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KentWien

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  1. I've been unhappy with the shoulder harnesses on the CTsw as they loosen up constantly. 

    So I worked with Barrington Black at Schroth, and we came up with a great replacement set of belts that Arian at Flight Design USA has approved for an MRA.

    They were right at $1000 for a pair of the rotary buckle versions and while I didn't price it out, the automotive seatbelt flap release version might be $600 a pair.

    I had been quoted $1800 for the rotary version from Aircraft Belts, Inc.

    They are set up so you pull the lap belt up to tighten instead of down like the stock belts, which was always a challenge in the CT.

    They offer a ton of colors for the belts and the buckle. The part number will change based on your color choices, but if you want exactly what is depicted, call Barrington and give him these part numbers:

    4-01-KY0223REVA

    4-01-KY5223REVA

    IMG_6002.thumb.jpeg.6eb62e051ae5fb79e057ed3827d5fae5.jpegIMG_6005.thumb.jpeg.78c2a9327f8b7153f919e604db7370f7.jpegIMG_5995.thumb.jpeg.e0b1f59c1c9599bc988d17f12ae7253b.jpeg

    After you give them the order, you need to fill out a form or two to become a customer and to set up a payment method. This was the more frustrating part, but it's worth it. The belts take 8 weeks to be delivered, but could be expedited for a fee to cut that time in half. The fee was around $400, so I was forced to be patient.

    The belts don't loosen, they are comfortable and fit nicely. I'm extremely happy with them. They are adjustable at the mounting position, so you have some leeway when you install them. I had to shorten the straps about 4" or so. Very easy to do.

    After installing, contact Arian to get the MRA for your paperwork, which is $65.

    Here's the USA contact for Schroth:

    Barrington Black| Senior Application Engineer

     

    SCHROTH Safety Products LLC

    1371 SW 8th St. #3 | Pompano Beach, FL 33069

    (O)+1.954.642.5051  Ext. 336|(F) +1.954.784.3179

    barrington.black@us.schroth.com

    Kent


  2. I use a small step stool. Put the hose into the tank (after grounding the can to exhaust). Ten turns per gallon. Then just stop short of what I measured with the sticks and slowly fill the rest to top it off.

    Works well. Hose easily reaches the top of the wing with the tanks on the ground. I can get 11.5 gallons or maybe a bit more into a can and still have room to spare. 

    I use the “PureGas” app to find local gas stations that sell non-ethanol fuel, although I wouldn’t hesitate to use ethanol 91 or above fuel. 


  3. I’ve tried the 12”. Yep, I love that screen but it’s just too big in the CT. 

    Mostly I've used the 10” with good results. That said, Lately I’ve even used an iPhone XS Max and liking that, since my 10” isn’t always available. 


  4. 1 hour ago, Skunkworks85 said:

    Do you have the PN you used for your battery?

    That is odd that I have blue lights, 

    Sure!

    3 items:

    ETX680C
    Custom fit C case battery box #151124
    12V 5mm LED RED light - 48" wire

    Total $462 with shipping. You’ll need that battery box. Flight design can provide you with an MRA for $60.

    www.earthxbatteries.com


  5. I recently switched to the Earth-X lithium battery and I’ve been very happy with the insane starting power and the ability to finally leave all the lights on as I fly at night. I couldn’t be happier with the upgrade. 

     

    My CTsw has amber fuel sight tube lights  interesting  

     

    Kent 

     


  6. 11 hours ago, NC Bill said:

    Had them done at a local trophy shop. The white you see is etching NOT labels.

    Pricey at just under $1k

    Can you tell us more about the process? Did you have to make up a pdf for the shop to use as a guide or did they just copy from the existing markings? Does it seem scratch resistant? What is the black? Powder coating?

    Beautiful! Now you have me thinking. 

    Kent

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