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  1. Jimhusky

    CTLSi in April 2014 Plane & Pilot

    I have flown my CTLSi a total of 62.4 hours on the Hobbs or 52.4 hours based on the Garmin 796 logbook (i.e., flight time), and my fuel burn was 208.3 gallons. Based on the Hobbs it is burning 3.3 GPH and based on flight time it is at 4.0 GPH. My local flying is done at 4,800 RPM and XC at 5,050 to 5,100 RPM. I flight plan using 4.0 GPH, but never plan to land with less than 6.0 Gallons in the tanks. My longest leg was 7.1 hours Hobbs or 6.5 hours GPS and I landed with 10 gallons and started with 34 gallons. On that leg at 10,500 my average ground speed was 110 knots at 5,100 RPM and Dynon was showing I was using 3.3 GPH. This flight was on a very cool night. For those wondering about night flight above 10,000, I hold a Commercial license and have a current flight physical. Jim P.S. The substantial difference in Hobbs and flight time is contributed to by most of the flying being in winter, so the Rotax warm up 122 degree takes a while and I do a complete preflight checklist including a Lane A & Lane B check, so it takes some Hobbs time to get in the air.
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    Dynon Upgrade to 6.2

    I just completed the upgrade of the Dynon SV-D1000 to Software Release 6.2. On the first try the unit returned a message ".DUC FILE NOT FOR THIS SYSTEM." After Dave Armando, Director of Maintenance, Flight Design, sent me one additional file, it took less than 45 minutes to complete the entire upgrade process. I will test fly my CTLSi using the new release this weekend.
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    The Dark Side of ADS-B

    I have the same setup as "CTLSi" in my CTLSi. really like seeing the traffic around me, and knowing most of the fast kids are seeing my data on their TCAS systems. What it has done for my flying is make me very careful of all control airspace, because I know they can read my N number on their scopes. CTLSi, does your Garmin 796 show the traffic information your getting from the Dynon? Mine doesn't, which may mean I need to turn on the TIS interface on my Garmin 796
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    CTLSi FD Safety Alert - Grounding

    I did the check on my CTLSi on Christmas day. Even with removing the lower cowling, the check took well less than a hour. I too got nice Christmas present, because there was no conductivity and there were wires ties down in the suggested area.
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    CTLSi Trip home from MN to CA

    Everyone, I am looking forward to being part of this Forum and learning from everyone. I am off to a great start, because Ron Cassero, at Sonoma Jet Center, and Kent Johnson, at Stanton Sport Aviation did a wonderful job of getting me in my new CTLSi. It is an awesome airplane, which I am already really enjoying flying. Thank you for the nice welcome. Jim
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    CTLSi Trip home from MN to CA

    WM, From the factory it had an Empty Weight of 824.51. As mentioned, it is fully loaded. Jim
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    CTLSi Trip home from MN to CA

    Andy, I was trying to stay between 5,050 RPM and 5,100 RPM. At 4,500 it was showing an average GPH around 3.7 GPH and at 10,500 it was showing 3.3 GPH. I spilled some gas at CPR and I hadn't topped it off as fully at SYN as I did at 9V9, so I assume my burn was less than I am showing. Jim
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    CTLSi Trip home from MN to CA

    Jim, It has ADS-B, so I was getting weather for some of the trip. When I was in the middle of nowhere it showed "partial." I also saw one target on the screen during the whole trip, but I was flying during off hours away most big airports. I can't wait to use it around the area to see how it works. I'll let you know when I am going to be in your area. I really appreciated your checking me out and letting me fly your wonderful CTLS. Thank you, Jim
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    CTLSi Trip home from MN to CA

    I am new to this Forum and to owning a Flight Design CTLSi, so I wanted to share my first trip with everyone. Before deciding to buy the CTLSi, I was checked out by Jim McCord at North Coast Air. So when I arrived in Stanton Sport Aviation, Stanton, MN to pickup my new baby, I had 8.1 hours PIC in CTLS. The weather and wind were favoring a flight home on Saturday, November 23, which given the distance and time of year seemed great. My route was from Stanton (SYN) - Madison, SD (MDS)-Chamberlain, SD (9V9)-Hot Springs, SD (HSR)-Casper, WY (CRP)-SWEAT Intersection-Bear Lake County, ID (1U7)-Wells Municipal, NV (LWL)-Battle Mountain, NV (BAM)-Lovelock, NV (LOL)-then following Highway 80 through Reno, NV (RNO) to Blue Canyon, then direct Rancho Murieta, CA (RIU). The routing out of CPR was picked because that stage of the flight would be at over high terrain and mountains at night. By following Highway 80, I had a way to let down over a know situation (highway), and through the Sierras there was the added benefit being in a valley to avoid more turbulent air. If anyone is wondering about LSA at night, I hold a Commercial SMEL, Instrument, Glider and a CFI, and have a current flight physical. My CTLSi has the night package on it too. In my prior aircraft, an Aviat Husky, I had a rule not to cross the Sierras when the winds at 9,000 were more than 25 kts. While the Husky had substantial performance, it could not handle the Sierras in very high winds. The forecast over the Sierras was for 19 kts at 9,000, so knowing the CTLSi would be light at that stage with five hours and thirty minutes of fuel burned made me comfortable trying the Sierras. My initial plan had been to make one stop at CPR, but Kent Johnson, the distributor at Stanton, suggested an intervening stop. I decided on 9V9. It only took 13.18 gallons after 2.9 hours of flight, so I knew the range was as expected. The only real interesting part of the trip was coming up on the top of the pass on highway 80 west of Truckee, when on a couple of occasions it took full power to maintain altitude. At one point, I glanced down at the airspeed and was surprised to see TAS 104 knts and GS 144 kts, which told me the wind was a lot more than forecast. The good news is the ground speed of 144 kts got me across the mountains quickly. It was a great trip, and the CTLSi is everything I expected. The following are the statistics on the flight: Route GNS 796 Gas GPH Altitude Distance GS Flight Time Gallons nm kts SYN to 9V9 2.9 13.18 4.5 4,500 275 95 9V9 to CPR 3.3 15.00 4.5 4,500 316 96 CPR to RIU 6.5 24.00 3.7 10,500 734 113 Total 12.7 52.18 4.1 1,325 104 I am looking forward to getting to know other members of the Forum.