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About colin_eyres

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  • Birthday 04/30/1955

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    Barton aerodrome ,England
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    Flying the CT
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  1. colin_eyres

    having Flap problems? check this out!

    Hi Marco, well it certainly sounds like a voltage issue now.if the dynon figure is true it sounds way low to me.you should have at least 12.6 volts with the engine running.I suggest you check the battery with a external volt meter after she's stood for say a day.then start her up,take note of the volts at idle,compare with the dynon for reference purposes.run the engine up the volts should rise,again compare with the dynon.now find the volts needed to operate the flaps.repeat the exercise,this time with a jump start/battery booster connected to the positive side of the battery and the exhaust pipe as the negative[watch out,it gets a bit warm if the neg lead gets near the downpipe] see what the volts are again and if the flaps now work as normal at idle.you could of course try all of this without starting the engine and go on from there.hope this helps with the diagnosis.
  2. colin_eyres

    having Flap problems? check this out!

    Hi Marco, sorry to hear your still having flap problems.can you clarify a point for me.you say on idle the flaps wont move from 0 to -12 untill you rev the engine.Ok,if you get them to move to say 15 degrees then throttle back to idle.do you then have control of the other flap positions at idle? if so it seems unlikely that it is a voltage problem.on our aircraft sometime before our problem with the flaps,we had a battery with insufficient oomph to start the engine,we never had a problem with the flap operations tho.do you know the micro switches are making at each flap setting?
  3. colin_eyres

    having Flap problems? check this out!

    Hi Marc, our flap problems were totally random and went on for about 3 months. sometimes it would be fine for a week or 2.sometimes it would be fine on the ground and fail in flight. we even had extensive testing on the apron with 100% flap availability only to taxi to the hold and have a 100% failure then to get back to the apron to work ok again.in our case battery voltage didn't make any difference to our problem [engine burning and turning or just with the mags turned on]. Marc I'm only too happy to help anybody with a CT suffering a flap problem. I wished I knew then what I know now about them now!
  4. Hi, I don't know if there are any CT owners suffering the same flap problems that our group had recently with our 2007 CTSW I thought it might be worth sharing our findings with everyone else. this is what happened to our aircraft.whether the engine was running or not, flaps inoperative, display flashing, no motor noise,nothing. leave aircraft for some time, come back to it now all ok.CT checked early in the morning, then in the heat of the day, still faulting. sometimes in flight it would happen, other times all fine totally random to when the fault would reappear.we tried masters resets, that did not help at all. this was obviously not a preferable state of affairs to be flying into short strips etc.we had the aircraft flown to a aircraft engineer with a list of the symptoms and told him to sort it out. sure enough the aircraft came back with a clean bill of health and for a while every thing seemed fine.then one day for no particular reason the fault reappeared.one of the group members and I decided to have another closer look again and by chance I jiggled the wires going into the control card {MT- 16] and suddenly the fault was replicated.because there are screwblocks on the MT- 16 we checked the wires for tightness and sure enough one or two were slightly loose. they were duly tightened but the fault was still occurring. we had a word with our engineer who said the card must be at fault, and he had a second hand one that we could loan. that was fitted. and it was still faulting. I thought are we on the right track? on a very,very close inspection of our MT -16 there was a microscopic crack, and next to the crack there was a miniscule amount of resin missing from one of the soldered pins. we decided to clean the area up and re solder the pin. we refitted the MT -16 to the aircraft and fired up the flaps, now everything was now fine. I thought if that was our problem solved, what was up with the loan card, and sure enough on inspection, exactly the same fine crack, in the same position with the same pin problem. the MT 16 card is not cheap to replace and is a swine to get to remove [firewall, back of the binnacle]. I hope this posting might help some one out there save time,money and grief if they are having flap problems.
  5. colin_eyres

    micro bubbles under painting.

    Hi Dick, have been following the topic about the micro bubbles.incidentely our group aircraft has the odd bubble but nothing anywhere near as intense as Marc F's. you say you have had some paintwork done on your wing and you have the Dupont paint codes to hand.could you please tell me what they are?also did you get a personal match to your aircraft or was the 2 pack the standand RAL spec for the CT?
  6. colin_eyres

    GoPro Suction Mount Location

    Hi Adam, sorry I've not replied sooner.I took the mount up the other day for a full test.since last writing I have been busy "brainstorming",my gps is a memorymap pilot 7000[i don't know if there called that in your neck of the woods]anyway a feature of that unit believe it or not is a A/V in socket.which got me thinking could I use that to connect the go pro to for the purpose of setting the camera to the desired "field of view" in short the answer is yes.for £4 I obtained a 2.5mm 4 pole jack and cut off the existing phono plug replacing it with a 3.5mm mini jack.so I can now monitor in real time what the camera is seeing.the bad news is I was in such a rush to get going that I had a senior moment and accidently put it into still mode.so I am no wiser as to whether the mount is rock solid or suffers from vibration.the skeleton housing did eliminate the fogging of the lens.in regards to the filter,it sounds good if it works,I await with baited breath on your report.if it dosn't,I am intrigued to know if it's a linear or circular type as mybe one type works better than the other?Adam's mount that was attached to the pitot looks intriguing,I would love to see what results he gets from that location.and is it more stable than using the tie down point
  7. colin_eyres

    GoPro Suction Mount Location

    Hi,I've recently got a Go Pro and have been trying different locations.mounting it inside facing fowards seemed logical, but the results were not that good due to the prop arcing across the field of view which I found unpleasant to watch for any amount of time.my proposed solution is to use the tie down point on the underside of the wing.I have made a mount and tested it in that location.I was wary at first because I was unsure whether the mount would move/unscrew at those kinds of speeds so I made a dummy camera to fit the mount.I'm pieased to report there was no movement.so I'm now ready to use the real camera in that position.[the large ring is moveable to lock the mount in the desired position].incidently when I did my initial test the camera suffered from slight condensation of the lens.I have bought the skeleton housing that should counter this problem.please see picture.
  8. colin_eyres

    Open the Door... or Not?

    Ive been told no more than £20K to repair. seat belt did slacken a bit but did not suffer any scratches/injury.apart from his pride and wallet
  9. colin_eyres

    Open the Door... or Not?

    you want to know about the integrity of the safety cell in a crash and whether the doors will open or not.this photo is of a locally based CT.the pilot was unfortunate in being caught out by the weather and making a precautionary landing in a short field unknown to the pilot.apparently due to workload factors and a slightly too high a landing speed the CT landed and immediately took off again then came down on the nose wheel and promptly ground looped.the pilot walked away without a scratch.in regards to the safety cell the P2 side window and the front screen were damaged.but the pilot reported that exiting the aircraft presented no problems apart from releasing the harness because of being upside down.the CT was repaired and is still flying today to my knowledge.