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  1. Runtoeat

    Port Clinton 2019

    Hi Tip. I'm in. Probably Phil too. A CTSW owner is now at Ann Arbor, Jeffery Boyd. I'm sure Jeffery would want to join in. Phil Wade, myself, John Vance, OLarry and Jeffery are part of our Southern Michigan group so we could have 5 from here. Another CT owner, Jim Luttinen, is also local here at Howell airport but I don't see him often. If someone is coming from further West, there's lots of room to park at my home base of Willow Run airport (KYIP) with new hotels close. A little over 1/2 hour flight around the West end of Lake Erie to Keller (KPCW) from KYIP.
  2. Hopefully your insurance will cover things. Glad you weren't in your shop at the time. That little angel on your shoulder is watching your back.
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    having Flap problems? check this out!

    Hi John. Something I hadn't thought of....I'm sure that no one has copied this though........
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    NEW propeller for CT

    Good info on E-Prop. Thanks. If this prop is demonstrating improved performance combined with a safe history being used in Europe perhaps FD USA will approve the MRA for install of this prop on U.S. CT's.
  5. Mike, totally agree. Although I've never run the fuel down this far, the minimum fuel I will fly with is when the combination of both tubes show 6 gallons. I'll be on the ground refueling at this point.
  6. Your ability to make it to touch down with engine still running eventhough both tubes showed "dry" 12 miles out make me think there is a good amount of fuel remaining in the "system" below the sight tube point. Even if this is true, this doesn't do much to alleviate the "pucker" factor!
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    NEW propeller for CT

    Roger, what is you opinion of the E-Prop? I don't think that you have tested this prop but curious what you think based on the testing you did and the comments and published data about the E-Prop performance. Madhatter or Jacques, not sure if you guys are experimental? I believe that Jacques states that FD now offers the E-Prop. Is this only for Europe? If only for Europe, has FD USA given any opinions on whether the E-Prop can be installed here in U.S without authorization or if it will require CT owners to request a MRA?
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    2014 Bristell crash, Lakeland Linder Rgnl (KLAL)

    A low hour student pilot who was in his late 50's. I can relate to learning to fly at the same age and send his close friends and family my condolences.
  9. Ed, I recall draining my fuel tanks during one of the wing removals. I drained until I couldn't see fuel in either sight tube and stopped the drain. I then opened the drain on the gascolator and timed until all fuel stopped draining. I recall going for well over 5 minutes and perhaps close to 10 minutes before the fuel stopped draining, albeit the flow became a trickle towards the end. I also recall seeing a damaged CTSW which had the pillars torn apart. I recall the fuel tubes inside both of the "A" pillars were not just a 5/16" diameter but were large (about 3/4"?) diameter tubes. This, combined with the fuel remaining in the lines from the firewall to the engine provide a good amount of time before fuel starvation occurs. Perhaps this is intended to provide added capacity for emergency fuel and may be a reason the engine continues to run even though one (both in your case!) sight tubes show "empty". I am not totally sure all I've said is accurate and would welcome comments from someone who is familiar with the "A" pillar structure and/or who has timed how long it takes for the fuel to run dry after showing "empty" on the sight tubes.
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    NEW propeller for CT

    Madhatter, thanks for the report. How about a picture of the E-Prop install that shows the new spinner? Hi Jacques. Thanks for letting us know about the E-Prop. Basically, is the use of the E-Prop just a bolt on installation which allows use of the Neuform spinner and spinner tube if the spacer is installed? With the low weight (inertia) and Madhatter's comments on less vibration, I'm wondering if prop balance is not required? What are your thoughts on the prop not having a leading edge protector strip?
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    Lubing the stabilator cable

    I made a tool to remove the spring a few years ago. Took a 3 foot piece of 1" water pipe, cut a slot in it with my die grinder with small cutoff wheel. The diameter of the pipe allows it to push on the washer while the slot on one side allows compression of the spring past the ball attachment. Recall needing to "lean in" to the spring to compress it and then holding it compressed while another person installed the wire to keep it compressed. Reversed the process to install the spring. Sounds like the repair procedure is basically what I describe.
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    batteries again

    cdarza, there is a procedure to recover a AGM battery that has been deeply discharged. The CTEK and most new chargers will not charge a battery if it is below a certain voltage. To charge a AGM that has been deeply discharged requires connecting a standard 12v "flooded cell" battery in parallel to the AGM battery and then applying the charger. There should be directions either in your charger manual or on their website for this. Might work in your case.
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    Life Limited parts available

    Questions: In regards to the door struts, what is meant by "making them shorter for my doors"? Also, regarding replacing the engine what is meant by "developed a smiley face"?
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    CT incident Lorraine, Ohio 11/4/18

