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Olarry

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About Olarry

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    Ft Myers,Fl/Jackson,Mi
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    Flying,Motorcycles,Boating,Trapshooting
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  1. C 4 Update

    Anyone hear or know anything new about the Flight Design C 4 project?
  2. Aerojones sets up shop in Florida

    Also wonder what's going to happen to those of us who had a position for the C4?
  3. Possible CTLS down, Breezy Point, NY

    I wonder if he had an autopilot? Looks like the same scenario that happened to Young Kennedy a few years ago. If they would use the autopilot, it minimizes the chance of pilot disorientation when ground reference is lost. Sad outcome never the less.
  4. Nice trip report. What kind of bike and how did you pack it in the plane?
  5. Battery maintainer

    I did get a battery maintainer with the plane. Unfortunately, it was a European version and not able to plug into our wall plugs. No adapter available. Flight design USA sent me an Optimate 5 that I'm currently using. My battery is the Lithium Iron lightweight version and I have it connected all the time the plane is not flying. My hanger lost power the other evening is the reason for my initial question.
  6. Battery maintainer

    Anyone know if any draw or damage is done to a battery if a connected battery maintainer or trickle charger loses it's power source overnight?
  7. Plane and Pilot - The story of CT

    Yes it is a repost but obviously, I enjoy rereading as N 221 LS is my plane. As an update, I now have 170 trouble free hours on it and yesterday complied with the chute hatch inspection and found it to be installed correctly. Still love the plane. Larry
  8. Buy and fly (First flight is 1600 statute miles)

    WOW! And I thought my recent flight from Fl to Mi was long. I'm impressed!
  9. Fuel burn

    As a follow up to my earlier post today, Ft Myers Fl to Jackson Mi, ( long cross country) I stated my fuel burn was 5 gal/ hr. After calculating fuel used and time flown, the actual number is 4.8 gal per hour which jives with what I was seeing on my fuel flow gauge at about 5350 RPM'S. True air speeds were 117 to 120 kts. Fuel usage would have been better but I made several climbs and descents trying to find smoother air. My plane is a Jubilee edition delivered in Jan 2014 and now has 134.4 hrs TT. I had the sport engine upgrade done by Lockwood during it's annual in December. They repitched the prop and at gross weight you can really feel the increase in climb performance when comparing to the factory setting. This probably increases the fuel usage a little relative to speed but I like it much better. As for flying in Florida during the winter month's, you better get going early if wanting to fly low because as the ground heats up and the winds pick up, it's like the the gentleman from Georgia stated, it gets real bumpy until you get above 3 to 4000 feet most of the time.
  10. Flew my CTLSi sport back to Michgan from Ft Myers (978 miles) last Friday as this was the only day that a good window of weather opened up over the past week and would be for the next week to come. Other than Lakeland that was IFR early (went over the top at 6500) sky's were mostly clear all the way. Due to 10 to 20 kt headwinds, I decided to head to West Georgia Regional CTJ after LAL rather than Athens, Ga which is a more direct route by about 28 miles but lower MEA'S with the idea of staying low to minimize the headwind effect. WRONG! The ride was extremely bumpy down low forcing me to go up to altitudes of 5500 to 7500. I requested flight following from Miami and Atlanta centers but both were to busy. This was the first Time in many years of flying several makes of aircraft, that I made such a long flight without talking to someone. I have the dual big screen Dynons and the Garmin 796 which made it easy to navigate,avoid control areas and see traffic and weather along my route. The Dynon auto pilot performed flawlessly as I only made the one stop at CTJ for mogas. The two legs were abut four and a half hours each and my past endurance has been around three hours, so this was a long time to sit in one place but it wasn't that uncomfortable as I didn't drink much until close to destinations if you know what I mean. A lot of gadgets to play with helped the time to pass quicker. This little plane never ceases to amaze me as most look at it as a toy but in fact, it's a very capable long distance cruiser. Fuel burn averaged 5 gal hr at 52 to 5400 rpm's.
  11. Quick Trip Back From KIDI (Jimmy Stewart)

    Hi Dick Nice to see you and Phil experienced a nice tailwind. Much the same as I had last fall flying down to Fl from Mi. I'll be heading back to Mi next week once the midwest weather looks more favorable. Looking forward to hooking up with you guys again.
  12. SI-912-016-R8

    Hamburger.......Interesting. Originally, Rotax recommended Mobil 1 Racing 4T and then switched to Shell now your saying go back to the 4T as the best oil to use if burning Mogas? Recommended by Rotax?
  13. Sport Upgrade Clear Winner

    I concur with Hamburger. I had the upgrade done last December by Lockwood and just logged 115 hours on my Jubilee edition and it seems like it gets faster (acceleration ) every time I fly. Flying with a passenger at gross weight, you can definitely feel the increased kick in the pants during the take off run and climb out. Fuel economy has also improved. Flying between 4800 and 5200 RPM's, i'm seeing 2 to 3 tenths of a gallon improvement, maybe more as this is just guess.
  14. Sport Engine report

    Picked up my plane yesterday from Lockwood Aviation after having it's first annual inspection and the installation of the sport engine upgrade. My first impressions were I'm glad I had it done. As Roger stated in an earlier post, It's worth doing and I concure. The climb out performance is a seat of the pants opinion but I can tell you it is significantly improved and verified by Phil Lockwood who test flew it and told me I will be impressed. While never an issue, the engine smoothness and lack of vibration is even more evident. It also seems quieter than before. At idle, 1700 and above rpm's, All gearbox rattle and vibration has been eliminated. I also had a slight static problem when listening to distant stations or controllers and this seems to have gone away. In reading the Rotax information regarding the upgrade, they stated an improvement in radio reception should be forthcoming as the "plug ins" have been improved. Lockwood did repitch the prop slightly and since it's a short flight from Sebring back to Ft Myers, I don't know how cruise speeds have been affected. My opinion is "not much" but will post if I see a major change. While not cheap and since all new Flight Design delivery's will come with the sport engine as I understand, I would not hesitate to go with the upgrade if I had to do it all over again.
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