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  1. 3 points
    I just got my new GoPro Hero 7, so I went out on a flight with some friends on a tour of the local grass strips. My buddies are in a Blue/White Avid Flyer and a Yellow Legend Cub, if you see them in the videos. You'll notice I use a lot of slips to manage descent rate (sorry that puts my noggin in the way sometimes), and on grass I always use 30° flaps unless the wind is just howling. BTW my airplane has the small roller skate wheels/tires, and I did all these landings with the wheel pants installed. You guys with Tundra wheels have no excuses to not be landing on grass, and you are missing out on a lot of fun if you don't. My CT can land at 90% of the places the Legend Cub can, it's a pretty good short field airplane for what it is. First up is Aerie (1GA9). My friend with the Legend Cub owns this strip, and it's kind of our "base of operations" when our group gets together to fly. The runway is 2000ft and very smooth and well mowed. My landing is to the North over the trees. The South approach is a little easier, though not as much fun. 😎 Landing sequence starts about 1:45 into the video: Next up is Taylor Field (GA16). Owned by Larry Taylor, an 80 year old super-nice guy who still flies the same J3 Cub he's owned since 1974. The runway is 2100x50ft with the preferred landing uphhill. There is a pronounced hump in the runway right around where you would touchdown, so ideally you try to get down fast and land on the up slope of the hump. In this landing I was a little long and landed just past the crest on the down slope, which is also fine. What you *don't* want is to touch down on the crest of the hill, as you'll be back in the air on the backside with no energy and you'll put your gear in danger if you don't add power immediately. Grass was in need of a mow yesterday, but not out of control. Landing sequence starts at about 55 seconds in: Third on the hit parade is Southern Oaks (GE35). this is the shortest field in the series, at 1400x60 feet. But the landing is uphill and the approach is clear for a long way out, so it's actually a very easy place to land if your speed control is good. When we landed there yesterday the owner had just fertilized, so you could smell chicken shit a mile out from the runway... 🦆 Landing sequence starts at 1:55 in the video: Last is Sleepy Hollow (GA18). This is a neat spot owned by the son of a very successful real estate developer who flies his Aviat Husky from there. It's 2600ft and has runways that are parallel grass (60ft wide) and concrete (22ft wide), and an easy place to land in either direction. In the video my buddy lands ahead of me in the grass and I land in the pavement. I almost forgot to turn on the camera, so the landing sequence starts right as the video starts: Those are the four grass strips I most commonly land at. There are a bunch of others we go to occasionally, I will get some videos of them as we hit them going forward. I also have takeoff videos from all these spots except for Sleepy Hollow; if anybody wants to see those I can put them on YouTube.
  2. 2 points
    Lots of people make fun of the egg or refer to a flying sperm .. but CT planes do have a character... but this one just doesn’t look look that great ...
  3. 2 points
    No wonder the CTSW is lighter! 😜
  4. 1 point
    I’m finally working on short field landings. Soon I’ll be going into some very short dirt and grass Montana back woods strips. What’s the slowest safe indicated approach speed say 100 foot and lower you short landers recommend? 2007 CTSW.
  5. 1 point
    he only got pale. Reach over and shut the engine off and watch them cry.
  6. 1 point
    The mechanical pump has rarely ever failed. If it were to totally fail it fails open. Yes gravity feed makes a huge difference and no the engine will not quit. You may only be able to get 4900 - 5000 rpm out of it before it wants to cough, but you can still fly wherever you want. The engine will run just fine below the 2.2 psi minimum. I know this because I tested the system just for this.
  7. 1 point
    50 knots at 30 & 40 for me to. At this speed I can land in 1K ft. and less all day long. If you try to shave every last knot off one day you may be posting picks here of your smashed gear. There isn't enough to be gained by trying to shave a few knots off.
  8. 1 point
    I use 50KIAS and flaps 30. Flaps 40 if needed.
  9. 1 point
    Reminds me of the hot hazy summer day I met a Pitts almost head on. My heading was 179°. and his must have been 001°. I don't know if he saw me, but I didn't see him until he was passing about 100 feet off my left wing.
  10. 1 point
    Here are the takeoff videos: Here are two bonus videos, a second landing at Aerie without the slip so my head is not in the way, and a sunset cruising around flight with my buddy's Legend Cub
  11. 1 point
    I don't think there is a way to downvote and attach a name to it, so by definition every downvote is anonymous. That's just how the software works. Why are anonymous upvotes okay but downvotes are "cowardly"? Why do you care if you get downvotes? It's not like the forum is a popularity contest, or that upvotes or downvotes actually affect anything.
