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  1. Thanks for sharing! I have always wanted some of those and I had no idea Bruces made them.
  2. Watch this video of my CTLS. It happens in this video, and happens in my CTLS (only when it gets hot out). I have tried everything, yet it still happens. Good luck, because I cant get it to stop.
  3. I had a flat upon landing on my front wheel last year. It was not an issue with that wheel, as I could tell it was flat, but it did not jerk the aircraft one way or another. I have not experienced a flat in on the two rear mains, so I can not speak to that.
  4. I thought you broke ctflier.con to, lol. I was wondering what was going on with the site. My CTLS is currently in my avionics repair shop. He is having to trace and replace each individual wire that was frayed or burned. He also had to order some new connectors, which will not be in until next week. Thanks for sharing your stories. We shall see how much this is going to cost me. I still have not heard anything back from Flight Design as of today. Like I said before though, at least it occured right after landing instead of up in the air.
  5. I went to FD's website and just found the SB you mentioned. It is SB-ASTM-CTLS-17. I have attached a photo of it below. The SB only list a small # of the newer CTLS that have the newer metal ring in between the firewall. That must have been why I did not see it, as my aircraft was not affected per the SN's listed in the SB. Well it appears that the wire chaffing and short can still happen, even in our older mofel CT's without the metal ring. I bet a new SB will come out from FD addressing this now that they have been notified.
  6. Do you have any idea of the SB # for this that you mentioned? When I called FD today they did not mention that. I did provide them with a similar write up to this and the pics. Thanks in advance!
  7. On 05-19-20, I completed a landing at my home airport after spending approximately 1.5 hours on a local flight doing full stop landings at various nearby airports in my 2009 Flight Design CTLS. After landing and turning onto the taxiway from the runway, I immediately saw a large amount of gray/white smoke billowing out of the front of my flight deck where the EFIS is located. I immediately shut the aircraft and all power down. After exiting the aircraft and gaining some distance (in a very quick manner) in case of a fire, I saw that the aircraft was not on fire at that time, and safe to approach. I examined the aircraft, but could not see any fire at that time in the darkness on the taxiway. After moving the plane back to my hanger, I removed the front top cowling as well as the passenger side EFIS in order to access the area where the smoke was coming from. I saw that the round hole where numerous wires entered the cockpit from the engine side of the firewall was charred black on both the inside and outside of the firewall. Upon examining this area, I saw that the wires had obviously rubbed the composite over time on the bottom side of the hole, and worn the wire sheathing out exposing the inside of the wires. The wires then shorted out, causing the smoke and igniting the composite on fire, causing the heavy charring. The wires in the aircraft were run through the firewall this way when I purchased it, as I have not manipulated or changed these wires in any way since I purchased the aircraft. I purchased the aircraft from a private seller in March of 2019. The fire sleeve on the wires stopped on the engine side of the firewall, and did not go though the hole in the fire wall to protect the wires. There also was no type of fire sleeve over the wires on the inside cockpit area of the firewall. I do not know the full extent of the electrical damage at this time, as I have not powered the aircraft back up after the shutdown on the taxiway when I first saw the large amount of smoke. I have also disconnected the battery. I am awaiting an avionics shop to take a look at it as soon as they are able to fit me in their schedule. I do know that at a minimum numerous wires will have to be replaced. I wanted to make everyone aware of this safety of flight issue so others can avoid the issue that I had. I was lucky that this smoke/fire occurred on the ground after landing, and not up at 10,000 feet. Also, I notified Flight Design USA this morning. They were very helpful, as usual. I have attached some photographs that I took below.
  8. I have made a few purchases from Airtime in the past year. They have always had the parts I needed and the shipping is fast!
  9. I figured you would when I told you when he had it. I have had zero issues since I picked it up from him. I dropped one of the carb bowls last week after about 15 hours just to check for any debris since I had the rubber changed. Not one speck of anything in it! I will use him for annuals and heavy maintnance from now on.
  10. I would believe that, he answered all my questions and then some. He is very squared away!
  11. Rex had it from the end of Feb to early April. He did my 5 year rubber this year as well. I mentioned it to him, and I had him put a brand new fuel pressure sender unit on. I have read a lot about this and it is common. What is weird is it is not an issue for everyone, just some people in the fleet. I found the service bulletin for the fuel pump which states it is normal for it to show low pressure but must go back to normal within 5 seconds. Rex has a neat place, I would be stopping by if I lived in Tulsa as well. He is very knowledgeable on Rotax and FD.
  12. As you guys can see my "Fuel pressure low" announcement came on for that 2 second period when full throttle was added for takeoff. It only does it when the temp gets warm, very predictable. It goes off and everything is normal from then on. It only happens after a long taxi on a warm day. I have read all the threads on here about it, plus on the Rotax owners forum, as well as the Rotax Service Bulletins, so I have educated myself on the issue. I have tried all the recomendations to get it not to happen, but it is pretty predictable based on outside temperature and taxi time.
  13. Yes sir, that would be great. I just flew back from Tulsa. Had 234Z up there for my annual with Rex. He did a great job!
  14. I concur with Tom. I have the same setup, and my Dynon alerts were not working when I purchased my plane last year, 2009 CTLS. I figured it out and it had to do with the intercom switch. You can go into your settings in your Dynon and find where you cantest your audio. Go there and then plsy aroumd with the intercom switch. That fixed mine up. Aaron
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