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Tom Baker

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  1. IFR?

    Yes, if you are instrument rated, current, have a medical or BasicMed, the aircraft has the equipment needed for the flight, and it has had the checks required by CFR 91.411 and 91.413.
  2. Camguard

    Dick, I would use the Aeroshell if I were running 100LL. It will do a better job of keeing the lead in suspension, so it doesn't settle in the engine.
  3. Parachute Recommendation

    I don't think you can have a finite "I am going to pull" set of circumstances. It is something that will have to be decided by each pilot in each individual situation.
  4. Parachute Recommendation

    There has been more than one pull in Flight Design. I to concur with Andy's recommendations.
  5. Green Nav Light

    Anyone who has switched to different nav lights have an original working Green light that would be willing to part with?
  6. Camguard

    I don't think it is tested or approved by Rotax. I would not use it, and personally with the Rotax I don't see the need like with other aircraft engines.
  7. Special Day

    Yep, the youngest is flying gliders. He also bought a vintage glider and working on it's restoration under my supervision. My oldest probably would have started flying sooner, but he wanted to fly the Taylorcraft. It's second restoration by my dad was completed this summer. The Taylorcraft was not the airplane I received my pilot certificate in, but I learned a lot about flying in that airplane. I did do most of my CFI checkride in it though.
  8. CTSW - landing mishaps

    I typically introduce the pitch and power relationship about lesson #3, but I don't normally teach it as you described right above the runway.
  9. landing tail draggers

    I have been flying gliders recently, and try to keep it on one wheel.
  10. Special Day

    Congrats to your son. My youngest turned 15 today. He soloed a few month ago, and hopes to be doing his private pilot checkride one year from today. I have been doing lessons in my father's Taylorcraft with my oldest who is 19. I hope to have his private finished up early this summer, before he transfers to a major university to finish his degree.
  11. landing tail draggers

    I do both on a regular basis, it kind of depends on my mood. Our trusty Taylorcraft handles either exceptionally well. With a Piper Cub from the back seat I preferred wheel landings. If I am in something new with stiff gear and plenty of runway I will likely do a wheel landing. Soft spongy gear I will do a three point. When I made my first flights in a Piper Pawnee and Cessna Ag truck I did wheel landings to start out. They work better for the Truck. The Pawnee does either just fine.
  12. It implies that this model of airplane has been tested and flown legally at weights higher than 1320 pounds.
  13. Continued Use of Battery Charger?

    Andy didn't say this, but he has a CTLSi, with a Lithium battery rather than the Odyssey. I don't think it would hurt to plug the battery charger in when you plug in the Tanis, but I am not sure about keeping it plugged in all the time. With as cold as it was I doubt the Tanis provided enough heat to warm the battery much. One thing that might help to warm the battery would be a cowling cover to try and retain the heat in the cowling. I pulled this from the Shorai FAQ page. A. Down to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit (-7C) most users find that they can start normally on first crank. If your headlight comes on at key-ON, it is good for the batteries to flow some current before cranking in cold weather. The suggested headlight-on time before cranking depends on the temperature. If starting at 40F/5C, 30 seconds will help wake the battery and increase cranking performance. If at 0F/-17C, leave the lights on for 4~5 minutes before cranking. The result will be a better first crank, and longer battery life. If the engine fails to start on first crank, that first crank has warmed the battery, and the second attempt will be much stronger. Other accessories that can be turned on before cranking can also be used for this purpose, such as heated gear, radio, etc... Insuring that the battery is fully charged after storage also improves first-start performance in cold weather.
  14. That means it shouldn't be flown over the limit, not that it can't be flown over the limit.
  15. 'Full Stall' vs 'Minimum Speed'

    There certainly is more to it than just landings, but hopefully every flight ends with a nice one