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  1. solarguy54

    LSA rules changing??

    Couple things. First, I learned at OSH that a mfg in the EU has released a Service Bulletin increasing the GW of their aircraft. It only required changes to placards and POH. It would be really cool if FD could do that to the existing fleet (BRS is an issue). (I don't recall which mfg did this) Second, the Rotax 915-iS delivers 141 HP all of the way to 15,000' and already has the software to control a CS prop allowing for full FADEC operation. Compare that to an IO-360. 180 HP at sea level, but only 126 at 10,000' vs 141 HP at 10K' from the 915-iS. Phil Lockwood said he is developing a FWF package for the 915 and it is 100 pounds LIGHTER apples-to-apples than the Lycoming install. He said that he doesn't think that there will be a big market for FWF conversions since it is so much lighter. You'd have to mount the engine WAY forward (like a PT6). But, to design new aircraft around this capability would be significant improvement. If FD does a 4-place, I'd expect the 915 to power it. Sid
  2. This is the aircraft that I repaired after a short landing. New Neuform prop, crank was fine, gearbox rebuilt by Lockwood, completely new landing gear/pants/fairings, new Tundra tire setup with Matco brakes, 748 hours TTAF/Engine. The broker cut the price due to short landing damage, but it is actually in better condition now than it was prior to the short landing. Great deal for someone. Located in Cottonwood, AZ (P52). https://www.kelmaraircraft.com/2008-flight-design.html Sid Lloyd LSRM Airplane/WS; iRMT Heavy Kestrel Aviation Services
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    11th Annual CT/LSA Fly-in, Page AZ Oct 17-21

    Sid and Mari Lloyd are booked into the Clarion Inn. Will be coming in CTLS N8204B. Only attending Page event from 10-17 through 10-21. Looking forward to it! Sid & Mari Lloyd
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    Skyview Classic

    I did the upgrade and it was a piece of cake. Still driving it off of the Garmin. To switch to the Skyview will require 1. configuring a Skyview serial port 2. adding a serial out wire from the Skyview to the Vizion 3. removing the two ARINC wires from the Garmin to the Vizion What I think I will do is add a DP3T toggle switch so I can select either the Garmin or the Skyview to drive the autopilot from the panel. Very simple.
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    Skyview Classic

    Did you need to get an MRA from FD for that? Sounds like a great solution. The upgrade is $1K ($300 trade-in on the Digiflight II VS Sid
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    High Oil Temps

    Where can I get the 90 degree fittings? Thanks, Roger!
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    Skyview Classic

    So I just installed the Dynon SV-ADSB-472 module under an FD MRA on a Skyview Classic 2012 CTLS. INSTALL WENT GREAT. I’ve also added the Dynon Wi-Fi adapter so I can link Foreflight to the Skyview for ADS-B in to Foreflight and flight plans out to Skyview moving map. Awesome! BUT, the Digiflight II-VS autopilot is NOT driven from the Skyview, but is driven off of the Garmin 696. I wonder why FD picked the Digiflight instead of the Dynon autopilot servers? Skyview comes standard with full autopilot. Anyway, I want to drive the autopilot from the Skyview instead of the Garmin so it can follow a route uploaded from Foreflight. According to Dynon, this only requires a single serial wire change out of a serial port on the Skyview. Has anyone done this? Does it require an LOA from FD?
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    High Oil Temps

    Wait. Where’s the oil thermostat? And how do I remove it?
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    High Oil Temps

    Here's some photos. Everything seems to be OK. Thoughts? There really aren't too many places where there could be a restriction. Oil pressure is OK.
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    High Oil Temps

    After doing a 5-year rubber replacement on our 2012 CTLS, I've noticed higher oil temps. On a 74 degree day, during climbs, temps will go to 255 and I have to level off and wait for them to come down. I've checked all of the hoses for blockages, have replaced the sensor (thinking it went bad), took the oil filter off and flushed it. Any other suggestions? thanks, Sid Lloyd
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    Low Fuel Pressure

    Great news. Based on a tip from someone else who has had this problem, I checked the orifice on the return fuel line to the gascolator. Sure enough, it was partially blocked with a tiny bit of fuel line debris from the recent rubber replacement. To find it, I had to screw the restrictor out of the barb connection and there it was. I'll let you know how it works on a hot day, but I think that was the problem. Corey, you might want to check this on your CTs that have been showing this behavior on hot days. Thanks for everyone's help. Sid
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    Low Fuel Pressure

    And that's what I'm asking myself! It started after I replaced a 2012 fuel pump. But then I switched the new fuel pump with the same model fuel pump on a 2009 CTLS. Same thing happened. Also, the weather has just warmed up. Perhaps the Maverick gas station where I'm getting my 91 octane auto fuel is still using winter blend fuel. I know that a local new RV-12 is having some vapor lock problems too. I'm putting in a new sensor. It should be in in a few days. Also, I checked the clearance on the banjo bolts at the clamp block. I'm already using the thick washers (used and re-heated/quenched to soften they still measure 1.28mm as opposed to the .8mm washers that cause that problem.) I've checked all of the fuel system except removing and inspecting the transducer. Maybe I'll do that. I suppose something could be partially blocking the transducer.
  13. solarguy54

    Low Fuel Pressure

    How much avgas do you add?
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    Low Fuel Pressure

    Thanks. Here’s another possibility. SI-912-08. If you reuse copper washers and the clearance between the ends of the banjo bolts at the clamp block are insufficient, it can lead to intermittent sensor failure. Banjo bolt end clearance issues can also be caused by over-torqued banjo bolts. Must have minimum of .5mm clearance. I’ll check mine today. Will also clean sensor.
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    Low Fuel Pressure

    Thanks Corey. Do you have the SB number? I can’t find it.
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