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About andyb

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  1. I use Tom for maintenance and inspections on my plane, and have been very happy with his work. Should you use Tom, Eagleston Auto, which is nearby, has been very cooperative giving me an economical way to rent a car so I can drive home and back when my plane's in. Andy
  2. I got the FS2020 sim, and equipment to run it. Maybe I'm missing something, but I found the instrumentation in the CT on the sim to be AWFUL! Not sure if it's the SL versus LS, but there's no heading indicator or attitude indicator. At least on my version. Also, the GPS is extremely undetailed and rudimentary. From what I've seen, this aircraft is unique in the FS fleet in this regard. Am I missing something? Andy
  3. 119 TAS, 115 Groundspeed, (036 heading, wind 323 @41kts, 5500' MSL), 5470 RPM, 4.7 gal/hr If I keep the RPM slightly under 5500 so as to not go past 5500, I typically get just under 120 TAS. At 5500, it's right at 120 TAS. At full gross, if I set the autopilot at 500 foot/minute climb, it will easily climb to 5500 or 6500 MSL, without issues with pitch angle compromising forward visibility, or low indicated airspeed. Andy
  4. I typically get close to 120 knots TAS, at about 4.7 GPH. CTLSi, with sport engine mod. Andy
  5. Parachute is a big plus on CT. It is available on a 172, but with a weight, cost, and storage space penalty. Andy
  6. My plane is maintained by an A&P who is very experienced on CT's, and with many data points, I have found to be extremely good. I go through springs...maybe two a year. I think that in my case it's very unlikely that the issue is do to incorrect installation. Andy
  7. Last I knew, the restaurant had closed, as the very nice owner had passed away. Did they re-open? Hope so! Andy
  8. Early on after purchasing my CTLSi, I considered going to the Tecnam P2008. I was having surprising difficulty moving from the SR22 to landing the CT consistently, which some good dual resolved. I heard that the P2008 was easier to land, thus my interest at the time. In my look at the P2008, I heard and saw wonderful things about it. The owners love it. I do think it's probably an easier transition to that plane from one with higher wing-loading like the Cirrus, although I have no issues with landing the CT now. To me, what absolutely disqualified the P2008, was that it's a one-person plane if you have the BRS, and fly it legally. I understand that many light-sport planes are weight restricted by the maximum weight limitation, and not actual performance. Among other reasons that I don't want to break the regs, is that if you take off with a fuel and passenger combination that in no way could be viewed as legal, should you have a mishap it would be a nightmare in many respects, including insurance coverage. I've really enjoyed the CTLSi. As a person with about 2,400 instrument hours, I'd advise being extremely cautious in a light-sport plane for ice avoidance. I wouldn't worry about the instrumentation...in many respects my Dynons are better than the Avidyne in my Cirrus. A rule to never fly in clouds below the freezing level would go a long way. The thankfully few times I've wished I was on the ground mostly came from icing encounters, and that was with lots of power, TKS, and heated pitot-static systems. I'd expect my CT would be in a world of hurt with just a little ice. Good luck on your decision. Andy
  9. Eric Swisher (Copper City Aviation) might be worth contacting. He’s not in Chandler, but you might be able to work something out with him.
  10. I can't speak to the plane specifically, but I purchased my plane from Airtime and had a very good experience with them. I'd trust that they oversaw the repair was done properly. Andy
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    I would think that if retarding the throttle caused a right-turning tendency (mine does this too), then absence rudder correction, on a right pattern it would cause a skidding tendency, and on a left pattern it would cause a slipping tendency. Is that correct? Andy
  12. As one data point, I have the Tanis, in the fuel injected engine. Actually installed by Tom. Works beautifully. Without the heater, if it was below freezing, the engine seemed very unhappy for the first few minutes after starting. Andy
  13. Ed, Fellow COPA member, welcome back! Will that Sky Arrow make it to KSUS with the two of you? Lunch is on me! Your static port covers survived my Cirrus ownership. Please keep up your informative posts, for us amateurs!!! Very best, Andy
  14. Mine, done a year ago (CTLSi), was about $3,000 more than my normal annual cost. This included parts. Given what was involved, I thought this was a very fair price. Andy
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