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    Another great day at Copper City Aviation today! Our son Nick passed his commercial ride today, and maintained our 100% pass rate . Starting his CFI next!
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    The famous Alton Bay (on Lake Winnepesaukee, NH) B18, is open for flights this week. B18 is the only ice airport in the lower 48 recognized by the FAA. The State owns it, the FAA approves it and the fabulous volunteers plow and manage it. Kent W and his Husky posse flew up later and I filmed them all landing. I left my very cold (12 degs) airport and arrived at a colder B18 at 9am. There were 5 of us in the pattern and by my count another 7 planes within 10 miles on their way in. I was behind my friend in a c170 who was approaching the base turn, and a 180 cut right in front of me... a first. Whatever, I elongated my downwind but the Cirrus behind me was pissed at the 180. Cirrus ultimately had to go around. Part of the adventure. Everyone there was in a great mood, a combo of the very cool airport, the helpful volunteers watching out for newbies like me skidding into other planes, people, dogs, snowmobiles, ice fishermen and a lot of pent up demand to mingle (with masks on mostly). A winter carnival atmosphere. My photos are terrible and there are first rate videos on the net if you are interested. I only post for proof ; ). Go if you can, for obvious reasons the ice conditions have to be perfect and it doesn’t last long.
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    I haven’t been anywhere far yet, but my first flights have been fun none the less. my first flight after my checkride was with my father. He had no clue I was training. Even the AM of our flight I just told him i had a surprise and I was picking him up in the AM. He only put two and two together when we were in the hanger and he saw a CTSW with two seats and two of us were standing there. He had a shit eating grin the entire flight from KSAF to KAEG. My second flight was with my daughter. I asked if she wanted to go horseback riding or flying for her birthday. She chose to fly. We just went sightseeing for an hour and did a few touch and goes before calling it a day. She was nervous right until we took off. After that she had the time of her life.
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    Last week I passed my check ride and was given my temp certificate. All of my training has been done in a 2006 CTSW, so I’m officially part of the club.
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    Hello Everyone! Hope everyone is safe and healthy! Since the Vaccines are OUT and they expect to have everyone vaccinated by the end of Summer that wants one, we are going ahead and planning the Page 2021 Fly-In. The dates will be as follows: Bryce - October 11-13, 2021 and Page - October 13 - 17, 2021. We are just getting ready to contact the Vendors we usually use so it would be helpful if everyone interested would chime in and let us know what the interest is out there so we can plan accordingly. Thank you in advance. Also ,for those interested in attending even PART of the trip, please email me the following information so we can keep you in the loop for any updates or changes. My email address is: DJToddB@yahoo.com Full name Where you are Flying In From Email address Phone number Dates you Plan on attending Aircraft Type you are bringing Are you bringing any Guests? More information will follow.
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    No story other than a complete rainbow waiting for me this morning so I moved my airplane into the shot
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    Yes, I will note the temp when my feet get 🥶 cold, that will be my baseline.
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    German parent is healthy. Scads of new investment in the F2 which has received A+ reviews. And I hear lots of sales in hand. FD will get back on the leaderboard again this year. FD, like every plane maker out there, except Cirrus and CubCrafters, sucks at marketing. The marketing department in Germany has made a ton of mistakes. They didn’t survey their existing customers (I don’t want to pay for the airbags and electric seats in terms of weight and cost thank you), and they Pre announced the new product before it was ready for delivery. FD shines at engineering and design and to their credit, they are coming out with a damned good airplane, all the while supporting the existing fleet. Not many plane makers in the LSA weight space can say that after 16+ years. I am glad FD has contractural links to Asia. It’s the next big GA growth area. Asia sales will assist in creating more scale and will enhance the demand for greater support. I would buy another FD.
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    What you don't see here is the set up, an old school camera tripod sitting on the seat cushion. It was really windy, gusting 20 direct cross wind, my landing had the camera flop forward, then over in my lap. I caught it and propped back in place thinking that footage is junk, watching it you'd not even really know it moved with the 360 holding track line and FOV. The negative in camera is file sizes / processing time, but worth it. Planning lots of adventures and looking forward to working more video into the travels.
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    Ed, my oldest William walked past my home office and he said "I know that bridge". Will's passion in life is bridges, military airplanes and music. Cannot stump him. Anyway, he is a bit hard to understand, so he took my keyboard and typed in "Siuslaw River Bridge"... sure enough, there it is... He thought it was pretty cool that I know someone (not really, but whatever...; ) who took this photo. Fabulous photo and Will told me to tell you to please put more on the site. Thanks.
