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  1. Currency is not an emphasis area for Sport or Private. Since he mentioned going for Private to fly at night it may be useful to mention it.
  2. Wtg. Keeping night currency under 61.57 is a bit of a pain, btw. That's at least three takeoffs/landings at night each 90 days if you want to take someone along. I have not flown at night for six months and am not night current at present.
  3. Flying in the rain is flying in IMC if the weather in less than VFR minimums. Here are the rules: https://www.faasafety.gov/files/gslac/courses/content/25/185/vfr%20weather%20minimums.pdf I made that point from the start and now repeat it in case it wasn't clear.
  4. I did not start this thread - "Flying in The Rain". And made no reference to anyone in specific. But i do object to anyone flying in IMC in an SLSA like the CT that is not equipped for it or being piloted by anyone without an instrument rating. I didn't do it when I owned the CT and I hope no one else is doing it either.
  5. You will need to update your Dynon's anyway...but I am pretty sure they use EPROMS to store the config data and a small disk to store maps, terrain etc.
  6. The point is not can there be virga or light rain and still have VMC. The point is flying in IMC (less than VMC conditions) is verbotten for non-instrument equipped LSAs and/or non-instrument rated pilots. And the correct way to determine that is to read the METARS & TAFS and weather.gov products before flying. And if there is rain in the vacinity the chances of low visibility, low ceilings, clouds and mountain obscuration will more than likely be present. The link I gave to the discussion was started by an instrument pilot who reported two incidence of contact with ATC where he was given a traffic advisory about VFR traffic flying in the clouds at or near his altitude. If true, the VFR pilots were violating regulations and creating a hazard to all others in the air.
  7. Okay. My experience is similar to Morden's. I never needed the tender. But then my battery was factory supplied and I never left the avionics on when the engine was not running. As you know I had the full compliment of avionics FD offered: Dynon Skyview duals, Garmin 796, ADS-B etc.
  8. This thread seems to oddly apply to this conversation: https://www.pilotsofamerica.com/community/threads/do-you-too-dislike-lying-cheating-pilots-mini-rant.101238/
  9. Flight Design supplies a battery tender with each new plane. I forgot the maker...but you can contact them and find it out. It is not wise to put an aircraft battery on a tender constantly. The correct way is to get a good, working battery and maintain it properly. If yours is old and worn out just replace it.
  10. IMC is any weather condition less than VMC. In Class C, D & E Below 10,000 ft MSL if any/all are less than 3 statute miles visibility, 2000 ft horizontally from clouds, 1,000 ft above and 500 ft below clouds. When it's raining you do not have 3 statute miles of visibility, you are likely to be in or closer to clouds than 500 feet and/or within 2000 feet of the clouds (as defined by the ceiling). METARS and TAFS give ceiling of cloud layers in AGL... Thus, if you takeoff from an airfield that's 1000 ft MSL and climb 4000 ft MSL and the METAR says METAR KATL 051853Z 04011KT 1/2SM VCTS RN BKN030 02/02 A3006 You are in IMC and in violation because the CT is not IFR equipped (and you may not be instrumented rated).
  11. Morden is right. The Rotax will run (not start) without the battery but it's ill advised to fly with the battery dead. The battery will be needed in case you need to restart the engine in flight (on on the ground if you don't make it back to the ramp with the engine still running). The battery also acts as a "buffer" if you drain the power the alternator produces to the point of requiring battery backup.
  12. This is good news and may lead to good things.
  13. The courts did not make the decision. The FAA settled with Santa Monica by capitulating. “Mutual cooperation between the FAA and the city enabled us to reach this innovative solution, which resolves longstanding legal and regulatory disputes,” said FAA Administrator Michael Huerta. < Polyspeak for we give up. No one said all planes. Less than half the planes with a Mode C or S xpndr have not upgraded (the presumption being that if you have a Mode C or S you are flying into airspace where ADS-B will be required). This also includes ALL military aircraft that fly into and out of civilian airspace. Taxpayers subsidize a tiny fraction of the population who engage in Aviation. And subsidize the entire commercial Aviation industry. For over a century. Long overdue time for taxpayers to get some relief from this burden... Privatizing ATC is a good step toward that... Also, it's long overdue time the government get out of subsidizing airport maintenance and construction.
  14. 1. Huerta is allowing them to shorten their runway immediately....and 2028 is a mere 13 plus years away. Once the airport is gone, it's gone, forever. 2. ADS-B - the hue and cry. Less than half of planes have made the upgrade and the Military has applied for and gotten an exemption from the deadline due to costs. 3. The airlines want privatization. The taxpayers today are subsidizing aviation...and we all know the past history with the ATC unions.
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