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John Vance

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About John Vance

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    Master Crew Member
  • Birthday 12/27/1954

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    Edwardsburg, Michigan, Wilmington, NC
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    Own 2010 CTLS. Enjoy flying, sailing, kayaking, guitar.
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  1. Continued Use of Battery Charger?

    To any who may be interested, I came across what looks to be a good resource on batteries. There is a section on charging lead-acid batteries that answered a lot of my questions. The web site is shown below. This may be old news to some. batteryuniversity.com
  2. Continued Use of Battery Charger?

    I have a question about charger settings. My CTEK has a ‘snowflake’ setting that is supposedly for use in cold weather and/or AGM batteries. This setting charges at 4.3A. The ‘motorcycle’ setting is for smaller batts and limits to 0.8A. What do other chargers deliver, and what’s appropriate, especially in warm conditions after a flight?
  3. Continued Use of Battery Charger?

    I discovered that my CTEK 4.3 charger had a bad connection. The alligator clips can be exchanged with a ring-terminal cord, and these both plug into the unit through an in-line connector. I accidently bumped that connector one day and noticed that it had stopped charging (again), and I could start & stop charging by wiggling it. I ended up cutting that connector out and soldering the leads together. I’m limited to the alligator clips now, but it seems to work consistently now. I use the cowl bracket for the negative but haven’t tried the exhaust since I made the change. If you’re using a CTEK with that feature, you might want to check that connection.
  4. Ignition Switch / Source

    The original switch installation in my airplane had bare wire ends going into the switch terminals. Tightening the screws just compressed the stranded wires to hold them in place. This doesn't provide a very solid connection, and wiggling the wires could loosen them. My mechanic added fork connectors. Much better.
  5. Acceptable Propellor Nick Size

    I haven't yet found Neuform's guidance on repairs. I have the operator's manual, which mentions repairs but provides no details. Is there a maintenance manual?
  6. Acceptable Propellor Nick Size

    Thanks everyone for your responses. I'm convinced that the damage is limited to the gelcoat. I don't see anything that looks like woven material or broken fibers. The white area shown in the photo all lies within 1/16" of the trailing edge, and actually extends all the way TO the trailing edge. It's hard to believe Neuform would put structural fabric at the very surface. Also, the depth corresponds to the black/white gelcoat interface at the trailing edge, so I think it's the white gelcoat showing. If I repair the damage, I'm wondering what happens if I send the prop in for inspection/overhaul at some point. Are they going to tell me that I have an obvious repair of damage that is now not inspectable, and therefore I have a non-airworthy blade? Other than cosmetics, is there a reason to repair?
  7. Acceptable Propellor Nick Size

    It looked like the white gelcoat from the front side rather than fabric. This is an area where the white and black coatings would be very close together. I'll try to get a better look at it tomorrow.
  8. Acceptable Propellor Nick Size

    Here are photos. It's a little smaller than I thought, about 3/16" diameter (I was feeling around in low light when first discovered it). To my untrained eye, this looks like gel coat. The white appears to be the gel coat from the front face of the prop. The first photo is the rear face of the prop, and the second is looking at the trailing edge.
  9. Acceptable Propellor Nick Size

    It's model CR3-65-47-101.6. I'll get photos tomorrow.
  10. Acceptable Propellor Nick Size

    I should clarify that this is on the rear face of the blade, so the fingernail thickness described above is into the surface of the rear face of the blade.
  11. I discovered a nick in one of my Nueform prop blades. Approx 1/4" diameter, about the thickness of a fingernail clipping, located at the trailing edge, mid-blade. Is this blade still airworthy?
  12. Wiring Diagram

    Ok, thanks for your responses.
  13. Wiring Diagram

    I'm looking for a wiring diagram for a 2010 CTLS, the one showing ignition & electrical systems. The version I have is dated May 2006, and Arian at FD doesn't have anything more recent. Does anyone have a PDF version of a newer drawing?
  14. Ignition Switch / Source

    Yeah, I figured that out. I though there might be an extra terminal for soft start, but not so.
  15. Ignition Switch / Source

    Thanks Eric, but I ended up buying one from Airtime in Tulsa.