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    I follow the gyro market, which has experienced a ton of crashes. Root cause? You guessed it... conversion training. Gyro, Light Sport, Tailwheel, Sea Plane, ski Plane... all "different" and all take conversion training which doesn't just magically switch on and all is well... like anything, it takes time to be legitimately proficient, doesn't matter the number of hours flown in a Bonanza or 747...
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    You guys are making this How Do You Announce "Experimental"? awful complicated. LOL
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    Just a note and a personal opinion: There have been a couple of comments in this thread (and others) about not wanting to do things to your airplane to "preserve resale value". To me this seems a little ass-backwards. An airplane is a depreciating asset like a car. While they typically don't depreciate as quickly as a car, every hour you fly the thing does in theory "lower the resale value." I'd say don't let fear of valuation changes drive you to less enjoyment of your airplane; these airplanes seem to resell for similar pricing, with the only big changes being due to high total hours and/or damage history. As a friend of mine once said: Not doing things you want to do for resale reasons, is like not making love to your girlfriend so she'll stay pristine for the next guy. YMMV
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    I'm about 150 hours out from my 1000hr Rotax gearbox overhaul. I'll probably do it next February during my annual, and I will likely replace my prop at the same time, with either a Sensenich or an E-Props Durendal. I think the gearbox removal requires a special puller tool you can rent from Lockwood. Does anybody that has done this have any recommendations or cautions on this? I'm just curious what to expect. I assume an oil purge is required afterwards since you are opening the engine up to air. Thanks!
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    Agreed. Nothing against engineers but I think they should be required to assemble and service what they design!
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    The one from CPS is $90 and you may only use it once ever unless you do it for a living. I'll take a picture tomorrow when I go to the field of my homemade one. It cost around $30 for everything and was easy to do. Just a bolt together setup with some 1" angle iron and a slide hammer from Harbor Freight.
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    First, trust the grid is coming back on line down there... awful misery. second, I’ve attached a pic I found on the net, I think I remember seeing these units in my setup. If so, easy to replace. Strongly suggest you call Dynon. Once on the phone, they are super helpful and won’t leave you hanging. I dealt with them at the height of Covid when they were working from home... it took a bit to respond but the advice was high quality.
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    No issues noted after 2 weeks on 2 HDX screens.
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    By-the-way, for those in the upper midwest, My go-to guy on Rotax questions is Brett Lawton of Leading Edge Air Foils in Lyons, WI, southwest of Milwaukee. tech@leadingedgeairfoils.com or 800-532-3462 ext 154. Very competent, knowledgeable, good with troubleshooting and a pleasant fellow to work with. Leading Edge, is one of the big Rotax distributors, along with CPS, Lockwood, etc. I've always been happy with their support and work with Rotax.
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    When I did my wing seal I took a small space heater and got some 4" OD clothes dryer aluminum flex tube. Safety wired it onto the front of the small heater and then brought it up to the open fuel bulkhead port and It was a perfect fit. Then I removed the gas cap. The air flowed from the bulkhead through the tank and out the fuel filler opening. Then I turned the heater on low and let it cure for 3 days. Worked out well.
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    I just switched to a 2 channel Switcheon (SwitcheOn 4G/LTE App controlled devices that Just Work - SwitcheOn) from a 2G Switchbox. Works great. I I also decided to buy the cabin heater from Tanis (Avionics/Cabin Heater Archives - Tanis Aircraft Products) which also warms up the cabin now while I am remotely pre-heating the engine. I know its more expensive that a ceramic heater on amazon but i really like it.
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    We reached out to Arian and he suggested Caswell tank sealer. Note that regardless of the product you use, pay special attention to the temperature requirements. Caswell had a required application and cure temp of 70*, we did this in the winter so we had to tent off an area of the hanger and bring in some heaters to get the wings and sealer warmed up. Also for application we used large syringes we purchased from Amazon and clear tubing. using the borescope and flash lights we watched the sealer pour over the patch. You can seal the entire tank, but I was worried about the patch as it's not flat (as seen in pics above). We wanted to insure a complete coating up and over the previous sealer (seen in pics as the orange mountains around the patch). While you are at it, take a look at the leading edge as there is a seam that has leaked on many planes and caused a bubbling of the exterior composite on the leading edge.
