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About wlfpckrs

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  • Birthday November 9

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    The Villages, FL
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  1. 2015 Annual Page, AZ Fly-In

    What a great time Elaine and I had at the Fly-In --- and what great new friends we made! This (and our flight to the Bahamas) is a flight of a lifetime. We came out a couple days early to see Sedona and spend a night in Las Vegas and then decided to leave on Friday after seeing virtually everything we had hoped to see and being a little leery about the weekend weather forecast. Like others have said, this is a pilgrimage that every CT owner needs to make at least once. Enjoy some of our favorite shots.
  2. Collision avoidance systems

    A buddy of mine responded with this. Any thoughts? For roughly the price of the Zaon device and a mode S xpndr, you guys could probably have the CT retrofitted with the Dynon SkyView system (now standard equipment in the Flight Design aircraft). Why you ask?????? Well let me count the ways....... First check this link http://www.dynonavionics.com/docs/SkyView_Features.html The package includes better everything than what's in the plane right now plus it includes a mode S xpndr !!! In addition Dynon offers an extremely well priced ADS-B "IN" receiver that will give you ADS-B weather, airport data and TIS-B traffic as per http://www.dynonavionics.com/docs/news_technology_preview.html. This requires the Dynon mode S xpndr (included in the SkyView system) which is apparently the only xpndr that meets the requirements To save a bit you can select the 7" SkyView panel for the engine display and backup PFD. The package includes and autopilot and a gps sooooooo............ The 396 could be viewed as a "backup" nav instrument, the current Garmin xpndr could be surplused into the homebuilder market along with the D100 system/sensors. You'd almost be guaranteed the lowest cost for mode S/ADS-B with traffic, you'd have the latest greatest with synthetic vision/moving map, multi waypoint flight planning etc etc. Plus you could drop the XM weather contract for even more savings......
  3. Collision avoidance systems

    "I often get false alarms (says there's traffic when there's not)..." Struck me as funny. Isn't this the reason you get a CAS unit - to detect traffic you can't/don't see?
  4. Need for some guidance/feedback on the considerations for adding a CAS to my 2006 CTSW with a Garmin 396 GPS and Mode C transponder. I'm looking for the protection a CAS provides, but trying to keep a lid on the costs. Do any of you have experience with the Zaon units? I understand the higher-end unit can be hard-wired into the plane. Any tricks to installing it? TCAS. Mode S. ADS-B. What to do?
  5. Remos Gx crash with death

    Padlocked the chute? Are you kidding me? I assume the pilot knew this ahead of time, but what a spot to be in!
  6. Dead Stick Landing

    I was curious about the glide ratio, since there has been some recent discussion on it.
  7. One of my favorite experiences was when a Citation pilot in Blacksburg, VA came over and asked if he could look at N293CT. He was asking all about it.
  8. Maybe we should distinguish ourselves from GA since we are the ones fortunate enough to fly these little things.
  9. Operating Cost of CT

    Here are some numbers that I and a co-owner use, which have been adjusted over time. We formed an LLC with a joint banking account. We deposit a total of $276/month into the account for fixed expenses like insurance, hangar rent, XM radio/weather subscription, licensing, fees, taxes. These are expenses that exist regardless of how much or how little we fly the plane. Variable expenses: Each of us also makes a monthly deposit into the joint account based upon our previous month's usage of hours and fuel, e.g., $30/hour (for maintenance, rebuild put-aways, miscellaneous expenses) along with the number of gallons multiplied by the average cost of fuel purchased in the previous month. The LLC buys the fuel used when flying into and out of our home base. When either of us takes a trip where fuel must be purchased outside of our area, each of us pays for that fuel out of his own pocket. Keep in mind that these numbers are for our 2006 CTsw, which has depreciated in value over the past six years, lowering our annual insurance premiums. Also, we have very inexpensive hangar rent. Bottom line in 2011 - $75/hour.
  10. Operating Cost of CT

    We figured our costs last year to be $75/hour. That includes all fixed and variable expenses, including TBO put-aways. The hourly charge is largely a function of the cost of fuel and how many hours you fly. We've also got very inexpensive hangar space.
  11. Safe Gliding Distance Calculation

    NC Bill, I noticed your speed of 72 knots. Not sure about the CTLS, but the best glide speed for the CTsw is 63 knots, I believe. That would make a significant difference in the results, wouldn't it?
  12. Safe Gliding Distance Calculation

    Would we get ourselves into trouble with the CTsw or CTLS if we use the following as a quick, conservative, easy-to-figure guideline? Take your altitude AGL and double it, e.g., 12000' agl gives you approximately 24 nm and 24 minutes glide... 10000' agl - approximately 20 nm and 20 minutes glide 8000' agl - approximately 16 nm and 16 minutes glide 6000' agl - approximately 12 nm and 12 minutes glide 4000' agl - approximately 8 nm and 8 minutes glide 2000' agl - approximately 4 nm and 4 minutes glide
  13. I just ordered some Inox MX3, but it was difficult to find - and expensive. I ordered it from South Carolina.
  14. Any plans to share the joy of flight with others on May 19th?
  15. Android EFBs

    Tell me about the mount. Wish Naviator had the charts for the Bahamas and Caribbean.