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About BravoFoxtrot

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  1. I attended this course several years ago. I found the instructors to be very informed, professional and dedicated to their students. We were given ample opportunity to discuss issues with them and I found them open to updating their information if something new was available. At no point did I feel they were giving an absolute "This is the way it is and will never change" position. What I got is that it is your responsibility to learn what is needed to both be safe and legal. They provided sources we would need to go to find the information to make the best decision to meet those ends. As you read through this site you will find many instances where there are different interpretations of "the right way" to do things. It is up to us as repairmen, owners, and pilots to ask questions and learn what is needed. As Keith says in the posting above "We are free to disagree and doing so in a polite and cordial manner will make for a more pleasant exchange of ideas and opinions."
  2. BRS removal

    This is from page 72 of the Owner's Manual: NOTE: Hand-Packed softpacks (currently the Model 600 only) do not necessarily need to be returned to the factory for routine service. They can be inspected and repacked by certified FAA riggers familiar with round emergency parachutes. Instructions are available from BRS. Our CTs do not have the Model 600 installed. Not sure if this is the current advice. My manual is BPS P/N 020002-01 Revision A.
  3. Gas cap vent

    Good information. Thanks for sharing.
  4. Stripes

    I am not surprised. When I added racing stripes to my Mustang (way back when!) it added 10 hp to the engine!
  5. Aero Classic 4.00x6 6 ply tires

    Roger wrote: "I have the longer axle rod with two sets of axle cones." Thanks for the response. Looks like my toolbox is going to get a little fuller!
  6. Aero Classic 4.00x6 6 ply tires

    I had heard of using a motorcycle tire balancer before, but missed the reference to Mark Parnes. Wmince wrote: "Thanks to Roger's recommendation, I used a Mark Parnes balancer. It does a great job. Extremely precise." Here is a link: http://marcparnes.com/ Which version did you purchase? Universal or for a specific bike?
  7. The CT's sitting a lot fuel care question?

    My experience is that non ethanol mogas preserves better than the E10 version. As it is available I would continue to use it. I believe you would be better with nearly full tanks. Although the tanks (wings) on the CT are not metal, condensation would be a concern. Leaving them down a few gallons allows room for expansion or a hangar floor that is not level. A few years ago Aviation Consumer did a report on aircraft engine oils. Synthetic oils are very slippery reducing internal friction and making cold weather starts a little better. Conventional oils tend to cling to the metal parts better. Lycomings have the cam shaft above the crank and if left for long periods of time between runs, may develop a layer of rust. Although this may not apply to the Rotax, it is worth knowing. Shell developed AeroShell 15W-50 (do not use this in your Rotax) as a blended or semi-synthetic to get the benefits of both. As mentioned above the AeroShell Sport+4 (also semi-synthetic) is the recommended oil and is made for the Rotax engine. I feel the Sport+4 should be the first choice. Note: Edited - removed comment about using full synthetic oil with 100LL. Should only use this oil with unleaded fuel.
  8. Warming up question?

    I have never tried partial choke, so can not comment on that method. I either use no choke if the engine is warm, usually after a restart after haven flown somewhere, or I use full choke. The throttle should always be in the idle position, partly to make sure that you don't start with too many RPMs, and partly because the choke will not be effective with the throttle open. After start, slowly open the choke while increasing the throttle to maintain about 2,000 RPMs. After about 2 minutes gradually increase the throttle to about 2,500 RPMs. Make sure your are in a safe location, set your parking brake, and spend the time going over your pre-checklist, reviewing the upcoming flight, etc. 10 minutes is not an unusual amount of time to wait for the warmup. Adding more tape to the radiator opening at this time won't do you much good. The hottest part of the flight that I have seen is the climb to altitude. Fly it a few times and you will get a feeling for what is necessary. Of course when the outside temperature changes, so will your need for tape!
  9. WingX for $20!

    Looks like this offer was for 1 day only.
  10. This link may provide a little more information: https://sites.google.com/a/email.vccs.edu/brcc-aviation-maintenance/light-sport
  11. Is this the link you are looking for? https://www.brcc.edu/academics/programs/aviation/light-sport-aircraft-mechanic/
  12. A new CT Owner here

    Congratulations! I am sure you will enjoy owning and flying your new CT.
  13. Garmin 696 stopped working

    This site takes you through the process step by step. If this is not something you feel comfortable doing, you should be able to find someone in your area who could do it. Compared to some surface mount soldering this is relatively simple, just take your time. http://www.gpsinformation.org/forum/viewtopic.php?t=4701
  14. Garmin 696 stopped working

    I got a little help from the web:) Let me look and see if I still have my cheat sheet. BTW, if you fill out a paper order form from DigiKey and send a check with the amount of the order (plus sales tax for MN residents) and mail it to them, they will fill your order and mail it to you without a shipping charge. Pretty good deal in my opinion.
  15. Garmin 696 stopped working

    This is a replacement for the internal battery on the X96 series GPS (not sure if it applies to the 696): http://www.digikey.com/product-search/en?keywords=sy103 This battery is a little higher capacity than the original (5.8mAh verses 3.0mAh), but as I recall is the same physical size. I have replaced several for myself and others. The purpose of the battery is to keep the clock running so that the GPS knows where to look for satellites when it is turned on. If the battery is dead it may take up to 30 minutes to lock on. It is important to know that this battery only recharges when the GPS is turned on and connected to power. If you have one sitting on a self, make a habit of recharging the unit over night about once per month, even if the removable battery does not indicate it needs recharging, so that this internal battery will stay charged.