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About sandpiper

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  • Birthday 09/15/1944

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    Independence, OR
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    flying, travel in motor home, EAA, airplanes and helicopters in general, automobiles, rifle and pistol shooting
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  1. Thanks Tom. Sewing shouldn't be a problem. Wife has a well equipped sewing/craft room.
  2. Thanks Darrell. These are good leads. I will follow up on them.
  3. On my CTSW, and I assume on the CTLS, there is a strap that holds up the back of the seat. Strap length can be adjusted by pressing a small metal device which has a lever to depress, then pulling the strap to desired length. That small metal device broke as I parked in front of my hangar last Thursday. Heard a pop and then something falling. Seat adjustment stayed put. Called Arian at FD USA to order a new one but they have none in stock. Suggested the best solution would be to find one on line. He called it a "no hook" turnbuckle but that isn't my vision of what a turnbuckle is. Maybe it's called a latch? He also said the FD sticker with a number on it is not a part number. I checked the parts manual but part number is for the combination strap and latch. Does anyone know what this latch is called and where I can find one. Does anyone have one they are willing to sell?
  4. Let us know how that works out for you.😈
  5. NC Bill - as an aside, seems we started flying the same way. In 1965 ROTC gave me a FREE private ticket. Well, maybe not free. There was the matter of the pesky little contract we had to sign. No regrets though. I don't need hang it up yet but I know the time is getting closer.
  6. Spending more for a quality plane may save you money in the long run. Darrell mentioned CTDan. You may want to PM him to see if he will talk about his experience. If $79K is a stretch for you, consider (very carefully) a partner. Partnerships can work but you have to have the right chemistry.
  7. Continuing with the thread creep😁. I've got 12.2 KW worth of solar panels on my roof, 48 panels facing due south. I have never seen them put out more than about 10.4KW when the sun is dead on. Since they are fixed, no tracking motors, their average output is far less. This is at 5 years old. Probably be less every year. They generally provide all of our yearly power needs such that our monthly power bills are for the meter only, $10.41. Have considered a battery bank but Tesla would probably insist we use theirs. They say we need three of their units at $21K installed. I think not. A generator would be far cheaper for the few times we have had outages Unfortunately, or maybe fortunately, we don't own them. They belong to Tesla who gave us a fixed rate for 20 years. Right now that's about 4 cents a Kw less than the power company charges.
  8. Call to verify mogas before you go.
  9. I have played with this a few times over 14 years of ownership. Consistently gives 2-3 KIAS increase. In a 4 hour flight this would put you 12 NM further along max. That's about 6 minutes. Not enough to make much difference and since most of my flights are way less than 4 hours...........πŸ₯±. The only time I put it to practical use was when trying to keep up with a neighbors RV-12πŸš€. Wasn't much good then, either.
  10. A big benefit of ownership, in addition to Towner's excellent points, is that everything is as you left it after the last flight. Seat is where you want it, as are radio frequencies, charts, tools, etc. If you don't have sole ownership you don't know if the plane has been abused. For example, a hard landing that caused some damage you didn't catch on preflight but now you get the blame for. Or, maybe another pilot severely overheated the engine. The list goes on. As for costs, you can reduce those by doing your own work and inspections. For an E-LSA you only need the 16 hour course. If S-LSA you need the 3 week course which isn't cheap but will pay for itself quickly. Just be aware of your limitations. Just because you have a license to do a task doesn't mean you should. If you can afford it, own it.
  11. No. At my initial climb speed of 60K I get about 5100. After accelerating at about 500" to 86KIAS It might be getting closer to 5200. My prop is pitched to give me 5600 RPM with level flight at 3000' MSL full throttle. I won't repitch to get 5200 on my initial climb.
  12. Bill, I agree that the manual states Vx at 0 degrees flaps is 66KIAS. But, if you go to the Flight Design USA web site which, unlike my erroneous AOI with revision date of 30-Dec-2006, they have an updated revision dated 29-Apr-2008. Look under their "Flight Training" and click on "Pilots Useful Documents".Then download AOI CTSW and go to page 8-4, section 8.4 Normal Take Off. There it tells us to climb at 51K with 15 degrees flaps at MTOW of 600 kg (1320#). I have always taken that to mean that Vx with flaps 15 is 51K and is the configuration/speed to use to get over a 50' obstacle. I don't like doing it but the plane is capable unless the engine stumbles or quits. Then it becomes unsafe and potentially deadly. I think anyone putting themselves in a position to have to do this to get over an obstacle is nuts and shouldn't have put themselves in that position in the first place. I know my CTSW at gross, at my home airport which is 175" MSL, will do it but it makes me uncomfortable. Anyway, not trying to be argumentative. Just trying to present my best case. But, if my interpretation is wrong, I would really like to know.
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