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  1. I also keep photos of my logbook entries in Google drive. The good thing about using Google drive is that you get OCR for free, so your logbook entries are searchable.
  2. I started building an app/website for this 7 or 8 years ago and just got derailed with life. I don't use anything for this today, but I also don't think I'd be willing to pay more than a few bucks per month on it. Just glancing at it, the free plan from planelogix doesn't provide the feature set that would justify the effort of uploading and correcting logbook entries where OCR doesn't work...and I don't think $25+ per month is worth it. Definitely curious to hear what folks are using though and whether or not mechanics are onboard for electronic entries/signatures. Maybe there are better options these days that I'm unaware of.
  3. This was 4 years ago, but I ended up taking mine (on the 3rd attempt) to San Antonio Prop Service and haven't had issues since. Sensenich picked up the tab. The technical answers above are likely correct, but the bottom line is that it wasn't done right on the first 2 attempts.
  4. I may be able to swap rides if the timing works out. My Mooney is in Longview now for the annual, and I'm going to be in Dallas for a week starting Wednesday. Shoot me a note if you're interested.
  5. Good question. I'll find out. I don't have a way of knowing that the second unit failed in the same exact way...just know that it had an "internal failure".
  6. Quick update on this. Took it to Crystal Avionics at KBAZ (who installed the GTX345R initially). This required some coordination getting back into Austin to return home, and getting back out for the repair...but Austin Tracon was super helpful in the coordination. Apparently this problem can't be troubleshot in the field, so Garmin exchanged the unit for $1,600. The install was 3 and a half years ago, so I'm a year and a half out of warranty . The overhauled exchange unit was also DOA, so I'm now waiting on a second exchange unit. This begs the question though...are these things really that flakey? Anyone else having similar issues? For ~$6k, I would expect this unit to last longer than 3.5 years, and now I have no confidence that the replacement unit will last much longer since the first exchange also had an "internal failure". Crystal can't even tell me how/why the unit failed because Garmin doesn't tell them.
  7. For those familiar, does FIKI really add 109 lbs? Or in practice, do you not fill it full of fluid...so like 75-ish lbs?
  8. Not sure if this is helpful or not, but mine is 949. Type S, no TKS, no A/C.
  9. Has anyone seen this issue? Powercycle had no effect. Planning to reseat connections, but anything else to try? No red X, and can still connect to the unit via Bluetooth. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. This was a "solution" that I got directly from Garmin. My understanding was that the flight steam 210 interfaces directly with the GTX345R, but you didn't otherwise get any flight stream 210 benefits on the G1000. It would basically act as a $1,000 bluetooth repeater. I was not interested (obviously), so I didn't investigate any further. It's entirely possible that I was misinformed, but the source was Garmin.
  11. See attached email from 2017, but I don't think anything has changed.
  12. Except don't use "career hours" in the equation because none of us are dead yet. Instead, use estimated future hours.
  13. Oh, and if you're using flying to actually get somewhere (the majority of Mooney flying?), you also have to take into consideration all of the hours that flying takes you off of the road.
  14. 1:100,000 assumes that it's totally random, which means you get fresh odds every hour. The 3,000th hour is no more dangerous than the first (hopefully it's the opposite!). This fits nicely with the whole "your next flight is the most important" mantra, and we know the ways to stack the odds more in our favor. Bad things will still happen, but imho, there's a lot more that you can do flying to change the odds vs. riding a bike or driving a car.
  15. Assuming you also have Concorde batteries: https://www.batteryminders.com/batteryminder-model-244cec1-aa-s5-24v-4-amp-concorde-aviation-battery-charger-maintainer-desulfator/ I use 1 with the Y adapter, but I've always heard 2 would be better. Mine is wired such that the ports are in the hatrack, but read somewhere that they stopped doing that. Apparently the battery needs ventilation when it's desulfating? I've never had any issues though.
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