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  1. A great and safe "solvent" for cleaning epoxy from tools, etc (I built a boat) is good old vinegar. You probably have some in the kitchen, see if it works. Nothing more difficult to remove than epoxy. Vinegar won't harm the plane finish or your health.
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    Airventure 2018

    Excellent writeup KW... inspiring for those of us who want to travel like that. Thank you for taking the time to write it up and post here.
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    Flaps for Landing

    Very helpful for us new to the CT... does anyone know of a YouTube video showing a "good case" CT landing technique whether it be no-crosswind or crosswind situation? Thanks all, Andrew
  4. FD's rebuttal in Sept issue in "Aviation Consumer", Makes sense. Letters From Readers: September 2018 Flight Design On Safety Paul Bertorelli’s article on LSA accidents in the August 2018 Aviation Consumer was a fair and balanced look at the relative safety of S-LSA models compared to non-LSA ones in similar use. While this report separates nonsense from truth, I have several comments. The time period used to examine the fleet safety was appropriate as it was the most recent, but by coincidence put Flight Design at a statistical disadvantage due to the fickle finger of fate. We went for a decade without a fatal accident in our then largest S-LSA fleet—something we never talked about publicly, as it was too precious and too fortunate to risk avarice by promoting the fact. The fatal accidents we have had fall into two categories: typical accidents and rather unusual and unexplained ones. I have participated in almost every one of these NTSB investigations, gaining 30 years of experience with these airplanes, including a time when the company was manufacturing kits. The time period between 2014 and 2017 was rough for Flight Design and 2016 in particular was a witching hour for the whole S-LSA industry, with almost three times the statistical average of the years before and after. As was said, the fleet numbers, particularly by type, are so small that there is a lot of uncertainly in the ability to predict much from the raw data. Regarding the overall accident rate: We have had more than our fair share of incidents and Paul’s research and analysis is correct. In our defense (which he mentioned), our planes were adopted as trainers early on and took the arrows of the learning curve of the sport plane business in the U.S. As a result of the early experience with the CTSW, Flight Design developed the CTLS to fit the needs of American pilots and flight schools. We had a good thing going with the Flight Design Flight Centers, with 24 operating at the height of LSA enthusiasm. For all of the incidents listed, the injuries are very low. A carbon fiber egg is a good dwelling for occupant crashworthiness. From the leadership in Germany to the dealer level, we have tried to equip our planes with the most advanced safety equipment available. A rigid carbon fiber cockpit, a standard BRS parachute system, the early use of electronic flight instruments, plus our attention to COSM (Continuous Operational Safety Monitoring) and participation in the ASTM F37 process. The list is long. I’ve always said that it takes between five to 10 hours for a current pilot to properly transition to such an aerodynamically clean, low-mass aircraft. Many experienced pilots scoffed, telling me how many hours they had and what they’ve flown, but it’s really much like a tailwheel transition. I know few pilots who’d hop into a Piper Pacer without transition training. For many Flight Design buyers, it’s usually their first time with an integrated glass cockpit, operating a Rotax engine and also using a control stick. After our discussion of this article, the new management of Flight Design general aviation are working on a plan to offer free transition training worldwide to all Flight Design owners, new or pre-owned, if done through an approved transition training instructor and done to our published syllabus requirement. We will make it as convenient as possible to qualify those instructors consistent with the demonstrated ability through a short qualification process. Last, early on our Florida dealer and current consultant John Hurst rang the alarm bell and created a Flight Design transition training syllabus, which we have strongly recommended pilots use to demonstrate competence, even after passing a checkride. The training syllabus can be found at tinyurl.com/ya6lcbe9. Tom Peghiny President, Flight Design USA
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    Why would you pick CT over Cirrus?

