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CTSW Bob

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  1. BTW, that was a “GOOD” landing. 😀
  2. Glad you are both ok. Looking at all that field I would have landed there too. If you pulled the chute, you know the plane is a write off. With all that landing area it was a smart move. Unfortunately, the outcome is the same as the plane is totaled. plane shopping is fun though. Let’s see what we can salvage...engine...nope. Airframe...nope. Avionics....probably. Chute and rocket....yep!
  3. They probably sell the same $10 tire from eBay, just mark it up. Same with the crappy “aircraft grade” overpriced innertubes. Seriously, eBay is probably your friend.
  4. Hi Glenn - Thanks for the inquiry. I did, but no joy. Still swinging around in flight. Stable on the ground. Still getting the best of me.
  5. I will. I hope to play with it this weekend. Thanks for the tip and education.
  6. I think you’ll do well. In my opinion, the experimental 912 market does run ethanol too, so I can’t imagine that would be an issue. I do run non-ethanol gas in my plane because it runs better and smoother. Even better than on av gas. Maybe it’s just in my head🤪.
  7. Interesting. Could it be that simple? Everything else runs smooth, just the oil temp. I will give it a shot as I have nothing to loose but a half hour of my time and everything to gain!
  8. The floats are such garbage, but yet priced like gold. For a while another company was making replacement floats out of a composite or epoxy. You may want to look into them. Rotax floats are shipped in a plain brown bag (last ones I bought from a certified Rotax dealer) as if they were pulled from a 5 gallon bucket from Mexico or China at 50 cents a piece. It just annoys me when a manufacture marks up a faulty cheap item 20,000%. Rant over...
  9. P.S. Upgrade did NOT fix my erroneous oil temp readings. They are all over the place with wild 100 degree swings or better every second. I have replaced the sensor, replaced the connector, replaced the wire going to the harness, and even played with the sensor type in the setup menu on my D120. I thought I had it solved when all the software updates included corrections for "fluctuating oil temperature readings." No luck
  10. So this week I decided to update my engine monitor (Dynon D120). I hooked up a battery charger capable of up to 15 amps to my plane and ran the old laptop off the power cord. The update took roughly 45 minutes and if anything were to shut down during the process the screen would have to be sent back to Dynon for the fix. I figure that would cost me another month with the shipping times. I had a few glitches getting the software to download onto the laptop until I gave up, downloaded it from my home computer onto a flash drive, and then from the flash drive to the laptop. Should have done that move first. Second, I did not get the right driver downloaded for the USB to 9 pin male adapter. Once I figured that out it was smooth, but nerve-racking sailing. On our CT's (at least mine), I could leave all the "avionics" off by only turning on the breaker for power. You only want the part you are upgrading to be on, which for me, was my D120 engine monitor. I pulled out the Dynon to unplug and access the 9 pin connector at the harness. During the software upgrade, wear good walking shoes as I was pacing like an expectant father in a waiting room. I did NOT want my plane to be down another month. I think I walked at least 2 miles around the airport as I would have lost my mind in anticipation staring at the computer screen. Once all was done, simply power down, unplug the cable, plug back in the factory connection, and button up the dash. I was happy to see all the information from my PFD and my EMS share back and forth. Phew!
  11. If you do send in for repair, send both displays as Dynon will upgrade the software on both for free. If you don’t have the latest software n both displays they will not communicate with each other.
  12. Here’s an update: It took a month (2 weeks of that was shipping there and back), but I got my display back. It was 70 degrees yesterday when I installed it and went flying, so I don’t know if the cold weather problem was solved, but Dynon did acknowledge a hardware issue and replaced whatever they replaced. Here are some tips I learned after the fact: 1. They updated the software, which is fine, but now it won’t talk to my Dynon D120 engine monitor. They can both be run independently, but I can’t transfer the engine data to my PFD or flight info to the right side. I have to update the software on my D120 now. In order to do this, you need a Windows based computer, a RS232 to USB adapter, and back up power for your plane and make sure you have 120 volts for the laptop too as it can take a lot of power and time and you should not rely on the batteries. If one shuts down during the upgrade it can lock down your displays requiring them to be sent back to Dynon to be repaired. The good: The software update is free. The Better: Dynon would have updated my D120 for FREE if I had sent it in at the same time as my D100. Had I known this, I would have chosen this route 100%. Now I am awaiting a new power cord for my wife’s old laptop and an RS232 to USB cable from eBay. 2. Looking at the software update notes, there are several updates that pertain to the erratic oil temp readings that I and others on here are experiencing. Sounds like the demon I have been chasing since I’ve owned this plane is a software issue. Go figure. I will report back when I get this all done. Bob
  13. I was quoted $450, just as their website, and roughly a 10 day turn around from when it is received. I put in for the return authorization and will report back. While I would love the latest and greatest in my plane, and would upgrade if I only had to do one screen, I can’t justify dropping the funds for two screens when I only fly VFR and my Garmin Aera 660 drives my auto pilot and ForeFlight does the traffic and weather. $450 is easier to swallow and Dynon should be commended for standing behind their older avionics and repairing them for a reasonable fee.
