Louis Gallego
  • Tacoma, WA
  • United States
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Annual completed - Wooden Prop care and feeding

Posted on October 12, 2012 at 6:39pm 1 Comment

I keep my plane outside and was worried about my wooden prop and the weather here in Western Washington.  Sensenich is able to completely refinish and rebalance their wooden prop for $200 plus about $35 for shipping and handling.  The prop looks brand new, and is a lovely golden brown.  It took 3 weeks turn around time and well worth the money.

RE: N4882 flying again

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 10:57am 1 Comment

I had 19.8 hrs on it. I talked with the Seattle FSDO and they said because I had not yet completed my 1st 40 hrs, they would not need to add additional testing time. I worked about 20 hrs per week for 4 months, but I did all the work alone. Keep plugging along!

N4882 Flys Again!

Posted on April 13, 2010 at 12:14am 2 Comments

I have completed two test flights, 0.5 hrs and 1.0 hrs, and it flys perfect, um, just like it did before the upgrade. Still adjusting the alerion trim to get it to fly hands off. Off to re-start my ASI calibrations. It's nice to be back in the air again!

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At 8:20am on July 12, 2010, Roger Lambert said…
Don't feel badly about the encoder on the Dynon. I remember spending several hours sittting in the cockpit with the manuals from Dynon and Garmin getting the appropriate "codes" programmed into each. 260 hours later they still work fine.
At 7:34am on April 13, 2010, Jake Reyna said…
Louis, now I have a reason to go to Tacoma. Actually, my wife is an RN and one of her Army buddies just retired and is working at Fort Lewis as a Midwife.

Looking forward to hearing some flying stories.

At 6:51am on November 15, 2009, Dr. Edward M. Moody II said…
Excellent news Louis. I hope your experience mirrors mine. The Papa Goose has 47 hours now without a wrinkle or loose rivet. The airframe is everything I expected of the 601XL. My avionics continue to require tweaking but I expected that. I put in two glass panel units for EFIS and EIS.

At 9:08am on November 13, 2009, Louis Gallego said…
Actually, I feel pretty confident over the saftey of my plane, all my flights so far have been very predictable. It's just that I'm waiting for the insurance shoe to drop. Plus, remember, I have only 15 hours on my plane, I'm not use to it being completed and flying. I even kind of miss building on it. So, yes, I'm going to complete the upgrade, for my own piece of mind, and those of which ever future grandchild wins my plane in the great "grandpa can't fly anymore 601XL lotto' in 30 or 40 years.
At 7:17am on November 12, 2009, Dr. Edward M. Moody II said…
So... are you afraid of your finished XL or are you confident that it is safe to fly "as is". From what I'm reading, many owners have been frightened by the pessimisim of others about their planes. I wonder how many of those negative comments come from someone who has actually built or helped build a Zodiac and how many were simply ready to jump on the bandwagon without much useful knowledge about the design?

There are also quite a few who are apparently satisfied with the original design but want to maximize resale value and so are willing to do the retrofit. I have also corresponded with several guys whose reaction was sort of, "What the heck? I don't mind doing the work so what do I have to lose besides some time and some paint?"

I've decided not to do the mods on mine until / unless I have to take the plane out of service for some other major repair. Then it makes sense for me to go ahead and do the mods.


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