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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, building my RV-12, airplanes and helicopters in general, automobiles, rifle and pistol shooting
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  1. If I remember correctly, in that configuration my stall will be somewhere less than 39KIAS. At those low airspeeds the air speed indicator is not accurate. And I do get some float when 200 or so pounds below max gross especially with a low flare. . That book number is for a gross weight aircraft. The book also says that if you are landing off airport due to an engine failure your short final airspeed should be 45KIAS. I suggest you keep it at book numbers until you are thoroughly comfortable and proficient in the aircraft. As your proficiency increases you can experiment at 49KIAS then 48KIAS, etc. For me, if I can't get in at 50KIAS on short final then I don't need to go there.
  2. Best of all it has cup holders!! Seriously though, I would love to have one. They seem to have checked the right boxes for significant improvement to the CTLS. And, cupholders would come in handy on many of my flights. Seriously. Probably never will have one though as it would take 3 times what I would get for my CTSW. About the weight they publish, 770#.. I wonder how that plays out in real life. For example my CTSW, which I bought new in early 2007, according to the literature was supposed to weigh 680#. Wasn't even close at 751#. And, it does not have a D120 nor autopilot. 770# would be great but you would have to have the discipline to skip some (all) of the options. Good work FD!!
  3. Maybe to help tame the notorious "stick bump"??
  4. My plane has never been washed. I use Composiclean a couple of times a month. More frequently during bug season. In between I use a California Duster to keep the dust off. When the belly gets dirty I use Oil Eater followed by Composiclean. Plane is always hangared. This has worked just fine for 12 years. In the end analysis I really don't spend that much on Composiclean.
  5. sandpiper


    I went with a GTX 345 for in and out. Replaced my 396 with an Aera 660 for the display. I would have liked a larger display but the 660 fits in the same panel space as the 396.
  6. It's been six years since I last did mine and I forgot that I, too, needed help. Technically it is easy but requires someone stronger (and maybe younger) than me to make it a one person operation.
  7. For Roger and Tom, a 15-20 minute job. For most of us, a little longer. But, it is easy. A seven year old kid with the rickets could probably do it.
  8. I agree with Tom. I owned a Lake amphibian for three years and have a reasonable amount of experience flying floats in Beavers, C-185, C-206 etc. I come from Alaska where float planes are a fairly common sight and every summer I flew float planes. Not for a living but for CAP which had a variety of interesting aircraft. Most of the working, and pleasure, water planes in Alaska are float planes although there are still some of the Grumman Goose and Widgeon variety around. Many put their float planes on skis in the winter. Can't do that with a hull airplane. Although you can land a hull plane on snow it was rare to hear of anyone doing so. High wing float planes, in my experience, are easier to dock and easier to get on/off of at a rocky or brushy shoreline. On the other hand, when I had my Lake I had favorite places where I could put the gear down and taxi onto the beach. So, again, depends on your mission. I don't know that one is any safer than the other. Both types have their quirks. Most of the accidents I was aware of probably would have happened with either type of plane. Most seemed to have to do with weather, being overloaded or trying to operate where they should never have been. Water flying is just plane fun! And, yes, my use of "plane" vs "plain" is intentional.
  9. Spoilers as Tom mentioned. Either as part of wing covers or individually strapped down "rolls". I have seen both ways. I have even seen people strap on two by fours. Anything to kill the lift.
  10. I have the plane plus 3 mogas vehicles in my hangar/garage and don't smell gas unless it is coming out the gas cap and vent. I think I would smell 100LL under the same circumstances. Maybe my nose isn't sensitive to those smells?
  11. About the chamois. It's been years since I did this but I remember something about gas only flowing in one direction through a chamois. We did it to keep water and debris out when refueling from cans in remote areas of Alaska. So, if you really see a need to do this, try turning the chamois over. Otherwise, do what the rest of us are doing.
  12. Sorry the picture is inverted. I was doing good just to get it here!
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