  12. 1 point
    It is a "bigger" airplane, but, they achieved the same weight as the CTLS. They are using a different carbon layup process... akin to an overbuilt metal bridge designed in the 1930's vs a bridge today... which has the same strength but WAY less material. What I like about the plane is 1) they phased out the chief complaint about the now older design regarding landing-ease. And, 2) there is a space behind the seat that can fit a bike... and/or lots of camping equipment. The new owner has the right idea about technology-investing in products, now they have to invest in a revamped marketing campaign and they will have a winner product for those of us who prefer high wing aircraft.
  13. 1 point
    Very nice - however still like the egg better
  14. 1 point
    Yes, we have a couple that do check rides in our CTLS One of them even travels to California for check rides.
  15. 1 point
    These make believe so called information systems are totally useless in my opinion! If fact they could be dangerous used by the novice.
  16. 1 point
    Swell, another anonymous downvote... last time I complained I was labeled thin skinned. Perhaps, but At least I’m no coward.
  17. 1 point
    Some of my best photo shoots are within 5 miles but above 13,000'. There's virtually no danger that I won't get back and being extremely light gives me good climb rates right up to target altitude. I even lost my engine once but that was from slipping along a very long 13,000' high ridge to keep my wing out of the shot. I got it back very quickly and landed under power.
  18. 1 point
    Check with Coppercity here on the forum. They are in AZ, and do a lot of training in the CTLS. They must have a DPE.
  19. 1 point
    Very cool, say hi to Tom jr. for me, still flying in Goodyear and no prangs yet (fingers crossed).
  20. 1 point
    You also don't have many trees to get past... If you are going to land shot over trees you either have to use my technique or come in really steep, but then you'll likely be fast and float at the bottom. You could do it at like 45-46kt, but then you are close to the stall and you had better be really on your game at the bottom...
  21. 1 point
    Last October the FAA removed geographical restrictions from DPE's. Instead of spending money to learn everything in a Cessna you might consider bringing in a DPE from another location. A couple lessons in a Cessna would just about pay for airfare.
  22. 1 point
    Or what? can "require" anything they want, but that don't make it so. I'm not saying it's not a *great* idea to tell BRS, I'm just saying they can't really "require" jack shit.
  23. 1 point
    i just called and spoke to Tim at Iowa Flight Training. REALLY NICE GUY! gave me a lot to think about. I don't want to misquote him, but I think he said that the only addition to his CTLS, was done at the factory, and it was to add a Garmin WAAS 430 which resulted in an aircraft that fit the pre-2010 acceptability for IFR/IMC flying. I guess I need to reach out to FD USA and see if they have an existing LOA for the Garmin WAAS 430. Unless someone has a better suggestion?
  24. 1 point
    Concur. The killer is speed . . . both vertical and forward. The slower, the better. In most of the cases, the safety cell absorbs much of the shock and does a good job of protecting occupants.
  25. 1 point
    One nice thing about the CT series, is that they have a strong enough structure and land slowly enough that if one goes off airport with full flaps and lands at minimum speed, there is quite a low chance of a "very bad" (e.g. fatal) outcome. The airplane might end up on its back, but the people will most likely walk away.
  26. 1 point
    I have the Bose noise cancelling headsets. The Bose links up to my iPhone via bluetooth just like linking up to a car speaker. Can hear every sound the phone produces. Spotify should work esp if you download the sounds into the phone system beforehand. I have not paired my new iPad with the Bose yet, but I'm certain it pairs the same way.
  27. 1 point
    Should be a 3.5mm plug, if it has an input.
  28. 1 point
    Looks like the safety egg did its job once again?
  29. 1 point
  30. 1 point
    Bar none Ed, those are the best pictures I’ve ever seen of those mountains. You do a really good job of capturing their magnificence.
  31. 1 point
  32. 1 point
    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.
  33. 0 points
    This is a good string as I am in the improving my landings phase. Went up for 6x today in a breezy conditions... doing well until the last landing when my left main pulled up a bit... the cross wind did a head fake... coming from the right at touchdown and then banged left immediately thereafter... I need the practice. Thanks for posting guys... and yes Andy please put the other vids on youtube... appreciate it. Andrew
  34. -1 points
    I don't know enough about the technical aspects of this to come to an intelligent conclusion. With that said, I don't know how we would disqualify that there's some kind of design or quality issue that cause the problem here. Andy
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