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Ed Cesnalis

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  • Birthday 04/09/1953

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  1. Ed Cesnalis

    Overthinking the Pattern

    There are some that would say ideally with 30* flaps. More 'landing skill' is required but I generally touch down at a lower / safer speed when using 30* as compared to 15* therefore it is ideal for me.
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    Overthinking the Pattern

    A CTSW can and should fly a much tighter pattern than a 172. Start with legs that are less than 1/2 mile, if you have to slip to make the numbers make them a little bigger. Tighter and smaller (steeper banks too) than what seems right.
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    Weight increase on our CTs?

    Mine is 719lbs with 1/2 glass and steam gauges fore engine.
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    3 Sierra Nevada Images from my CTSW

    I once snapped off my left main landing gear, mid strut. Nothing left but a peg-legged strut. I had a second-chanz chute but elected to land. Another time I had an engine failure and glided for an unusable field and then landed on a steep slope as opposed to pulling. My CTSW in one of the photos above isn't enough info. There are so many scenarios the best of which uses ridge lift to fly home like a glider, next would be a landing that looks survivable to last pulling the chute because I have no better plan. When pulling I would be concerned about landing on steep terrain where the slide after the landing would kill me. In winter, even at night I might just land upslope in the snow and then get out before it back slides. Don't you love these reliable 912s?
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    Airplane Taxes

    CalPERS is now making noises like they are saved buy a more bullish market. Of course they are dreaming and counting on double digit returns
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    Airplane Taxes

    do you think the families should have to pay that? seems to make them slaves to former employees?
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    3 Sierra Nevada Images from my CTSW

    I had some forced landings in my youth when flying behind a 2-stroke Rotax. Most pilots worry about forced landings and I do to, just not too much.
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    3 Sierra Nevada Images from my CTSW

    Can't sleep - learning to edit
  9. Ed Cesnalis

    Trying to get the most speed out of my CTLSi

    functionally that's the same or similar to my carb setup on my CTSW. I can make the top speeds, as high as 127kts true and as low as 118kts. I sure can't due it without WOT which is full rich and burns over 6 gallons even at high altitude (which makes sense since there is no leaning
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    Airplane Taxes

    I agree totally
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    Trying to get the most speed out of my CTLSi

    120kts in Econo mode probably not going to happen. WOT Baby!
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    Trying to get the most speed out of my CTLSi

    That's a change of subject from best speed (this thread) to an economy cruise setting. The two are mutually exclusive, best speed and economy cruise. Your prior post said the RPM range was proven faster but that's nonsense and this explanation fits but doesn't get him to best speed but rather a lower speed.
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    Trying to get the most speed out of my CTLSi

    The graph comes from a dyno and applies just fine. Arguing that you are faster above the 5,500 cruise RPM limit is the same as arguing that you would be faster with a super dirty air cleaner restricting the flow. Its a dumb argument because you don't throttle back to go faster.
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    Trying to get the most speed out of my CTLSi

    My guess is at wide open, because your prop is too flat you are less than 92%, probably less than 90%. AT 70%throttle / 5,350 might be even less than 70%. Do you have a power / torque curve / graph?
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    Trying to get the most speed out of my CTLSi

    That 92% sounds mighty suspicious, do you have a power / tourque curve for the Si? You can leave your pitch where it is but if your tach isn't 5,500 and your throttle isn't wide open you'r not getting best speed. I have tundra gear and see TAS well above 120kts most of the time. Pulling back to the 5,3xx range would cost me 10kts at least.
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