    I'll bite as I placed a recent order for a new CTLSi. Folks here know the cost. My GA friends are astonished that I would spend $x thousands on a 2 seater aircraft when I could have invested similar $$$ on a used Cirrus, or, a decent used 172/182. My decision was mission, operating cost and future resale value. Moreover, I really do prefer high wing. My "Mission" is to learn how to fly all over again in a safe, proven plane and re-connect with family and friends all over the USA. The plane that I purchase has to be able to travel in reasonable comfort and FD figured that out already. Realizing that there are perhaps greater weather limitations flying an LSA vs a heavier GA plane, I will just have to have slightly more patience than my flying GA peers. Just turned 58, newly retired and sacrificed my hobby needs over the years to build a family and business. Re-starting my flying hobby after a 37 years absence. "Operating Costs and Re-sale Value" are important to me. I don't want to burn 8-12 gals an hour. Getting to the same place perhaps 10-60 minutes slower after flying all day isn't really a hardship, and the gas cost savings will pay for the hotel and a beer. if I were flying on business, that is a wholly different matter because time truly is money. I am flying for pleasure, so I have the time. The FD's have decent resale value unlike say... the Sky Catcher at the extreme end of value loss. As an American, I wish I could have purchased a USA-built plane instead of an import, but the American aircraft companies abandoned GA innovation a jillion years ago in both design and cost reduction. Cirrus is an American (now Chinese) success story, so is Kitfox (their wait for a factory build option was 2+ years... at my age, I can only buy slightly green bananas). Cub Crafters and Husky are amazing planes, however, my oldest son has special needs and we need to sit side by side. The Vashon was incredibly appealing to me, I liked the design and price point. I came close to sending a deposit in. In the end, I toggled towards the FD for two reasons... first, the powerplant is too heavy in the Vashon and once my middle-aged friend(s) and I jump in, there isn't a lot left over for gas. FD and other LSA planes (RV-12) are superior in that regard. Second, I really like the FD Dealer and his team... who happens to be a mere hour away from me. I wanted "new" mainly for safety reasons, i.e., I know where the plane has been, and, I believe Rotax and Dynon have invented excellent products that will be current for the ages. If I decide to trade up to a 4 seater (wife + 2 bikes and luggage for extended trips), the FD CT does have decent resale value.
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    Plane and Pilot

    https://www.planeandpilotmag.com/article/flight-design-ctlsi-3/ FYI, Andrew
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    FAA Action Against Sensenich

    Tom, that's not the way it works... meaning, you used the term "entitled"... "Sensenich" is a business brand name, widely known. It is an "asset", similar to "McDonalds" or "Walgreens", once family names morphed into business brands... less about 12 zeros in value...; )… As such, the buyer paid for the privilege of using the name, as the name has value. The buyer has to license (i.e. achieve permission from the Seller) the name in order to use it...and the counterparty (the Seller) has to approve same. Regarding Entitlement, i.e. a family member staying with the business, no Seller would allow the asset (the brand name) to be sold without Value. no Value (money)?, no license to use the name. Courts would uphold that notion as the two businesses (Parent and CT repair shop) would create confusion with the consumer. In sum, the Seller sold the prop shop to a 3rd Party and the Buyer was licensed the name.
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    FAA Action Against Sensenich

    It is about sales value when the Parent sold off the CT plant. I just sold my aero manufacturing business so I received an expensive lesson in aero mergers and acquisitions. Aero shops when sold are not actually "sold", rather, the assets that make up the company are sold. Buyers don't want the liability that equity carries with it (in this case... a gajillion propellers spinning out in the world post-repair)... so, the assets of the company are sold such as machinery, an assigned right to lease the building (or the building itself is sold to the Buyer), the office furniture, the prop designs, the processes for repairing the props, the employees are actually technically fired from the Old Company and rehired by the new one... and tah dah... the name of the business and telephone number. So, I would bet that the most likely scenario in this case is what I just wrote... the Sens owners probably made a business decision to assign the Sens name to the new CT shop owners because if they hadn't, they wouldn't have made as much money. Think of it... Sensenich has a greater brand value than "Bob's Prop Shop"… the risk the Sellers of the CT shop took was that the value move would come back and bite them in the axx… and viola'... it did. They certainly regret it 20 years after the sale... but back then it probably made $$$ sense(nich). Their statement about having nothing to do with the business is technically correct. They have no ownership interest, they don't operate it and the only thing in common is the common name on the sign out front.
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    Pattern speeds/power settings

