Wednesday, January 8, 2020

Interior

I've decided to do new carpet and sidewalls, since my carpets are puke brown and dirty, and my sidewalls are a bit too 70's retro for my taste.  



At first I thought I might do the whole interior including the seats, but upon further consideration I decided that seats are in good shape.  The problem is they have no contrast against the carpet.  I decided to keep the the seats and have them cleaned and detailed.  They ended up coming out great, and they look new.  The leather and foam are still in great condition and people often remark at how comfortable they are.  Those sidewalls are just hideous though.  I had the headliner done when I got the plane, and it's great and has touch led lights.  The window frames will get wrapped in ultra leather  white to match the headliner, and I'll go with a nice darker color wool carpet which will show a nice contrast with the seats.  Still undecided in the sidewalls though.  Not doing the seats will save a bunch of money, but will still cost a small fortune I'm sure...
 

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

ATP-CTP

Finally got around to knocking out the ATP-CTP and the ATP multi-engine written exam.  I chose FTI in Denver since it was the cheapest option, includes the written, and Denver is the least objectionable city of availability in my opinion.  If you plan to do the ATP, just get Sheppard Air and follow their process.  I scored a 98% with not too much effort.  The class was super boring and I basically just worked on my computer the whole time while being shown videos of airline accidents I already knew about.  However the sim portion was actually pretty cool for a simulator geek like me...  and I got to learn how to fly the 737, just in case the crew ever decides to eat the fish...   now I just need to do a type rating and combine that with the ATP ride.




Wednesday, October 23, 2019

Nice weather

It was just a beautiful weekend to fly around the bay.  I never get tired of it!




Friday, September 27, 2019

Knobster 3D printed case

I use touch screens on my home flight simulator.  It just makes it much more configurable and easy to manage, however doing things like twist the knob on a 530 is difficult using a touch screen.  Enter the knobster!  I use a product called AirManager for the touch panel, and it supports a device called the knobster.  I built my own knobster following the instructions here: http://www.simwarekits.com/diy-kit-builders.html



Here is the 3D printed case file which took me forever to find:  https://drive.google.com/open?id=1a7QU1-9voTyuzC6qOdeoDTqEeja56Svs and I used a service called Sculpteo to have it printed since I don't have a 3D printer.  Awesome!




Friday, September 6, 2019

Aircraft coastal corrosion map


People from other parts of the country sometimes ask about corrosion in California since we're right on the ocean.  Non issue! Excepting a few airports right next to the ocean like KHAF, Bay Area airports are about as good as it gets. We have a very moderate, desert climate and sea air is a non issue. basically you've got temperate dry climate as soon as you're a few miles from the ocean, even in proximity to the bay, as the above map shows.

Wednesday, August 28, 2019

Twin Bonanza Shoulder Harness 337

A few people have asked me for the Twin Bo shoulder harness 337 which can be used as a basis for a field approval for install.  Here they are...

DH-165 Shoulder Harness 337
https://drive.google.com/open?id=0B3zlp36cVxI8OUowME5PeHN2cnM

FAA 337 D50 INSTALLATION
https://drive.google.com/open?id=1dimBvlucjjWU5S5seOd4lBueOBSNbler




Monday, August 26, 2019

Highly contagious Tbone disease

Looks like we've got a major outbreak of Tbone disease at KCCR, does any other airport have 3 Tbone's based there? Well we do now! My buddy Ben closed yesterday on Tom Leatherwood's beautiful D50A. Todd Thacker, Ben and I flew down in my plane to rescue it via ferry permit from PRB, where it has sat for the last 2 years unflown.

Thankfully, it was kept in a nice spacious hangar just patiently waiting to be adopted. Todd did the prebuy inspection and for the most part, the old girl looks to be in great shape. The 192 hour engines fired right up and sounded perfect. Todd flew her over to MOD where she will get a thorough annual. There are some good Tbone's out there waiting on a good owner for a little TLC.  Next patient please!!

A few videos and shots from the adventure, a great way to spend Sunday!