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Aerovonics AV-20-S MFD with Probeless AOA

Started this discussion. Last reply by Michael Doornbos Aug 7. 4 Replies

Did anyone see this in the Innovations Center at AirVenture?…Continue

Tags: probeless, AOA, AV-20-S, Aerovonics

Do NOT Place Ads in the Open or Type-Specific Forums!

Started this discussion. Last reply by Steven Ward Aug 2. 5 Replies

Recently, we added several engine forums which unfortunately used-up our 15-tab allotment for forums, necessitating eliminating the…Continue

Tags: Sale, Classifieds/For, Tabs, Forums, Ads

Honeywell GT-1 Hall Effect Tachometer Sensor

Started this discussion. Last reply by John Austin May 14. 1 Reply

I thought a little project I just finished yesterday might be of interest to Jabiru engine owners.  I use a MGL XTreme EMS with the RDAC XF interface to monitor my Jab 3300.  Typically, you pick up a…Continue

Tags: rpm, Honeywell, sensor, GT-1, gear

UL Power Support Information

Started May 9 0 Replies

I recently was in contact with Robert Helms, representative for UL Power.  He apologized he cannot monitor the UL Power forum regularly and encouraged me to post his contact information:Robert…Continue

 

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Theodor Galdi left a comment for John Austin
"John: I hate to bother you again about this, but the "search" function in Ning is totally useless. Briefly, I got a windshield which was flat across 80 percent of  the top, BUT the left and right ends were elevated about 3/4 of an…"
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"Yesterday, I flew 2 Kiwis - Rex Addenbrooke and Ian Sowden - in my STOL 750 at TN66. My first international visitors to fly with me!"
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Aerovonics AV-20-S MFD with Probeless AOA

Did anyone see this in the Innovations Center at AirVenture?Apparently Aerovonics is a new company whose founders have impressive credentials: the founder being a co-founder of Aspen Avionics and Director of Hardware Engineering at Bendix King.  The CEO is from…See More
Aug 7
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Do NOT Place Ads in the Open or Type-Specific Forums!

Recently, we added several engine forums which unfortunately used-up our 15-tab allotment for forums, necessitating eliminating the Classified/For Sale forum tab.  However, the Classified/For Sale listings did not go away, they are still…See More
Jul 31
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"Call me.  David Banahan 270-784-9299"
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Kids on the Rise

I'm in a mentoring program called "Kids on the Rise" that helps underprivileged kids, especially those with little or poor family social structure. Yesterday, I took my mentee, Hunter, for his first airplane ride - ever! He is not lacking in…
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Vista-Vent Installation in Bubble Door

My STOL 750's Snap-Vent always fit rather loosely in the passenger's bubble door.  I tried another Snap-Vent that had a spring to increase tension and reduce the sloppy fit.  However, the next day I came back to the hangar and there was an approximately 1" crack in the acrylic radiating out from the edge of the hole! Yikes!  I stop-drilled it and re-installed the original loose Snap-Vent to take any tension off of the crack.  The crack remained stable with the stop-drilling and I tried 2-3…See More
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Zenith 750 "F150 Pickup" Mud Flap

Now let's see ... if a 701 is the "Sky Jeep" and the 750 SD is the "Super Duty" (aka Ford F250!) then what does that make the "regular" 750 STOL ... a F150 pickup???  If it is a pickup, what does it need worse than anything?  A third seat? Nah ... it needs a mud flap!  ;>)As a member of that elite fraternity that paints the belly of their plane white, it really bugs me when water or mud get's thrown up on that belly!  After all, white belly airplane owners work very hard to develop the…See More
Mar 28
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EAA Tie-Down Mod

With Spring in the air, thoughts turn to fly-in's and camping!  Most years, I fly down to Sun 'n Fun and camp in the Homebuilt Camping area. I've found that the cheap "dog tether" tie-downs are worthless (they snap or bend too easily) and heavy-duty spiral tethers are difficult to place in hard ground.  There are numerous commercially-available tie-downs that all have their pros and cons.However, being a homebuilder, I naturally wanted to make my own!  If you Google "EAA tie down plans," you'll…See More
Mar 19
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"Thanks, John for indulging my poor memory. I got some 1/16 by 1/2 inch butyl tape ordered this morning. Amazon was nice enough to offer me 20 rolls for a total of $176. After a fair amount of surfing, I found a seller that would sell me one or two.…"
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"John: Thank you VERY much for you reply concerning mounting the windshield. On the basis of a more recent post by you I had already increased the thickness of the windshield support to .050. I am going to order some 1/8 by 3/4 black butyl tape from…"
Jan 28
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NavWorx ADS-B "IN ONLY" Receiver

The FAA has approved the NavWorx ADS600-EXP to continue to be used as an ADS-B "IN" receiver.  With ADS-B you receive weather (FIS) and some traffic (TIS) services, and WAAS GPS receiver data.  The NavWorx transmits this data via internal wifi and is compatible with most apps that use wifi to display on EFIS, tablets, phones, or dedicated display devices such as the iFly…See More
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New VIKING and UL POWER Forums!

Zenith.aero has added two new forums - the Viking Forum and the UL Power Forum.  This is in response to intense interest in the products of these two manufacturers, both of which are obviously popular with Zenith Aircraft builders and flyers!  As you know, Zenith.aero…See More
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Retired physician, 2700+ hr private pilot, instrument rated, built Monerai (Monnet) glider years ago.
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NavWorx ADS600-EXP Global AMOC (Alternative Means of Compliance) Disable UAT

Posted on December 26, 2017 at 3:00pm 0 Comments

Today, I received a letter from the FAA approving my application for an AMOC (alternative means of compliance) for the AD affecting the NavWorx ADS600-EXP:…

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STOL 750 - 500 hrs!

