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Ed Cesnalis

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  1. I knew I was pushing my luck and while shooting this I flew into a bump that gave me a bloody nose.
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    New CT In The Skies Over CT (as in Connecticut)

    I'm trying to say that an uncoordinated turn can be very good for stall(/spin) management, in the pattern, as long as its a slip (too much bank for the radius) and not a skid (too little bank for the radius). What do you mean when you say 'only slipped ... into the wind' ? I don't think that has meaning because we fly and slip in the relative wind and there we remain till we land. I guess you could do a slipping turn that moves your course into the wind for landing but that's not what you mean. You seam to mean slipping on upwind but not downwind or even crosswind but that brings us back to the fact that we are flying in the relative wind and upwind vs downwind are no different. Also, aerodynamically speaking there is no difference between a forward slip and a side slip.
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    Throttle Lever Friction Adjustment

    Mine had to be adjusted from time to time until I added the washer and it has now held that adjustment for over 10 years.
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    New CT In The Skies Over CT (as in Connecticut)

    I don't see a downside to slipping in the pattern. I sometimes slip starting on downwind (or sooner if dropping in from above) and then a big slipping 180 to the numbers. Its very safe and a source of drag. flat turns in the pattern I do avoid.
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    Throttle Lever Friction Adjustment

    It needs a beveled washer.
  6. I use Garmin Pilot and love that it logs my flights and shows stats that I wouldn't normally know. On my photo flights I generally max above 13,000'. 145kts max ground speed. 105kts avg ground speed etc. Is it worth the expensive Garmin Transponder so I can keep Garmin Pilot going with ADSB?
  7. This is too big an issue to not have its own thread. Its been pointed out that: Can anyone here dispute this?
  8. R U saying use 4 out of 5 straps?
  9. I think I will order today, thanks. (born and raised yinser)
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    Airport photos

    Another airport photo I like this morning, December 1.
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    Airport photos

    My best photo from yesterday's shoot is one of 'my' airport - Mammoth Yosemite Airport at sunrise KMMH
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    Humphreys close up for Mike

    @Mike Koerner
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    Humphreys close up for Mike

    Humphreys today November 27, 2018
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    Tires/tubes

    I like the Aero Trainers better than the Monster Tread. Not for wear but for better looks.
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    Weight increase on our CTs?

    Gary's dead now, maybe I remember the name wrong, might have been Annus.
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    Weight increase on our CTs?

    I can answer that. In that time frame most US CT's were coming into Carson City then Flight Design West. Gary Anus was doing the initial aviaonics work on every one, including W&B. One after the other for a year or so weighed a few pounds more than the last. Weight was walking up on the CTSW model unit by unit with no official changes being made. We were convinced the layup composite work was getting beefier at various points. Perhaps responding to early failures from hard landings which were a bit common at first.
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    Be safe - lock your doors

    We lock our doors now. This evening 2 large bears entered our livingroom. It was quite dark outside and inside the house. The big sow was vocalizing and trapping my new girlfriend in a small space in the dark. Scary sh*t.
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    Be safe - lock your doors

    yes, Aspen leaves and a bit of moisture
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    Overthinking the Pattern

    You can make a nice video in a calm wind. 1/2 the distance on the left then transition to the right for the last 1/2 of the distance.
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    Be safe - lock your doors

    Funny you should ask. My strategy was quite different. I tried to sleep through the whole event but it was far too loud so instead I fell out of bed and broke a rib. The screaming didn't stop, never heard the word bear but was hearing my name so I tried to get up and couldn't with both calfs well cramped, finally got up and fell again. By the time I crawled down the stairs the bears were gone. They kept coming in spite of the screaming but turned around when girlfriend turned on the lights. Life with broken ribs sucks for a bit.
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    Low and Slow - very demanding

    I spent an hour searching for a missing teen in our area. My camera with all its detail worked well, the photos can be zoomed in and studied for hours. I was surprised that the work load above flat terrain was so high, more so then working in the big mountain canyons.
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    Overthinking the Pattern

    Good comments and questions Andy, In calm winds the real world difference in touch down speed between 30 and 15 tends to be more than 3kts. When you add a gusty crosswind the delta increases maybe a lot. This idea: 'Better handling characteristics in the air' totally misses the point. If you are keeping the handling crisp while still in the air then maybe you (not you personally) are over your head? In the air with a CT/Rotax is fundamentally easy, just firewall the throttle and your gone. On the ground, above stall, you might be helpless. 40* in my CT results in sink that I cannot reliably arrest with stick alone. My worst case landings require closing the throttle to get the plane and runway to meet and if there isn't enough stick to soften the contact I could break my gear.
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    Overthinking the Pattern

    That's good stuff in a CT Tom
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    Overthinking the Pattern

    Surprised that I'm not in total agreement? Take your scenario above, I think its far better that you Here's my thinking. 15kt direct gusty crosswind is a handful because the gusts alter both your heading and your track unless you are already on the ground and below 'flying speed'. When you add speed because its a handful you end up on the ground but still with 'flying speed' You have to slow through this speed at some point and if you don't use extra speed that point almost has to be while you are still in the air and able to fly away and try again. If you do use that extra speed and that unwanted gust that will change your track, heading and or attitude now comes with 2 main wheels on the ground rolling out you have reduced options, maybe no good options at all. Why not avoid this by landing at minimum speed? ----------------------------------------------- Edit: If I saw CT drivers rolling out on one wheel till they get slow I would be okay with even that but I have only seen one other CT driver in 12 years that can roll-out on a single main. Almost all CT drivers either land on both mains or have the other main settle in a fraction of a second.
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    NEW propeller for CT

    I really want one of these.
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