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  1. fibreglass breaks down

    No protective skid. The repairs were for similar damage as the OPs, one when the $#^# drain hole clogged, and when I broke it off getting it out of the mud in the tiedown. Paul
  2. fibreglass breaks down

    I have had my underfin repaired 3/4 times and mine was just plain fiberglass with a few stiffeners. (no carbon fiber and no foam filler!) Paul
  3. Birds

    What do you all do to prevent birds from building nest in the engine compartment? Have not had any problems yet this year. However, had to remove four last yearand vacuum out all the little bits of "stuff"! Paul
  4. Ammeter shunt

    Picked up my plane from its annual. Did several t/gs with a CFI and everything went well. Let the instructor off and started the engine to fly home. At this point the D120 showed that the Rotax was charging at +99 amps! After several trouble shooting steps and calls to DYNON and FDUSA the decision was made to check the in-line fuses at the shunt. On examination it was found the one on the connections to the shunt had corroded and that the lead had fallen off. Repairs were made to the shunt connectors and the engine was started and all was well! During the flight home observed that the ammeter dis less bouncing than was normal before this repair. For anyone with very bouncy ammeter reading it would not hurt to examine the shunt connectors. The shunt is located on the cockpit side of the firewall behind the D100.
  5. Survival Kits

    Two questions have come up with reguard to survival kits. Each of these are with regard to actual CFIT incidents. 1. How many of these have had survivors that used a kit? 2. How many would have survived if they and and used a kit? I understand that this question flies in the face of conventional wisdom but, inquiring minds want to know! Paul. Sorry that I put this in the wrong forum. (Mr. Moderator please move as needed.)
  6. Stabilator Tape

    This stuff worked for me! http://www.goofoffstainremover.com/ Paul
  7. Oil temperature

    On a recent flight made a longish descent with the power back and ended up at pattern altitude with the oil at ~110*. Had to add power to make the runway. How much damage did I do?
  8. If you could change One thing about you CT

    Change the location of the lap belt anchors to make the belt keep you "down" in the seat. This ties in with the belts sliding off the sholders. (Kept pulling the shoulder belts tight and ended up with the lap belt around my chest.)
  9. Actually two unrelated questions. 1. What is the major reason for the tape between the stabilator and the trim tab? (cosmetic/aerodynamic?) 2. Was checking to make sure the choke was all to way OFF when I noticed the RPM increase (~100/125 rpm)and the fuel flow decrease (~.1 gph). Normal or a sign the choke linkage needs adjusted? Thanks! Paul
  10. NOAA U.S. Weather Map

    brich The CWSU map has a lot of graphics and info and takes a loong time to load. if you are on a slow line go have a cup of coffee (or equiv) and wait till it loads.
  11. NOAA U.S. Weather Map

    If you click on each station, then select LAMP forcast you get a 24 hour forcast that is fairly accurate.
  12. Radiator tape

    Runtoeat Thanks, this is exactly what I was looking for. As i "tune" more on this I will try ti fill in more blanks. Paul
  13. Radiator tape

    Is there a rule of thumb as to the amount of radiator tape coverage against OAT? 40* = 30% 35* = 50% Or is it just trial and error untill it runs OK? Paul
  14. Rugged?

    Works for me! August 23, 2010: The U.S. Department of Defense has ordered 1,462 Garmin GPS vehicle navigation units, for about $4,500 each. This seems a little pricey for a GPS nav unit, even by government standards. But this particular model (Garmin GPSMAP 696) is meant for aircraft. The commercial version costs $3,600, and the military version has several additions (maps of combat zones and some extra electronic and security features). The army is getting 789 of these Garmins, and the navy 673. The 696 has a seven inch color display and very well thought out controls. Garmin GPS nav units are popular with the ground troops as well, and the army has provided Garmin with maps of combat zones for GPS nav gear sold to military users. This greatly reduces the number of military drivers getting lost, a situation that can quickly turn fatal if you wander into an enemy infested town. The military has been issuing troops GPS units for two decades now, but as Garmin, and other manufacturers of vehicle navigation devices have demonstrated, GPS works much better if integrated with an electronic map. paul