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Skunkworks85

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  1. Any ideas of the cost of the LED light? The Drop in FD approved replacement?
  2. Is it worse than the Incandescent? Thank you Kent, I will look into this when my battery is kaput.
  3. Do you have the PN you used for your battery? That is odd that I have blue lights,
  4. When I was initially looking to purchase a CTSW, I tried searching high and low for information on flying one at night. I understand that this is a light sport, so it may not apply to most users here. I did end up deciding to go with a CTSW, part of the "needs" was to be capable of VFR night flight Last Tuesday, I got night current in my CTSW, I did have a CFI with me as a safety pilot, since it was the first time at night in this aircraft. Thoughts; 1.The landing light is mediocre, but does work, I would guess that the throw of the light is about 500-600 feet down the runway at 50 ft agl. Not the greatest, but for the occasional night flight will suffice. the runway i was using is 150 ft wide, and lights up around 80% width at 50ft agl 2. The "alternator" cannot keep up with the landing light, Since I was doing full stops, with taxi backs, I had to shut off the landing light on the taxi back to the runway, The volt meter on the dynon got down to ≈11.8 volts at one time, until I realized it and shut off the light. On a side note the green nav light( it is new on my plane) was bright enough to see the taxi lines with the landing light off. but just barely 3. It was pleasant surprise, and I did not know that there are lights in the sight tube windows. It boggles my mind that they decided to make these lights blue though. Furthermore, the compass also has a light. I did not know this. 4. The cabin light (on bulkhead) works very well for checklists/ect. again I have no idea why they decided to make it white, A red filter is in the future for me. 5. I need to add, "landing light on" to my down wind "night" checklist. 6. The switches are not lighted, not really a problem, but kind of surprising that they did not think about back lighting these switches. The landing light and cabin light are the last 2 on the right. Something that needs to be remembered, and try not to mix them up. Thought I post my thoughts in case prospective/future pilots can now have a little more information abut flying these things at night.
  5. Are you saying your Dynons have fuel gauges for each tank? (quantity and location)
  6. The Rocket to parachute Lanyard is clearly seen hanging out of the hatch, that would indicate that the rocket pick up collar was attached to the rocket as well as the parachute. Regardless, I have E-mailed BRS about this incident, Since the BRS documentation states that you are required to report any deployment to them, No response, yet, But at least they are aware of this incident, If they didnt already know.
  7. That is based on the assumption that, in this case, things were not hooked up correctly. if they were, and still failed, is my point of concern.
  8. For reference, I sure hope they find the root cause, Makes me have a little less faith in the system.
  9. http://www.kathrynsreport.com/2019/03/flight-design-ctls-n81kk-incident.html?m=1 Appears they tried the BRS, but did not work. Any thoughts?
  10. I have thought about remaking the panels out of something like this: https://www.pegasusautoracing.com/productselection.asp?Product=CF002&utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_campaign=CF002&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI67SV2o6K4gIVirjACh2dTAHfEAQYAiABEgKHAfD_BwE Pricey, and would still need labels, But i bet its lighter than factory,
  11. How is it less prone to cracking? Any plans for the heating shroud?
  12. Just out of curiosity, How was your interaction with the FAA? Was there a lot of questioning, ect?
  13. Yes, I remember the ctsw you had in your shop with the peeling paint, I was thinking about putting 3m clear bra material around the edges in case this were to happen.
  14. Does anyone have experience with leading edge erosion when flown through rain? There is nothing in the operating manuals about this. Best practice when in rain? Throttle back to lowest engine speed possible while maintaining altitude? Thoughts? Opinions? Experience? Thanks,
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