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  1. Andy A

    Garmin Pilot

    Does anybody know what aircraft ide tifer we need to use to save or file a flight plan in garmin pilot? FDCT isn't recognized.
  2. Andy A

    2011 CTLS available for new home

    Looks like a great price on this airplane!
  3. Andy A

    uAvionix skyBeacon for ADS-B Out

    I swapped out the SV-GPS-250 with the 2020 by myself. Its pretty easy. An hour job if you have a second person to help you. You'll need some metric hex keys, a wire cutter/stripper, pliers, and something to splice the wires (wire nuts). You have to take the overhead ceiling liner out to access the back side of the existing antenna. I think you have to remove 6 or so small screws to do that. Then to remove the existing antenna, you'll need to use a pair of pliers or the correct size wrench (about 10mm I believe) to hold the nut on the backside of the antenna and a Phillips screwdriver to remove the screws on the outside of the airplane. I was able to remove the existing antenna by myself, but had to have a second person help me install the new one because its hard to work both sides of the screw by yourself. Its a pain in the butt to splice the wires, but there are only four, so it doesn't take very long. After that you'll need to adjust a few settings on your Skyview and your are done. No reason to do the FAA required ADSB refund test flight, because its not eligible for the refund. The guys at Dynon are pretty helpful if you have any problems.
  4. I actually think the CTLSi is the easiest airplane I have ever flown. Coming from a Cessna 310, it took a few hours to work out the landing, but other than that, all you do is give it the gas and go. In my opinion, the only thing that requires any effort is keeping the ball centered. The 310 was an easier plane to land, but I thought it was pretty easy to fly too.
  5. Andy A

    Need a fuel cap

    I want to buy an extra fuel cap because I feel like one of mine is about to break. Does anybody have any recommendations on where to get one?
  6. Andy A

    Weight increase on our CTs?

    My CTLSi weighs in at 856 lbs.
  7. Hypothetically speaking, if the LSA weight limit was increased on our CT's, what would it be increased to? When I was shopping for ours, I heard several people (including two different people which specialize in Flight Design sales) tell me "don't worry too much about the useful load, fill the tanks and put two people in it and fly it". They said 1320 pounds was established by the LSA rules and the airplane could handle much more than that. I've heard a couple people mention these planes are operated at higher weights in other countries, but I have never been able to find any literature referencing that. Does anybody know what the actual recommended gross weight for these airplane is based on the design and aerodynamics? I feel like the gross weight of 1320 pounds was used based on the LSA rules, and Flight Designs stopped their calculations there. I started my search looking for a CTSW because I liked the 500 to 600 pound useful load, but ended up with a CTLSi with a 466 pound useful load. I personally doubt a gross weight increase on older planes will ever happen, but 150 pounds would make a world of difference on the CTLSi's.
  8. Andy A

    Airplane Taxes

    I would pull a VREF report from AOPA's website and if its less than the assessed 75k value the county is using, I would try to get it adjusted. The county I live in in South Carolina charges annual property tax on the airplane you own on January 1. This year we will still be paying taxes for the Cessna 310 we had earlier this year. Seems like is was only $300-$400 last year. I see a lot of planes in my area registered to LLC's in Deleware.
  9. Andy A

    Trying to get the most speed out of my CTLSi

    Its my understanding that the CTLSi is in Economy mode below 98% power as measured on the Skyview. The engine is automatically leaned in Economy mode. Any setting over 98% and the engine will go full rich, which increases fuel burn from around 5 gph to 6.5 to 7gph.
  10. Andy A

    Dynon SV GPS 250

    Dynon SV GPS 250 with about 2 feet of wire, in brand new condition. Recently replaced with the 2020. It would make a good second antenna. Not sure if anybody is interested in one of these. $75 shipped. They sell for about $200 brand new.
  11. Andy A

    Trying to get the most speed out of my CTLSi

    My throttle is probably only 70% open when I am at 95% power. I have to push it the other 30% further to get the final 5% of power out of the engine. I have always thought that was strange.
  12. Andy A

    Trying to get the most speed out of my CTLSi

    Thanks for the advice. Just to clarify two things. First, the 95% power setting is what I am reading off the Skyview display. This is the fuel injected version, so I am not sure if the carbureted models have this same reading on the display. Secondly, I picked 3,500' altitude because I live next to the coast and pretty much at sea level. All of my "fun" flying is below 3,500', most is around 1,500' and 2,000', where I am not too concerned about speed. If I am going somewhere, 4,000 to 6,000 is the desired elevation, dependent on the winds. Our field elevation is 90'.
  13. I adjusted the prop on our CTLSi last week and picked up a few knots. Before the adjustment I was seeing 105 to 107 as TAS during cruise. After the adjustment, at 3,500' (my most commonly used altitude), WOT will produce 5,600 RPM. I am now getting about 112-115 knots TAS as my max speed. If I pull it back to 95% or about 5350, I am getting 109-110 knots cruise speed. Is that the best I can expect from this airplane? By adjusting the pitch, I now can access the full range of the green RPM arc. It will just barely hit 5,600 rpms...I have seen 5,610 rpm one time. Since I have no intention of operating it above 5,500 rpm (in fact, I plan on using about 5,300-5,350 rpm for cruise) is there any reason to adjust the pitch of the prop any more? Maybe the tundra gear on our plane is causing it not to go quite a fast as some of the others, or maybe its the additional weight of the fuel injected engine. Is there anything else I can do to get closer to the 120 knot max speed without over reving the engine?
  14. Andy A

    uAvionix skyBeacon for ADS-B Out

    I just installed the Dynon SV GPS 2020 antenna on our plane and now I'm ADSB in and out compliant. It only costs $570. If you have the Dynon 261 Transponder, Dynon 470 (or 472) ADSB receiver and the Dynon SV GPS 250 antenna, its an easy swap. Just remove the 250 and install the new 2020. Splice 4 wires and the new 2020 installs in with the same 4 screws. Change a few settings in the setup screen and that's it. But...don't expect to get the FAA $500 rebate if only installing the 2020 antenna. I just got denied the rebate from them.
  15. Andy A


    I renewed yesterday with AOPA. I went with the $1,000,000 combined single limit and $100,000 hull value for $1,547.00. 2014 CTLSi. The other option was $1,187 for $1,000,000 each occurrence limited to $100,000 per passenger. We used Travers Insurance for years and they always had pretty good prices. That is Travers...not Travelers.