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  1. sandpiper

    CTSW vs. Legend 600

    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.
  2. sandpiper

    CTSW vs. Legend 600

    Depends on your mission.
  3. sandpiper

    Tying down in strong winds

    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.
  4. sandpiper

    do I need to filter mogas?

    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?
  5. sandpiper

    do I need to filter mogas?

    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.
  6. sandpiper

    do I need to filter mogas?

  7. sandpiper

    ADS-B out/in upgrade

    Sorry the picture is inverted. I was doing good just to get it here!
  8. sandpiper

    ADS-B out/in upgrade

    Robin, I have the same installation (GTX-345 and Aera 660) that you will have. The shop I used got the MRA instructions from FD USA. Your shop will need to do the same. The instructions specify the antenna will go on the cabin roof but the precise location seems to have been left to the shop and Garmin install instructions. Mine seems to be located similar to Garretts except it is lined up with the center of the left hand flap. This install was 2 years ago and there have been no problems. A bigger screen would have been nice for an easier read of the traffic information but a quick tap of the target enlarges the info and adds additional info.
  9. I use Composiclean products @ composiclean.com. They make a wash product, a spray cleaner product which is mainly what I use, and a product called Haze Glaze. I also use oil eater on the belly about once a year followed with the spray cleaner. Dish soap will strip off any wax that may be on the surface. I have never used dish soap on any car or plane I have ever owned.
  10. I would say to PM me but Roger knows almost as much as I do. That's why I frequently call him - I just want to see if he knows the answer.I haven't stumped him yet! Seriously though, Roger has always been my go to guy for answers. But, if you just want to talk about my 12 years of ownership then PM your number.
  11. sandpiper

    ELSA possible fuel flow fix???

    Unless there is a reasonable way to install a header tank I'm not gonna lose any sleep over it.🎯
  12. sandpiper

    Mactan Cebu to Sicogon Is

    Thank you for sharing. These are great pictures!
  13. sandpiper

    Who's got the best price for Oil and Filters?

    So, you've used this in your Rotax 912 for how many hours??
  14. sandpiper

    Hi! Introduction and some questions

    Wait until you have to pay for the paint!!
  15. sandpiper

    Kona, Hawaii fly in

    In the 1960's I used to go to the beach At Barbers Point. Beautiful beach and a good way to get away from the crowds at Waikiki.
  16. sandpiper

    A Good Day

    A great accomplishment! Watch for the day the student becomes the teacher. Congratulations to your son.
  17. Maybe consider a RV-12? These can be had EAB, E-LSA and S-LSA. Would one of these categories get you out of the AULA classification? If you were to go with any of the RV EAB aircraft the trick is using an experienced RV tech inspector. We have one here who is also a DAR. I don't know where you are in Canada but I know he has traveled to Canada for inspections. We all know a good pre-buy is essential for purchase of any aircraft but for EAB you need that plus someone experienced (preferably) with that or similar make/model. You already know that build quality can vary widely. My 2 cents. Good luck.
  18. sandpiper

    My wall and shop didn't make it through Christmas

    Good to hear you are alright. Property damage can always be repaired. USAA is about as good as it gets. I've been a member since 1967.
  19. sandpiper

    Life Limited parts available

    Thanks Roger. Thanks Bill. I may give that a try. If I understand correctly you apply this directly to the existing door seal? Doesn't that make the door difficult to latch? The trouble I had with the FD CTLS seal was that it added just enough thickness that the doors would not latch. I was afraid I might spring the door or damage the hinges. I suppose I could have relocated the hinges outboard but was not willing to try that. I'm probably overthinking this.
  20. sandpiper

    Life Limited parts available

    Roger - do you have door seals for the CTSW? FD shipped me some that are for the CTLS which the factory said also fit the CTSW. They don't fit. Unless you don't want to latch the doors. Full disclosure - FDUSA said they might not fit but I decided to try them anyway.
  21. sandpiper

    Life Limited parts available

    If I can do it, you can too!
  22. sandpiper

    Stick Shake

    On later airplanes FD "semi" fixed the problem with a thin vertical piece of material at the edge of the fuselage next to the flap. I don't know what else they may have done. Could this constant shaking have caused the stabilator attach bracket crack recently noted? I wonder if the same could be done to the CTSW? E-LSA of course.
  23. sandpiper

    Stick Shake

    I bought my CTSW new in 2007. It has always had the notorious "stick bump" in cruise. At first I was concerned and flew a couple of other identical airframes. They were all the same. I have no autopilot so that has nothing to do with it. Irritating but normal. If anyone has a fix to eliminate or tone it down I would be interested.
  24. sandpiper

    Overthinking the Pattern

    Answers in red. I might be prejudice.
  25. sandpiper

    Weight increase on our CTs?

    Kent - I think it was more than instruments and avionics. The bare airframe got beefier.