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Duane Jefts

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  • Birthday 08/31/1945

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    Tucson, Az and Lake St Louis, MO
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    golf, tennis, table tennis, softball, grandkids, travel.
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  1. Parachute Recommendation

    When you pull the handle and the chute deploys, you will know it right away. I would keep pulling until you feel the shock.
  2. landing tail draggers

    So - now is the time to build the Hangar in the banana patch?
  3. Special Day

    That's great Eric. Proud parents.
  4. Rotax 912iS versus the 914 Turbo - Which One?

    Nice looking airplane. I would stick with the 912i. In a light sport it does all the work necessary at whatever altitude airport and density altitude operations plus it starts really easy, get's great fuel mileage for those long trips and has no instances of "rubber in the carbs".
  5. 30° flaperon landings - can be fun - or not

    For you newbees reading this post, I would like to add a comment. BOTH Roger and Ed are precisely correct. Their differences, as I see it, is based on skill level of the pilot. For those new and occasional pilots, maintaining a skill level landing with 30 flaps is probably not going to happen. In this case, fewer flaps and a (little) extra speed might be easier on the plane. Something I don't really see discussed is level of proficiency. When I was operations officer of VT-28 (Navy advanced training squadron), If one of my instructor pilots had not flown with a student in the past two weeks, he was required to fly with another instructor to bring his scan and proficiency level back to an acceptable level. Yes, you can lose your "edge" after only two weeks. For someone like Ed that flies often, 30 flap proficiency is easy. For Joe pilot that flies once every one, two, or three weeks, 30 flap proficiency will not be there for him. Everyone should fly within their abilities and level of proficiency and I suspect that will be different for each pilot.
  6. Passenger foot rest

    Todd, I have one in Tucson. Let's get together for breakfast someplace and you can measure away.
  7. Mystery Device

    It's called a header tank and holds 1.6 gal, 1.3 of which is useful. There is a big red light on the dash and when that's all the fuel you have left, the big red light comes on and you streak for the nearest runway.
  8. Broken Left Door Widow

    Gorilla tape should provide a temporary repair.
  9. New CTs arriving from Germany

    Put me in a corner, I did it!
  10. New CTs arriving from Germany

    One of my temporary jobs was to run a drug interdiction program that covered Colombia to the USA. I had many resources, including Navy AWAC's planes, ships, Balloons with radar, OPBAT helo's and well as all the Coast Guard resources. When we opened up business one morning, it was like we had swatted a bee's nest. There were bad guys diving for cover everywhere. We caught many during those three months. I do have many stories and I can tell you the Cartel's did not value the planes. They would put them down and walk away with their drugs. We even had one air drop his cargo and bail out. The plane went out into the Gulf on autopilot until it ran out of gas and crashed.
  11. New CTs arriving from Germany

    I chased drug smugglers with outside mirrors on their planes. When we say the mirrors we knew they were bad guys. Trouble is we would fly up under them 20 feet or so for identification and the mirrors would not detect us. We could see if the paint had dried.
  12. New CTs arriving from Germany

    A little like 3 Christmas's and maybe a Thanksgiving or two.
  13. ICON Fatal Accident

    I'm beginning to think that the airplane might not be a good deal at any price point. That is so sad.
  14. Lost track of my fuel in flight again - found economy

    Yikes Ed! Thanks for sharing.