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  1. Don't tell anybody, I don't want that reputation. 😉
  2. Same here. And the safety benefit of running a landing light all the time is real. I have landed within 5min of the end of civil twilight with the LED landing light. The runway edge lights were visible, the runway surface was not. The light was adequate for illuminating the runway surface in time for me to round out properly. Not great, but adequate.
  3. I could tell you to search the forum, but... http://ctflier.com/topic/5217-since-grass-is-legal-in-so-many-states-now/
  4. Well, I think they have to be proficient and actually looking out the window. Most of the traffic conflicts I've had involved me making a course change and the other airplane blundering along like they didn't have any clue I was there.
  5. I don't like to fly within 5° of 0° or 180° headings. I will "tack" across my intended course to keep away from those kinds of conflicts. Around here I usually fly under 3000ft and there are no restrictions at that altitude there on direction of travel. I almost got drilled by a Mooney flying head on a few years ago.
  6. The cup holders are worth their weight in gold, for sure.
  7. Exactly what I do. I will cheat it down to 48kt if the wind is calm and I want to land ASAP (As Short As Possible). If you look at the grass landing videos I posted in another thread, those were all done in the 48-50kt range at 30° flaps.
  8. I only got once stick, plain aluminum and graduated on both sides for the two different tanks. Mine developed a crack on the inside curve from unscrewing the fuel caps, so I used it as a template and made a replacement out of 1/8" thick aluminum plate and with a wider inside curve radius. That one will never crack. I didn't bother to graduate it, I set my fuel level by looking in the tank at the fuel level with a flashlight and verifying by the sight gauges (which are graduated and calibrated).
  9. It’s just a standard RAM iPad cradle attached to a 6” arm going to a 1” RAM ball mount on the side of the mushroom.
  10. Here are the takeoff videos: Here are two bonus videos, a second landing at Aerie without the slip so my head is not in the way, and a sunset cruising around flight with my buddy's Legend Cub
  11. An LED landing light will make a world of difference. The factory Halogen light consumes 80W of power. The LED I replaced mine with is 11W. I now keep my landing light on all the time and the electric system doesn't even notice. FD-USA will sell you an approved LED light with MRA (though overpriced).
  12. 51" is 2" more than current CT models. A small bump, but not earth-shattering. And space and useful load are usually negatively correlated, you rarely get both at the same time. I wonder if the F2 had design requirements to be able to move to higher weights in anticipation of any LSA rules changes...
  13. Bummer they went to electric pitch trim, and I see no mention of rudder or aileron trim. Hopefully it's still a three-axis trim system.
  14. I don't think there is a way to downvote and attach a name to it, so by definition every downvote is anonymous. That's just how the software works. Why are anonymous upvotes okay but downvotes are "cowardly"? Why do you care if you get downvotes? It's not like the forum is a popularity contest, or that upvotes or downvotes actually affect anything.
  15. Do you actually run one tank dry and the other down to 2.5 gallons? If so, why? I have never landed with less than about six gallons, and I don't really see the need to with the big tanks we have, even on very long trips.
  16. I don't intentionally break the rules, but I don't like the idea of being tracked all the time with no way to turn it off.
  17. You also don't have many trees to get past... If you are going to land shot over trees you either have to use my technique or come in really steep, but then you'll likely be fast and float at the bottom. You could do it at like 45-46kt, but then you are close to the stall and you had better be really on your game at the bottom...
  18. My speed on short final for these grass strips is usually 48-52kt. That makes for a steep descent, and I want to get my speed set up early, so often I will add power to hold the speed and keep the descent rate low, then pull out the power once the runway is made and let the airplane descent to the runway. The backup ASI is in the lower left under the EFIS, it's a little easier to read in the video than the EFIS itself. It looks to me like my touchdown is right at about 40kt in that first video. The downside is if the engine quits on short final I'm in the trees. But at least I'll only be going 50kt or so.
  19. Unless it's a legally enforceable signed contract, I don't think so. I never signed anything with BRS when I bought the airplane. Any such agreement would be between FD and BRS I would suppose.
  20. But I think anon only works to prevent other airplanes from IDing you. I believe ATC still sees your tail number/hex code. It would be nice if anon made your truly anonymous universally. But I guess that's what my ADS-B circuit breaker is for... 😎
  21. What is your approach speed? The difference might be that I'm holding a slower speed, so the nose is up a little higher. I do sometimes "drag it in" with some power at low speed, so that once I clear obstacles I can cut the power, lower the nose, and descent faster to land as short as possible. That could also be what you are seeing.
  22. I just finished installing and testing a GDL-82 ADS-B OUT box in my 2007 CTSW. I'm using a generic Stratux dual-band IN device, which feeds my iFly 740b as the weather & traffic display device. I did the install myself, it was a snap. I could have wired my own harness, but I let ACS do that for me to save aggravation. I had to terminate a power wire with a ring terminal, a ground wire with a spade disconnect, and run two short coax cables. It was easily done in about four hours. I mounted the unit inside the mushroom, on the right side behind the breaker panel. I had an unused breaker for an ADI that I used, which will get relabeled "ADS-B". The wires are there but I didn't connect a failure annunciator light or "anonymous mode" switch. If there's a problem ATC will let me know, and the anon mode only affects other airplanes, not ATC seeing who you are. Doesn't buy much for me. The GPS antenna is mounted on the glare shield just ahead of the Hula Dancer. I did the rebate test flight and it came back with a perfect sheet, zero exceptions and passed all requirements. SIL level reported as 3. Rebate check is in the mail, according to FAA. I have nothing but nice things to say about it so far. Easy install, perfect function, well packaged and sturdy.
  23. Athens, Georgia from 5500ft, home of the University of Georgia (note Sanford Stadium through the window slide rail).
  24. It is amazing. I'm going to try attaching it to the vertical stab. With my previous GoPro the camera shake made it a terrible image. Hopefully this will be better.
  25. All airplanes are hand made, it's common for each airplane to have a fuel tank with higher flow than the other. There is just no way that all that hand-laid composite is not going to have variances that add up to a higher head pressure for one tank than the other. No big deal once you figure out how tanks flow for your particular airplane. Mine likes to flow from the left tank a bit more. I usually put more fuel in the left side as a result. Though I have also found that my airplane flows much more evenly now than when I first got it...so some of the difference might have been my bad initial technique and the yaw-happy nature of the CT.
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