  14. Thanks for the reply. I’ll call Dynon today and see what is involved with an upgrade or repair. At over 13 years old I’d imagine there’s been some substantial advances in technology.
  15. Hello- in my 2007 CTSW, my primary flight display Dynon D100 on my left side does not like to come on when cold. The right side engine monitor comes on within seconds when cold. I’m talking about 40 degree weather and below. The left side PFD will not come on for sometimes over 10 minutes or longer. When it finally comes on, it is black and white for the first few seconds, then the color comes in, dim, and then within 60 seconds all is good and normal. Any ideas? Not sure if I want to drop in a new HDX display, as I believe you are supposed to do both displays at once. I could see it topping $9-$10k pretty fast. Obviously won’t be a problem when the weather warms up, but I’m thinking it is sending me warning flares.. Bob
  16. I had the same set up when I bought my CTSW. I kept touching the screen on the 496 expecting it to do something! You can very easily and inexpensively change out the 496 to the Aera 660 with a panel mount. It will talk to your auto pilot too! I did all of it myself and I’m much happier with the setup. I too toss around the HDX upgrade. I could do both my panels and related gear for maybe under $10k? In the certified world a panel upgrade can easily surpass $100k. My panel is original, at now 14 years old. Still works perfect, but it owes me nothing. I’d leave the Aera 660 to drive the autopilot. I’m already ADSB compliant. Our planes are an investment in fun and freedom, and you can’t always justify upgrades other than the smile on your face. Just like a vacation, you can drop a wheel barrow of money in a week on a good one, and if you do it right, it’s worth it. Our planes, when taken care of, will hold their value as new ones keep costing more. I made significant profit on the last two planes I sold.
  17. I would never remove the fuel pump, but I was curious why it was there on my carbureted engine when it appears it may never be needed in the first place. Just seems like another failure point. If the pickup was in the right location, in the back of the tank aka Cessna 172/182, it should always have fuel except in a dive. Then again, if you run it that low would a fuel pump make any difference if the fuel can’t get out of the tank and into the fuel line? Does a carb need fuel pressure to fill a float bowl more than gravity feed? Our fuel systems, if my memory is correct, are designed to flow 150% of needed fuel by gravity alone. This is part of the annual inspection. You measure the flow into a bucket from the sump area by taking loose a line. As long as the floats are full on a carb, the carb takes what it needs. Fuel pressure has nothing to do with that once the fuel is in the float bowl. I may be all wrong. I do understand fuel injection is a whole different beast that needs pressure. Thank you for your responses.
  18. Thanks for the reply Tom. So, in essence, one could remove the fuel pump and the engine carbs should still have plenty of fuel and run fine with our high wing configuration?
  19. May be a stupid question, but why do our engines use fuel pumps? Our CT’s are high wing airplanes capable of flowing 150% or better of needed fuel by gravity alone. Both my 172 and 182 had much bigger engines and required more fuel without a fuel pump. So, why do the carbs need a pump? Just curious.
  20. Try reprogramming before you do anything. One failed start or low battery dip seems to throw my flap computer out of whack. Solved by replacing the battery and I keep it on a trickle charger. I have a thread on here about reprogramming. I hope it fixes it. Bob
  21. I should have them. Check out my eBay auction or PM directly. Bob
  22. I bench tested my set up all wired on my desk for 2 hours on solid light and then immediately switched to 2 hours of flash mode. The LED bulb ran warm in solid mode after 2 hours, but this is without any air flowing over it. In flash mode, it did not heat up at all. In both modes, no wiring, flash module, or switch was warm. This is good news as I only see myself using solid light mode for landing at night and flash mode all the time during the day. I rarely fly at night. The switch is the perfect size, but it is all black with no markings. In the picture it had markings. I’m going to try my hand with a Dremel tool and white paint to possibly put a solid line on one end of the switch and three white dots on the other. Might take it to my sign guy to see if he has any ideas.
  23. Hello everyone. I decided to start a new thread as there are several on the LED landing light options. I grabbed a great LED bulb with the help of this forum and its members and I thank you. I wanted to take it a step further and add a flasher circuit for general high visibility flying as seen on other planes. So, I am bench testing this apparatus before I ask for a LOA from Flight Design (Maybe they'll give me one for free if they like this idea...hint, hint). Since the new LED light allows for such a low amp draw (.75 amp) compared to the factory bulb, we can now fly with the landing light on all the time for added safety without straining the electrical system or running down our batteries. I wanted to take it to the next level and add a flasher circuit when desired. So, the pieces are roughly $5 for the flasher, about $2 for the bulb socket, $8 for a new SPDT switch, and $15 for the bulb. As you can see, it is very cost effective and will be simple to wire. The switch I ordered is the same OEM switch used by Flight Design, but with three positions (on-off-on) instead of two (on-off). The flasher module is tiny, and weighs less than an ounce. All wiring can be done right at the switch panel. This would allow a flashing circuit to be seen, and a solid light for landing. I will include a few pics of the pieces and a short video of the unit working on my desk. It is very bright, to the point I was seeing spots. In my opinion, I think this will be great, but I'm ready to be told otherwise. I posted here for your thoughts and opinions. Please don't hold back :) Thanks, Bob F. 20200919_211558_001[2].mp4
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