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  1. sandpiper

    Two More Failed Ignition Modules

    I don't know the answer to that. Seems to me it wasn't much of a problem on newer engines. But, I've been wrong before.
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    Two More Failed Ignition Modules

    In a way, Rotax did acknowledge this a few years back when they ran a "special" by selling two new modules with one part number for a total of about $1,000. I think all of those have been sold so are no longer available. At the time, even though my original modules were working, I invested in these because all evidence seemed to point to failure being almost a sure thing on 2006/2007 CTSW's. Sure enough, within a year I needed them. Andy, I know this doesn't help but I just wanted to point out that they did acknowledge the problem - sort of. Perhaps they should have done a lot more since this failure seems widespread.
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    LSA rules changing??

    I am hearing reports from people returning from AirVenture that LSA rules are in the process of being changed. Won't be effective for two years. Weights will go up, increase in stall speeds, in cockpit adjustable props, max airspeed to be increased, etc. Does anyone have more information about this and how it may effect existing LSA such as our CT's??
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    Rotax Upgrade to iS?

    There was(is) an aftermarket FI you can get but I don't know how much work is required ti put it on. Don't know the price either but it's probably more than most want to pay.
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    LSA rules changing??

    That would be tough to take but I would be surprised (pleasantly) if FD allowed it. They would have to do a lot of performance testing and write new ops manuals plus who knows what else. Approving the Swiss 1645# for around the world into all sorts of weather says volumes about the airplane. Approving 1500# would be just fine as it would give me a usefull equal to my empty weight. We should be able to convert to ELSA and establish a higher gross. Sounds easy but I am sure there are obstacles in the way.🦏
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    LSA rules changing??

    It's hard to find specs on the LE. One article alludes to the wing being beefed up, another says the only change allowing the 1500# is that it has to be a Public Aircraft. So far I haven't found anything about the BRS except that it has one.
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    LSA rules changing??

    I think that any weight increase in our CT's, should FD be so inclined, would be limited by the BRS.
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    ADS-B problem

    I don't think just tightening grounds is the answer. You need to take them apart and scotchbrite (scuff) all the connections - even if they look clean.
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    LSA rules changing??

    A friend who was there said he heard the same thing. Not sure how this would affect ELSA.
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    Fuel starvation

    Too bad they didn't come with a header tank. Seems that would solve the issue. Since Andy is experimental maybe he could retrofit one and sell the kit to the rest of us who would have added incentive to go experimental.If it worked, I'd do it.
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    Another oil temp question?

    Thank you.
  12. sandpiper

    Another oil temp question?

    Pictures?
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    Prop balance question?

    I had mine balanced. It made a positive difference.
  14. I've never experienced tire melt but one year I flew my Alaskan plane down to Bakersfield from Fairbanks. Tied it down and when I came back a week later there were puddles of grease around each wheel. It was not used to 110F temperatures. I have done two 5 year hose replacements on my 2007 CTSW and have found just the materials to be in the $1,000 to $1200 range if memory serves. In 2008 I took, with Roger, the course from Rainbow that earned us a LSRM-A. I highly recommend it. However, if I had to pay myself for my time plus pay Roger for his telephonic help my cost per hour would soar! Since I am not in business doing this on a regular basis, I am a little slow. If Roger says 30 minutes to do a task, I'll take 90 minutes - or more. But, my work seems to come out pretty good. For example, earlier this year I did the 5 year hose change to include pulling the engine to install new engine mounts. Didn't have any pieces left over and all worked as intended for the airplane to be "in condition for safe operation" except one small coolant seep easily fixed. I won't tell you how long this took!! If you buy a Rotax powered plane you should take, as a minimum, the Rotax service class. Even if you never actually do your own oil changes, carb syncs, etc, the knowledge you gain will be worth it. Also, I would recommend membership in rotax-owner.com. About $30/year but I find the maintenance videos they make available to be invaluable. Finally, you will "want" a hangar even though you technically don't "need" one. Even if you have to have hangar and/or airplane partners. For me that would suck since I don't play well with others when it comes to my vehicles. But, sometimes ya gotta do what ya gotta do! Goog luck!!
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    Garmin GDL 82 ADS-B installed this week

    Not t0 mention the excellent pictures!
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    Fuel Sight Tubes

    I have changed my sight tubes without removing the wings. Just to see what was involved. As I recall I had to find a really small ratcheting wrench with a head that angled, and I modified some other tool that I can't remember. It was slow, frustrating work that, in the end, probably took as long as it would have taken to remove the wings. And as a side benefit, it'll give you a nifty pain in your neck and back before you are done. So, it is doable but not recommended. There ought to be a modification to install a glass sight tube like cubs have. That way it would be once and done.
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    Interesting Rotax engine failure.

    It did seem to be pretty polished.
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    Interesting Rotax engine failure.

    Maybe it was that non Rotax approved oil filter?? Just jokingHe did good
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    Think first and be mentally prepared

    Great video Roger. Thanks for posting. The cat survived. But when the aircraft stopped on the ground it was GONE!! The Beaver on floats was at Lake Hood Seaplane Base, Anchorage. The accident happened right in front of my office. I wasn't in at the time. Landed on many beaches in my younger, cheaper airplane, days. Gotta be able to read the sand. Soft, dry sands are problematic, as can be cross winds and a slope steeper than you think it is. And, don't forget, if the tide is out it's gonna come back in. Maybe while you're off fishing. Never wrecked one but I was pretty cautious. That red/white RV(?) was going to flip even if he was on the beach. He made the choice to get wet. Maybe because he didn't want to hit anyone?
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    Adding AoA to a CTSW

    The AOA for the RV-12 looks like a static port and is placed on the underside of the wing a few inches aft of the leading edge. Completely separate from the pitot. Maybe it could be done on the CT? Why separate from the pitot you may ask? Because the -12 has the pitot in the prop hub. Why in the prop hub? Because Van's designed it so the wings would be easily removable for trailering and garage storage. I bet if you polled all the owners you would find 99% of them only take the wings off because it is required at annual.
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    Outside air temp probe placement

    Clear of the flap? Is that why my right flap doesn't go all the way down and the plane roles?? Joking of course. It's installed as Roger indicated. It's maybe 2-3" below the flap hinge and an inch or two aft. No need to involve the wings. It would be hard to interfere with the flaps but somebody probably could find a way!
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    Outside air temp probe placement

    I moved mine so it is under the right flap. Works like it should now.
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    Outside air temp probe placement

    Ditto!
  24. sandpiper

    Oil Change instructions

    The bigger the hammer the better the job!
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