    Scrapman, based on the manufacturing defects found in the gear leg involved in this accident and the resulting investigation showing a history of manufacturing quality problems with certain other CTLS gear legs, I would send the your cracked leg to FDUSA and have it inspected. You might have receive a refund on the new leg you purchased if the identified defects are found in your cracked leg. Also, my interactions with FDUSA make me believe that they would want to know if there are additional legs that might be defective.
  15. I installed a Matco nose wheel some time ago and I am putting a new tire on it. After taking the wheel apart, I'm wondering if there should be a spacer on the axle inside the wheel, between the bearings? I'm thinking a spacer should be there to keep the side loads off the bearings when the axle nut is tightened. I have tried to find information on the assembly but can't find anything. I know if I tighten the axle nut it will start to bind up the wheel bearings so I don't put a lot of torque on the nut when I tighten this. Makes me think there should be a spacer. If you have any thoughts, please let me know.
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    Question on Matco nose wheel

    Hi Bruce. Do you stick around chilly Lake Erie or do you go South? We need to try to get the CT's together again next summer.
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    Question on Matco nose wheel

    I've now got over 3 hours with lots of landings. The tire that Desser sent to me is very round and based on the balance of the assembly I did, it has virtually no imbalance. The two quarter ounce weights were 180 opposite the valve stem. It is a very stiff tire. A big change from the old Aero Classic. I inflated it to 35psi to make sure it was well seated in the rim. All tar strips and runway imperfections are felt. I will probably reduce the pressure to 32psi (or more) to see if this reduces some of the harsh ride. I almost believe that in the event of getting a puncture out in the bush, this could be run with no air pressure and the tire would still be OK, except it would probably turn on the rim and pull the valve stem. Ideally, this design in a 6 or even a 4 ply tire would be best for our CT's but is not offered. I forgot to weigh the tire before mounting it. I estimate it weighs at least one pound more than the standard tire. The tire I received is accurate for roundness and balance, the rubber composition looks to be tough and IMHO I think it's good looking. (Uh, oh, I'm going to get flamed like Ed did with that last comment!)
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    Question on Matco nose wheel

    Installed new Desser tire on my CT today. It took less than 1/2 oz. weight to balance the wheel.
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    Question on Matco nose wheel

    Thanks Roger and Corey for verifying going easy on the toque is correct. Much easier than trying to fit correct length spacer inside the wheel. Just got the new Desser tire. Looks very different than the standard 400-6. Going to install new bearings and the new tire. I hate installing the tire/tube on the Matco flat rims. Always worried about pinching the tube. I do clamp the tires to keep the beads together to hold the tube off the rim but still........it's a PITA! My order says tire was checked for roundness and balance but no marks on tire to indicate where to line up with valve stem. Also no "chevron" on my Matco wheel for line up with valve hole. I put the rim on the balancer and found the wheel heavy spot which I'll set 180 opposite where the valve is located. Painted my own chevron showing where the rims line up
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    Question on Matco nose wheel

    Yes, as Roger says - Matco provides spacers to go between wheel and fork. I've looked at the assembly drawing. No spacer shown between the bearings. There is a spacer between the bearings on the Marc wheel. With the front end supported and off the ground, I can control the amount of free spin of the wheel, depending on how much torque I give to the axle nut. With a lot of torque, I can put enough side load on the bearings to keep the wheel from turning. As LSBruce points out, this side load can cause bearing failure. The Matco wheel is a strong cast wheel and probably doesn't flex like the thin stamped Marc wheel and the bearings are large. This design is OK with light side loading. I will go with my current procedure of: "tighten the axle nut to the point where it is takes up all axial movement but short of binding the bearings". I'm guessing this is what Matco intended?
  21. AG, ignore the "ups and downs". I really never really knew they were there until you mentioned them. I'm enjoying reading your comments. It is reassuring and enjoyable to hear from yet another person who has had no experience flying a CT describe the "ah ha" moments when the unforseen capabilities of the CT are being discovered. This used to be a best kept secret but less and less now every time a new owner comes on board.
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    New Floats from MS

    Mad, good investigative work. I too am surprised by MS response to your thorough and careful comparison of the floats which is corroborated with data from other sources. If this were an automotive issue, perhaps one might take a chance and use the MS floats after recalibrating the float level, due to the cost savings. Not so with an aircraft. Lot's of people watch this forum for all things involving Rotax engines. MS might notice low sales rate for their floats (and perhaps for other carb parts if there are other choices).
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    Question on Matco nose wheel

    Hi Roger. I see your reply to my email. Thanks! As you mentioned, the old Marc nose wheel did have a spacer. Since the Matco nose wheel also has sealed ball bearings same as the Marc wheel, I'm thinking a spacer would be good to have to prevent side loading the ball bearing when the axle is torqued. Matco has been doing this for a long time and must know what's best.
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    Lubing the stabilator cable

    I have a similar cable for the steering on my boat. The name for this cable is "teleflex". It is normally a sealed unit with teflon lining and sealed telescoping stainless steel ends where it attaches to the rack and pinion and the motor. These cables are very durable and last for many years on boats exposed to salt water. The cable Eric has referenced for our CT's looks to be more robust that the teleflex. I would think this would be a lifetime cable and wonder how this would ever need replacing? Was there any indication that the cable you replaced was damaged or improperly installed Eric? Has anyone else found one that needed to be replaced?
  25. Just ordered a new design 4.00-6 Aero Classic tire from Desser. This is supposedly an upgrade to the older 4.00-6 Aero Classic. Smooth 2 rib design with more durable rubber compound. Contact is Jose Murillo @ X-305.