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About Runtoeat

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    Belleville, Michigan
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    Target shooting, running, flying and tinkering (i.e., trying to screw up things that are working OK)
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  1. Runtoeat

    I nosed over my CT - I think its totaled?

    Ed, does this mean that insurance will repair if estimated cost to do so is less or equal to 70% of what the hull is insured for and will "total" if repair will be over 70% of what hull is insured for? .
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    I nosed over my CT - I think its totaled?

    Bill. it would e nice to meet you. Florida and the Southeast U.S. certainly has had severe weather the last few years. I'm hoping that you haven't suffered injury or serious damage to your personal property or Ct. Ed. my short experience flying has taught me that surprises happen at the most unexpected and inopportune times. Personally, it is always humbling to learn about other's misfortunes. These remind me that regardless how much I try to be careful and safe piloting my plane, there is the good possibility an unexpected mechanical or weather related event will put me into a situation I find difficult or even impossible to deal with.
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    I nosed over my CT - I think its totaled?

    Yup, Buckaroo gives the perfect example. Thanks for your thoughts. I've often thought about making the trip out West. Just such a long way especially when there's the need to go over those "bumps" in the terrain that you take such beautiful pictures of. My friend, Phil Wade, has gone to Page twice in his CTLS N816W and has offered to go again with me.
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    I nosed over my CT - I think its totaled?

    Ed, BIG Bummer. Just takes a totally unexpectedly strong gust and our little lightweights must go with the flow. My take away is If it can happen to someone like you who's had hundreds of hours experience in these types of conditions, I don't see myself tempting fate by ever flying where you dare to go. Glad your OK and hope you'll be back in the air soon.
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    ADS-B out 2020 best solution?

    Blueyonder, not sure what you refer to when you say "self installed"? My understanding of an approved installation for an non-TSO'd ADS-B such as the SkyGuardTWX which was installed in my CTSW, is as follows: To meet FAA's 2020 LSA rules, the ADS-B must meet 3 criteria. 1.The manufacturer of a non-TSO'd ADS-B unit that is being installed must certify the ADS-B unit is recognized by the FAA as "meeting the performance requirements of TSO-C154c" and "The FAA has approved the installation in an Experimental or LSA aircraft". 2. The aircraft manufacturer must approve and issue a MRA in order that the ADS-B unit can be installed into the aircraft. 3.The ADS-B unit must be "permanently" installed by a LSRM or A&P who is required to sign the MRA document verifying the equipment was installed IAW the MRA instructions and who also must provide a aircraft log entry for this installation. "Permanently" installed means the ADS-B unit must be securely attached to the aircraft and must derive it's power from a dedicated, fused, power source which uses the aircraft's electrical power system.
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    ADS-B out 2020 best solution?

    I'm same as Ben2k9 with SkyGuard TWX transceiver (978 "out" with both 978 & 1090 "in" with AHRS) coupled to IFly 740. System works great. IFly 740 has synthetic vision and is compatible with FD autopilot. FD USA provides the MRA for "permanent" installation into a CTSW or CTLS which insures the SkyGuard TWX is FAA approved for LSA for 2020.
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    Glider tape question?

    Bolus looks fine on CTLS if applied straight and smooth as Tom says. Looks a little funky on my 2006 CTSW because of bumpy surface due to hinge pop-rivets but don't have a choice. Still, if it's done right and maintained, it looks decent on CTSW.
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    Wheel Fairings Weight

    The pants are amazingly durable ILO their minimal weight. Only place that's weak is the rubber washers that come from the factory eventually allow the attaching holes to open up. Throw away these rubber washers and buy some larger diameter stainless fender washers to sandwich inside and outside the pant. If the holes are eaten out repair pant then install washers. Tighten washers so they securely "pinch" the pant and don't allow movement of it.
  9. Ed, do you see much traffic up where you've taken the pictures? I would imagine that there are high priced fast aircraft coming and going and GA checking out this area for the beauty and/or to take pictures but wonder how busy it gets?
  10. Great pics. Not quite what I see when i fly over to my mechanic's shop here in Michigan.
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    Battery and jumping it

    Nice video. Thanks Jacques. Keeping the engine warm is the key for preventing kick-back but warm starts aren't always possible when away from the hangar in cold WX. How about connecting the lithium emergency start battery at the hanging wire to supplement the onboard battery for cold starts?
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    FDM Gust Lock

    You might go into business with that. Looks pretty professional. I assume by your comment about "printing" and the clean design of the ends means the ends where formed by a 3D printer.
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    New CTSW Owner

    Hi Skunkworks. Welcome. I'm a Michigander and see that Mackinac Island (note the spelling) is in your travel plans. Your CTSW should be a great aircraft to travel in and Mackinac Island would be a beautiful place to visit.
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    strobe lights CTSW

    Hi Bill. I don't fly at nite so my landing light basically compliments my strobe lights for daytime use. I did replace the factory landing light with a LED landing light and control this with a GROTE "wig-wag" box that provides either pulse or steady operation of the light, same thing motorcyclists do. I know that improvement is needed for the anemic light output of our small round landing light if one flies at nite. I am not sure what FD is installing now for landing lights? At one time the rectangular landing light was being installed but I have had no experience with this.
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    strobe lights CTSW

    I had this Whelen wing/tail strobe/position light kit installed on my CTSW in January. Extremely bright. Easily seen during the day and well engineered so there's no radio RFI. FDUSA (Arian) approved an MRA for my CT. https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/elpages/microburstIItailwhelen.php?recfer=7863