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Tom Baker

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  1. Tom Baker

    Weight increase on our CTs?

    I thought from the beginning when the idea of light sport was first introduced that a simple 2 seat max, fixed gear, 100HP limit was appropriate. If you want to go fast that airplane will have to be light weight. If you want to carry a lot of weight the airplane will be slower. This would have also created a lot more design innovation.
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    Airplane Taxes

    It is a little trickier here in Illinois. If you buy from a dealer you only have to pay taxes on the difference. I don't think there are any provisions for private trade allowance. If you sell, then buy something else you pay taxes on the whole purchase price of the new aircraft. If you are a registered dealer you can keep an aircraft in inventory for up to 18 months before you have to pay the tax. You can also use the aircraft during that time. If you keep it 18 months you have to pay the tax, if you sell it the next day the new owner has to also pay the tax. Edited to add: Until out previous crook of a governor Blago, sales of used aircraft from one individual to another was not taxed. I even had the state go after the tax on an airplane purchased before the tax was put in place, because it was registered with the FAA at a later date.
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    Weight increase on our CTs?

    The beauty of ASTM, is the standards are established from within the community of the same people who build the aircraft the standards apply to. If the FAA increases the weight the consensus group can change the standards to allow for earlier aircraft to have their weights increase with proper engineering.
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    Airplane Taxes

    Well you know only the wealthiest people own airplane, so they need to pay their fair share.
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    Airplane Taxes

    Illinois doesn't have any annual property tax, but they get you for 6.25% of the purchase price up front. If you don't pay it in time they will hit you with penalties. They have people who search the FAA records for new aircraft registration.
  6. I know everyone has their own opinion, but in my book replacing a main gear leg does not count as damage history. If the fuselage required composite repair then that is a different story.
  7. I did have one that took the better part of a day. I had issues getting it to come out of the top socket. The airplane had been through a flood, and I think that was the issue with getting it to come loose.
  8. I've replaced a few gear legs, and it is not that difficult. I have also fixed a toe in issue without replacing the legs.
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    New Floats from MS

    I am not offering opinion, I am simply stating what was said in my Rotax recurrent training by the person who heads up training for maintenance of Rotax engines here in North America.
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    New Floats from MS

    Madhatter, the MS floats do work fine in type certified aircraft, but that doesn't mean they will work fine in the Rotax. Type certified aircraft also have to use, for the most part, aviation fuel. I know there are STC's for auto fuel, but they specifically prohibit ethanol in the fuel. Rotax is approved for up to 10% ethanol. The ethanol in the fuel is where there is a problem with the MS floats.
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    uAvionix skyBeacon for ADS-B Out

    I would think Dynon's solution would be the way to go.
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    New Floats from MS

    I was speaking about the Marvel Schebler floats, not the Bing floats you linked to.
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    New Floats from MS

    Doug, the floats for the Bing carbs are new, but the material is not. They have been using the same material for other carburetors for quite some time now. I think his opinion was based on issues with those floats while using auto fuel, especially auto fuel with ethanol in the other carbs.
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    Circuit Breaker labeled ADI, what is it?

    That would be ADF, nor ADI.
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    Circuit Breaker labeled ADI, what is it?

    I have seen a ADI, and a ADI Pilot A/P installed in a CT before.
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    skyview upgrade?

    I also seem to remember that there was an issue with the Dynon AP servos mounting in the CTSW. Maybe that has been fixed by now.
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    Carb Heat Issue

    I have seen what you describe before with the cable. If you pull the knob your carb heat will turn on, no problem. When you push the knob back in an the cable housing pushes back the carb heat stays on. The reason you didn't see a drop is likely because the carb heat was already on, from the last time the knob was pulled. Until you fix the cable housing the only way to turn off the carb heat will be to remove the panel and hold the cable housing and push the knob back in.
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    Float bowl jet

    The jet in the corner of the float bowl is for the starting carbonator. It meters the fuel for starting. I wouldn't try removing it unless it is plugged. I believe it is threaded, and has a slot for a screwdriver. It may have some kind of sealer applied to make removal difficult. I generally spray some cleaner through small hole in the float bowl, and up through the jet when I have the bowl removed.
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    Insurance

    I was talking with a friend a few days ago, and his insurance is just about to renew. One of his airplanes went up $400. he said his broker said insurance is going up across the board right now. I remember my broker telling me the same las spring when I renewed, but mine stayed the same. I am expecting an increase next year. Mine is a commercial policy, so the increase may not be representative to an individual owner.
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    Auto fuel available at your airport?

    I would suggest that they designate an area for self fueling. Maybe add a ground reel for static. Fueling in a hangar or near a hangar Would be unsafe.
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    Auto fuel available at your airport?

    Tell them they better rethink that position if they accepted federal funding for the airport. https://www.faa.gov/airports/resources/publications/orders/compliance_5190_6/media/5190_6b_chap11.pdf
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    New Floats from MS

    I just did my Rotax recurrent training, and we talked about them in class. Eric said that they are at the 7 gram limit new, and don't do well in auto fuel.
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    Crossover carb. balance tube/hose

    I know, I have experienced a vent tube coming unhooked. However the title says balance tube hose. Not really sure how it could come unhooked, but the engine would run rough under that condition as well.
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    Crossover carb. balance tube/hose

    Do you really mean the crossover balance tube, or do you mean the vent line that goes to the airbox?
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