    The cub is way easier to land... first, find grass, then, once over the runway put the stick in your lap. Done...
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    Pattern speeds/power settings

    An interesting study to perform re the CT metrics is by plane model. The SW and LS are different in weight and length. You veterans would know if landing and TO handling characteristics are exactly the same or radically different. Paul makes a good point about training. My training Transition from a Cub to a Kappa recently has been interesting. Glad I trained in a Cub first. The Kappa requires a lot of rudder compared to a 152 and 172... but somewhat similar to a Cub. The next transition is the CT. Landing “the damned thing” will be another science to learn... Forewarned is forearmed.
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    Pattern speeds/power settings

    So, after watching the embedded (below) AvWeb video, I started researching in depth about the "recipe" for landing the CT and this string was the very best teaching tool I could find. No surprise since you CT pioneers have learned the very best techniques in all kinds of conditions. A valuable string for me as I am getting into the CT soup soon when the plane arrives in Oct.
  12. Glad it worked out EFB... my instructor in Chester wants to get checked out in the new CTLS when it arrives so he can refresh my skills from time to time. There is a new Kappa at the airport and I think its bookings are pretty steady for instruction. So, hopefully there is a trend starting up her in New England and perhaps more instructors will get their feet wet in LSA's. Went flying with a pal today in his Arrow up near Millbrook NY (great lunch) and went for ice cream at Block Island. I learned Flight Following, what a great way to travel.
  13. Ok, thanks... I believe there is a guy at Brainard as well. 3rd hand info, worth a call EFB
  14. Is Tony the guy out of Brainard? Anyway, there has to be one around here... great luck, let's meet up one of these days... we are lucky to have a beautiful area to fly around in. Andrew
  15. I live in CT too. I too am going to get checked out this year. Did you call FD USA in Woodstock? They have people who know people...
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    Airventure 2018

    So, the plane arrives from Germany in October. I should have my Flight Review done by September, which means my PPL, earned in 1978, will become active again... Did earn my tailwheel endorsement in a Piper Cub a month ago... and transitioning into a Kappa shortly for more hours/X country/ ATC practice, etc... My goal is to fly to OSH 2019 from SE Connecticut... which will force me to gain good training skills between Oct and this next Summer. I am an early bird when I travel so getting there early without all the hubbub, i.e. Saturday is probably what I will plan for. One question please, can people ride small electric scooters (the only thing that will fit in a CT I think without dominating the entire front seat) all over the grounds? I do know people rent bikes, but I never see bikes in any of the videos... other than the scooters the Volunteers bomb around on... Oh, sorry … two questions,,, is there a FD gathering like the Cessna's... blah? Thanks, Andrew
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    Mammoth Yosemite ... Right Base two seven

    Amazing photography... thank you. Andrew
  18. New to forum. After years of tons of research on all of the available 2 seat planes out there, I decided the CT is the very best plane for me in terms of safety, reliability and mission. I am re-learning how to fly as I am one of those who is getting back into flying in my late 50's... after stopping flying when I was in my early 20's... looking forward to sharing experiences with the group and learning from all of you veterans. The plane should be delivered in October. In the meantime I am taking lessons in a Piper Cub, and then into a Kappa LSA after I receive a tailwheel endorsement in the Cub. Had a good buying experience with Tom up in Woodstock. His approach is to my liking, the warts and all... which builds credibility. No product is perfect, but I think the CT designers did a lot of very good things that will stand the test of time. I believe the new FD owners have the right formula and culture to get FD back to #1 very soon. Every company goes through a fixit period. Fortunately the product is excellent. I am fortunate that the USA Dealer is right up the road. First question please... I plan on taking trips in the CT after I get comfortable flying it... has anyone ever carried a foldable bike in the plane? Thank you for supporting this forum I have enjoyed reading the many posts. I have learned a lot.
  19. Just saw this... plane doesn't arrive until the Fall. My #1 passenger will be my 26 year old son who has Special Needs... and one of my big worries is him pushing on the rudder pedals accidentally. What an incredibly smart solution. How can I buy one please? Well done. Thank you, Andrew
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    bought one, delivery in the Fall...

