ottorecker

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  1. ottorecker

    N2935L @ KLXV

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  2. ottorecker

    Replacing cluster gauges

    Instrument Overhaul dot com at Gillespie in San Diego. $300 plus shipping. YMMV. They did a nice job.
  3. ottorecker

    Flying into Salida, Co

    Land west, T/O east......unless really windy from the west - T/O east. You will usually get good ridge lift east of town with westerly winds. Most of the locals would advise to take the downhill, downwind takeoff. 10,500 should be more than enough altitude from the east. Crew car may be available.
  4. I have two Quiet Technologies Halo Headsets for sale, pretty much new in black. I used one headset on one 2 hour flight flight and the other I have not yet taken out of its case. These are nice, well made units, but I realized I prefer active noise reduction. They come with all included accessories (except one set of yellow earplugs out of the included 5 pair per headset). Would like to sell them together for $600 shipped USA only.
  5. Center controllers are allowed to issue vectors to a final approach course but not to all approaches/airports....this is an airport specific question.....in doubt? Call the controlling center prior to departure. Usually very helpful. Thinking about "the full procedure" in advance? Your 'approach com freq on the plate' observation is a good one, but also look at the approaches available. DME ARC to an ILS (like RWY 26 KAST)? Assuming a center controller, it's a pretty good bet you'll intercept that gem if it intersects your route. Not reasonably lined up with the final approach course (say 30 degrees L/R) on your route? Expect a course reversal or some other transition. If clearances are not obvious or you have questions ask ATC. While you should expect to do the entire approach procedure when cleared for an approach ATC might be surprised by a PT if you are pretty much lined up with a final approach course even if not on a published segment. If it is a busy place they would likely want to know if you are planning a course reversal. Remember the magic words......cleared "Straight in Approach". If ATC doesn't say it and you want it, ask for it. Clears up confusion. Filing via a straight-in fix of an expected approach or transition, esp. at an unfamiliar airport, might be a strategy for you (but doesn't always work.....). Also remember approach radar may be OTS or part time so plan accordingly.
  6. I'll definitely look into that method and hopefully I can get something like that to work. My big concern is the dog hitting the ceiling or coming down in an awkward postion after a big bump. I've had a few unexpected head bonks myself. I have not seen the dog seriously airborne (thank goodness) but I am concerned of the possiblily of injury (He, like me, aren't as young as we used to be) I know the dog doesn't like it when the ride is worse than light turbulence.
  7. Our 80 lb alsatian mix flies with us on just about every overnight trip. Some things we have learned..... - Flaps down while loading and unloading - yoga mat on the wing (protection and traction and just about perfect in size) Good on hot asphalt ramps as well. - much easier to load/unload the dog with two people: one in the airplane and one outside to help/guide. Treats for motivation can help initally - mut muffs just moderatley sucessful and I m not sure about their efficacy. They usually end up sideways or in some other less desirable orientation. Try ordianry cotton. Probably as effective as MM's but how do you really know? The dog tolerates cotton better. - costco dog blanket or similar for the back seat. Remember to tuck the seat belts into the seat crack. The thick blanket has been useful for overnight hotel room or freinds house stays and the dog is familiar with it. At 80 lbs our dog takes up pretty much all of the back seat. Not sure he would tolerate anyone or anything else next to him. We have also tried various restraining set-ups so the dog doesn't get hurt or end up in the front seats in turbulence. We have not yet found a good effective solution for this that also allows the dog to get up occasionally and repostion. We try to avoid bumps and slow way down when turbulent. Anyone have a good restraining solution that also allows some mobilty and actually works?
  8. ottorecker

