Friday, May 8, 2020

Annual

Opened up my 60 year old airplane for annual and it looks like it just came off the factory floor.






Sunday, May 3, 2020

Annual time

Dropped off my plane for its 3rd annual in my ownership.  The main thing is I'm having them install a real air conditioner.  I bought the ArcticAir 24 volt real ac unit.  It just seems like summers are getting hotter and hotter and it's just so much nicer to have a cool cabin and not be drenched with sweat by the time you're airborne.  Also my older son is prone to air-sickness and I've noticed he does better with nice cool air blowing on him.  The B-Kool ice cooler works reasonably well but it's just a bit of a hassle to load it with ice.  Otherwise no real squawks this year and hoping for a quick turn around.

Since the shelter order my Pilatus flights have been few and far between.  Oh well, In the mean time, I always have my sim.  The new x-plane 11 beta with Vulkan update is really good.  Here I'm having fun flying the C90.



With the huge curved flat screen it's super immersive.  Here I had to back up a few feet just to get the whole thing in the frame.


Monday, April 27, 2020

GeeBee airstair door seal

A few people have asked about my door seal, which looks great and fits nice and snug with no wind leakage.  I changed it out in Feb 2018 and it's still holding up like new.

Looking back through my email here is what I have from Guy for the seal:

12.5 ft

125.00
 
his part number was:  115122

I remember it being a tight fit but I only had to trim it a bit in a few places.



Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Installed!

Shoulder harnesses done!  Came out great, super stoked to finally have these done.




Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Inertial reel shoulder harness

Today I received my inertial reel shoulder harness kit from Alpha Aviation.  https://alphaaviation.com/beech-3rs-114ir-inertial-reel-shoulder-harness-kit-stc-sa01880ch-easa-10071581/

Mine was $200 off because it doesn't include the STC, which they don't offer for the Tbone.  So it's going to get installed as a minor alteration based on a liberal policy from the FAA in the name of safety... finally some sanity at the federal level.
https://www.faa.gov/aircraft/gen_av/harness_kits/media/shoulderpolicy.pdf

The only tricky part is finding a shop willing to understand this.  I'm guessing it will be at least 2k to install, but it's always felt so anachronistic getting in the plane and doing the lap belt up with no shoulder harness.  will be worth it.



Saturday, March 21, 2020

Windows done!

The windows came out great and I'm really glad I redid them.  I also felt like the plane was noticeably quieter.  When I get the new interior done with the super soundproofing it should really drop the decibel level on the inside.




Thursday, March 12, 2020

Pimp my ride - tinted windows

I wanted to tint my rear windows for style and also to reduce heat in the summer. I bought some "justplanetint" film tint but it couldn't get it to work.. came out with bubbles and looked like %#$@. So I just bought new windows from LP aero with solar gray dark tint. Also decided to remove the double pane because it would get dirty in between the two windows and too difficult to clean. I hear the LPAero windows are quieter so hopefully that won't make a noise level difference. Also doing new emergency window seals. Coming along!