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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. A problem with the voltage regulator and charging the 912ULS in an RV-12. It took about 30 seconds to exhaust my knowledge about the problem. I’m not sure about the regulator they used to replace the old one.
  2. Change to matco. I was glad I did years ago.
  3. I don’t carry a tube or any tools to pull the wheel off and fix a flat. but, for as long as I can remember I have carried one of those aerosol fix-a-flat cans. Never had to use one. These are the clamps I use.
  4. My Matco wheels/brakes are not like what is shown in the video. My plane, a 2007 CTSW, came with the Italian jobs. I replaced them early on with what might be the first Matco design for the CT. The Matco designation is WHLW162L. I have the Tundra gear with 6:00x6 tires. The wheels do not have the large, flat mating area that easily joins up as shown in the video. The mating surface on mine is very narrow and "slotted" for a precise fit. I also use Goodyear Custom III's or Desser which are really stiff compared to the thin rags that came on the plane. These tires resist punctures from thorns. To get the wheel halves mated requires the use of 3 or 4 clamps to squeeze the sidewalls to the point where the wheel halves come together. When the halves are together there is no way to verify the tube is not being pinched. You just have to hope you did a good job of separation as the halves come together. Some people use a cord which can be used to run around between the wheel and tube to verify the tube isn't being pinched just prior to tightening the bolts. One time I tried starting with longer bolts to bring the halves close enough together to swap the long bolts for the factory bolts. Worked pretty good except that was the only time in 13 years I pinched the tube. Didn't do it that way again! There's got to be an easier way. Anyone?
  5. Excellent article. Thanks for posting.
  6. I think they are the same. My 2007 came with tundra gear on the Italian wheels and 6.00x6 tires . I switched to Matco (just the mains) about 11 years ago and have had no issues with the Matco wheels and 6.00x6 tires.
  7. sandpiper

    CTLS crash

    So, do you hear the rub before or after the prop starts taking chunks out of the asphalt?
  8. sandpiper

    CTLS crash

    50's & 60"s. Not so much in the 70"s.
  9. Is that what Forrest Gump meant when he said life was like a box of chocolates?
  10. Sandpiper, what is that towing device you have?  I recently bought a 2008 CTLS and I have to taxi thru grass to reach my hanger. It’s rough, and I have to use a lot of power to get thru it. I’m getting grass all over my oil cooler, prop, and wheel pants. 
    Would your tow pull me thru?

  11. sandpiper

    CTLS crash

    Condolences to family and friends.
  12. The mystery is solved! Now I can blame all my bad flying on something. The right stick is 1/2" closer to the side of the center console than the left stick is. Then I measured to the outside wall of the aircraft and found the left stick is 1/2" closer to the outer wall than is the right stick. Even so, I cannot blame this 1/2" difference for bad flying. Both stick straight up out of the floor and seem to center between my legs. Flying mostly from the left side I simply weld my left forearm to my left leg for a comfortable fit. Then, as Tom says, simply put the stick where it needs to be to fly level. For me, unless I can't trim out the pressure I have to put on the stick, I don't think about where the stick is. I simply put the stick where it needs to be for the plane to be where I want it. Now, maybe your controls are not rigged properly? Does the CT2K have 3 axis trim?
  13. Plastic planes creak. If mine didn't then I would get worried!
  14. Bill, Whatever you do, unless you will use the plane in your business, don't try to justify this purchase monetarily. You can't, in my opinion, justify ownership expenses that way. For me, I think it's a mental health thing. My plane, and keeping my proficiency up, are important to my mental and physical well being. I think many others feel the same way. If you want to fly and can afford to fly, then do it. Before it's too late. One day, I know, will be my last flight. But until then, ......................... Ownership, to me, has always outweighed any "headache" (your word, not mine) of owning. Over 54 years of flying I have owned eight planes and enjoyed every one of them
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