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About AGLyme

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    Lyme, CT
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  1. AGLyme

    do I need to filter mogas?

    After much research, I am burning 100 LL avgas + additive. It is more expensive per gallon, the oil changes are 2X the frequency (every 25 hrs). The upside is that I am supporting the airfield, the 100LL gas doesn't stink up the hangar the way Mogas does, most airports sell 100LL, I am not humping gas cans up the ladder with my bad back... and, Rotax officially approves 100LL. Just plain easier.
  2. I am in "new pilot landing practice" mode this week -- did 8 landings w/ full stop today - each one progressively better than the last... the vid below is our KentWien... doing some amazing things with his SW... Amazing stick and rudder work... great job Kent !!
  3. AGLyme

    No Cabin Heat-SOLVED!

    Al, some of your questions answered: CTLSi model. The large holes behind the seats (access to the Baggage comp) arrived factory blocked with an industrial cloth. Gaskets are new, zero leaks around the doors, zero leaks around the air vents as well. Wings are taped (gaps) Per pre-flight inspections, no gaps in the intake My feet were warm on both flights. I fly with sneakers.
  4. AGLyme

    No Cabin Heat-SOLVED!

    Sorry to beat a dead horse... I flew twice now in cold weather (below freezing). First time out, 16 degrees, Sunny, early AM... heat on... I was hot wearing a jacket, took the jacket off and flew in a sweater and was fine. Second time out... today, early AM... I was "chilly" but comfortable with only a sweater on. Conditions were different. 20 degrees, but no sun... cloudy. The site holes are covered with clear tape (see red arrow) which keeps the draft out. The plane is an "i", so no carb heat to scab the heated air. I hope this helps.
  5. AGLyme

    Cool Dynon Feature...

    EB3, Learning the Dynon (I have the HDX series, but it is VERY similar to the older model) from scratch is a bit frustrating as there is very little on the net to "teach" one how to use the damned thing. I think they used to have classes, but you had to travel far... I don't see classes advertised. There are Dynon videos on the Dynon YouTube channel... somewhat helpful... but the instructor flies through the steps assuming that the challenged viewers like me have a Dynon background already. My young CFI picked up on it very quickly as most young people do with systems and he was helpful, but my learning is a combo of 1) Reading the Online Manual, 2) Dynon and User YouTube vids, 3) sitting in the runup area for 30 minutes trying it out, and, 4) lots of cuss words. I found #4 to be the most helpful. great luck with it.
  6. AGLyme

    Cool Dynon Feature...

    As a new pilot, one of my Chief flying concerns (until I get solid experience) is lining myself up with the proper runways when arriving at a new airport. I happened to be on the Dynon forum yesterday and read a random post about "Extended Runway Centerlines"... which is evidently a standard Dynon feature now. I used the AutoPilot for the first time today, getting the hang of it... and as I approached my destination, I could see the thin green line, with the Runway numbers, extending miles beyond the airport allowing a newbie like me to easily achieve a good orientation and enter the downwind with ease. A valuable tool. Best, Andrew
  7. AGLyme

    Decals & Pin-striping

    Very nice transition KW..., well worth the effort and expense.
  8. AGLyme

    500fpm, 60 knots, 15 degrees flaps

    iaw4, I have never been in an SW so I cannot comment on your observations. I am new to the CT, mine is an LS. I agree that if one were purely trained in the CT the flying would be easier than a 5,000 hours Cessna transition pilot. The insurance companies agree with you by the way. I don't know how many hours you have in the type or your flying background but fortunately for me my Cessna/Piper days were/are way behind me by like 35 years. So, I am most certainly a new pure light plane pilot. My hunch after reading posts regarding the CT's flight characteristics is that it is def. a stick and rudder airplane. Hell, the Cherokee has an aileron/rudder mechanical linkage for example. So, I decided that learning in a tailwheel was smart and transitioning into a lighter plane, i.e. a Sport Pilot plane was smart too. It worked for me. I learned first in a Cub, received my tailwheel cert and then transitioned into a Kappa. The Kappa has a Rotax 912 and all of the euro light sport airplane characteristics that would simulate the real CT world pretty well. The CT transition clicked on the 10th hour and I am getting better and better each time out. There are a lot of Youtube vids on the net regarding CT crosswind landings, etc... suggest you view them. You are correct about the Spinner sight line. Which is a blessing and short term curse. The blessing is the view... I love that view in the pattern especially, far easier to see traffic. The curse is the sightline when landing and taking off... So, in the CT you have to invent your own frame of reference until it becomes old hat. Mine was a certain screw on the panel that was centerline. I used that for a while until now I have the sight line embedded in my fat head. I will say this, the CT is far more forgiving in the landings than I was lead to believe. It is more self correcting than I thought which is good for my experience level. Once tamed, and it is solely a question of "when" and not "if", the plane is awesome.
  9. AGLyme

    Wanted to buy CTLS

    JGray, the good news is that if you did spend $100k, the FD retains value well compared to most other LSA's.
  10. AGLyme

    Wanted to buy CTLS

    Kent, very nice photos, thank you for sharing. Get the PPL... JLang is correct, if you plan on Cross Country flying... 10,000+ feet and Night Flying may be a possibility. The FD does fly/land differently, like a Cub or Piper Cherokee fly differently. Eventually, a civilian like me got it down. Just takes practice. The Dealer taught me how to land properly, he then taught my local CFI and my local CFI picked up on the FD characteristics very quickly. Suggest you research this forum for FD landing do's and dont's... very helpful from the best veterans in FD-ville. Have fun in your search, as a recent buyer, I can tell you that it will be worth it. A great great plane.
  11. AGLyme

    Flight Design Back Up To Speed!

    Thanks for posting. I am one of the 12 deliveries... and I love the CTLSi. Glad I went FD. Say the reconstituted CTSW, with the injected engine, carries 80 lbs more than my model. That is a significant gain and at $145k, brand new, that's a good deal. Sometimes the best answers are right under the nose. My plane was a bunch more than that, but let's face it hat racks and a 3rd Dynon are expensive...; ) Begs the question, are the handling differences noticeable from the CTSW to the CTLS? I'll bet not too much.
  12. AGLyme

    No Cabin Heat-SOLVED!

    Mine is reasonably warm. Then again, I am a New England..ah !
  13. AGLyme

    Smart offering...

    Regarding the injected engine option... to my knowledge after scads of research, every Rotax "i" has a header tank. Header tank does take up baggage space (it is in the baggage compartment)... I like the injected option because there is no carb icing dangers, and, the Header Tank serves as an extra safety precaution. There is a "low fuel" (in the Header Tank) light, located near the Lane A and B lights... when the Header tank reserve dips below 1.8 gallons, the warning light goes off... If there is anything funky in the wing'd fuel system filters (or the wings are out of gas), the header tank is a zone of last resort and ostensibly the Pilot has 1.8 gallons of time to land. I believe the header tank is a must installation due to to vapor lock dangers on hot days. There is a tube from the header tank that snakes through to the left wing. I can see the end of the tube near the gas capped opening. That aluminum tube opening must be kept "clear". Lastly, the L,R, Both gas selector is located between the seats, behind the people, not in the dash FYI. I like this offering for people who want full fuel, want to spend less on gas (but the "i" Rotax is more $$$ expensive up front) + 2 American Weight Pilots.
  14. AGLyme

    Smart offering...

    Yes. New Engine, Latest Gear And Avionics.
  15. AGLyme

    Smart offering...

    https://generalaviationnews.com/2019/01/21/flight-design-ct-super-sport-injection-takes-off-in-north-america/ Best to all, Andrew