Jump to content

John Lancaster

Members
  • Content Count

    14
  • Joined

  • Last visited

About John Lancaster

  • Rank
    Jr. Crew Member

Profile Information

  • Location
    Washington, DC
  • Interests
    aviation history, mountain flying, 1919 transcontinental air race
  • Gender
    Male

Recent Profile Visitors

The recent visitors block is disabled and is not being shown to other users.

  1. I’d planned to depart KACK this morning in my CTLSi. Surface winds reported at 19kts gusting to 27. I sat in the cockpit, still tied down, and felt the airplane rock with each gust. Wind was blowing straight down the runway but I decided I didn’t want to taxi in those conditions and aborted the flight. Was I being overly cautious? Does anyone out there taxi in those conditions? When crosswind is not a factor it seems to me that taxiing is the biggest challenge. Could find no guidance in the POH but perhaps I missed something. Thoughts?
  2. Hi all. I have a 2015 CTLSi that lives in a hangar for most of the year, except during the summer, when I relocate and keep the plane outside with a lightweight canopy cover. The other day there was a torrential rainstorm. When I checked the plane I found that water had pooled on both hat racks as well as on the cockpit floor beneath the rudder pedals, soaking the carpet. Obviously not good. Wondering if anyone has experienced a similar problem. Any ideas on how to solve it? Hangar is not an option during the summer. Thanks
  3. Hi all, the autopilot button (TRK-HSI) recently disappeared from the screen of my Dynon Skyview Touch in my 2015 CTLSi. This happened right after I changed my screen layout. Dynon sent a software update but it didn't help. At the suggestion of Dynon support, I went into the setup menu and found that the autopilot setup menu was grayed out. Dynon then told me that I would need to calibrate the AP servos. When I tried this, I was stumped by the following command: "Press YES if this servo is attached via a capstan, a linear actuator, or other method that is NOT an arm" (see attached photo below). I have a Dynon autopilot. Can anyone tell me what kind of servo I have? So far I've been unable to find an answer in the aircraft documentation. Thanks! John
  4. Thanks, still confused on one point—how do you determine whether Lane B warning is just a sensor/wiring issue or a genuine problem with the alternator? As I said, battery is charging normally so I’m assuming there’s nothing wrong with the Lane B alternator, but don’t know enough to be sure
  5. Thanks to all for your suggestions. Two questions: 1) If the battery is continuing to charge normally (as it is), can I assume that the alternator is working as it should and that the problem is with the warning light? 2) How do find the connector sold by Aircraft Spruce? Does it have a particular name? Couldn’t find under Rotax parts but not really sure what I’m looking for. Thanks again
  6. A couple weeks ago Lane B warning light came on towards end of long flight in my CTLSi. Did not recur in next couple flights but now it’s happening again, most recently this morning, when it came on during climb out and stayed lit for duration of 45 min flight. No other sign of battery drainage or other trouble. Any advice much appreciated.
  7. Hi John, thanks for your generous offer. Still working on my Chicago plans and will certainly keep KEKM in mind as a possible refueling or overnight stop. During the race in 1919 the pilots landed in Grant Park, which I gather is no longer an option. Thanks again!
  8. Thanks a lot Eric--exactly the kind of practical advice I was looking for. Will definitely keep it in mind.
  9. Hi Eric. Which route did you choose through the Rockies and Sierras? I'll be following the original route--Cheyenne to Rawlins to Green River in WY, then Salt Lake City to Salduro in Utah, Battle Mountain, NV to Reno, and finally Sacramento to SF. This roughly tracks the original transcontinental (Union Pacific) railroad and I-80. Looks like the highest terrain--approaching 12k--is in the Sierras. See route map below.
  10. Hi all. Next month I'll be leaving on a flight from Long Island to California in my 2015 CTLSi (N288CT). The flight is part of my research for a book on the 1919 transcontinental air race that will be published (eventually) by Liveright/W.W. Norton. I'll follow the original route, which roughly tracks the Union Pacific railroad and I-80 and thus crosses some pretty high mountains. If you're a fan of aviation history, please check out my website (www.1919airrace.com), which tells you a lot more about the project. Plane will be equipped with multiple cams. You can follow my journey on YouTube (@johnlancasterauthor), Facebook (@johnlancasterauthor), and Instagram when I get around to setting it up. In the meantime, I'd love to hear from any of you who have completed a similar crossing in a light sport, especially through the western states. How did it go and do you have any special advice? Thanks!
  11. Hi all. Next month I'll be leaving on a flight from Long Island to California in my 2015 CTLSi (N288CT). The flight is part of my research for a book on the 1919 transcontinental air race that will be published (eventually) by Liveright/W.W. Norton. I'll follow the original route, which roughly tracks the Union Pacific railroad and I-80 and thus crosses some pretty high mountains. If you're a fan of aviation history, please check out my website (www.1919airrace.com), which tells you a lot more about the project. Plane will be equipped with multiple cams. You can follow my journey on YouTube (@johnlancasterauthor), Facebook (@johnlancasterauthor), and Instagram when I get around to setting it up. In the meantime, I'd love to hear from any of you who have completed a similar crossing in a light sport, especially through the western states. How did it go and do you have any special advice? Thanks!
  12. Hi all, I recently have started to fuel my CTLSi with mogas. Based on advice from this forum, I purchased a Mr. Funnel to filter water and debris, and used it successfully the other day to transfer gas from a five-gallon plastic container. I placed the funnel in the fuel port on top of the wing, then stood on a ladder and held the can as I siphoned the gas into the funnel with an electric pump. I subsequently read that flowing fuel can build up a static charge and cause an explosion. Having lived to tell the tale, I'm wondering what, if anything, I should be doing differently. Or does the funnel ground any static charge by virtue of being in contact with the fuel port? I've also read that metal cans are safer than plastic for some reason. Thanks in advance for any guidance.
  13. I would like to start using 91+ auto gas in my CTLSi, for all the obvious reasons. Mechanic at my field said it's no problem, even with ethanol, as long as it doesn't sit in the tanks too long. He then suggested that I filter the gas with chamois cloth before using it. I tried this yesterday--lined a funnel with chamois and poured from one jerrycan into another. The problem is it took forever--the gas flows at such a trickle that it would have taken me an hour, literally, just to fill a single five-gallon can. Obviously not a viable solution. My questions: 1. Is it really necessary to filter auto gas? 2. If so, is there a better way to do it? Thanks for any advice.
×
×
  • Create New...