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Everything posted by SportFlyer1

  1. Anyone have the SkyguardTWX ADSB IN/OUT?

    Many have chewed the fat about this on: Low Cost ADS/B solutions . The posts go pretty far into the 'Way Back Machine', so start around page 3.
  2. Grand Canyon Corridors

    On Skyvector, if you locate over the Grand Canyon it will show a button in the upper right for the Grand Canyon VFR chart which shows the same stuff as the figure above here in Foreflight. Cheers.
  3. Glide Ratio

    Indeed, the only reason negative flaps comes up here is that Flight Design created its wing with that in mind. They consider zero flaps to be 'some' flaps, including a Vfe speed limit of 100 knots for zero flaps.
  4. Towing gliders

    Yes the FAA was clear from the start that certain 'legacy' aircraft qualified as light sport and therefore I as a sport pilot could fly them. I think the murkiness began when PP's started flying light sports and claimed all sorts of capabilities that the plane just doesn't have. A recent rhubarb was over flying IFR in a light sport. My rule of thumb is that if the plane does something that I'm excited about, then I probably am not allowed to fly it, lol.
  5. Glide Ratio

    My POH for the CTLS says typical glide ratio is 8.5 to 1 and max distance is achieved at -6 flaps and 78 knots (which is the same as their -6 climb Vy). They also show an example at 15 flaps and around 63 knots (100 km) which is about 1 mile less. I'm guessing 0 flaps is in between at around 73 knots (again 0 flaps climb Vy). My guess is that more flaps allows more time in the air, but less glide distance.
  6. Mounting of GPS antenna for ADSB in.

    Thanks for the info. Its an intriguing box, but I think the uAvionix system is similar, with a wifi output to several EFB's including my current favorite Avare and at about the $1500 zone. A further issue for many is communicating TIS and FIS data to their panel GPS such as the 396, 496 and my 696. Currently the only product available is the GDL 39 at the $600 price point, which it looks like I will be using. Its either that or toss out the 696 and mount a 795 to get Bluetooth data from a Garmin product, like the GTX 345 ($5000). Sigh ... there's just too much to think about.
  7. Mounting of GPS antenna for ADSB in.

    The GPS of course would not need a ground plane, just the UAT transmit. Maybe they are sharing with GPS? Wait, the GDL 82 uses the existing transponder antenna for transponder and UAT in/out I think. The GPS is on its own, so no need for ground plane, since it doesn't transmit. Anywho, I asked about using the GDL 82 and was told it would not work with my mode S transponder, only mode C's. So I guess its back to uAvionix.
  8. Light sport NI43RS skyrunner crash feb 2018

    Indeed, I find it hard to believe they expected that hunk of lead to fly at all.
  9. ADS-B Installation

    You experimental guys really know how to customize your planes, but I'm thinking that ventless firelog system will really screw up your weight and balance table.
  10. C4 project is alive!

    I do too, albeit I don't really care cuz I'm a sport pilot ...
  11. My CT Now ADS-M Compliant

    OMG that is too funny! I gotta get one.
  12. 'Full Stall' vs 'Minimum Speed'

    Went flying yesterday and when I went to land suddenly there were all these voices talking in my head. They all made good points, but it was very distracting. I tried all kinds of different things and slowly the voices went away. Then I realized it was just the practice that was making me better. There's a lot of good ways to put this plane on the runway and I've decided to practice them all, just for the fun of it. During my transition training with Tom Gutmann jr. I landed the CT for the first time (and what a struggle it was). Tom complimented me on a nice landing, in fact he said I had made about 5 nice landings on the way down. We spent the rest of the day whittling it down to 1 nice landing.
  13. Mystery Device

    While browsing the FD website, I saw a picture in the GT 2020 section that puzzled me. Anyone know what this device is?
  14. Mystery Device

    Thanks Roger, another mystery solved.
  15. Signed, Sealed and Delivered.

    Congratulations man! She's a beauty. The Stratus is a no go for the 696. The only device I know of that feeds ADS-B weather to the 696 is the GDL 39. A few will send it traffic via RS-232, but not WX. You can get software and database updates direct from Garmin. I use the FlyGarmin for Windows app. Of course the map updates will cost you, but the software is free. I can recommend Roger Lee in Tucson as a great source of information for all things CT maintenance and for thorough and reasonably priced annuals. Have a great time in that plane and come and see me in Goodyear sometime.
  16. Welcome!

    Great looking plane Andrew. Now just start plotting your trip to the Page AZ fly in. You might want to go via Tucson to visit Roger Lee. He'll tell you more about your engine than you ever wanted to know!
  17. Yes, a great way to check is to ask for flight following. They will issue a squawk code and say something like "radar contact 3,300, altimeter 29.98".
  18. I'm glad you were able to get that off your chest. I certainly agree with you 100% When I was a student, I asked my CFI why the difference in training hours between Sport and PPL. As far as I could see, we were all flying together and doing the same things. So I asked if Sport required too little flying or PPL required too much. He just laughed and said they both require too little training. Both are truly a license to learn. Just stay alive long enough to learn it.
  19. ICON Fatal Accident

    It's a sad thing. I regard his flight time in the A5 and overall to be decent by light sport standards. But the way he was flying was inexcusable. He was acting like an aerobatic pilot without a plan. It was just a matter of time before his routine would produce an aircraft attitude that his mind wasn't ready to handle. He was the classic 'bold' pilot. It's just a shame that he didn't last long enough to acquire more skill.
  20. All too true, but the high performance, complex aircraft have been removed from Sport Pilot hands, thankfully.
  21. Oh, thanks Tom, it sounds so simple when you describe it. As a dyed in the wool sport pilot, I haven't gotten involved much with BasicMed or PPL's downgrading to Sport.
  22. Uh, I don't find light sport has a lot of 'privileges', but it has a flock of limitations. Maybe its just me, but I find the table in 61.303 to be almost unreadable. I can fathom the Sport license part, but anything dealing with a PPL seems to have to do with gliders and balloons. Also of course, a PPL without his 3rd class I guess would be reduced to flying light sport metal, not his trusty Bonanza.
  23. Climbed to 14,000' in 15 minutes

    Simply gorgeous shots!
  24. Hmm, AGL ... it seems clear enough to me. In real life, my experience has been that ATC hasn't shown any interest in my altitude regulations while on flight following. At times on a ferry flight we were at 12,500 over the plains, because my safety pilot (Commercial) just liked to fly very high. And don't get me started on the Grand Canyon altitude restrictions, lol.
  25. OK, we seem to have lost focus. I'd love someone to clarify the original question. For my part, I like to separate PPL's from Sports. The sport pilot has clear privileges and limitations. Even I can find them under 61.315. Roger makes the point that a PPL with an expired medical becomes automatically a sport pilot (with its limitations). I'm not sure that's true, but I bow to greater experience. BasicMed is its own thing. It allows (as I understand it from AOPA writings) a pilot to fly a plane at or below 250 knots, in the US only, carrying 5 passengers, below 18000 feet. And I'm not sure if that's daytime only. But one thing is clear, BasicMed had nothing whatever to do with Sport Pilot ratings or medicals. Again, this is IMO ....