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  1. Regarding an oil change, the only step I see missing is where you find some way - despite your best intentions and safeguards - to spill at least half of the old oil onto the floor of your hangar. That step is in the instructional guide I use, and I follow it religiously! 🤬
  2. Something failed because two of the three have been weeping fuel for months or longer. I only just now discovered it at annual. The header tank was stained from fuel varnish, and the area around those O-rings was damp. Like I mentioned before, I occasionally thought I smelled fuel in the cockpit, especially after the plane had sat for a while. At no time since purchase has any tightening been done on the fittings until AFTER discovering the leak last week. And even then it was just a nudge, hardly any tightening at all. Tightening seems to have resolved one of the fittings, but not the other. Perhaps the key is in what you said: "Properly designed, procured & installed." Maybe something didn't wasn't done properly. Been through this before: I had brake a fluid leak and a fuel leak in my new Aerotrek A240 back in 2013. The brake fluid leak was due to a tiny burr in a fitting which slowly chewed into the gasket. The fuel leak was from a poorly-installed gasket on the header tank.
  3. I ran by the hangar and removed the selector in order to see what you're referencing. And you guys aren't just woofin' - there it is. Now I need to determine what size/type O-rings to get. Judging from the stains on the header tank, fuel has been slowly weeping out at least two and perhaps all three spots for quite a while. I sometimes get a slight fuel odor in the cockpit, while in flight, but I've been chalking it up to "airplane smells." It must've been the leaking fuel.
  4. My A&P mentioned the O-rings, and I thought he meant inside those fittings. However, he was referring to O-rings between the header tank and the nuts (as you can see from these photos). Fuel is weeping from between the O-rings and nuts, but no joy on info regarding these O-rings in the manual. I wish FD had fuel shut-off valves above the header tank because, of course, my tanks are full! 🤬 O-RING BULGING O-RING (possibly from tightening the fittings - don't know)
  5. Thx Roger & Tom. I appreciate the info!
  6. The fuel lines coming into the header tank each have very slight leaks at the fittings. We tightened up the fittings, which will hopefully stop the leaks. What I'm wondering, is there any sort of O-ring or washer inside the fittings that might need to be replaced? I've looked through the manuals and don't see anything regarding these fittings. (This photo is not of my airplane, but the fittings at the top of the header look the same)
  7. At my uncontrolled home 'drome, I usually call "base AND final" instead of two separate calls.
  8. I could stall my old C-182A straight-ahead, turning, flaps/no flaps, and it was a sweetie. Same goes for my Aerotrek A240 LSA and my CTLS - both are benign as can be.
  9. 2018 CTLS. It's flimsy material and failed pretty early in my ownership. As I suspected, it acts as a buffer, so I'll figure out how to replace it. Thx, everyone!
  10. This piece of rubber, which resembles weather stripping around a household door, has been dangling from the cover over the left main gear leg. What's its purpose - to prevent chaffing between the cover and the leg? Keep out moisture and dirt? Is this stripping critical - do I need to replace it?
  11. I've experienced flats on all the planes I've owned, usually while taxiing and once immediately after landing a C-172. It's always been pretty much a non-event, even with the 172 landing. I suffered my first flat on the CTLSi last week, left main, while taxiing. The tire must've lost all pressure immediately because before I could react, the plane veered quickly off the taxiway and halfway into the grass. I mean there was no warning or slow move to the left - it jerked to the left, as was evidenced by the skid mark left on the taxiway. Startled the shee-it outta me! I never did determine what caused the flat, but I suspect it was a mesquite thorn, as those have been the culprit in the past. I use the best quality Leakguard tubes from Desser. My point is, if the CTLS loses directional control that quickly from a flat when taxiing, how's it going to behave if a flat occurs upon landing? Got to admit, it has me spooked. Anyone had a flat when landing your CT?
  12. I once had a similar issue with the 912ULS in my AeroTrek. I was advised that it could be poor-quality fuel (I was using 91 E10). Drained it out, refilled with fuel from a different station, and it perked right up. No problems since. As an added layer of ensuring clean fuel, I started filtering through a Mr. Funnel. Don't know if it's really making a difference, other than the placebo effect.
  13. Not long after I bought my CTLSi, I thought I had a fuel drain leak, but it turned out to be a leaky hose between there and the fuel pump. A factory clamp had cut very slightly into the hose, so a leak developed. My A&P replaced the hose and clamps, which stopped the leak.
  14. I walked full-speed into the diamond-edged flap of my old C-182A. Went to my knees in pain and my vision went gray. The blood was streaming down my head and nose as I came to my senses. I looked back, and there was a strip of skin 3-inches long dangling from the flap. I wore a big band-aid and a ball cap for about a month afterward.
  15. Both winglets reached out and smote my noggin today. While the right winglet gave me a good bump, the left gave me a bump AND an abrasion. The top of my bald head looks like my wife hit me with a frying pan. I was sweeping and using the blower in order to clean up my airplane's home, and this is the thanks it gives me. I have the winglet covers with the red dangly-thingies, but I never use them. Maybe I should start. At least I no longer have to fear the trailing edges of Cessna flaps. Those things about killed me a few times before I sold those planes. 🤬 Deep down I know it's my fault, but I prefer to blame the plane.
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