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Andy A

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  1. The CT is a great little airplane if it serves your mission. Just keep in mind, you are going to have expensive annual inspections every 5 and/or 6 years. My 2014 CTLSi was due for the rubber replacement last year. The total cost for that annual inspection, wing spar inspection and rubber replacement was about $5,200, with no major issues. The parachute repack is due this year at the annual inspection. I am assuming that's going to be another $3,000 to $4,000 annual inspection/parachute repack. After that, I'll be back "inexpensive" annuals until the next 5 year rubber replacement is due.
  2. I took mine to Seahawk Aviation in Wilmington, NC last year for the annual and rubber replacement and it took about 2 months and cost $5,500. The biggest problem I see in my area is I can't find any shops that have much experience with LSA's or Rotax Engines. I love the Rotax engine, but I will probably go back to an airplane with a Continental or Lycoming just for this reason. I felt like the shop I took mine to put every plane that came into the shop ahead of mine because they were "easier" to work on because they had more experience with the traditional airplane engines. I'm still looking for another shop to take mine to this year for the annual and parachute repack.
  3. 80 knots and 0 degree flaps entering the pattern, 70 knots on base leg, when I get established on final I put in 15 degree flaps and look for 60 knots, I try to to keep it around 55 knots crossing the fence. When I get below 20 feet above the ground, I stop looking at the gauges and do what feels right, this usually involves adding a small amount of power. Works like a champ. Sometimes you can get too caught up in the numbers and ruin a landing. Sometimes flying by the seat of your pants is the way to go.
  4. 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/
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.
  8. I'd like to see some pictures too.
  9. Andy A

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    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
  10. $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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Does anybody know what size fuel line I need? The rubber hose only?
  14. 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.
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