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Tom Baker

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About Tom Baker

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  1. Odyssey Battery PC310 Cheap

    I don't know if they can tell you the date or not, but I have ordered from these guys before. https://www.4wheelparts.com/Electrical/Odyssey-Batteries-Extreme-Powersport-Powersport-100-CCA-Top-Post-PC310.aspx?t_c=72&t_s=12&t_pt=4219&t_pn=ODYPC310
  2. Wingtip Repair

    Frank taught the FD composite class I attended in Sebring. In conjunction with the class he was also doing a repair while he was there. He is an interesting guy for sure, and very talented with composites.
  3. Wing Inspection

    If you look John's post was from 2013. back then the material from flight design was different, and it did get hard and brittle. I remember one that when I pulled on the hose to remove it the hose easily pulled apart. The new material provided by Flight Design USA does not get hard, but it does stain terribly with auto fuel.
  4. Rotax 16 hour class question??

    Yes the engine needs to be pulled for the hose change, but it isn't to hard. There isn't to much about the hose change that is difficult, but it is time consuming. There are a few special tools, but they are not to expensive.
  5. 12 year mandatory overhaul

    If your engine was eligible to be upgraded to a 2000 hour TBO it was also upgraded to a 15 year TBO per Rotax. As for other approved inspection methods I think CFR part 43 appendix D would be an acceptable inspection method, since it was developed by the FAA.
  6. Replacement Seat Belts

    I've seen far to many people strap in to the CT and cinch the shoulder harnesses before the lap belt pulling the lap belt to high. I always try to educate, but it often seems to fall on deaf ears.
  7. 2007 Pitch Spring Removed

    Pretty much what I tried to tell you.
  8. From a maintenance standpoint I don't think you will see a difference in cost either way. The only thing would be a complete failure of the Dynon, and that is pretty rare.
  9. Chili lunch

    For those of you who did not make the trip to Page, but are looking for someplace to go in the Midwest, out EAA chapter is having a chili lunch at KOLY this Saturday from 11-2.
  10. ELT Replacement WARNING

    I doubt any ELT would be a plug in replacement.
  11. AMERIKING ELT Problem

    Make sure your mechanic complies with the new AD on the AmeriKing ELT. To me it sounds like you have a new ELT in your future. that seems to be one of the failure modes for the ELT.
  12. Carb Debris (a new source...)

    It may come from condensation caused by evaporation of fuel in the float bowl. I had the float bowls removed from a CT one day that was running on 100LL. The day was very hot 100° plus, and very high humidity. In a period of about 20 minutes there were several droplets of water in the bowls and the fuel level had reduced by 25% due to evaporation.
  13. -6 has best ANGLE of climb - debate resolved IMO

    If you add flaps and want to maintain your speed you will have to change your angle of attack. I can maintain 62 kts in level flight with any flap setting from -6° to 35° or 40°, depending on the airplane, and lift will always be equal to weight.
  14. 3 Steps to determine Vx Best angle of climb.

    Without testing 15° flaps may give minimum sink instead of best glide. In some cases more time to set up for a landing is what one needs instead of having to travel further to get to a landing site. You have to remember that something may have got lost in translation, as many things did back in the early days of the CT's.
  15. -6 has best ANGLE of climb - debate resolved IMO

    Ed, I have been thinking about the numbers for the CTLS and best rate of climb being less at -6 flaps. I am theorizing that while -6 has less parasitic drag than 0, but more induced drag. -6 might require a higher angle of attack to produce the lift required to support the weight at its minimum drag configuration, than 0 flaps at its minimum drag configuration. This would mean -6 has more induced drag, and less parasitic drag when it is producing its least drag, but its total drag is more than 0° flaps at its minimum drag. As speed increases the parasitic drag transfers the advantage to -6 flaps for better speed.
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