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Tom Baker

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  1. Landing light socket

    I know that it happens and carefully remove the cowling to avoid issues.
  2. New CTs arriving from Germany

    I recently looked at the new Flight Design general Aviation website. The site and news like ct9000's makes me think the new group is going to be very customer oriented.
  3. Partnerships - how did you do it?

    The CT is a wonderfully capable airplane, don't let the fact that it has a airworthiness certificate in the light sport category fool you. It is well suited for pilots of any level who are looking to fly VFR, not just sport pilots. The problem is pilots who have been around for a while don't see them as real airplanes, at least not until you get them in one.
  4. "Russian Style" Fuel Dipstick

    Most people who I know that have dropped one in the tank had no issues prior to it happening. Most figured out a way, so it didn't happen again. This is one of the cases where I like to take preemptive measures. I also had to retrieve a section of 1" clear vinyl hose from the tank of a biplane once. It was used to fuel the airplane, because you couldn't get the nozzle under the top wing and into the tank.
  5. "Russian Style" Fuel Dipstick

    A little oil or white grease on the cap o-ring helps with removing the caps. A dry o-ring can make it hard to break the surface tension.
  6. "Russian Style" Fuel Dipstick

    The dip stick for the CTLS is a little different, in that you don't use it to open the fuel cap. The later CTLS was different in that it was "T" shaped. If I was doing one I would make it with the "T" shaped top, so it can't fall into the tank. One thing I did with my CTLS stick, which is not "T" shaped, was to insert a steel bolt in the hole secured with a steel self locking nut. That way I have something for a magnet to grab on to if it falls in the tank. I have had to fish a acrylic fuel dipstick out of a Cessna 152 fuel tank, and it was not fun.
  7. Strange Noise

    I couldn't get the video to play, but the 2 most common airframe noise culprits are wing tape and stabilator tape. Both are normally speed related.
  8. Turbo CT over the Alps!

    I wouldn't say it is a total waste. For someone like Ed who is flying at higher altitudes all the time the extra power of the turbo would be nice, compared to normally aspirated. Aslo for someone who is doing a lot of cross country flights at higher altitudes it would be helpful as well.
  9. Acceptable Propellor Nick Size

    Andy, I wasn't implying that yours repair was half assed. The thought I was trying to put across was, if he follows the Neuform manual for his repair he should have no worries about them rejecting the blade at a later date because of the repair.
  10. Acceptable Propellor Nick Size

    I only said because of simple epoxy and JB Weld being mentioned in the thread.
  11. Acceptable Propellor Nick Size

    Assuming you use the proper materials for the repair.
  12. Portable GPS

    Does anyone know if the apps that are in favor here in the states work well in Europe?
  13. Cruise - efficiency vs fuel management

    When I learned to fly I preferred slips to the left. I think the reason why is because I preferred pushing the stick rather than pulling it.
  14. Cruise - efficiency vs fuel management

    Could the difference possibly be related to the spiral slip stream?
  15. Cruise - efficiency vs fuel management

    It has been a while since I have done any cross country in the CT, but I seem to recall the ball usually being out by about a 1/2 ball when I used my method.