    Yeah, I wish the weight were "upped" based on legit manufacturer data instead of some random Govt number... oh well. Paul, that is good to know re the "912i"... and agreed, really like Tom's approach and experience. PS: earned my tailwheel endorsement today in the Cub. Next up, the "Kappa" LSA which will get me ready for the real thing in a few months.
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    bought one, delivery in the Fall...

    Bill, Here is the official narrative on the avionics put out by FD for the model I am purchasing: DYNON HDX AVIONICS The big news for the 2018 model is Dynon’s SkyView HDX integrated avionics, which also has Dynon’s integrated two-axis autopilot with Level mode and a controlled 180-degree turn function intended to fly the airplane out of inadvertent IMC. It’s not the first time the SkyView and an autopilot were used in a Flight Design, but the GT is the first model to get three integrated HDX screens. To say they dominate the cabin is an understatement. Equipped with dual independent ADAHRS, synthetic vision and wireless connectivity to tablets running ForeFlight, there are two high-definition 10-inch touch displays and another 7-inch display in the center of the panel that functions as an MFD and as an engine management system, or EMS. This is full integration, with all displays connected over the network and sharing the data for reversionary backup, plus two of the displays are backed up by 30-minute emergency batteries. For redundancy, there are two pitot tubes. There’s only one EMS module, however, so if it fails you’re on your own for monitoring the aircraft’s Rotax 912iS Sport engine. The aircraft has Dynon’s SV-X83 comm radio, built-in VFR GPS and the SV-2S intercom, but there’s an option for IFR GPS navigators (including Avidyne’s IFD440) for those wanting to do instrument training or fly instrument approaches under VFR conditions. Flight Design has the 2020 ADS-B mandate covered with Dynon’s SV-261 Mode S ADS-B transponder, plus there’s full ADS-B traffic and weather capability through Dynon’s SV-472 dual-band ADS-B In receiver.
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    bought one, delivery in the Fall...

    Jubilee design... (grey and grey)...
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    bought one, delivery in the Fall...

    Andy, Yes, it is the CTLSi model with all the gadgets. I am landing the Cub on 900 foot grass runways (no tree issues), certainly a confidence builder. I porpoised better than any real porpoise yesterday... gheesh what a learning experience. Subsequent landings were far better. It's all about the training. I went to the just-past Sun N Fun and looked at all the planes I was interested in. To be fair, I wasn't all that excited about "too much technology" because I am far from a gadget geek. I am proud of myself for linking that YouTube video in up top...; )… As I dug deeper, I realized that technology isn't just another language to learn and possibly a distraction in the cockpit, it can also make flying much safer. After flying with Tom and seeing the Dynons in action I was sold regarding the safety aspects. And, I wanted fuel efficiency so the Rotax up front was in my opinion the very best solution. At Sun N Fun, I spoke with lots of plane purveyors who strongly recommended that I NOT buy the " i" version of the Rotax. Again, I did some digging and other than some early issues, the i Rotax seems to work as advertised. The CT is expensive, especially compared to fine used GA airplanes that we all know and love... but, I swallowed hard and decided I would pay 2X the cost of a fine older GA plane with God knows-what issues under the skin. I worked hard like all of you and figured after decades of working my butt off I may as well invest in something that is of high quality and great fun. So I did. I spent lots of time on this forum so I have many of you to thank for helping me make a profoundly important decision.
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    bought one, delivery in the Fall...

    That's a great idea... but, it looks like one has to be in shape..; )… Fortunately, there are tons of electric scooters and bikes around that fold up small. It is good to know that a razor will fit. thank you for the idea. Andrew