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    Re-sealing the tank is fairly easy. When I had my small wing leak on the bottom I just sloshed some Kreem Wiess in the tank and all was well. It was fairly painless.
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    I just leave my Tannis plugged in 24/7. This avoids cycles that reach dew point.
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    I sent you an email with your questions answered.
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    Here are two IMG_2640.mov Sent by Kent last eve. Note the gradual throttle technique... IMG_2639.mov
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    It's not the fuel system / starting that's the concern - it's the waiting 8-10 minutes for oil temp to raise to minimum, which I hear is also the worse condition for the gearbox / slipper clutch, those are aspects we all have to manage.
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    I've shared this with a couple people outside of the forum, and going through pic's on phone I noticed this and thought it was worth tossing out to the group. I placed a small piece of tape under the windshield for a reference mark in nose pointing dead straight down the runway. Depending upon CT model, some people reference a screw on panel, or apply tape on panel / mushroom. Making the mark as far out front allows for more precise "gun sight". Now that my hours have climbed and have the visual cues more natural, I rarely look at this. But when the wind is howling and landing in a nasty crabbed cross wind, it's nice to see that mark and know I'm aiming down the runway.
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    I bought a huge cup of coffee at Dunkin (note it is illegal to start the day here in New England without one). I put a blanket around the cowling with help from bungies. Put my wife’s old hair dryer up through the steering block area.. When the coffee was done the plane was pushed out. Started right up which is normal for this plane. In 200 hours of operation it always has started up right away. The operating temp was about 186 degs throughout the flight. At the lowest end of the green range. The Rotax heritage is a snowmobile one. The sun was bright all day. Warmed up to 18 degs for ride home and was warmer still when I landed back in CT. When I jumped in to go home the cabin was warm and the engine started up on the first turn as always. My warmup time was longer than the other planes however. I am more concerned about hot days than cold. Years ago I built a duck boat out of epoxy and would go duck hunting in the ocean off of the Rhode Island coast. Colder the better. Epoxy held well. ps: the Al Downs hole plugs worked well. It was cold but not freezing. Zero draft. I flew in sneakers and a sweater.
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    Runway length depends on ice thickness. Today we had 2,400’ x 100’... no taxiway, so after landing we had to duck in to niches on the side until the planes on final landed, then we back taxied (went as fast as we could on ice) to the parking area. I learned they closed the airport for 2hours due to parking capacity soon after we landed. This was a very busy weekend day. They could not open last year because the ice wasn’t thick enough. braking is a tap and hope program. They try to leave a snowy crust on the surface, but there is a lot of shear ice as well. It all worked.
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    I bought a 2006 CTSW right before Christmas. I have already put 39 hours on it. Previously, I owned a 1969 Cherokee and then a 1967 Mooney. I flew the Cherokee about 100 hours a year and the Mooney about 85 hours a year. There was a lot of cross country flying, often with overnight stays. Getting a rental to do this would be difficult and very expensive. I agree that it really depends on how much you fly and what type of flying you want to do. Most of the CTs have a 2000 hour TBO. This started after mid 2006. A new engine is about $20k plus labor to instal it. This is much, much cheaper than swapping an engine on either of my prior airplanes. Don't forget any cost to hanger the airplane. I'm pretty lucky here as my hanger rent is under $200 a month. For me, having an airplane available any time I want, and to be able to fly for as far, and stay as long as a want, makes it all worth while. I'm in central California. 3 day weekends are no longer a 2 1/2 hour drive to the coast, but a trip anywhere west of the Rocky Mountains!
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    Still not as hard as getting a pistol permit in Connecticut 😀
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    A local flight school bought a Diamond and brought it into the US from Canada. Took six months of bureaucratic BS. IIRC, they basically had to have it inspected and re-certified as meeting US FAA standards. They said they would never buy another Canadian airplane again. Even if you get a good deal, the time and cost negates it.
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    I have done VFR OTT while exercising PPL privileges, it is rewarding. The thing is to understand why the clouds are there, if they are part of a front, or convective activity, or a temperature inversion. What direction are they moving? etc. Read the forecast discussion, have options for getting down. What is below you, is the temp below freezing, do you have enough fuel? I'd recommend https://www.windy.com/ , XM weather, ForeFlight. That said the one time I've gotten into a situation I regretted was trying to out climb building cumulous to avoid a bumpy ride, running out of performance, and having to turn back while dodging rain clouds. Those cute white things can quickly turn into towering cumulonimbus. Avoiding complacency and knowing what kind of weather is around you can prevent that.
