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  1. FlyingMonkey

    CTSW - climbed to 17,000' this morning

    Did you buzz them?
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    Tantalizing new engines

    They also sell a lot of engines to the military for drones, so some of that might be in their thinking too. 915iS is just about perfect for high altitude drone flights, and the military doesn't really care what it costs.
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    Tantalizing new engines

    38% more is significant. You have to look at what benefit it's providing for that $10k, not just the monthly cost. I don't want to spend $65/month on something that will buy me a knot or two, or increase my climb 50fpm. Benefit per dollar is the real question, and we don't know the answer yet.
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    Tantalizing new engines

    Agreed. Fewer will want a $36k engine when they can get a new Titan IO-360 for $26k. I love the Rotax stuff, but they are not helping the inaccessible price of aviation.
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    Tantalizing new engines

    I'm sure none of that will go in our CTs...you are just a tease, Roger!!!
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    2010 CTLS For Sale

    Awesome, congrats!
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    Baggage compartment tie down?

    They are tucked down a bit and easy to miss.
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    Baggage compartment tie down?

    My 2007 CTSW has four eye bolts set into the composite on each side, I run an 'X' of adjustable bungies through them to hold stuff down, works great.
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    E-scooter for the last mile

    Speed, range, weight, price? I’m intrigued.
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    LSA rules changing??

    And where will that put you? In a sarcophagus somewhere? 😎
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    LSA rules changing??

    I was kidding really, 1430lb or more would be great.
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    LSA rules changing??

    I’d be up for that...1645lb gross would give me a CT with 900lb useful load, or 695 with full fuel!
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    LSA rules changing??

    Seems if FD is okay with 1500lb for the LE, they should be okay with the same weight for the LS. Though I think LE airplanes don't have to meet normal ASTM specs. Because physics don't affect police. 👮‍♂️
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    LSA rules changing??

    I'm guessing the BRS issue would just cause a higher descent rate. Unless you *really* cranked up the weight, it would probably be acceptable. Float planes at 1430lb use the same parachute...
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    LSA rules changing??

    I'd be happy if they changed the stall speed requirement from 45KCAS with flaps up to 45KCAS with full flaps. That would give the CTs a lot of room to be heavier and still make the stall speed requirement. A 150/152 could probably make that number as well.
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    LSA rules changing??

    Personally, I think the ELSA rules are the best deal in aviation right now. Do your own maintenance with a weekend 16 hour course (if you are so inclined), no LOA/MRA factory hassles or payments, and make whatever modifications you want*...it's great and I have never looked back. *As long as the modifications keep the airplane within LSA performance limits.
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    Airventure 2018

    I get it. I was just saying that IF everybody follows procedures and common sense (huge if!), these things can go well, even with a lot of airplanes in the sky. With knuckleheads, even two airplanes in the same area is too many. I have almost been broadsided when another airplane didn't follow an established arrival procedure. And when I flew into OSH, there were definitely airplanes that were offset from the tracks, almost certainly driving by GPS. My only point was that it's not the number of airplanes that's a hazard, so much as the zombies flying them. ☠️
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    Airventure 2018

    It's a lot of airplanes, but they are not to scale on the linked map. The sky is a big place, and if most pilots are vigilant and follow the procedures the chances of a collision are small. The real hazard comes when some knucklehead decides to fly the hold in the wrong direction, or something similarly bone-headed.
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    LSA rules changing??

    ELSA are in the experimental catergory, not light sport. As such, any change is allowed as long as it doesn't take the airplane outside the light sport definition. A "major change" such as a prop or engine change requires testing by the owner and notification of the FSDO. I'm guessing a weight change will be considered a major change, but should be allowed since it won't take the airplane outside the (new) LSA definition.
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    Fuel caps

    Many airplanes with wing tanks have similar vents...I like it! The extra height might slve my issue of fuel sloshing out the vent when parked with full-ish tanks on uneven grass too.
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    Fuel caps

    Is there a new design vent tube?
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    Epix Eagle HUD

    Well, this is cool, and I'm sure FD will determine that three giant screens is not enough for an LSA and install something like this... 😁 It's $1699, which is pretty reasonable, but I don't think it would work in a CT. Why? Because our glareshield is so low relative to our line of sight, the HUD would be way too low an outside our normal range of vision. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acpby_QTeGU
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    Fuel caps

    That’s what I thought aboit using, but was afraid it might be too stiff and not flex enough. Good thing is it’s cheap and easy to replace...
  24. This is simple and elegant...any location on Earth can be located within three meters, by referencing three English words. Seems a much easier way to remember locations and relay them accurately, since humans don't remember long lat/long strings easily and they are easily relayed with errors. https://www.bydanjohnson.com/something-completey-different-perhaps-super-helpful-to-pilots-just-3-words/
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    what3words - Interesting location idea

    Yeah, I think the idea is to let apps and such license access to the database to do their lookups. I'm sure the database is quite large and generally will not be practical for local storage, but I'm not sure since data compression could reduce the space quite a bit. Part of the genius here is that the database will be static, since the size of the Earth and number of locations on it are fixed -- Once you know the three words for a specific location, they will never change. If somebody asks for your house location, you don't even have to give a potentially difficult to remember address like "2536 Bronsonman Lane, Southeast", you can just say "pixie. table. square" which is much easier to remember, and then the app can translate it to a GPS location and do the route calculation. For aviation, the example in the article is you have an off-airport landing in an unfamiliar area, and you need to let somebody know where you are. It seems easier to say "I'm at 'mantis.rockslide.feather'" than giving out a lot of lat/long numbers that throw things way off if you get just one digit wrong.
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