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Everything posted by sandpiper

  1. Cable Maintenance

    That's a great tip. I can put it to use immediately! Thanks Bill!
  2. Prop Issue -- Cosmetic or Serious?

    I don't have the knowledge or experience to give you an answer or even a guess as to the integrity of the prop. I do know that a prop coming apart once airborne is often deadly so were it me I would ground the aircraft until cleared by someone with experience specific to Neuform or similar. Arian has been suggested. Maybe he has a contact at Neuform. To me, it's not worth the risk. I suspect you feel the same way. If there were any doubts I would spend the $$ for a new prop rather than worry about it going forward. Not too many years ago at the Albany, OR airport the local EAA chapter was conducting Young Eagle flights. The airplane involved in this incident was one of the RV series, the prop may have been one of the MT models that most if not all have removed from their planes, and the Young Eagle was on his very first flight in a small plane. Apparently a blade was thrown but the pilot got the plane safely on the ground. No injuries but the plane was damaged beyond repair. Among other damage, the fuselage was twisted. I think the seat cushions may have also been stained. Anyway, that incident is the only one I know of where there were survivors. Most of the time the planes occupants are not as lucky. Hopefully this will turn out to be cosmetic.
  3. Upgraded RV-12 Kit

    Andy - there is a fair amount of match drilling to be done. And, all edges need to be finished and almost all pre-drilled holes require deburring. Edge finishing and deburring take up about 50% of the build. Of course, you don't have to do this. But, if you take pride in your work you will put this effort into it. I have seen a good builders work, and the work of builders that are incompetent or who don't care. When you sell the plane shoddy workmanship will affect the price. Worst case scenario will be cracks where you can't easily get to them. Fortunately, or maybe unfortunately, I live in an airpark full of builders. Some are repeat offenders. Others have built three or more aircraft. The EAA is very active here. I can't get away with anything.
  4. Kennel Storage?

    In a Sport Cruiser you could just put the dog in a wing locker and skip the kennel. JOKING!! Seriously, whatever you do make sure the kennel is secure. I'm not sure I would want to do double duty with the seat belt like you are suggesting.
  5. Upgraded RV-12 Kit

    Good question Duane. Perhaps the next time Feb. 29th is on a Tuesday?
  6. Upgraded RV-12 Kit

    I am 8 years into a 2 year RV-12 project. Many have said if I got rid of my flying airplane the build would go faster. Known everything except the engine/prop. Fuselage, wing and empennage kits are done so I have pieces that actually look like an airplane. Currently working on the wiring part of the finish kit. Knowing what I know now, I would not have taken this on. And, I have many advantages others may not have. I live 30 miles from Vans. The airpark is full of builders many of whom are repeat offenders. I belong to a very active EAA chapter. Knowledge, skills and abilities abound. Any tool I don't have is readily available. Plus, I'm retired. Some people are builders, some are flyers. I'd rather fly. One thing I know for certain - I will never again ask a builder what's taking so long!! It's still gonna fly on Tuesday.
  7. Rolls in a CT?

    You would become a test pilot if you do. Do you feel lucky?? It is Friday the 13th.
  8. Wheel pants vibration

    Some say to put put some wheel weights on the rear "wall" of the pant just behind the tire and that this will help reduce the vibration. I tried it several years ago and didn't see a noticeable improvement. Probably didn't have the patience to do it right. This problem is not unique to the FD. I've had about 6 Cessnas over the years and they all did it. Lived in Alaska so no pants. The worst was probably a C-180 with 8:50's. What I'd really like to reduce is stick bump. Am tempted to put a plastic piece inboard of the flaps like on the CTLS to see if that will help my CTSW. Anybody messed around with a cure for stick bump?
  9. Mine was done just like yours, also 10 years ago, but in a different color, still maintaining access to under floor bins. Like yours, it is not showing wear from where my heels rest.
  10. CTLS vs CTSW

    Several years back FD gave a 1600 + pound approval for the two Swiss CTLS planes to fly around the world. That tells us something about the planes capability but I'm sure there were caveats to go with that approval.
  11. White trim tape

    I've been using it on my plane since new 10 years ago. Works well.
  12. Mounting of GPS antenna for ADSB in.

    Andy - I thought the FAA only required "OUT" or did I miss something? But, without "IN", you don't get traffic or weather as I understand it. To me that's the best part. The shop installed the GPS antenna for my Garmin 345 transponder on top immediately adjacent to the left flap. Works great.
  13. iFly 740b Install

    Beats $150 a pop. I think the reason for the higher cost on 396/496 is that Garmin is phasing out support for them?
  14. iFly 740b Install

    I forget what I paid for my Aera 660 updates but it's an annual subscription.
  15. iFly 740b Install

  16. iFly 740b Install

    If you don't want to go through all these modifications you could opt for a Garmin Aera 66o. The Airgizmo dock for the 660 is the same size as for the 496. I did this installation along with a Garmin 345 transponder to satisfy my ADS-B in/out. Pricey but I like it. I also have the iFly 740 on a suction cup mount on the right side of the panel. Andy, you and I have the same steam gauge set up on the right side so you also have space for the suction cup mount. With a little bit of silicone adhesive my suction cup stays on . Just a thought.
  17. Cabin size CTLS vs CTSW

    You could always look at a FD MT (metal technology, I think) which has a wider cockpit than the CT's and more headroom since it has struts therefore no carry through spar. It is slower than the CT's but I'd rather have a plane I can fit in as opposed to being uncomfortable all the time. Eric (Copper City) had one for sale for awhile. Don't know if he still does.
  18. New Project

  19. 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.
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. 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!!
  24. CTSW - landing mishaps

    Tom, you are right. Exactly what I do. I guess I don't even think about it anymore.
  25. 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.