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  1. Door Lever Guide Plate

    I guess the aluminum would cause wear. The carbon fiber is really abrasive. It would wear the opening handle faster than the aluminum. This is why the door pins wear like they do. You have a good idea to just use plastic. With your 3D printing, you can just print out another set if/when the old ones need replacement.
  2. Door Lever Guide Plate

    Thanks for posting. I might make the plate out of aluminum and will run this by Arian at FDUSA if I do. Is there some way to keep the floating fastener from falling into the door when removing the plate?
  3. 406 ELT Antenna Installation

    I know of a CT that has the ELT antenna mounted inside the cargo bay. It works fine.
  4. Wiring Diagram

    Hi John. Phil and I have been going over some wiring on his CT and we've been using his wiring diagram. Have you checked with him? Although his CTLS is a 2008 and the diagram came with his plane, I'm not sure what year his diagram is. I'm surprised that FDUSA doesn't have supplements to the 2006 diagram which provide wiring for revised or new systems.
  5. I know you did mention this Roger. It's been on my list do do next time I needed to remove the front wheel - which is going to happen soon.
  6. Not sure if all CT's are the same but pulling up my wheel pant doesn't give enough clearance to remove the axle bolt on my CT. I have trimmed the pant down at the axle but couldn't trim enough to allow the axle bolt removal when the pant is pulled up. An item on my "to do" list is to take my dremmel and clear away some of the top of the wheel pant to clear the front strut structure so it can be pulled up far enough to clear the axle bolt. If this isn't done, the whole lower strut must be removed to remove the pant, then the axle/wheel - which is a PITA.
  7. Madhatter, neat landing light installation. Very creative and must work really well. I figure you already have the circuit diagram for the standard CTSW and don't even want to bother looking at it but if you do, I've got the PDF of it. My 2006 CTSW is all steam and pretty simple. The diagram is simple for my plane and I'm sure that the A+ first goes to breakers then to switches if my CT is wired in accordance with the diagram!. You are totally right about the general layout of wiring. I'd like to take the wiring out and start over but it ain't broke (for the time being) so I'm not fixin'. Al Meyer, I do recall your name. Would it be Paul Plumley who attended the LSRM classes with you? Thanks for the offer for information. I'll give you a call.
  8. Hello.  I would like to apply for a LOA from Flight Design to do the AVEO position/strobe light as you have done.  If I can refer to your installation, it would speed up the process.  Any information you might be willing to provide me such as your tail number, etc., would be appreciated.  I have not found your first name in the Forum.  I like to use first names when sending notes such as this.  If you would rather not provide the AVEO install info, no worries.  Thanks.


  9. Doug, are you in need of a printable equipment list?  I put one together for my CT.  If you can use it, here it is.   -Dick

    aircraft equipment list_forum_160810.xlsx

  10. Bill and Ed, thanks for your comments. This adds to my understanding of options available to us for gaining altitude. Ed, I still am trying to wrap my head around you taking off with -12 flaps at high altitude if there's obstacles close by that must be cleared (i.e., High Mountains!) Andy, do I recall you actually testing this out? At least I recall you cranking some numbers on it. I think you're correct for "rate" of climb but for achieving best altitude gain over the shortest distance traveled I think lower flaps (i.e., "0" or "15") @ recommended Vx speed is best.
  11. Equipment List

    Equipment List View File aircraft equipment list_forum_160810.xlsx Submitter Runtoeat Submitted 05/29/2018 Category Other Downloads  
  12. Equipment List

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    aircraft equipment list_forum_160810.xlsx
  13. Bill, you're right. This takes us back to the "discussion" about using flaps for altitude increases. I rely on my friend, Phil Wade, for this advice. On his last trip to Page and encountering mountains, Phil used "0" flaps @ 65 kts. and when no longer able to gain altitude, went to 15 flaps @ 60 kts. for Vx to gain altitude. I have since flown with Phil here in the flatlands and he demonstrated this at 11,000' and had me repeat. It works for me too. What are your thoughts?
  14. CTSW Weight & Balance

    Doug, glad the spreadsheet works for you. Please watch for a message regarding the equipment list.
  15. Ed, when you fly low speed in the canyons, isn't it risky to not have full flaps for climb out in case you need it? You are already compromised for climb out due to (low)power due to altitude. I would think there's some anxious moments where you are wanting altitude increases but your CT isn't able to provide it during your flights. Take offs at -12 flaps at airports with short runways and mountains nearby would be a white knuckle ride for me.