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About ralarcon

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  1. ralarcon

    Sun N Fun 2018

    It is my home base, I'll be there on Saturday. Tom says they will be there with FD or parent company's Gyrocopters and airplanes. Cheers
  2. ralarcon

    C4 project is alive!

    Talked to Tom over the weekend, apparently the C4 will be out very soon, he also told me you will see Gyrocopters at FD.'s booth , at Sun and Fun. Cheers
  3. ralarcon

    Light Sport Expo?

    Yes it was Breezy and the "Tower" was asking Pilots to land on RNWY 1 with a tail wind. I asked for 14 and got it. Landing with such brisk winds was mildly chalenging but not dangerous, if you know what you are doing. It was a good show. Spoke with Tom and John. Outlook for FD is good. Cheers
  4. ralarcon

    'Full Stall' vs 'Minimum Speed'

    I fly the airplane to the runway, as slow as I can make it and retain rudder control, sometimes slow is relatively fast, depending on cross winds . Touch the runway with the main wheels, again depending on cross winds maybe one side first then the other, or both at the same time. Delay nose wheel touch down depending on directional stability and decrease in rudder effectiveness as I slow down. Then, specially in significant winds, I keep "flying" the aircraft to the hangar, using wheels rudder and ailerons for directional stability. Haven't damaged the aircraft, or any of it's components in 4 years, so It works for me. Done it so many times that I do not have to stop and think it through anymore, it is automatic. Cheers
  5. ralarcon

    Light Sport Expo?

    Yes I'll fly in, with a pilot friend, on N920CT. I usually check in with Tom and John , at the display center. I think my brother's AC. might be there too. N365CT. See you then. Cheers
  6. ralarcon

    Light Sport Expo?

    Yes, plan to fly in from Lakeland as well on Saturday. Cheers
  7. ralarcon

    Current list of flight training centers

    Wild Air ,at KLAL, (Lakeland , Forida, Sun and Fun airport), is where I have my CT serviced and where I got my flying instruction from. Owned by Randy Wildman. Cheers
  8. Thank You. excellent analysis. Cheers
  9. ralarcon

    ICON Fatal Accident

    Ding , Ding , Ding ! We have a Winner ! Marketing is partly to blame. Just read the article in Flying Mag. , Jan. 2017. "This kind of flying is what the Icon A 5 is made for" Picture shows aircraft wing low a few feet over the water. A cartwheel waiting to happen. It is not a toy. Cheers
  10. ralarcon

    Fuel Injection or Carbs on my next CT?

    I think you mentioned that sometime ago and I have been doing this ever since. Yes it cools down the engine compartment much quicker. Cheers
  11. ralarcon

    Fuel Injection or Carbs on my next CT?

    Yes I think that is what the CTLSi needs. Cheers
  12. ralarcon

    Fuel Injection or Carbs on my next CT?

    Simpler starting procedure, no need to keep engine in the blue on the Dynon, The carburated version feels lighter and more maneuverable to me. Also the fuel injected versions seems to get overheated easily in the Florida weather. Cheers
  13. ralarcon

    Fuel Injection or Carbs on my next CT?

    Having flown both versions, CTLS and CTLSi, if I were to replace my carburated aircraft for a newer model, I would choose a carburated model, again. They are still being made. I saw a brand new AeroJones produced carburated model, 6 mo. ago. Cheers.
  14. ralarcon

    Friend with Rans has high CHT today question?

    I had a similar experience , and in my case, it ended up being a sensor problem. Cheers
  15. ralarcon

    CTLS landing for beginners

    "0 and 15 flap landings are a great way to start. 60kts is a good speed on approach for 15 flaps and slowing to around 55kts over the threshold of the runway. Touchdown speed should be near stall as a goal though it takes patience and slow addition of "back stick" to get there. Most touchdown a little fast because it does take patience to bleed the speed to that nose high touchdown without ballooning. 15 flaps can be used comfortably with steady headwinds and crosswinds of up to 10kts (higher as you gain experience and confidence). With higher crosswinds and gusty/thermal conditions 0 flap landings are a good option. A 65-70 kt approach speed works well, it is possible to touch the ventral fin with 0 flap landings and high pitch attitudes near stall on touchdown so you don't want to get to deep into the pitch on these landings but still strive to touchdown near minimum speed. Once you are comfortable with these approach's and landings move to 30 flap in calm benign conditions with a 50kt approach speed. They are not all that different but are easy to balloon during the initial round out, once you balloon speed drops rapidly so they can lead to firm landings if power isn't added after a balloon. " This is precisely my technique. It works like a charm. Cheers
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