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Andy A

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  1. I live in South Carolina too (Myrtle Beach). There is a really cool airport in Brevard, NC that is close to lots of camping options. The airport is considered private, but they don't mind if you land there. It is a nice paved runway. You have to go to their website and fill out a waiver that says you know their landing procedure and you are free to land there. There is a horse farm on the final approach course and the landing procedure is to not fly directly over it. The airport is called Transylvania County Airport 3NR3. http://transylvaniacommunityairport.com/
  2. Coppercity I sent you a message.
  3. I have a few requirements for a new plane. 1. 4 seats and a moderate useful load. 2. The ability to carry 2 mountain bikes and 2 adults. 3. I would prefer a metal airplane, I know carbon fiber is strong, but I question the long term cosmetic durability. I've have lots of experience with carbon fiber bikes and paddleboards, and while they are strong, they do have a fragile feel to them and generally the finish starts to show signs of wear in a few years. 4. I enjoyed the BRS in the CTLSi, but its not a big deal to me on my next plane. 5. I enjoyed the Rotax engine and think its a great engine, but it is difficult to find someone in my area that would work on it. I also would like to get away from the mandatory 5 year rubber replacement. 6. Ability to file IFR in IMC conditions. I'm not looking to fly approaches to minimum, but I would like the ability to climb and descend through could layers. 7. I'd like a cruising speed of at least 130ish knots, preferably faster. 8. I like the Cirrus SR22, but I don't want to deal with the 25 grand parachute repack every 10 years. 9. I don't want to be limited to long paved runways. I don't need STOL, but I do like to go into grass strips on occasion. I'm OK with Experimental, however, I have pretty limited time with a small child and successful business. I like to so some minor "tinkering" on my plane, but now I just want something that is reliable and I can get serviced easily at most shops if I need to. Maybe later in life, I'll go the Experimental route, but now its just easier to go certified. I was never a big fan of the 182, but I always understood its place in GA. The older I get, the more sense it makes.
  4. I'd like to have a 2002-2006 Cessna 182, but I think that is more than I am willing to spend. I might have to settle for a 182RG and upgrade it over time. 150 knots, 700 to 800 lb useful load with full fuel and 12-14 gph fuel burn. Coming from a Twin Cessna background, I never thought I would want a high wing Cessna. My father had a Cessna 310 for my entire childhood and I would like to get something that I can keep for a long time. Over the years life gets in the way and I have gone extended periods of time without flying and I feel a 182 would be a forgiving airplane if that should happen again. After doing my research I am finding the fuel burn isn't terrible, they are reasonably fast (the RG's are pretty fast), they can fly pretty slow (which I consider safe), they have a large useful load, parts are readily available and it should make a good family traveler for my family of three. I also think 182s are similar to gold in the fact that they are always in demand and have never been worth nothing.
  5. I am considering selling our 2014 CTLSi. It meets the 2020 ADSB mandate and just had the 5 year rubber replacement done with the annual inspection in January 2020. Garmin 796 and upgraded Garmin NAV/COM Radio. Tundra Tires. It has about 250 hours total time. I really enjoyed this plane and it served its purpose of getting me back into flying, but I am ready to move on to something with more seats, faster and IFR capable. I need to take some pictures, but these are just a couple I had on my phone. I'm thinking about asking $125,000. I'll probably put it on Barnstormers when I get some more pictures. It is based at Marion County, SC (KMAO) about 40 miles from North Myrtle Beach, SC.
  6. I'd like to see some pictures too.
  7. Andy A

    Flat Left Main Tire

    I installed these Bluetooth air pressure monitors on my airplane and they work great. When I get to the hanger, I open the app and within 30 seconds, I know the air pressure in the tires. I can't recommend them enough. https://www.amazon.com/BARTUN-Bluetooth-Monitoring-Real-time-Temperature/dp/B07TB3GZF8/ref=pd_lpo_263_t_1/140-8680183-4880732?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_i=B07TB3GZF8&pd_rd_r=2b20b495-3672-4b9a-abb7-5b9d6f618591&pd_rd_w=P9Y32&pd_rd_wg=a68p1&pf_rd_p=7b36d496-f366-4631-94d3-61b87b52511b&pf_rd_r=EKF1RYS8A0QBEBSSBY5D&psc=1&refRID=EKF1RYS8A0QBEBSSBY5D
  8. $1,500 for a 2014 CTLSi with $100,000 hull coverage. Gregg Ellsworth with Aviation Insurance Resources has found me the best rates for the past couple of years. He's a super nice guy. Give him a call 301-682-6200.
  9. We also had a 310 for over 20 years and sold it for a CTLSi. I miss the 310 but I'm enjoying the CT.
  10. My CTLSi is definitely fun to fly but can't carry the weight of the CTSWs or older CTLSs. The useful load of my plane is 464 pounds. After subtracting 210 pounds for full fuel you are only left with 254 pounds for people and stuff. You don't really need to fly around with full fuel at all times, since its about 7 hours worth of flying, but it is something you need to know. Some of the CTSWs and CTLSs can carry 600 + pounds. Also, don't forget to factor in the $4-5,000 for the 5 year rubber replacement in you operating costs. It is very fuel efficient, but this reoccuring 5 year cost increases the operating costs. With all that said, I still enjoy my CTLSi. My mission will be changing in a year or two when our child gets a little older...and hopefully my airplane will too. Also, after 2 years of owning the CT, I personally don't think LSAs are cheaper to own that a similar standard category airplane.
  11. Does anybody know what size fuel line I need? The rubber hose only?
  12. I pulled the overhead cover and the overhead Fuel lines appear fine. I pulled the wing and it appears to be coming from the forward Fuel line. Mine is a black rubber fuel line about 4 feet long then connects to an aluminum line. I'm probably going to replace the 4 foot rubber hose and see what happens.
  13. Walked in to the hanger today and found all the fuel had leaked out of both wings. Open the pilot door and flund the hatrack covered in fuel. I added fuel to both wings and removed the headliner and it appears Fuel is leaking from the wing root area on the pilots side and runni g down the hatrack window. The fuel lines and connections that are easily visible appear to be fine. Any recommendations on what to do now? The airplane had the rubber replacment and wings removed for the spar inspection in January.
  14. I'm trying to figure out which E-Prop and components I need for my 2014 CTLSi. It looks like the model I need is the "3 Blade Rotax 912S Tractor" DURANDAL 100 range, shown here https://aircraft.e-props.fr/product_info.php?cPath=3_31_32&products_id=1. A few questions come up. 1. Should I get the basic Carbon Fiber prop or get the one with Titanium leading edges? 2. My Neuform prop is 65", so I am assuming I should get an E-Prop in 65". 3. Do I need an extended hub (spacer) to push the prop out past the cowing? 4. What diameter spinner do I need? Measured in mm? I spoke with Tom at FD earlier today and he said he would help me get it approved, but I need to submit the information prior to him for reveiw.
  15. What are my options for props that are approved by Flight Design? I'd like to try one from E-Props.
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