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About SportFlyer1

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  1. SportFlyer1

    Garmin GDL 82 antenna location

    Yep, there it is. They seem to be talking about a top of the airplane install, but it should be the same requirement. I wonder if my XM/GPS on the glare shield actually has one?
  2. SportFlyer1

    Garmin GDL 82 antenna location

    I believe the ground plane is only needed if the antenna transmits, which only GPS antennas don't.
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    Fly south young man, and let Roger do it! 😃
  4. SportFlyer1

    Wanted to buy CTLS

    One oddity of my training was that nobody was sure where light sport left off and private pilot began. My CFI studied up on it and had a pretty good grasp of the light sport rules. However my DPE was a little less certain. In the end I had about 50 hours (and $10k) when I took the test and outside of night flight, there wasn't much difference with my training and PPL. Also during training I had month long dead spots when the one sport plane they had went into the shop. For PPL we would have just switched to another plane. The Evektor is a fine plane. Each plane has its quirks, my Evektor was a delight in the sky and a witch on the ground, due to very very sensitive nosewheel steering. My plane was pranged twice on the ground during my training (not by me), one was an airline pilot. Also I found it challenging to land because it sat so low to the ground it seemed like my butt would scrape the concrete, and of course rollout was exciting because of the steering and toe brakes. The CT as a high wing mean't that I had to throw out some of my aiming points in the pattern and get used to losing sight of the runway in turns. It sits higher on its gear, which I liked better, but its love of floating made it a challenge to get on the ground. The springs and the autopilot servo load on the controls do take some getting used to, the ailerons are quite stiff on my plane. So each plane has a personality and once you get used to it, it's no longer an issue that's all.
  5. SportFlyer1

    Wanted to buy CTLS

    The typical layout for a 'mature' CTLS is two 7" Dynons with maybe a Garmin 696 or 496 in the center. The AP will be slaved to the GPS and I have found the AP to be a wonderful thing for cross country flying. The difference between the older 7" Dynon and the newer 10" is more than screen size. The 7" which I have will give you all the flight instruments including an artificial horizon. The 10" gives that and includes GPS functions, radio functions, ADS-B and more. The electronic hardware is completely different from the older, so it's an expensive PITA to switch. That said, the 7"ers with the 696 are all a person could ever need for flying and navigation. Planes so equipped are very nicely priced too. I received my sport training in a low wing Evektor, then bought a CTLS. The change was dramatic, the CTLS has required me to be a better pilot, but I came along kicking and screaming. I suggest some CFI time early in your CT career from a person well versed with the CT or light sport in general. I didn't and it took me 30 hours of frustration before I waved the white flag and took a BFR with a CT CFI. Since then its been all fun and no drama, what a difference. Anyhow, enjoy your training and pick any CT you like, they are all fun.
  6. That sounds about right. I think your own E-LSA can be used to receive your flight training, but may not be used to give flight training to others. And while the sport aircraft can tow something, a sport pilot cannot. There are so many don'ts its hard to keep track of em all. For instance, a sport pilot must have at least 3 miles viz no matter what airspace he's in. Which means he cannot request special VFR clearance (1 mile), contrary to what my DPE thought, lol. I see that a private may fly in furtherance of a business or employment, if the flight is only incidental to that business.
  7. Probably a confabulation on my part, and anyway it is never enforced.
  8. No sport pilot (or private I think) can fly in the furtherance of a business. Also I'm not allowed to fly as an airplane salesman, go figure.
  9. You have correctly pointed out the loophole area that would allow IFR flight. My error came from looking at it from my perspective as a sport pilot flying an SLSA. Of course both I and my plane are prohibited from IFR flight and flight in furtherance of a business. So as near as I can tell, you are correct. An interesting side light to all of this are some practical things you might look into. Part 23 IFR aircraft have dual heated pitots and at least one certified GPS like you mentioned above. Also as far as I know, Rotax does not allow flight into IMC with its ULS engine. They make an IFR certified model that of course costs more. I guess it comes down to what you can talk your DAR into when you go experimental. There are several guys here who have done that and can offer good tips on greasing the skids on that. Good luck!
  10. The mind boggles at all the regs being busted, lol.
  11. SportFlyer1

    Snow birding in Kingman Az?

    Ibjet from the members list is hangared at Kingman. Maybe shoot him a message.
  12. SportFlyer1

    Snow birding in Kingman Az?

    Goodness, you are in a hornet's nest of CT's around there. I'm in Goodyear if that's close enough and of course there is one in Kingman and people in Deer Valley, Cotton and Prescott to name a few. Just troll the posts and you will see their locales, have fun.
  13. SportFlyer1

    ADSB on Garmin 796 from Dynon

    I would reiterate that and add that you can wifi traffic to the 796 from approved Garmin devices and a tablet running Garmin Pilot or Foreflight. Sadly I don't think Dynon is an approved device. Oddly, neither the 696 nor the 796 can accept wired traffic data from anything but Garmin's GDL devices, the GDL 39 being a light sport favorite. Many companies have tried to work with Garmin but most have failed (except Foreflight). Like my cable company, I look forward to the day when I can ditch Garmin for good.
  14. SportFlyer1

    market analysis

    It certainly feels real when I'm up there dodging PPL's, lol.
  15. SportFlyer1

    Fuel filter

    Guys we've gone on for 4 pages about a fuel filter, my eyes are starting to cross.