Posted on November 29, 2017 at 10:00pm 5 Comments

I accumulated this over 5 years and 4 months.  Annuals have been non-events for the airframe - finally had to install new brake pads during my recent annual and that's about it for parts over 5 years!  At about 100 hrs I did replace the 800 series tires with 600 series, but that was just personal preference. …

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uAvionix skyBeacon ADSB-OUT Installation and Review

Posted on October 25, 2017 at 10:30pm 25 Comments

uAvionix has recently introduced the "skyBeacon," a FAA-approved (meets 2020 mandate requirements), wing-tip mounted ADSB-OUT transmitter with an internal WAAS GPS that features a simple, 2-wire installation using existing nav light wiring and no additional antenna installation or cabling - and it only weighs 90 grams!.  uAvionix sent me a pre-production…

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... and now for something completely different - Z Nation Zombie Apocalypse Zenith STOL CH 701 !!!

Posted on September 6, 2016 at 7:30am 4 Comments

A while back I got hooked on watching The Walking Dead series - one of a number of shows and movies about a "Zombie Apocalypse" where most of the population is turned into zombies by a mutant virus, aliens, government weaponized virus, GMO's,  etc.,  - you get the picture - take your choice! The plot is predictable - a small band of "normal" humans makes a trek to find sanctuary from the hordes of zombies and…

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At 1:22pm on August 20, 2018, Theodor Galdi said…

John:

I hate to bother you again about this, but the "search" function in Ning is totally useless.

Briefly, I got a windshield which was flat across 80 percent of  the top, BUT the left and right ends were elevated about 3/4 of an inch. I got on the Cruzer forum and laid out my problem. Some of the members said that one could gently heat the ends with a heat gun to to make them flat. I tried this and could not evenly heat the whole end to lie flat, making these really ugly distorted ends that still had dips in them. I emailed,then spoke to Roger who said a small rise was not unusual. I can't figure this out because water will get under the rise. In the end, I reordered a complete windshield--which was expensive, but the shipping was almost as much as the windshield.

With that as background at an earlier time we discussed your installation and I bought enough butyl tape for the perimeter, BUT I cannot find the email or forum entry in which you set this out.

Would you please send this to me again.

Ted Galdi

At 7:26pm on July 2, 2018, David Banahan said…

Call me.  David Banahan 270-784-9299

At 3:16pm on January 29, 2018, Theodor Galdi said…

Thanks, John for indulging my poor memory.

I got some 1/16 by 1/2 inch butyl tape ordered this morning. Amazon was nice enough to offer me 20 rolls for a total of $176. After a fair amount of surfing, I found a seller that would sell me one or two. Jon Croke had indicated that some of new bubble door builders had used adhesive on them. I ordered enough butyl tape to do the windshield and the doors--using the spacer bushings on both.

On the basis of your comments below, my guess is that the ideal spacer bushing will tubing will be the plastic fuel line that they use for model airplanes.

Thanks again. Ted Galdi

At 10:40pm on January 28, 2018, Theodor Galdi said…

John:

Thank you VERY much for you reply concerning mounting the windshield. On the basis of a more recent post by you I had already increased the thickness of the windshield support to .050. I am going to order some 1/8 by 3/4 black butyl tape from amazon tomorrow.The idea of making a butyl "sandwich" sounds like an excellent way to seal the windshield.

What I did not see in your reply was a response to my suggestion that thin sections of 1/4 inch nylon tubing (like we have for brake lines) be put in the 1/4 inch openings in the windshield.

Did you leave them out?

Thanks again.

Ted Galdi

At 3:06pm on February 4, 2017, David Muse said…

John,

I need to thank you for the tip about helicopter blade tape. I wandered over to the downtown airport last week and caught a mechanic working on a Jet Ranger (Sky4News) and asked him about it. He laughed a bit and told me to go over to Pep Boys and get a roll of clear rock guard tape, like is used on car rocker panels. Said it was the same thing, only cheaper. You might want to look at this.

Dave Muse

At 6:04pm on December 11, 2016, Kenneth Buchmann said…

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Kenb

At 11:49am on November 10, 2016, Theodor Galdi said…

John:

I still have not figured out a way to make my replies to your entries show up in them.

My current question is: How do you like your Conform Foam now that you have been flying the plane for a while?

Because of a motorcycle accident many years ago, I prefer a very firm foam on the seat base with no bolsters to keep the head of the femur off the seat. My experience with conforming foams is that they become soft and you sink in--which puts pressure on the hip.

BTW, the seats really do look nice.

At 9:23am on October 30, 2016, Theodor Galdi said…

John:

There was a posting on the Cruzer forum about building the vertical stabilizer. I replied with the "draft" email that Roger had just sent me. It is not there now.

Did you delete it?

At 8:03pm on October 29, 2016, ronald zielke said…

hey John  saw your plane  at the open house, and a  much deserved award, congratulations  

At 12:52am on May 19, 2016, Theodor Galdi said…

John:

Don't know an easier way to contact you. 

I ordered the folding wings option for my Cruzer and will soon be setting them up. I asked Roger if Zenith had any material on user experience with the folding wings and he said no, try the forums. I want to post in one of the forums asking about users set ups and  experiences, good and bad with the folding wings. Which forum do you recommend?

 
 
 

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