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Sergio Diaz

Broken Left Door Widow

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Well, first of all I'm new here, I've been flying a CTLS here in Colombia for a couple months already and really enjoy the airplane, I'm a 23 year old corporate pilot, my main airplane is an Eclipse Jet 500 and my for fun airplane (not work) is the CTLS. 

Unfortunately today my left widow cracked and I looked all over the internet for parts or a solution without luck, I know you guys are experts on this awesome airplane and can maybe point me on the right direction.

Best regards and I'm happy to have found a forum on this great LSA

Sergio
 

Hereby I attach a photo of the bird, it has the wheel pants mounted already soon will upload a recent one and by the way it has a nice Rotax 914 turbo engine, CRAZY performance.

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Hi Sergio.  Does your CT have air adjustable prop too?  Nice CT.  Did your main window break or just the vent?  I have a source for the vent but perhaps someone will answer your question about getting the main window if this is the problem.

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Jealous on the 914.

You are 1/2 hour from Mammoth.  I'll buy you a cup of coffee if you come by.  We could photo your CT in front of a glacier or something.

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8 minutes ago, Ed Cesnalis said:

Jealous on the 914.

You are 1/2 hour from Mammoth.  I'll buy you a cup of coffee if you come by.  We could photo your CT in front of a glacier or something.

I’m in Colombia, South America, my local airport is SKCL

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The only source that I am aware of for the window is the factory. I seem to recall someone having a broken door window 10 years or so ago. IIRC they shipped the door back to Germany for repair.

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45 minutes ago, Ed Cesnalis said:

Ah, that Columbia :)

 

Didn't you notice that the registration numbers were a little different from those here in the states?

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Tom, one of my mechanics replaced a windshield recently.  I don't know all the details but do know that he had a window shipped and then FD USA sent him directions and also gave directions by phone call to install this.  It turned out extremely well.  This install required strapping to hold it in place while the adhesive held and was involved.  Would it be correct to say installation of a side window would be similar but maybe a little more accessible to clamp and position than a windshield?  Perhaps a side glass could be shipped and installed locally too?

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7 hours ago, Tom Baker said:

Didn't you notice that the registration numbers were a little different from those here in the states?

I did and thought to myself, that splains the 914.  

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8 hours ago, Tom Baker said:

The only source that I am aware of for the window is the factory. I seem to recall someone having a broken door window 10 years or so ago. IIRC they shipped the door back to Germany for repair.

That seems complicated, I’m studying the posibility on making a custom made window here in Colombia, regulations for LSA are super relaxed here and it should be ok, here’s a photo of the damage.

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If you can get directions from FD like my mechanic was able to do, and the method of attachment/construction of the side glass to the door frame is similar to the windshield method of construction/attachment, you should be able to fix this.  For the windshield, it is first glued into the frame and then this is finished flush with the surface with epoxy body filler.

Arian at FD USA might be able to provide advice.

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Another option is Lockwood Aviation Service, Sebring, Florida.

A few years ago, i saw them do a window replacement on a CT door, very similiar damage like the one pictured above.

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(863) 655-5100

Joe Benton (service manager)

Tech. Avail: 9-10am, 2-3pm EST

Normal Hours: 9-5 Monday-Friday

8-12 Saturday Eastern Time

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3 hours ago, WmInce said:

Another option is Lockwood Aviation Service, Sebring, Florida.

A few years ago, i saw them do a window replacement on a CT door, very similiar damage like the one pictured above.

 

I am afraid to ask what that might have cost!

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2 hours ago, FlyingMonkey said:

I am afraid to ask what that might have cost!

Don't hold me to this, but . . .  I saw the repair about 3-4 years ago. I was curious about the cost, so I asked Joe Benton. I seemed to recall him telling me it was about $1500, excluding shipping.

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32 minutes ago, WmInce said:

Don't hold me to this, but . . .  I saw the repair about 3-4 years ago. I was curious about the cost, so I asked Joe Benton. I seemed to recall him telling me it was about $1500, excluding shipping.

Not bad if that is the correct number.  About half what I feared.

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Sergio, what year is your CTLS and what is the empty weight with 914 turbo engine and in flight adjustable prop? Are you using the Air master prop? Can you provide us with some performance numbers at various altitudes etc? What is your fuel burn at 35” manifold and 5400 rpms? 

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Also, what is the maximum gross weight allowed in your country? I'm wondering if Flight Design certified it for 1320 pounds(660KG) like in our country or if yours has a higher gross.

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