    Folding Bicycle Questions

    +1 for the Citizen Tokyo. Bought two for less than $400 including a few accessories delivered. Both fit in the luggage area of my C with a little persuasion which leaves the back seat for the dog. I wouldn't want to ride them more than 10 miles RT but they get the job done. I only use them on Mooney trips.....otherwise they stay in the hanger. I didn't want to spend a bunch of money for something I would rarely use. They are a bit heavy but reasonably built especially for the price. They are small...If you are over 6 feet tall you might find them a bit cramped (I'm 6'1" but I deal with it). Don't forget to bring a wrench, pump and tire patch kit.
  9. Thanks for the update....talked to LASAR yesterday and it looks like the repair might be done by the end of the month......that would be great..... now I just need to find a good way to get up there....
  10. Yeah, thanks very much for the advice (everyone...very much appreciated). I am currently in the SF Bay Area on a consulting gig. I would consider a drive to Lampson this Friday before driving back home if my A/C is there. I haven't seen her for a month......just miss her.....and so does my dog Pono..... btw, I am not personally ferrying the A/C to Lampson...I do not want the liability exposure. I will definitely be picking up the A/C once repairs are completed so I can address any squawks/discrepancies before I sign off on the repair. The ferry cost, along with my travel to pick up the aircraft, will be part of the insurance claim.
  11. Yes, the thought of a mod or two while at LASAR has crossed my mind more than a few times. Funding, as usual, is the issue. I would love to get the cowl enclosure done.....the wish list is long...... N2935L is still at L08, but the good news is a serviceable aileron and rudder have been installed as of this Friday and apparently it is ready for a ferry flight. Hopefully the ferry flight to LASAR will happen within the week. A month has gone by since the incident. This has been pretty much been the time table I have been expecting. Still sucks but progress none the less. I will be very interested in LASAR's opinion on this repair once they see the aircraft in person, esp. the paint match. Original '67 paint on my not so pretty A/C blended with a fresh coat seems challenging. While I would love a fresh coat of paint on the entire aircraft it isn't a priority. Should be interesting... -o
  12. Thanks for the advice. I am still working on many issues especially having his insurance company pay the repair shop directly without me fronting the cash. If I can't convince them to do this by tomorrow I will definitely drop a dime to the CA Insurance Consumer division....I had not even thought of that (or knew something like that existed).......much thanks.... The good news is that the ball is rolling.....parts were sent to SoCal this week...hopefully a ferry to NoCal will happen soon.
  13. Lessons learned so far in this not so pleasant event: Carry enough liability insurance. I do not carry enough liability insurance to replace my aircraft. When I came up with an initial figure at the origination of my insurance policy I considered my purchase price along with the current market value of similar aircraft. I assumed that if I ever had to make a claim it would have been my fault and that $30K would be what I would be satisfied with, considering that I would be responsible for any incident. What I did not consider was an issue that was not my fault. Most on this board know that the sale price of an aircraft is just the start of expenses you will likely incur on a new purchase. $30K is way to low. Filing third party insurance claims can cost you a lot of money out of pocket short term. I am filing a third party claim (dealing directly with his insurance company). I don’t feel I have any other option if I want to get my aircraft back or something comparable. My liability insurance is so low that if I file a claim through my insurance company they will likely consider the A/C a total loss and pay me $30K max (cost of repair plus salvage value plus expenses very likely more than $30K). Since my insurance company is not involved (for now), I have to come up with the cash up front to fix the A/C. Once I ‘sign off’ on the repairs his insurance company will pay me directly for repairs and expenses. I am not sure if this practice is insurance industry standard when dealing with third party claims. In my case the cost of repairs and expenses are significant. The current estimate for the repair is roughly $19K (minimum). BTW, his insurance company offered me $20K to settle which I respectfully declined. IF the figure was higher I might have at least considered it. I am more than a little concerned that there might be other expenses not yet accounted for. Legal counsel through the AOPA PPP has not been great. I am enrolled in the AOPA’s pilot protection program and did make inquiries concerning this event. They gave me a list of attorneys and I contacted 4 of them. Three returned my phone calls. Of the three, none were in my eyes terribly impressive in their knowledge or guidance on how I should proceed and I received what seemed to be conflicting advice. I am not sure the reason for this but can or rather hate to speculate. The AOPA list of attorneys is fairly extensive but I think if you want good aviation related counsel you may be better off doing some research on attorneys on your own, especially when dealing with civil matters. That said, I have not given up on the AOPA thing yet. Significant loss of time spent dealing with this issue. Since I am choosing to deal with this myself instead of letting my insurance company handle this, my time input has been significant. This is not trivial in my case. His insurance will not cover any of this expense. It would be far easier to make a phone call, file a claim and let others deal with whatever comes up. LASAR is great. No secret here. They have been very accommodating and are very flexible on the finance terms and many other issues regarding this event. As far as the current plan for the repair of N2935L, LASAR is going to ship parts to SoCal and have contacted a mechanic to hang an aileron and rudder, straighten some skin and then get a ferry permit for a flight to 1O2. Hopefully it will be there in a couple of weeks. I hope no one finds themselves in this type of situation. I know I will l do what I can not to put myself in this predicament in the future. more updates to follow as things progress.......
  14. That was one of the first questions the adjuster asked me. When I suggested Lasar she was familiar and said they are a fine shop and could see why I want them to do the repair. I doubt his insurance will have any issue with this......