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Al Downs

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About Al Downs

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  • Birthday 04/30/1946

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    Oak Creek Wisconsin
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  1. Has anyone figured out why the straps do not hold tight without tying in a knot. Is it the buckle not being sharp enough to bite into the strap or is it because the straps are old and getting hard. Tying in a knot works but it is a real pain when trying to adjust it.
  2. Soft Start

    I agree also. It does not damage the engine but it does damage the sprag clutch. It is expensive to do the repair and I don't think it is worth sticking the money into the engine at 2800 hours.
  3. Soft Start

    I recently discovered that all four of our CTLS had soft start on them but none of them were hooked up. I don't know why they came that way new but we now have them wired up. How was this discovered? Well one was having some starting problems and in the process we found that soft start was not wired. This is a 2010. We then checked the other 3 and none were wired. They are now. These 3 are 2008 and 2009. As for the starting problem, well not so good. Tried everything and decided the sprage clutch was the problem. Pulled the engine and sent to Leading Edge. Yep clutch was bad but there was now so much damage it was not economical to repair. Time for a new engine. Only 2805 hours. Ran good with excellent compression, just had starting issues. Lots of spare parts now. Might be a good idea to check and see if your soft start is wired in before damage occurs. Easy to tell if it is working because when starting and at idle the engine will start at around 1600 rpm and after 5-10 seconds it will jump to about 1800 rpm without touching the throttle. If it does not increase rpm then your soft start if installed is not wired in. The recent increase in price for the new motor brings it to almost $20,000.
  4. Fuel filter

    Roger is the ELT just checked for operation and batteries? Is there also a test that needs to be done by an aviation shop with special equipment?
  5. Ignition modules

    Is there a way to test the ignition modules. I replaced both but highly doubt they would both go bad at the same time.
  6. Fuel filter

    Thanks
  7. Fuel filter

    Does anyone have a source for the inline fuel filter that is behind the instruments and right before the shut off valve. I think they are replaceable and not serviceable, is that correct?
  8. Removing Dynon HS 34

    Found out that if you have a Garmin SL 30 and want to remove the HS34 it is not so easy. So I am going to relocate the HS34 and keep it. Simple to change from a Garmin 496 to the 696
  9. Removing Dynon HS 34

    When I switch from the Garmin 496 to the 696 I will also be removing the HS34 HSI EXPANSION MODULE. Can I just remove it and ts wiring?
  10. I made it when I had the small tires. Now with the tundra tires I have added an inch or so to raise it a little higher so the tire clears the ground. Put in the hole in the back of the wheel then go to the wing tip and lift until it swings down. The plane will sit with the tire in the air. If you modify it and angle the legs in toward the center it is then very easy to grab one leg and push the plane to get the tire back on the ground after the repair.
  11. Go to this link. I posted it a few years ago. It works great for the LS not sure on the SW. Wheel jack
  12. Foot rest

    I don't have any now. I will keep your info and let know if I will be making them. If anybody else wants one let me know and I will make some. I need interest in about 10 in order to get them done at a reasonable cost.
  13. Current list of flight training centers

    Racine Sport Flyers 2825 Golf Ave Racine, WI 53404 Racine Sport Flyers Al Downs 414-758-0759 3 CTLS
  14. Garmin 496 to 696

    Ordered a bare wire kit from Spruce. Garmin says it will have all I need.
  15. Garmin 496 to 696

    Garmin told me a wiring harness was needed. Does you guy disagree?
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