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  1. FlyingMonkey

    Prop balance question?

    Yes, if the prop is out of balance. Mine was right near the acceptable limit (0.6 IIRC), and balancing it to 0.05 made the vibration in the airplane MUCH less noticeable.
  2. FlyingMonkey

    11th Annual CT/LSA Fly-in, Page AZ Oct 17-21

    Same here, Bill and I are planning to arrive as a flight of two.
  3. FlyingMonkey

    Another oil temp question?

    You have things working against you for sure. You have leaner operation (you changed your needle setting, right?) which will increase temps. And you have less dense air, which means less air flowing over the oil cooler for a given speed. I think you are right to accept that your temps will be higher than most, as long as they stay within limits. I usually see 220°F in cruise on a hot day, but in the cooler months it's not uncommon to see temps under 200°F, and when it's cold out I sometimes struggle to get temps over 180°F, even using tape. I remember one *really* cold day where I could not get the oil over about 160°F, even with the radiator about 75% taped. The problem at that point is that with too much tape your CHTs start getting too high, so you have to walk a tightrope...
  4. FlyingMonkey

    Another oil temp question?

    That makes some sense. I am not worried so much about the speed or time of flight aspect, but keeping to an artificially low temp can hamper climb, which to me is a safety issue. The faster you can get higher, the safer you are, and if you have to climb over obstructions you want every fpm you can get. Remember also that we're talking about limited times at the higher temps. While 245°F does not concern me in a climb, if that was a constant temp in cruise I would want to land and investigate. It's not uncommon to see 220°F in cruise here in Georgia, and at low level and 5400rpm cruise, I have seen almost 230°F on a hot day. Not ideal, but also not damaging from what I have read.
  5. FlyingMonkey

    Another oil temp question?

    That's a good idea, I might try that.
  6. FlyingMonkey

    Another oil temp question?

    I could not fly in the summer where I live with that limitation. I’d never see more than 300fpm climb or more than 4000rpm. Rotax has set the temp limits its engineers consider safe to preserve the engine to TBO, so why change that number? For that matter, why arbitrarily choose 220F as your limit? Why not 200F, or 180F? I see no reason not to trust Rotax design limits, especially if it means hamstringing performance.
  7. FlyingMonkey

    Fuel starvation

    I’ll go a step further, and say don’t let either tank go dry. That way slip, skid, whatever, you will never get in a situation where you don’t have at least one tank feeding the engine. Balancing fuel is easy enough in these airplanes that there’s not a good excuse to fly around with an empty tank, when a moment of inattention in that condition could result in a stoppage. Just IMO, your mileage may vary.
  8. FlyingMonkey

    market analysis

    In other news, the market analysis was interesting and very thorough.
  9. FlyingMonkey

    market analysis

    BTW, the only difference in a Sport Pilot and PPL checkride is the need to do radio (VOR/ADF) navigation. Otherwise both checkrides are the same. Thanks for changing the language. It is kind of a nerve for many of us SPs, it gets tiresome to tell people you are a sport pilot, and have them say “why don’t you just get a real license?” This has happened to me several times. I even had a guy I know make fun of me for not being a real pilot, until I pointed out I get more hours annually, fly into more challenging fields, and that my longest cross country is about three times longer than his longest. Suddenly the joke wasn’t funny anymore. It’s all good, we just have to work a little harder to get respect.
  10. FlyingMonkey

    market analysis

    "I have a 'real' pilot’s license, not just a sports license..." Well okay then. I have trouble reading much past that.
  11. FlyingMonkey

    bought one, delivery in the Fall...

    Drool.
  12. FlyingMonkey

    Another oil temp question?

    Why? That seems like a personal limitation that has no practical benefit and a lot of performance drawbacks.
  13. FlyingMonkey

    bought one, delivery in the Fall...

    Hey Andrew! I grew up in Avon, CT...that is a beautiful area (in the spring, summer and fall, at least!). You didn't mention which CT model you are getting, it sounds like you are buying new so I assume a CTLSi...correct? You are going to have a blast with it! I think you will find that while the CT doesn't land as slow as a Cub, it has a much broader speed envelope than many airplanes. I can fly easily with my friends' slow airplanes like Cubs and Avids at around 70-80kt, and if he throttles back I can fly with another friend's 182. I have even flown for an hour with a Kolb Firestar II at 15°-30° flaps and about 50kt, though it's not at all efficient and the nose was up pretty high! You can also land at most places that a Cub can, unless the surface is very rough. I have landed on a 1250ft runway over very tall (70ft+) trees; with a flat approach you can land much shorter with practice. You'll also love the range, I believe my longest leg to date was 478nm in about 4.2hr. I'm sure others on here have gone farther, but the human bladder is usually the limiting factor!
  14. FlyingMonkey

    Another oil temp question?

    I did the same, it seems to have helped a couple of degrees.
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