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    If anyone needs carbs overhauled you can send them to me. I'm about $150-$200 cheaper than Lockwood or the others and I only have a 1 day turn around.
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    Icon is an interesting biz study on what not to do from a manufacturing and customer care (the infamous purchase contract) perspective. Agreed on the target marketing comment - Bullseye. One well healed guy at my home field is on his 2nd. FYI, find Icon on Wikipedia, I just looked as I forgot how many rounds of venture capital they blew through... I thought the total was a about 40 or 50 mil... it is more like $100 mil !! Take a look at their Directors and Advisory Board, a who’s who in aero and making lots of high end plastic products (Mastercraft boat guy). And review their initial order book figure vs how many they actually delivered to date. Bottom line, very very few general aircraft manufacturers make enough money to survive and/or innovate. Icon had the best chance to do so. If plane makers thrive (kitfox for ex) or survive, the owners are pretty much only making a salary. Tough industry God bless ‘em. All of us who invested in FD planes can take a bow, at least our company owners are out there swinging for the tech fence and supporting the fleet.
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    Scored a nearly new GoPro Fusion 360 camera package off eBay, I've been wanting to upgrade and this $150 price point (camera, 3 batteries, charger, two large memory cards, and mount) was a nice win on auction. Threw it in the plane today just setting in seat on a tripod, able to pan and frame any direction to make the final clip sure is slick, no more fussing with how a camera is aimed, capturing everything. You'd think you're riding along in the plane in this shot. Fun stuff. 360 clip.mp4
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    It's normal to have some minor vibration as you throttle back and unload the prop in the pattern. Usually around 3800-4200 depending on the plane, wind and pilot. If there is vibration up around 4800 rpm that's usually carb sync.
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    The carbs are vented to outside air. So long as they are equal all is good and the carbs stay balanced. These tubes may be vented to just the air along side each carb or go back into the air intake system, but the pressure on each carb needs to remain as equal as possible. Change the pressure inside the carb bowl on either carb changes the carb balance between the two carbs and you get rough running which is more pronounced at higher rpms than low rpms you use on the ground.
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    It has to do with a pressure difference between inside the cowling and the airbox. On the ground the pressures will be fairly even. In flight there can be a difference in pressure.
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    (3) Why Light Sport Airplanes Suffer So Many Crashes - YouTube
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    Went out to the hanger tonight, found my iPad mount had relocated south. I'm not pointing fingers, but think Andy had something to do with this...
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    Sensenich has a new prop out and has had for about a year or so. It outperforms the ones you have on your CT's now by quite a bit I was told. The first one listed below is the ones out there on CT's now. The second one is the new one. You can get it in length from 65" -70". prop model: 3B0R5 R68C-0 desc: the original 3 blade 68" diameter rotax propeller, adjustable pitch, white with red tips, includes standard hardware kit and pitch gage system New model: prop model: 3Y0R5 C70MY desc: latest generation 3 blade 68" diameter rotax propeller, adjustable pitch, white with red tips, includes standard hardware kit and airfoil template for use with protractor (not included). Price is right at $2380. If you want one I can order it and save you a few dollars.
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    Just curious, did you see any difference in engine temperatures?
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    Congrats Towner! You will love the CTSW., bought mine with no experience while working on my PPL. Dont regret it one bit, I've loved every minute of flying her. Since May 2020 I've racked up about 150 hours, frequent trips to SoCal for a beach weekend away as well as the Napa and Sonoma Valleies. I'm based out of Livermore? I'd be happy to take you up in my SW if we can make something work. I'm off the next couple weeks for the holidays. Also there is a friend and instructor based here in Livermore who also owns a CTSW that would be good for some training if you feel the need after you return her home.
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    Oregon photo request: Mt. Hood, April to June, southwest to west side, top of the ski lift to the peak, with close ups of the last 500'. Mike Koerner
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    I have flown 2 Jabiru 250's. I work on the engine on occasions. The cabin is small and tight. My knees are in the dash, my shoulders would over lap anyone else in the plane. It is only a common center stick and hand brake like a motorcycle. It carries less fuel, the fit and finish isn't even close to a CT, the door hinges are a major weak point. Engine's aren't making it to TBO, cooling issues, oil use and its still an air cooled engine. Let me know if you want more.
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