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Doug G.

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About Doug G.

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    Master Star Fighter
  • Birthday 11/15/1949

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    Fargo, ND
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    Aviation history through WWII, American history, creative writing, EAA esp. Young Eagles
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  1. Merry Christmas & Happy 2017!

    It has been a year already, but the sentiment still is the same. God’s blessings.
  2. Won’t take the place of my D2 Charlie. Which reminds me...I have a lightly used D2 Bravo for sale. PM me if you are interested.
  3. CTLS landing for beginners

    I used 0° for a long time but challenged myself to start using 15° first when it was fairly calm and now use it the except in stiff crosswinds. Now I am working on full flaps in calm conditions. The slower speeds mean less wear on tires and brakes and a bit more control once the nose wheel is down and, of course, it is very helpful and sometimes necessary for short field. I would encourage you to work at all configurations. Slightly different note - there have been a couple of in air fires (not FD) in the area so at my last BFR the CFI showed me a 45° spiraling dive that brought us down at near Vne and over 2500 fpm without exceeding legal angles. He said it is taught to airline pilots. I should add that it was a calm and smooth day. Interesting and fun stuff.
  4. Cabin heat

    Kent has retired and Stanton is no longer much help with FD airplanes. (I have not heard of him doing any work on the side.) Kent was really good but I don’t begrudge him retiring. I do miss chatting with him on occasion.
  5. It was a good foundation for me. I had experience with engines and electronics. I had none with the rules and regs of LS or some of the specifics of Rotax and airframe. Having said that I have spent a good deal of time talking with folks on this forum. And lots of calls to FD, Roger, and others with experience. The classes were great but I took more Rotax classes. Joining Rotax Owner was also very helpful. It ain’t easy and there have been times when I would have liked to let someone else do it. But, it is a part of the fun too. If I took it to a local A&P I would have to spend time and/or money getting them to know FD and Rotax. And even then I would wonder if I could trust them. (“I taught him all I know and he still don’t know nuthin’!”) 😎
  6. Does this get you to your repairman Certificate?
  7. Wingtip Repair

    They haven’t offered one for a long time, have they? Doesn’t anyone teach carbon fiber repair except FD?
  8. Wingtip Repair

    I have been trained in and done fiberglass repair. How much different is carbon fiber repair? (Especially for small repairs.) FD requires training for LSRM folks, but no longer provides it. Where can I get the training, if I need it? Thanks
  9. Hobbs vs Tach time

    My Dynon has Hobbs which does not agree with the physical meter.
  10. 2018 CT’s

    It does not mention autopilot, for instance.
  11. 2018 CT’s

    Priced with 7" Dynons not Skyview. I wonder about some of the other options.
  12. I am surprised Bernoulli has not come up. So I guess I just did.😎
  13. Climbing at -6 degrees vs 0 degrees?

    Pages 5-8 through 5-13 in the CTLS POH give roll and takeoff distances for flap settings and weight.
  14. Climbing at -6 degrees vs 0 degrees?

    Yes, lift, drag, speed (or rather thrust), and AOA are all related, but your argument is semantic. You can use the lower drag to create more speed, or more lift, or both. There are, of course catalogs of wing designs that have different L/D ratios that have no relationship to weight at all. In fact the formula for calculating L/D does not involve weight. Once you add relative wind (by whatever method) you generate lift which is not related to weight. Oh, and I did not say lift remained the same at 0° as at -6°. How do you define the chord of a wing. Does it change when the flaps are lowered?
  15. So long Flight Design......

    Don't they raise the CTLS weight to 1450 (or something like that) when you use floats?