FlyingMonkey Posted January 18, 2017 Report Share Posted January 18, 2017 My 2007 CTSW (N509CT), just passed the 500 hour total time mark! It had 113hrs on it when I got it in 2013, so I have put 387hrs on it in 3.5 years, or an average of 110hrs/year. Not bad! In that time, the only major issue has been the exhaust system that cracked and broke in Tucson (thanks Roger for finding me a great stainless welder on zero notice!). Minor issues: 1) Terrible camber/toe-in factory settings that caused horrible tire wear. I was replacing tires 3-4 times a year! I changed to Matco wheels, and even with the wheels shimmed to max specs, I was still wearing way too fast. I talked to Matco, and they suggested custom taper shims. The problem is I needed shims in both axes, which would make the overall shim thickness too great. I found an engineer with big CNC machines, and he cut me custom shims to my specs tapered in both axes. Voila, I have had no noticeable tire wear in 60+ hours. I'm blaming a hung over Ukrainian gear installer for the original issue. 2) My oil pressure has has intermittent periods when it would read low. Always fine on the ground, but in flight it would go down slowly until it was below 30psi, sometimes as low as 10psi before I could land. Replaced sender (x3), relocated sender to firewall, ran ground direct from sender to negative battery terminal, replaced gauge. Still have the issue. I *know* it's an electrical issue, because in flight if I start turning off electrical gear the oil PSI comes right back up to normal range. My airplane is about to turn into an E-LSA; when it does I'm going to run new, larger gauge wires to the sender and the gauge is hope that it's a signalling/RF noise issue. Overall the airplane has been great, and these issues are just normal gremlins associated with airplane ownership. I love the CT's ability to fly slow, fly fast, maneuver, and never act like it's about to bite you hard if you do something a little bone-headed. It's economical to operate, runs auto fuel or 100LL, and can haul a surprising amount of people, fuel, and gear for its gross weight. It's got very long legs, longer than most light singles (though your bladder will fill before the fuel tanks empty...). Honestly, if I was a PP instead of a SP and could fly anything that I could afford, I'm not sure I'd trade my CTSW for anything else. Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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