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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. Special Day

    Congrats to your son. And congrats to you and Cheryl. I tried teaching my now FedEx Captain daughter to fly back in the day. Found out I didn't have the patience to teach a family member.
  2. landing tail draggers

    There are actually 3 camps on how to land a tail dragger. The three point The wheelie The three point transitioned to a wheelie. All have their camps, and their place.
  3. Continued Use of Battery Charger?

    I have kept a charger I got from Lockwood in 2007 continuously plugged in while my plane is in the hangar. I replaced the first battery in 2016 at 9 years old just because. It was working fine, I just figured I was pushing my luck.. My plane does lead a sheltered life. The hangar has never been colder than 50F nor hotter than 80F. If you have an Odyssey battery, get the correct type of charger and leave it plugged in 24/7 while the plane is parked.
  4. Broken Left Door Widow

    Also, what is the maximum gross weight allowed in your country? I'm wondering if Flight Design certified it for 1320 pounds(660KG) like in our country or if yours has a higher gross.
  5. CTSW - landing mishaps

    True, but I still like to verify. I keep my cross check moving until I flare. Then I no longer care what the airspeed shows. Same on take off. I don't look at airspeed until climbing when I use it to verify my pitch is correct. So, everyone is right!!
  6. CTSW - landing mishaps

    Tom, you are right. Exactly what I do. I guess I don't even think about it anymore.
  7. Routines are good and, generally, should be started over if interrupted. I had two embarrassing experiences due to a broken routine. One was in a CAP C-310 where I had to abort a take off from Elmendorf AFB in front of a bunch of F-15 jocks due to a pitot cover. Tower kept insisting they send out an emergency response team which I talked them out of. Hopefully the F-15's only had UHF but they could hear the towers end of the conversation. The other was in my C-206 on taxi for take off at Anchorage Merrill Field. As I passed a flight school a student asked if I knew I had a big red tow bar on my nose wheel. Like as if I cared what color it was! I did thank her as I pulled the mixture and fessed up to ground control.
  8. I put my oil cap on the pilots side floor. That way, hopefully, I won't forget it.
  9. CTSW - landing mishaps

    I am a numbers guy once on final. Before that I just fly the plane. I may have different speeds in the pattern depending on traffic. Do I need to be faster or slower. Those of us who have flown for a while can do that. A newby, however, needs structure until they have the necessary experience to deviate
  10. Debris in float bowl

    On 12/31 I was doing a last flight before hose change to get the fuel level down. On climb out about 600' AGL the engine began to run rough and lose RPM. Immediately reduced power and it smoothed out and ran fine. Terminated flight and dropped the float bowls. Both had debris in various sizes. The largest being maybe a little bigger than the period at the end of this sentence. I suspected debris in the bowl as soon as it began running rough. Classic symptoms. I will check filters tomorrow and proceed to pull the engine and do the 5 year hose change and replace motor mounts.
  11. Wheel pants vibration

    Bought my 2007 CTSW with Tundra gear when new. I am the only pilot. It has about 530 hours now. Replaced the rubber washers immediately after purchase. The wheel pants have vibrated slightly since day one. Also stick bump since day one. Back when Roger Heller was alive and lived just up the road I asked to fly his 2007 CTSW to compare. His was the same. My brain pretty much tuned this out since then.
  12. CTLS K&N Air Filter model #

    I was gonna put mine in the sun to dry today but didn't know how to get to 5000 Ft so I could find it.
  13. 2007 CTSW $63,900 Off Market!!

    If you decide not to go with your FAA guy for conversion to E-LSA, there is a DAR in my airpark that can do it. It would cost you expenses plus his fee. He would probably fly over in his RV-7. Let me know if you want his contact information.
  14. Rotax 16 hour class question??

    Just remember anyone, including a trunk monkey, can do work on an experimental aircraft. But, unless you built it EAB (experimental, amateur built) you will need the 16 hour course and the appropriate FAA certificate to sign off inspections on an E-LSA but only if it's yours. If EAB you don't need the 16 hour course but you still need a FAA certificate to sign off inspections and that only works for the original builder. If you didn't build the EAB the "anyone can work on it" still applies but an A&P would be required to sign off inspections. For S-LSA you need the 3 week course then you can work on and sign off inspections on any S-LSA. Being an A&P works too. And, what Andy says about just because you can, doesn't mean you should, is right on. About 7 years ago a cylinder head cost about $2K, probably a lot more now. So, screw up a valve job and you could have a major expense.