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  1. I have always been tempted to get one of these contraptions. But after borrowing one and trying one out in a 172, which did cool the cabin mind you, it just wasn't worth the effort and cost. Don't forget you gotta either bring some ice from home or go purchase ice everytime you use it. Run time is also not that long. If you keep it ON continuous, it might last 30 mins before all the ice melts. Now you are just carrying useless water weight. So, just keep the doors open on the ground and enjoy the big fan infront of you and once airborne - climb as quick as you can to the cooler temps
  2. Wow and double WOW. Must have been 100 times more stunning actually being there. NICE!!
  3. I pray for his recovery and i pray for the family and friends to have strength in this challenging time for them.
  4. I too didn't want to post negative comments but yeah, i have to agree the design is not too appealing - to me anyways. Look forward to AJ trying a different style Simplicity always works best.
  5. LOL Crude, but what a perfect example - Well done !
  6. Not much to say except RIP to the Pilot and Passenger and condolences to the families. Always a heavy heart to hear of a fellow aviator pass in this manner.
  7. Where can we order new trim ?
  8. I think the second you initiate the "left one ball" skid you would would guarantee yourself fuel from the right tank. Your left tank will for sure be showing Zero fuel. Taking from Rogers estimate, fly perhaps 30 mins to 1 hour with the ball to the left - then fly coordinated. You should now have roughly 5 gallons more on the left tank. I would like to try this out myself on my next joy ride flight just to see how much actually transfers in a given period of time. This wont be a concrete number obviously but just estimate. I was concerned before on a flight where my left tank got down to 2 gallons (est sight tube) and way above 10 gallons on the right. When i initiated the full ball to the left, that 2 gallons on the site tube 'disappears' from the sight tube which was at the time a concern as i didnt quite understand the fuel system. But now i feel comfortable knowing that the right tank is supplying the fuel to the engine and at the same time transferring fuel to the left tank to join the 2 gallons sitting on the outboard side of the left tank. Phew did i get the correct? lol
  9. Mr Buckaroo - be careful with the float plane ride - You might get addicted and end up spending lot of $$$ for floats on the CT haha. Im a CTSW but if i had the CTLS, i would have added floats long time ago.
  10. If you had a estimated 5 gallons on the Left Tank and 15 gallons on the right tank; How long of flying with 'half ball' to the left do you think it would take to transfer 5 gallons of fuel from right to left tank. How long would it take with 'full ball' to the left ?
  11. Thanks for that link- I forgot about this and thus this answers part of my question.
  12. Whilst on this topic - Lets say the tanks are 10 gallons each side (total 20) You make a steep left banking turn. The left tank fuel is now going to the most outboard part of the tank yes...? ok.. So, what happens when the left tank fuel pick up tube is not picking up any fuel ? Is it sucking in air ? In this example, the right tank would be supplying the fuel but my curiosity is how does the left tank affect the fuel lines IF it is sucking in air instead of fuel.
  13. I was not there so this is only a possibility as others have mentioned: IF you were flying uncoordinated when you returned level after that turn, the 9 gallons would have been forced outwards and thus given you a zero reading and/or no fuel. Once coordinated flight (or on the ground) that fuel will return inboard of the tanks where it should be. Just for the fun of it, for my benefit and yours, i have attached a rather crude video i made demonstrating where that fuel goes in uncoordinated flight.
  14. This picture is taken from a Ctsw 2006 fuel tank. Inboard facing outboard. Behind that wall is the outboard part of the tank where the refuel cap is located. If my info is correct, those 6 holes are the 'baffles' (and yes, this is a very dirty tank)