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  1. Our 2014 CTLSi will go into ECO mode below 98% power, which is about 5200 to 5300 rpms while burning about 4.8 gph. That is what I consider wide open in ECO mode. As soon as you bump the power up to 99% power the fuel burn goes up to about 6.5 gph. If I am going on a cross country trip, I run it as close as I can get to wide open in ECO mode. Also, I find it virtually impossible to keep the RPMs at a constant rate during the summer in South Carolina. The RPMs normally fluctuate about a hundred RPMs up or down. The updrafts and downdrafts really change the RPMs in the summer.
  2. One day I went to the airport and the windsock was sticking straight out and perpendicular to the runway. I was confident in my flying skills and thought "this should be fun". I did one takeoff and landing and when I got on the ground, I parked it. I think the winds that day were 15 with gusts to 18. So far, that was the only time I was a little concerned about my safety in the CT. I've landed in winds a little over 20 mph directly down the runway and didn't have any problems. The biggest challenge for me is when I get to the last 100 feet of altitude and the trees start to block the wind, it takes some fast thinking to go from crabbing 40 degrees into the wind to 0 degree crab because the trees are blocking the wind...all close to the ground. I have also experienced high speed winds being funneled through the opening between the hangers that can cause problems just before landing...while your plane is at low speeds. You have to stay ahead of the plane when its windy.
  3. Definitely wait for Flight Designs to put the announcement on their website that the new firmware is available for download. FD takes Dynon's new firmware and tailors it for our airplanes. I jumped the gun on the last firmware upgrade and installed it before FD did their work. It took me a few months of back and fourth with Arian to get all the bugs worked out. The biggest problem I had was I lost the ability to read some of the engine monitors. They just had red X's through them. All's good now.
  4. My 2014 CTLSi also has the 90 degree fitting.
  5. I think the /G can only be used if you have an IFR certified GPS. But I also think the only time you would need to provide that information is if you were filing an IFR flight plan. I may be wrong though.
  6. The skyview will basically do a "watered down" GPS approach. You have to set the glideslope angle (most are about 3 degrees) and a minimum descent altitude and the autopilot will provide vertical guidance to the runway. When selecting the destination, first select the airport, then select the runway. My airport is KMAO and the runways are 4 and 22. Once you select the runway, the direct to location will be .22 if you are using runway 22. The skyview will provide lateral guidance to the runway heading and vertical guidance based on the glideslope info. To get this to work, you must be established on the final approach heading before getting to the RNAV Final Approach Fix. Its not approved for IMC, but it sure does a better job of following the approach than the IFR Certified Cessna 310 that we used to have. Just search "Skyview ILS" in YouTube. This approach can be done with the skyview system only. It does not have to come from an IFR certified GPS. To legally do an approach in IMC conditions, you would need the IFR certified GPS, but if you are just out playing around, the skyview does a pretty good job.
  7. VNAV is available on the Dynon Skyview if you are in the expert autopilot mode.
  8. I spoke with the guys at Dynon. They think I need to adjust the Pitch Sensitivity srtting on the autopilot. The range is 0 to 24. The default is 10. They said to increase it to 15 and see how it does.
  9. Thaks for all the advice. I'll see if any of these items help. I agree 115 knots is probably too fast if I was actually doing a real rnav approach, but when I am out playing around it sure makes the distance go by faster. The autopilot is the only thing that seems a little finicky to me on this plane. The Cessna 310 we previously has was rock solid on autopilot at any speed I used.
  10. I've been playing around with the VNAV approach option on the Skyview recently. It's pretty cool. It will intercept a faux "glideslope" and provide vertical and lateral navigation from the final approach fox all the way to the runway. Today when I started my descent down the glideslope I noticed stick flutter and porpoising at an airspeed of about 115 knots indicated. It feels like an autopilot issue to me. I slowed down to 100 knots and - 500 fpm rate and it went away. Could it just be a trim problem? Any recommendations?
  11. I have a 2014 CTLSi that looks identical to yours, inside and out. My Garmin 797 needs to be updated also. I tried to do it last year and realized it is a huge PIA to get the unit out of the dash to update. You have to take the 4 screws at the corners of the panel out then take the gps unit out of the mounting bracket. If I recall, the mounting bracket blocks where the cable needs to connect to the gps. I bought a cable with a 90 degree bend to permanently mount to the gps to make it easier in the future, but haven't gotten around to installing it. Also, you have to have an account with Garmin.
  12. Looks like Tuesday was a serious day of flying...about 10.5 hours. That 6 hour and 38 minute leg was pretty impressive.
  13. I used the link Tom posted above to test mine. The FAA will send you a report that lets you know if you passed or not.
  14. You'd think you could get leather seats for 285k.
  15. Nice airplane, but $285 seem like a lot of money for what it is. I wonder why the gross weight is 1320? I would think the gross weight would be adjusted to what the airplane is actually capable of handling, since it isn't considered LSA. It would be interesting to see what the gross weight would be if it was in the normal airplane category. It's probably capable of IFR flight in IMC with that Garmin GPS. The link to their website lists a 140 knot cruise. My CTLSi weighs 856 lbs, so this one is in line with that. However, I don't consider the CTLSi to be as nicely equipped as this one.
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