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    Fullerton (KFUL) Orange County CA
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  1. My bird (2015 CTLSi delivered in 2016, and upgraded to ADSB 2020 in mid 2016 when the Rotax Stator SB was being done) is ADSB 2020 compliant and as of a week ago is running v15.2. When it boots, it still shows the Dynon boot screen in conjunction with the Flight Design logo, and the screen configuration is still limited (as it always has been with FD). Just responding to let you know it is in fact possible. I remember when CPS upgraded my Antenna (the only part required) that there were some calls between the mechanic, Dynon and FD to figure out how to update the files. I'm wondering if you have called Dynon support? Now - My Soapbox Mini Rant: The reason why FD GMBH refuses to unlock the Skyview remains a mystery to me. Why they seem to think it must be locked down when other LSA manufacturers don't is beyond me. Seems to me it would be "one less thing" to focus on in Germany. The FD POH just needs to say "refer to the latest Skyview operating guide". Perhaps one day...
  2. It will be interesting to see if this leads to a mandatory service bulletin of some type. Playing the "shifting blame game", if NGK says "don't use in airplanes" and engine manufacturer's ignore it, they become "willfully negligent" should an accident be tied back to spark plugs (rare as it may be). I bet we haven't heard the last on this quite yet.
  3. The NTSB released its final report on this accident (attached). Sharing for others to learn from. Spatial disorientation flying at low altitude over the water at night. Brad was an accomplished man and an all around good guy. It should remind us that ours is a license to continuously learn. NTSB Final N622BT.pdf
  4. If you look at the bottom of the top frame you can see the top of my tan wood stick. On liftoff I was pushed left, so I countered right with the stick. On the bottom frame you can see the nose wheel and at liftoff I applied right rudder. Totally instinctive, I didn't have time to think, (right or wrong) I just did.
  5. To be honest, It took a few minutes to realize what happened (I was wondering what else I may have done) and only later when I was able to study the video did I absolutely conclude it was the helicopter. We had a takeoff accident not too long ago here. Similar, veer left only the individual crashed, and was unhurt (thankfully). I think I'll share my video with the guys in the tower (now that you mention it). There is a Remos on the field that does flight instruction so student pilots are frequent.
  6. Thought I'd share a little video of a recent takeoff I had. Just another day, just another routine takeoff roll. Notice the helicopter on the taxiway, he turns and his rotor wash / engine exhaust wash create a nice wake turbulence over the active runway. As I lift off - I'm pushed hard to the left. Moral to the story? Perhaps I should have noticed and waited. Anaheim PD and FD operate constantly out of their bases at Fullerton - Helicopter traffic is virtually a reality on every flight. First time I had this happen, thought I'd share for learning experience.
  7. My new CTLSi (delivered less than a year ago) came with Neuform prop covers. I'm guessing if you call FDUSA you can order a set since they are still shipping them with planes.
  8. If you want a turbo and wish to stay in an LSA category the Tecnam Astore and P2008 are both available with a Rotax 914 (Turbo)
  9. I have always been a guy that moved the plane manually as many have described here. Lately, I pull the plane out of the hangar manually but started using a tow bar (Aircraft Spruce) to put it back in, and have to say - its easier to maneuver and steer into position in my hangar (which has a slight uphill grade to back into). I guess what that means is - you don't need a tow bar, but tow bars work just fine and in some cases make it easier for you depending on your parking situation, age and physical limitations.
  10. Attached is the NTSB Final Report for this unfortunate fatal accident. The pilot was an experienced ATP with 3700 hours, including 1,000 in a CT. There is always something to be learned by all of us in these incidents. While the causation finding is one paragraph, the total report is 9 pages and includes a great deal of situational information about the pilot, plane, terrain and weather at the time of the accident. document.pdf
  11. One of them was mine :-) Look at Tecnam LSA - 73, Good numbers there. Any clue why Vans isn't listed (for the SLSA version of the RV12?)
  12. My last two CT's had the LED Landing light. The huge benefit is the low current draw. I don't fly at night (flying under Sport Pilot rules) so can't comment on the use at night. I do use it when landing, or in congested airspace to help people see me a little easier.
  13. I have a 2016 CTLS Jubilee (same configuration). Pulling the GPS out of the plane in a CT is a repetitive pain in the rear. I bought a 6' right angle usb mini to usb cable (bought on Amazon) and just leave it connected to the 796 in the panel. I then routed it out the side of the dash so that it joins the 2 USB cables that are on the right hand side underneath the dash (that are used for updating the SkyView databases). I now once a month (or so) bring my laptop to the plane and use the cables to upload all the latest files. Works like a champ, don't have to remove anything from the plane.
  14. Thanks for heads up... Mine goes to CPS for the upgrade Tuesday. Timely post!
  15. Hi Andy, Here goes: Utility Trailer - Harbor Freight $240.00 Utility Trailer Jack - Harbor Freight $25.00 Fuel Transfer Tank - 55 Gallon $485.00,7337,6001.htm Note on tank: Under 120 Gallons flies under the radar of the DOT regulations for fuel haulers. You could go to a larger 110 gallon tank if you are sharing with another person. Fuel Transfer Pump - 15 GPM $402.00,14744,4523.htm Fuel Filter / Meter - $193,8862,7258.htm Cox Grounding Reel - $257.00,5777,7783.htm Battery - Marine Deep Cycle - $176.00 Battery Mount - $63.00 Battery Charger - $105.00 Battery Box / Control Box - $250 IN addition you'll need some screws, a 25 amp breaker, a little control box etc. I sourced locally from a brother in law who owns a metal shop a 40" x 48" x 1/4" piece of aluminum to serve as the decking of the trailer (which bonds the fuel tank, ground reel, battery box all together and to the tow vehicle whose lights are grounded through the harness). I realize these prices total around $2200.00. I had some of the items on hand, you can also substitute a Flow Rite pump for the more expensive GPI pump, you don't need to add the meter if you don't want, you can use a cheaper cox grounding reel etc. Lots of ways to cut cost down. You can mount the battery right to the trailer deck and skip the $250 tool box. I'm guessing a bargain basement version could be built for less than 1500. My trailer was inspected by the Fullerton fire department in the city where the airport is (KFUL). By having it issued a fire permit I can now park it (empty) in my hangar (I'm allowed up to 3 gallons residual) and the airport blessed me using it to fuel the plane (outside the hangar) because MoGas is not offered on the field. Its a completely legal solution!