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About SportFlyer1

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  • Birthday 11/07/1945

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    Goodyear, AZ
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  1. Inventory of rubber hoses, tools, clamps etc?

    I keep forgetting you are in the frozen north. Maybe a nice flying trip south is in order. We are just getting into our best flying time here in Phoenix. Play you cards right and you could stop by Roger Lee's for a little inspection :-)
  2. ICON Fatal Accident

    I would agree, most of the maneuvers were pretty stock amphibian fare. The beach denizens don't seem to realize the plane is an amphibian and is operating legally as near as I can tell. The one thing that bothers me early on is a steep turn less than 100 agl. Icon seems to have a penchant for initiating turns with a wing almost dragging in the water. When the wind is brisk like it was, the plane will behave differently in those turns depending on if its upwind or down. That can put the wing tip into the water and its over in a millisecond.
  3. NavWorx Inc. Penalty

    I guess I'll become a Garmin Pilot user too. Currently I'm using Avare which is pretty good, and the price is perfect, $00.00. I'd prefer the Uavionix In because it will drive the Avare on my Android tablet, but I don't think they can use the proprietary RS-232 messages to send the FIS-B weather into my 696, darn it.
  4. NavWorx Inc. Penalty

    Well, they had 2 flavors, one for certified and one for experimental. Navworx was one of the first to produce a unit that cost less than half anyone else's, so maybe that is why they got FAA attention. However now there are several cheap solutions that seem to be doing ok. I am eyeing a Uavionix/GDL39 solution now. I have the burden of feeding the Garmin 696 with weather info and apparently the GDL 39 is the only 'cheap' thing that can format the proprietary data correctly.
  5. Avoiding inadvertent spins

    Probably rode his bike without a helmet too
  6. NavWorx Inc. Penalty

    As an electrical engineer I have to admit to being baffled by the Navworx saga. How hard would it be to put a compliant chipset into their product and declare victory. But no, they wanted to go to war with the FAA. That's a no win situation. For their part, the FAA seems to have lost all perspective when it comes to Navworx. The penalty they are proposing is bizarre in its size, unprecedented, and serves no purpose, being levied on a now defunct company. Further, it occurs to me that many other companies are flying under the radar (so to speak), using similar chipsets and other 'innovative' approaches (like Skyguard) that will need to get sorted out soon. Meanwhile the FAA is still beating the stuffings out of a tiny company that has already given up. One wonders if the FAA isn't helping out the big companies like Garmin, Level3, Rockwell, Honeywell, etc. Another oddity is other small companies like Dynon, Freeflight, and Uavionix who seem to have no problems with the FAA. I admit to being a little confused.
  7. ICON Fatal Accident

    Well this is the effect of all their previous overspending. They are in hock over $60 million to their Chinese part owners and it looks like they are trying to pay it back with the first 5 planes, lol.
  8. ICON Fatal Accident

    Man, if I could spell Chuztpah, I'd respond to this.....
  9. I used Wilson Miller to ferry my CTLS from Tulsa to Phoenix. He has ferried CT's all over the country and can be contacted through Airtime Aviation in Tulsa, just call Tom Gutmann. If you need the pilot to be free (or real cheap), Wilson may not be your guy. I felt he was worth it to learn about the CT systems and handling as we flew.
  10. 3 Steps to determine Vx Best angle of climb.

    My POH for the CTLS says Vx is 61 CAS at 15 degrees, and 66 at 0 degrees. They don't quote one for -6 since they must think you would be mad to try it, but it would be higher. The same is true for Vy which is quoted as 67 CAS (15), 73 (0), and 78 (-6). That's all I know....
  11. parking brake issue

    Mine is quite easy to move and I assume I brushed it in flight sometime.
  12. parking brake issue

    I've done that, very embarrassing. I found the brake was half on at landing. I don't know how it got on, I must have brushed it somehow. Now it is on my landing checklist.
  13. Newbie needs advice please

    My CTLS stick forces seem quite high to me, compared to the Evektor Sportstar that I trained on. However I have written it off to the effect of the autopilot servos riding on the control lines in the CT, which the Evektor did not have. Like a lot of guys stepping down from heavier planes, I believe you will find the CT a challenge to land. It has a glider heritage and can float along on almost nothing. The rental Evektor I trained on also was famous for landing incidents with airline pilots at the controls. To be fair, many were caused after (or during) landing due to a too effective nose wheel steering issue which made the plane squirrely on the ground. It's all in what you are used to.
  14. UAvionix install

    Hmm, my head is starting to hurt. Although I just recalled another random regulation tidbit. An E-LSA must be an exact duplicate of an existing S-LSA model. So a company cannot sell an E-LSA kit unless they certified an S-LSA first. The RV-12 is a classic case. The company builds mainly kits and wanted to sell an E-LSA plane, so they grudgingly had to go through the ASTM certification for the RV-12. I believe Dan Johnson does an extensive talk about this in his revue of the Arion Lightning, which is a plane you can buy as S-LSA, E-LSA or EAB ... some fun.
  15. UAvionix install

    I believe you are correct. By doing something that allows your E-LSA to go faster, you create an E-LSA that doesn't conform to light sport limitations and can only be flown by a PPL or better. As I recall, an EAB must meet the 51% owner build rule, and of course the E-LSA doesn't. But we throw the 'experimental' umbrella over both of them. As a light sport pilot, I can only fly planes that conform to light sport limitations, no matter what the category. I must confess to contributing to wandering off the original (and interesting) uAvionix install topic.... sorry about that.