because of their construction. A few years ago an owner had to replace a windshield due to a birdstrike, with no other damage...and the bill was over $10k. Look at Ed's mishap. It's basically a nosewheel/engine mount replacement, top skins, and probably some tail damage. If that was a Cessna it would be a no brainer to repair, but for the CT it's a total loss, even at a very high $80k hull value.
  22. Buckaroo

    I nosed over my CT - I think its totaled?

    For me it’s like a car. Your biggest nightmare is a rebuild. Things will never be right again and the stigma alone will kick your ass forever. If I’m fortunate enough to crawl away from my rig following an accident I’ll arrange things accordingly! 😱
  23. Ed Cesnalis

    I nosed over my CT - I think its totaled?

    Its a big subject Dick and one it pays to be up on. I wasn't up to speed and had my bird over-insured and ran the risk of a repair as a result. Now that we are past that risk with all bids indicating a total loss I stand to make a windfall. My bird was a very early 06 and I ended up with an orphaned panel / AP as well as the old series motor. On top of that my bird was beat up and needed a few other expensive upgrades. Somehow one of my life's worst days ended up being one of the best. Policy's are contracts and the wording in yours matters. Mine said 70% so with $80k of coverage a total loss is when low bid on repair >= $56,000. The definition you read when googleing is 'when the repair plus the salvage bids exceed the policy limit its a total loss.' Because the limit is agreed upon when you purchase the policy you are then dependent on luck. Not only will too much coverage force an unwanted repair too little coverage will force an unwanted total loss. It wasn't typical to include the 70% and carriers could opt to repair at bad economic periods even above 70% if salvage bids are low.
  24. Ed Cesnalis

    E-scooter for the last mile

    These things are addicting. The e-scooter purchase has now led to an e-bike purchase
  25. Runtoeat

    I nosed over my CT - I think its totaled?

    Ed, does this mean that insurance will repair if estimated cost to do so is less or equal to 70% of what the hull is insured for and will "total" if repair will be over 70% of what hull is insured for? .
  26. I prefer a 12 year old CTSW though. This says a lot about Flight Design products (or me)
  27. Ed Cesnalis

    I nosed over my CT - I think its totaled?

    Lone Mountain Aviation in Las Vegas and Airtime in Tulsa both do major repairs on CTs. Policy says it totals at 70% and you are correct on the end result.
  28. solarguy54

    I nosed over my CT - I think its totaled?

    ELSA or SLSA? If SLSA then Someone trained/authorized by FD is needed or A&P sign off on repair. I flew Frank Borrman over from Germany for less damage than you report. Total repair was about $60k. I suspect your insurance company will total. Engine is probably ok.
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