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tfdixon

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    Boise, Idaho
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    Flying: my CTSW & my sailplane, hiking, biking, running, skiing
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  1. The BRS in my CTSW is due this summer for the 12 year replacement. Any hints or suggestions will be appreciated. I am sure this has been done by others so your story will be insightful. Did the 6 year repack with little inconvenience, plane was down for about 2 weeks. Big question, what happens to the old ballistic -rocket -? Can't imagine that it is shipped back to BRS. Boise Pilot
  2. I have not followed this subject for quite a while so plead ignorance and apologize if the answer is somewhere in the 22 pages of posting. Simple questions, are parts available for the CTSW's both FD specific for the air frame and Rotax engine? If so, from what source and average time - understand it depends on what is needed - from ordering to shipping? Tom Boise
  3. I know I have seen a few comments about the seat belts that come with the CT's A few years back there was an accident that I know about where the a CT flipped over after hitting a rock while taxiing. The pilot was not able to release his belts and had to cut them to get out. Fortunately there were other pilots at the site and someone had a knife. When I heard about this I thought about the fuel leaking out of the wings. I know that when I purchased my CT I found the belts almost usless as they would not stay in position on my shoulders without putting a chest strap in place to keep them there. The belt guide loops on the top of the seat were pretty flimsy and would not hold up in a crash. Also I found that the webbing lacked stiffmess and when tightened across my hips the belt tended to not hold shape and the edges rolled. This was not due to my physical shape!!! I changed the belts and obtained a FD Approval # 080122 dated 01/22/08 for Scroth Safety Products Corp seat belts Model KARQ7D58, I have a sailplane and have these belts in my glider. The shoulder harnes stayes in place primarily because they hook into a twist buckle in the middle of the wearers body not multiple inches outwards of the buckle as the FD belts do. Additionallly, the hip part can be tightened and also stays in place. The twist buckle allows release of all straps even when loaded to the manufacturer's full load limit, there is no binding. They are not inexpensive but to save your's and or your passenger's life.....I have no connection the Scroth financially or otherwise. There are other aviation belts out there similar to these, I am just passing on what I have done. Tom Boise, ID
  4. I have one of Harold Thomas's yellow CTSW which my wife named "Tweety" , Harold (Red) Thomas has his primary residence in Boise, ID and a ranch in the primitive area of central ID. Tom
  5. I am probably re-inventing the wheel but could not find anything on this site to answer my question. It is winter in Idaho and cold. I have tried, without great sucess, to cover the access holes for the wings and controls at the top sides of the fuselage. I made clear plastic circles and used double sided tape, the same tape we use on control fairing covers for gliders which hold on at speeds in excess of 150 mph. The idea is to reduce the amount of wind and cold into the cockpit during winter flights. The tape does not work because of the paint on the inside of the cockpit with the texture to ir.. Tape can not make smooth contact and with the cold and a bit of pressure behind it, off they come. Hate to use anykind of glue or adhesive that might damage the finish when the covers need to be removed and want to have clear ones so I can see the control connections as part of the pre flight inspections. Tom
  6. I wonder if this has any connection to the CTSW engine failure, dead stick landing and eventual crash into airport perimeter fence - fuel starvation was not allegedly and issue - on 3/16/12 at Venice,FL ?
  7. Winter has finally come to Idaho which can mean long periods of limited flying opportunities. When a chance comes, I usually go up even if only for a short local flight. My son is home for the holiday and likes to go up with me, so last Friday we went to the Nampa, ID airport (MAN)for an early breakfast and to check conditions. It was a bit gray with winds of around 15mph about 30 degrees across the active runway and reported gust to 25mph. Watched a couple of Cessna's doing some landing work while eating, thinking this was not a great day to be out there. Then I saw one of the four CT's at the airport take off. Did not get a good look to see who it was nor catch his radio call. (Don't know where he went as I did not see him come back or any radio calls while we were flying. But, obviously another CT'er who likes to fly in the winter.) My son and I decided to give it a try and off we went. Had a great flight around the Boise Valley, up the Snake, and into the Owyhee Mts. Winds aloft were pretty good, we had ground speeds of 134 knt to 65 knt. with an indicated speed of 95 knts constant. The outside temps were pretty low but the heater worked fine - I have covered all the wing access holes with clear covers which reduces the the cold air in the cockpit considerably. My son did all the flying after takeoff - he is not rated but is in the process of "thinking about doing it"- which enabled me to enjoy the view. The landing was a bit challenging with not only the gusty winds and quartering cross direction but the middle of the runway had some snow and ice, which I noted on takeoff. While we were heading back another pilot reported that breaking was minimal to none!! Just held some extra speed, no flaps and things worked out fine. Fun day for father and son. Tom Idaho
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