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!




Saturday, February 15, 2020

Cayucos!

I'm constantly surprised by how many incredible places there are in California to visit by light aircraft within an hour or so of flying.  I've recently discovered the San Luis Obispo area of central California, Paso Robles, Los Osos, Moro Bay, Cayucos.  Dog friendly and just an hour flight from my house.  Good restaurants abound, stunning scenery, mellow vibe and a burgeoning wine region...  love it down there!







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!