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  1. rtk

    LSA rules changing??

    D’oh! 😮😜 While the proposed increase to LSA MTOW is interesting (especially for those of us who fly heavier aircraft - namely me and my Sportcruiser), the 2020 ADS-B mandate is probably a bit more pressing in my mind. But whatever is decided, it is nice to know (given the above) that Flight Design air frame maximum gross weight limits are likely above what FAA will publish as revised MTOW limits.
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    Airventure 2018

    😲 Holy moly, Tom! Glad nothing came of that event. But that kind of lack of separation by ATC really puts me off from wanting to fly into OSH. Yeah, it's something I'd like to do, but not at my own peril.
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    Airventure 2018

    Pilot on another forum posted a video of his 3 hour hold over Green Lake. To say it was a “giant mess” is no understatement. There’s no way to keep your head on a swivel with that much traffic flying around. Wow.
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    Mammoth Yosemite ... Right Base two seven

    Those are some dramatic clouds, Ed! Beautiful photography as always!
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    Vortex Generators

    Not a CT, but a Sportcruiser (or PS-28 in Europe). You can see the effects of the vortex generators not he Sportcruiser’s wings. I would imagine the effects would be similar with the CT.
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    Minaret Lake - Steve Fosset's Crash Site

    Ditto - absolutely spectacular photo!
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    Interesting Rotax engine failure.

    Wow - good that Trent kept his wits about him. And glad he had a good place to put the plane down. I don’t know what extra stresses the big bore kit would have added, but using 23 year old, unknown engine parts was probably a poor choice to make. Had this occurred over inhospitable terrains (badlands of North Dakota or over the Grand Canyon or Colorado River), the outcome could have been very different. Given just the scenario of flying over terrain with minimal (or no) options for landing would want me to have the most reliable power plant available.
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    Payson Arizona

    Great photos and beautiful Sportcruiser you got there (if I do say so myself!) Payson, Sedona, Prescott, Page and Grand Canyon are on my bucket list of airports to visit. Great to see your photos to stoke the desire to make it happen sooner than later!
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    Whitney Russel Col, scares me every time

    35 knots? Wow... I’m sure you are well experienced in your aircraft. The thought of 35 knots over mountainous terrain just gives me the Heebie-Jeebies! Gorgeous photo! In terms of flying the Col... I’m the wrong person to ask since I tend to be risk adverse in any craft that moves in 3 directions.
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    Grand Canyon Corridors

    I downloaded I-Fly GPS and, as JLang stated, you can see the corridor when zoomed in. It takes a bit more zoom to see these corridors than on ForeFlight though. Here’s a screenshot.
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    Grand Canyon Corridors

    Not sure about the why the GPS doesn't show, but Foreflight on both the iPad and Desktop/PC will show the corridors (as JLang indicated) when you zoom in.) I've not tried I-Fly GPS, but am downloading now. However I've posted a screen capture in case you need the information now for the western-most corridor.
  12. Hi Roger - any wrenches left? If so, I'll take one more! Please advise and I can send a Paypal payment.
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    Everybody loves Halfdome

    OK, now you’re just showing off, Ed. Gorgeous photos! I’m envious! Hope to be able to fly over Yosemite myself one day.
  14. I almost purchased a hail damaged LSA, but passed since I wasn’t ready to make the financial commitment. Wish I had as it was an amazing aircraft and the dimples didn’t hurt performance. (Maybe it made it even faster?). Someone got a smoking deal on that aircraft. But I passed on other aircraft because they had been used in a flight school. Especially the ones that didn’t disclose its use as a trainer. I don’t mind some damage that can be repaired to an aircraft. But an aircraft that may have had a series of hard landings from student pilots just would be too difficult to overcome. The suspicious ripple along the aluminum skin on the firewall or along the cowl? Yup - that was an instant “no.” But the aircraft that had a wingtip scrape and replacement? No issue. As JohnnyBlack stated above... every aircraft should be evaluated on its own merits.
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    Merry Christmas from Mammoth Lakes

    Amazing photo (as always) Ed! Merry Christmas to all!
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