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Everything posted by Runtoeat

  1. 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?
  2. 406 ELT Antenna Installation

    I know of a CT that has the ELT antenna mounted inside the cargo bay. It works fine.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. 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.


  8. 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

  9. 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.
  10. Equipment List

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

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    aircraft equipment list_forum_160810.xlsx
  12. 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?
  13. CTSW Weight & Balance

    Doug, glad the spreadsheet works for you. Please watch for a message regarding the equipment list.
  14. 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.
  15. Madhatter, if I read my wiring diagram correctly for my CTSW, it shows A+ first going to 30A breaker, then from there power splits and goes to starter relay, to the capacitor and to the instrument panel 25A breaker. From the 25A power goes to ign. switch and to breakers for instrument panel. After the IP breakers, the power goes to switches. It appears that the IP breakers would trip, should a switch short out. Am I reading this wrong? Roger, I'll give you a call next week to discuss position lighting.
  16. Alternator light

    Pay particular attention to the little "wing" that comes off of the female fitting. This is what "locks" the fitting to the plastic block that holds the connections to the regulator. If the connector is dislodged from the plastic block, very gently and slightly lift this up with a small screw driver just enough to catch the plastic block and lock in when the connector is pushed back into the block. Going too far or flexing this too much will break it off and a new female connector must then be installed. Also, check that the female connector's "curls" snugly slide over the regulator blade connection. Too tight and you will need a screwdriver to push these on as Roger describes. Too loose and you might find another burned connector. Better to be a little tight and a screwdriver is needed but this can stress the little "wing". Reading my note kind of sounds like the story of Goldilocks and the 3 bears
  17. I have looked into the most recent position/strobe lights from AVEO. They now sell an updated ESeries LSA position light. I would like to upgrade my CTSW factory position lights with lights that include a strong strobe and think these AVEO lights would be a good choice. As with the other AVEO lights discussed here, these too appear to have a really low amperage draw and the factory wiring should be capable of supply the needed current. Any comments on this would be appreciated. http://www.21stcentury-usa.com/aveo/aveoflash/positionlights/
  18. High Oil Temps

    Are the oil and water hoses with tight radius retro fitted with internal springs and has the oil return from the sump to oil reservoir been re-routed for better flow? Roger has posted this in the forum.
  19. CTSW Weight & Balance

    This is an interactive spreadsheet which I made up and posted a few years ago. You can insert data in yellow boxes with results shown at bottom. It works well for me but read the directions and use at your own risk. Some of the cells are locked. If you want to change weight of your aircraft, for instance, go to "Review" tab and unlock the worksheet. Most sheets I've seen don't account for the large cargo weight (50lb. per side) which the CTSW is capable of carrying. I've put this into the spreadsheet. As I recall playing with this sheet, I believe the only condition where the CTSW is out of limit for C.G. is when cargo is loaded and fuel is allowed to go below 9 gallons. Doug, you can modify this spreadsheet for the CTLS if you know your way around MS Excel. N9922Z W&B worksheet_170625.xlsx
  20. IFly 740b installed

    Ben2k9, your install looks good. My SkyGuard and iFly 740 continue to work well and have now been certified with the FAA for 2020. Don't really use the AHRS much but good to know it's there if needed. Which autopilot do you have - Dynon or TruTrak?
  21. Rumbling idle this morning?

    +2 on "worth every penny" joining the Rotax Owner's website.
  22. I suspect that adjusting sensitivity and torque settings will solve your problem. If not, you might have a "sticky" aileron bearing. I recently found my TruTrak A/P wandering all of a sudden. I happened to look at my aileron bearings and found one bearing was tight and not allowing the aileron to freely move. Once the bearing was freed up, the A/P wandering stopped.
  23. MidWest Sky Sports is a first class operation with immaculate facility that offers technical repairs including custom instrument panels for all aircraft. Pretty sure MidWest is approved for Flight Design and Cirrus composite repair and sure they're a Rotax heavy repair. Highly recommend you visit them for the Fly-in.
  24. Max rpm or?

    Andy, I also use 5300 for cruise and it's interesting because this is just where I like to cruise and isn't arrived at by looking at fuel burn etc. As you indicate, 5300 just seems to be a sweet spot for my Rotax and gets me to where I'm going at what I feel is a reasonable speed.
  25. Yeah, I've polished out small scratches - think I used McGuires plastic scratch removal product and also some very fine rouge-like compound. I think Roger is probably right. The windshield is definitely something that one doesn't want to mess with if not absolutely necessary. My problem is I'm always trying to fix things that aren't broken.