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About coppercity

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  • Birthday 02/27/1974

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    Bisbee, Arizona
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  1. Low Cost ADS/B solutions

    I have tested the Echo Esx, Sky Beacon and SkyFYX but not yet installed the Echo Uat. The Dynon dual band ADSB receiver is built by Uavionix and is the receive half of the Echo Uat so plenty of installs on those.
  2. Low Cost ADS/B solutions

    No control panel needed for the Echo UAT with SkyFYX. Setup is performed via wifi app on your phone, after that it just does its job
  3. Walt got a great airplane Adam! Thanks for the hospitality and looking forward to seeing what you fill the hanger with next . If it's a Cirrus, let us know, Cheryl and I are both Cirrus Instructors!
  4. Andy Loves UAVionix

    The Echo UAT with SkyFYX is a great way to go, thus far the reception of the Skybeacon on the CTLS wingtip has been problematic based on my testing.
  5. Help with Landings

    The CT is very "clean" airplane with the nose down so its very easy to get to fast on final if you are high. Even 30-35 flaps don't yield a high rate of descent just slower speed and steeper pitch down attitude allowing more time to descend to the runway. With 15 flaps, approach at 60KIAS and try to cross the numbers at 55KIAS for decreased floating. With 30-35 flap approach 50-54KIAS crossing the numbers at 50KIAS and not less than 48KIAS. The key to landing the CT well is being on speed and be patient in the flare, it has lots of stabilator authority and can remain aloft inches above the runway for quite some time in ground effect. If you are patient you should achieve a nose up attitude similar to a 0 flap climb at Vy, when touching down. The rapid slope in the cowling will give you the illusion that the nose is higher than it really is so just be patient and keep adding back stick in small increments til you get that nose high attitude. Many worry about scraping the tail but its not likely during landing unless your doing 0 flap with some power added.
  6. UAvionix install

    Hi Dave, uAvionix is working on some "new features" on the Echo ES, should have some info to release soon
  7. Playing in the wind

    Had to take Cheryl to Tucson early this morning and caught a great tailwind on the way home. Why not play around and see how slow I could cross the ground I couldn't catch the gps right at 0.0 but did manage to fly backwards at about 8kts and got to 1.9 kts groundspeed 😁
  8. Parachute Recommendation

    Cirrus has a minimum chute altitude of 500-600' agl depending on the model. We teach 500' agl min for the CT for lack of a published value and given Cirrus has a lot of test and actual data to back up that number.
  9. Production uAvionix Skybeacon UAT transmitter

    Going well, the satellite reception is much better now. Should be flight testing next week and will see how the ADS-B performance reports go. The Skybeacon is only a UAT transmitter so is the "out" only. They are working an "in" version that will replace the other nav light.
  10. Production uAvionix Skybeacon UAT transmitter

    I think we have found a spacing and reciever sensitivity that will provide some decent results. Flight testing soon 😊
  11. Special Day

    That is great Tom! Your yougest must be flying gliders, great for his skills 😊. Getting to learn in your grandpa's airplane, taught by your dad, how cool is that!
  12. landing tail draggers

    Agree with Tom, I do both. I do more wheel landings though especially if I'm sitting back seat.
  13. Special Day

    Will do Roger, Thanks!
  14. Special Day

    Cheryl and I have been teaching our sons to fly over the years. Our oldest passed his Private pilot checkride today! Proud parents! His brother will be old enough to solo this summer so he won't be to far behind
  15. CTSW - landing mishaps

    The CT is a numbers plane, its slick with the nose down, dirty with the nose high and power off, so the best approach is flying the numbers for the configuration. We start our students at 15deg and 0 flap until they are able to maintain a steady glideslope and approach speed and figure out where the ground is to time the round out and flare appropriately. Common errors in the CT landing is ballooning by an over pitch at the transition from the round out to flare, failure to recognize elevation above the runway, or failure in maintaining an appropriate altitude while reducing speed to touchdown speed near stall. Using 15 or 0 flaps allows some addition time in the flare while the speed is depleting for touchdown, and yes if you are patient and continue increasing pitch as speed decreases then you should touchdown near stall speed. If you are not patient enough in increasing pitch while reducing speed you will touch flat and may bounce and get a second landing practice. If you cross the runway threshold above target approach speed then you will have to work longer in the flare to reduce the speed to near stall touchdown and float further down the runway (long runway or long landing desired, no problem just takes longer). Cross the threshold to slow and the transition from round out, to flare, to touchdown will be very timely, firm if not timed correctly, or over pitched because of rapid sink, followed by a balloon then quickly run out of airspeed. The CT with 30 or more flap is certainly manageable with the appropriate airspeed and is not terribly difficult once you have mastered the sight picture for round out and flare. However, the CT is very easy to balloon during the initial round out with 30 or more flap when it hits ground effect. You have to make a smooth level off, almost pause for a couple seconds until a little sink is observed, then continue with pitch increasing into flare. With 15 or 0 flap this transition is a bit easier plus if a balloon occurs it is easier as an instructor to salvage it into a go around or landing. With 30 or more flap the instructor has to really be close to the throttle as it can quickly bleed speed during the balloon.