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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. By the way, Happy New Year to you, Lynn, and all forum members.
  2. Thanks Roger. I have the oversize pin but did not need to use it. I also have the oversize pucks I got from you but once I had them on, I had trouble getting the nuts on. Not enough thread. So, used and extra set of smaller pucks I had from 2013 when I did the original conversion. Once I got the nuts on, and torqued, I could see there would be plenty of thread if I had used the bigger pucks. At that point, having had to fight to get the smaller pucks installed, I decided just to leave it with the smaller pucks. With the new pucks, and a rebalance, it's smooth as silk. If there is a next time, I will use the bigger pucks.
  3. Just completed my condition inspection and want to share what I found when I took the nose gear off the plane and disassembled. About two weeks ago a shimmy began in the nose wheel when letting it down on landing roll out. My first thought was one or more balance weights had come off. That wasn't it. Teardown revealed that one of the six pucks (the bottom one) had mostly disintegrated. Fortunately had new parts on hand so rebuilt it and balanced the wheel. All is good now. There was not any other damage nor were there any hard landings. I installed the original pucks in March 2013 (328 hours) when I replaced the spring with the pucks. I have not taken it apart since then until now (723 hours). Although there is no requirement to take it apart provided external inspections check out, perhaps that was a mistake.
  4. My '07 was basic analog from the factory. I had a D100 and my 396 installed by the FD western distributor. Never had a stall warning. I've since had it upgraded for ADS-B in and out replacing the 396 with an Aera 660 and GTX345 transponder. What would have to be done to get stall warning? I assume programming the D100??
  5. Removing and replacing the stabilator is not a difficult task. Go for it.
  6. As Darrell says, the plane doesn't care what its groundspeed is. Just watch out for turbulence which often comes with high wind speeds. Especially, but not always, over mountains. A good wx brief and review of pireps will help. Ed C. can be a good resource about mountain flying.
  7. I use this remote tug. After my second back surgery my wife said “maybe you should get one of these”. Do I really need it? No. In and out of my hangar is flat and smooth. Tom will recommend against and he has a point. If this plane was a rental or shared ownership I would not have bought it. Potential for damage must be considered. So far, after about 5 years use I have not damaged the plane. Since I do my own maintenance, and understand how damage could happen, all has been well- so far. There are less expensive tugs but, after seeing a couple in my airpark, this is what I wanted.
  8. Living on the left coast I drove my stab to Lone Mountain Aviation in Las Vegas. Thought was I could spend some time on the strip winning enough money to pay for the repair. That didn't end well. 😢 They don't keep all those lights on by giving away money!
  9. Go to the 3 week course to get your LSRM-A. That is available from Rainbow and others. That, and a couple of Rotax courses and you can take care of your plane. You will need to know your limitations and ask for help when needed. I did Rainbow (with Roger) in 2008. So far, I have done all the work on my CTSW. The course was 4K at the time but I have saved many times that. Or, go experimental and only the 2 day course is required. If you are not mechanically inclined you might not want to work on your plane.
  10. OOPS! Good catch Tom. That's exactly what I meant.
  11. Towners' pre-buy "by somebody that knows what they are doing" x2. Also, a pre-buy should be done by somebody who is not familiar with the airplane.
  12. Good job Darrell! I'm about to do my annual and have the same problem. Will likely follow your lead.
  13. Check with your insurance agent. At my advanced age, 77, my agent told me no retractable and no tailwheels. Didn't care that I had plenty of time in each and no accidents ever. Also said if I switched to a C-182 my insurance, for same hull coverage, would be half what it is for my CTSW. The CTSW apparently has an accident rate 4 times that of a C-172. Fuel burn for a 182 with a carb will be about 12.5 gph on average. That's what mine burned. A fixed gear Cardinal with 180 hp and constant speed would be great but a good one will be expensive. As stated above, there are sellers that will flat out lie and not feel any remorse. For these older planes a thorough pre-buy from someone familiar with the type, is more important than ever. Plan on the equivalent of an annual inspection plus travel costs. When I bought my last 182, about 20 years ago, I finally bought the third one I had a pre-buy done on. Beware the pretty face. Currently it's a sellers market and prices have gone crazy. Good luck.
  14. Yep, at least $4K should be taken off the price for costs and inconvenience of getting the chute up to date. Also, make sure you get a pre-buy from someone who knows what they are looking at.
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