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About FastEddieB

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    Mineral Bluff, GA/Lenoir City, TN
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    LSA's, Motorcycles, Bicycling, Macs& iDevices & Chess. Active CFI.
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  1. Good info SkunkWorks - thanks. Well, maybe we can say holding the carb more firmly in the spigot would also help in a backfire?
  2. Speculating here... ...my assumption has been that those springs are there to keep the carbs from blowing out of their “spigots” in the event of a backfire. 1) What we usually call a backfire is more properly called an afterfire. A backfire is when the burning occurs in the intake, not in the exhaust. 2) I had a Yamaha V-twin that on a couple of occasions backfired in a way to unseat the carb on that cylinder. Anyway, that’s my guess. If anyone knows differently, I’m all ears.
  3. No doubt it’s a good idea to keep your battery dry, and you should track down where the water is getting in. Others more familiar with the CT will no doubt chime in with remedies. That said, water is not all that great a conductor, especially at 12v to 14v. Wet batteries normally perform just fine*. Just keeping water off direct contact with the terminals should be enough. Vaseline, grease or Corrosion-X on the terminals can do that. Auto parts stores sell battery terminal protector spray, and I like having a can of that around. Next step up would be something like PlastiDip either sprayed or brushed on the terminals. *One exception is likely Lithium-Iron batteries that have internal circuitry and might not be watertight.
  4. Thinking outside the box, would a heated vest and possibly gloves provide a solution? On a cold day on a motorcycle they do the trick - keeping your core and extremities warm goes a long way. And these are designed for motorcycles with charging systems I don’t think are far off from ours capacity-wise. Just a thought.
  5. Completely understandable. True confession: About a week ago I took off from my home field with little or no wind and flew around for about 45 minutes. I wondered why I was having to slip so aggressively on final to get down, and why I was eating up so much runway in the flare. Only after landing did I notice the windsock was nearly straight out - the wrong way, of course. So, it happens.
  6. I think the reason a “special technique” isn’t taught is that there isn’t one! Other than the faster touchdown speed, nothing changes. And in the absence of shear, no way “the wind” can get “under the tail”, since the plane is being carried with the wind - at least until the plane touches down. Once slowed to taxi speed, appropriate stick forward will help prevent the tail lifting, though that’s mainly an issue with taildraggers. Dubious about recommending slower airspeed. About the same 1.2 to 1.3. Vso we normally use should still work just fine.
  7. FastEddieB

    WingX Bulletin

    I have a VERY old iPad Mini - a Mini 2. iOS 12.4.4. So far, it’s running WingXPro just fine. If you have one even older than that, perhaps it’s time to bite the bullet and upgrade. I’m planning to do so, but I’m hoping for a redesign sans home button, and will try to wait for that.
  8. If that’s the case, I stand corrected. I thought it was a more general discussion of the advantages of E-LSA . But I agree Experimental Exhibition is not a viable option for anyone wanting to use their planes in anything approaching a normal manner.
  9. Not really. Here’s the reference in my Operating Limitations: I think that’s common boilerplate for E-LSA Operating Limitations. The way it’s written it seems to have the same import as Part 91 Minimum Safe Altitudes - General.
  10. Some will remember him as USS Yorktown. http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2019/11/aircraft-structural-failure-fatal.html?m=1 Lots of links in that chain. In hindsight, leaves me wondering if more could have been done.
  11. Thanks! Now just waiting for a juicy thread to jump into!
  12. Hi Andy! I’m pleased to say that my friend, Trip Taylor, was just installed as president of COPA at the recent Migration in New Orleans. I knew him when... (To be clear, neither of us were or are rapers!) Trip and his wife Sherri (also a Cirrus instructor) bought the property next to us at Big T airport and will soon be building a home here. He also recently got type rated in the Cirrus Jet, so I’m actively pursuing a ride in one! Anyway, St. Louis is a bit far for lunch, but I appreciate the thought. Feel free to stop by here if you’re ever headed to points east.
  13. Looks like I last posted back in Aug, 2016. I decided then to take a bit of a break for personal reasons. Anyway, another forum member recently contacted me and I got to thinking it might be time to dip my toe back in the water. I've been getting most of my online aviation fix over on SportPilotTalk and Pilots of America. I still check in on COPA from time to time but there's not a lot of interest for me there anymore. Anyway, my Sky Arrow now has about 560 hours on it and is now about 12 years old. I just did my 10th Annual Condition Inspection on it since going EXPERIMENTAL, and the plane and its little ROTAX have both proven quite reliable. The ROTAX also recently got it's second 5-year rubber parts change, which I farmed out to a Light Sport Mechanic in SC. I also went with BasicMed when it became available, giving me more options. I recently gave tailwheel instruction in a Citabria after decades, and it felt great to be back in the saddle, so to speak. I had to take a portion of last year off flying (and biking and motorcycling) for surgery to my right arm's carpal and cubital tunnels. Impingement on the nerves had led to progressive hand numbness, but fortunately the surgery was quite successful. The biggest change is Karen and I began a process several years ago to establish a home base closer to our kids and grandkids near Knoxville. We bought property on an airstrip in Lenoir City - Big T Airport, 80TN - and completed construction of a hangar home just over a year ago: Karen made an adorable little movie trailer featuring a landing there: We kept our N GA digs as well, ,and for now enjoy going back and forth - each locale has its own appeal. Anyway, open invite to anyone who'd like to stop by, and look for me to post occasionally when appropriate.
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