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About AGLyme

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    Lyme, CT
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    Family, Flying, Bird Hunting, Business
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  1. You have experienced the phenom gas mileage of the fuel injected Rotax... you won't have to carry as much gas (weight) on long trips. My CTLSi (I sold it) was 835... and I worked around the weight issue and never once had a problem.
  2. The only 2 "holy shizz" moments I experienced in my (former) CT were during takeoffs. First, I didn't adjust the aileron into the wind enough on a breezy day and right after takeoff I was immediately thrown to the left of the asphalt runway. And 2nd, during a variable wind at the home airport, the wind got behind me during takeoff and I was fiddling with something on the glass screen and same thing happened. Glad I was by myself re weight, etc. Fortunately there was never any signs of a stol, but I'll bet I was on the edge. My tailwheel training since Spring has forced me to always always focus on wind direction and correct at all times and never be distracted. CT is a light plane and frankly I believe that takeoff is the most critical phase of flying the CT, i.e. the most hairy...
  3. Know the feeling. I ground looped my Husky on the way to Oshkosh... haven't flown since. Put my heart and soul (and $) into learning everything I could about tailwheel... and I failed. Too many shoulda coulda's to count. My "Incident" (that's an FAA technical term) was minor in the scheme of things, but it was a big blow to my confidence and flying career. I am now working on getting back into the swing of things. I will bet you will too Bill...
  4. Sully of the Day... well done Bill...!!
  5. This is a great post. Congratulations, you made a great choice. I had a CTLSi for 2.5 years and loved every minute of flying it. I decided I wanted to do more camping and landing on out of the way grass fields so I bought a Husky. I fell in love with camping at 60 years old... Looking back at the CTLS vs a Lycoming engine'd airplane I can say that you guys in the Flight Designs are way ahead of the ball game. Low fuel costs, reliable plane, comfortable, long legs (I need to plan more trips to the gas station now during long flights), parachute, great visibility and superb avionics. Dynon makes a great product, it deserves more press. I am happy with my Husky choice because my mission changed, but, I am envious of you guys in the Flight Designs... and don't let anyone tell you that the Flight Design, because of its low weight, is a bad flyer in tough winds... it is not. It handles ably and bounces around no more than a Cessna, Piper or Cub like plane. Have fun with it Weston...
  6. Friend and owner of a 1979 Arrow decided to take his plane to a different AP for this year’s annual. The “new” AP found multiple gas weeps from the gas tanks and other glaring years old issues. My pal confronted his AP of 14 years and the AP said “I guess we should have looked in the wing”.
  7. That's what I was thinking... unlatching a CT door before a crash landing would be like removing part of the egg. I would leave my doors latched too...
  8. I flew near that area just last week... looked amazingly inhospitable. I literally thought, what if we have an engine out, where would we land? I did this exercise a jillion times and each time I looked down, I couldn't find a place that was flat and/or easy for rescue to find... and the plane I was in did not have a chute. Great work, in the scheme of things, a perfect A+ ending.
  9. My iPad would read about 70% after a 5 hours flight with ForeFlight and the “internet” link running to the Dynon... I used a cheap power cord. I Changed out the power cord to a high quality one and just returned from a 15 hours trip (3 legs) and the charge reading was 100% the whole time. I did adjust the iPad brightness down a bit as well...
  10. Best post in a long time... the outcome is superb.
  11. Bummer, I know you were looking forward to it. That old saying holds true... better to wish you were up there instead of being up there and... blah... See you at OSH...
  12. Good grief. I will say this, the crowds were thin... so it felt like the airshow was very intimate -- meaning up close and I, who melts in the sun, could actually find shade under a C-47 wing. I have the oil drips on my shirt to prove it...
  13. I don’t I’m sorry... but I did watch Dan Johnson take a video of it so I’m sure you will see it in a future video. PS, my favorite performer was a guy who flew a Baron and with the engines off most of the time. Beautiful display of energy management in the spirit of Bob Hoover.
  14. Light crowds, estimated 80% of exhibitors showed up. Very “personal”, exhibitors had lots of time to explain their wares thoroughly... had a blast. Good turnout at FD... lots of F2 interest. The Oklahomans were there and they did a beautiful paint job on their SW. PS, that’s the famous Arian BTW... great mechanic and guy
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