Friday, February 17, 2012

Single yoke finally

I finally got my single yoke installed.  It turned out the first one that was shipped was defective and I had to have him send another one.  The little pins inside had become dislodged during shipping or something like that.  Anyway the replacement one turned much smoother which I assume is how it's supposed to work.  I got a new push to talk switch installed on my yoke, an oil change with new filters, a new roll pin for the door handle, and I'm back in action.  Here is how she looks now...

I already noticed how much easier it is to get to the center panel instruments, and it really provides a lot more room for the front passenger.  Maybe it's placebo effect but it also seems that the plane feels lighter in roll now.

I really need to get rid of that ancient Collins nav/com though.  And I don't really need the second transponder... it was probably put in at some point when some unwitting owner thought he might run a part 135 op.  Yeah right!  Notice I also ditched the clock on the yoke.  That was a tough decision but in reality I haven't flown a timed approach since my IR check ride.  If I really need that when all else fails at some point, I'll just use the timer on my phone.  I think it makes the panel look cleaner not to have an ancient wind up clock on the yoke...

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