Sunday, June 24, 2018

B-Kool pirep

Summer is here and last week we had a bit of a heat wave so I got to make use of my B-Kool.  I have ice at the Pilatus hangar so this is a pretty awesome way to have poor mans air conditioning.  I ran a long cord to the cigarette lighter adapter in the front and have the B-Kool in the aft baggage area.

The amount of air moved by the little motor inside is really impressive.  It basically just sucks in hot air and runs it over the cold ice and blows it out the ducted vent.  I'd say it cooled the cabin down by at least 10-15 degrees.  It was over 100 deg outside, but running this made it tolerable.  We even kept it on in cruise because it's just nice to have cool wind blowing.  It's especially ideal for the cabin passengers but still a bit toasty up front, so I bought a little rechargeable electric fan which I'm going to velcro to the glare shield.

Loungey back there in the Tbone!

All good for summer flying!

Sunday, April 22, 2018

Motoring along

Weather has turned typical spring beautiful so a quick jaunt to meet some buddies up at KAUN for breakfast...  copilot shot a quick video.

Monday, April 9, 2018

I'll tell you why not TXI

Ya, it's not quite the same as a Garmin G600TXI... but for pennies on the dollar compared to the Garmin, I got one of these.

I was in the shop getting my boomerang antennae removed, and while I was there I had them remove my entire copilot panel and replace with one of these mounts coupled with an iPad Pro 10.5 incher.   Since I have the IFD 550, I can make it a fully functional MFD synced to my GPS, or I can run SVT against the high performance AHRS and have a full window to the world in any weather.

While the old copilot panel was fully functional, and the best technology that 1992 had to offer, it was heavy... and it took up two full avionics shelves in the nose.  That annoyed me because it made my cavernous nose storage area mostly unusable.  It had two fully redundant inverters powering an AC electric AI/HSI.  The inverters also created a weird feedback noise in my headset when they were powering up...   So pulled it all out and also removed the two old avionics shelves. Now I can fit anything I want up in the nose cone.

Here is the old vs the new...

The boxes of old stuff came to about 50 lbs.  I ended up gaining 49 lbs of useful load!

My only complaint is the iPad is a little dim.  I wish it was brighter.  It will be fine night flights and not so bright days, but bright summer days it's a lot of glare and harder to see.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

quick hop with the VIRB

Got a VIRB for Xmas and finally got around to trying it out. quick hop to take MattD. to KMOD to pickup his Baron from annual and his first ride in a tbone. 

Sunday, March 11, 2018

Dialed in

Ok this picture sucks because it's a plasma display (need to upgrade this sucker to a 790), but man the plane is seriously dialed in now. The temps are flat straight across all 12 jugs in the low 300's and she runs smooth smooth smooth. No more oil leaks, dry as a bone in the nacelles now, finally. Loving the ADSB but for some reason the weather is not working on the IFDs.  I think it's because the GDL-69A is still hooked up even though I stopped my XM subscription, so I'm going to try disabling it in the IFD setup and see if that does the trick.


Tuesday, February 13, 2018

back in the nest

Home at last... ADSB works except I don't see Wx on the IFDs, and seems the avionics guy accidentally disconnected the suction gauge.. the standby AI spins right up and works fine but I'm showing 0 on the gauge.  Maybe I'll just ditch the vacuum system and put a Sandia Quattro there instead.  

Here is the worst thing though... I had the shop replace the wing bolts due to the AD, and somehow the cover for the bathtub fitting on the right wing wasn't secured well enough.... When I took her for a post Mx test flight and got around 3,000 ft over farmland, the cover flew off the wing.  Obviously gone forever. Anyone know where I can find a replacement wing bathtub fitting cover?  

On the bright side, the overhauled props look new and no more oil leaks from the hub.. the plane starts right up and runs smooth and cool. I had about 13 pages worth of other improvements and I feel pretty good about her overall now... and she's back in the hangar where she belongs.

Thursday, February 1, 2018

She's naked

She looks so naked without props.  Turns out the left prop had similar issues to the right.  Glad I did this bit of preventative maintenance, hopefully the props will go the distance now.  Expecting to have her home early next week, fingers crossed!

Good news is that the GTX 345 is installed, hooked into the IFDs delivering traffic and weather there.  Unfortunately I need to wait for a software update to pass that through to the Aspen.  Also my JPI is now passing fuel flow info to the IFDs and the IFDs are wired to the 796 to pass flight plans over.  Not sure why that stuff wasn't done by the last owner, but I consider it complete now!