Steve W

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  1. I haven't seen my magnetometer yet, I replaced my temp probe in that position for the JPI 900. (1994 M20J with King HSI) I should go look for the magnetometer. And it's replacing the lighting wiring, the twisted pair means the power to the light and the return from the light cancel itself out and greatly reduce the magnetic interference. Twisted pair both reduces interference to the signals in the wires(the light doesn't care) but also reduces interference to things around those wires.
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    Exxon Elite 20W-50 Oil - PENDING OBSOLETE

    Apparently(third hand) the engine shop my engine went to also made some not-so-good remarks about Exxon when it got there. I was thinking of changing based on that, but now I guess I don't have a choice.
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    Trio Pro Pilot For M20 Mooneys

    Not sure what additional equipment you mean... It does require a GPS signal for any ground based tracking, but it basically requires a GPS for everything it does, similarly it requires 2 G5s as well for pretty much every install. Now, if you're comparing it to the TT, yes, the GFC500 does require more than just an 'autopilot'.
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    Trio Pro Pilot For M20 Mooneys

    Actually, according to the currently approved AFMS for the TruTrak: "This autopilot has not been evaluated to meet certification requirements for coupled instrument procedures, including coupled approaches. Therefore coupled instrument approaches and procedures are not authorized without further approval." So, no, it's not legal down to 700, it's not legal at all right now. Sure, it might be someday, it might also someday have electric pitch trim but considering how rarely any avionics manufacturer meets any of their targets I'd never buy anything assuming it may someday do what I want if it's a feature I really want.
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    Trio Pro Pilot For M20 Mooneys

    I see Trio and TruTrak in the area of replacements for the old Cessna Navomatic or other single axis and wing levelers, "I don't need an autopilot but it's sure nice to have sometimes" The GFC 500 is in an odd space since it's architected similarly to the others but requires the G5s, but can also fly approaches. I think it will do well in the middle ground of the 2 Axis King/Century without altitude preselect or other bells and whistles for people who haven't already chosen their glass. The new STEC/King/GFC 600 are the top tier for those who already have a full King or STEC or already have glass and want none of the limitations of the lower end models.
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    Adding a JPI 900 on the cheap

    Hmm, that's not at all what the JPI Installation manual says: "The remote alarm light is a Red or Yellow light depending on the alarm condition. The EDM-900 incorporates a single light that alerts the pilot that a problem existing within the engine. This light is placed in with the primary flight instruments and is required for primary installation." And the flight manual supplement says: "The EDM-900 must not be used as primary if the RAL is not working." No exceptions for locations I can see, only the restrictions that the display must be within X of center line.
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    Adding a JPI 900 on the cheap

    The LED is always required for the JPI if you're using it for primary purposes. The 930 has a fancy little 8 character display instead. As I recall some of the fuel limits may be configurable by you, er your A&P, the configuration system is really really annoying though and they barely document it.
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    Trio Pro Pilot For M20 Mooneys

    They also promised they'd make their own servos, also never heard from again. I know a guy with a 182 who went the Avidyne route, basically install an STEC, throw away/sell for pennies the control head and then install the DFC.
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    Trio Pro Pilot For M20 Mooneys

    Don't forget STEC and King(hahahahahahahah, sorry)
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    Trio Pro Pilot For M20 Mooneys

    STEC: 15, no deposit just a confirmed purchase order from your shop. 1 year additional warranty (3 years total) on the new parts with 2 year warranty on existing servos for upgrades for pre-orders.
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    ILS vs LPV

    Remind me never to share my YouTube videos with you guys.
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    Prop Srike question

    And that's how my prop strike on a 1200 hour engine became a full overhaul. (Well, not corrosion, but other items)
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    GFC500 Update

    The Pilots Guide for the G3x autopilot says the same: NOTE: VOR, LOC, and GS modes are all GPS-aided. You must have a GPS position to use VOR, LOC, or GS modes.
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    GFC500 Update

    Let's not get ahead of ourselves... the KI-300 is shipping, the KA-310 to actually use with a legacy autopilot is not, coming 'Q1 2019'... don't hold your breath. On one hand I am a bit considering the KI-300 and a G5 HSI for my existing KAP-150 to hold me until I can afford a full GFC500, on the other hand, maybe just the G5 for now as I can buy quite a few KG-258s off ebay for the cost of the KI-300.
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    GFC500 Update

    I haven't seen anything that says the KA310 is required if you use a KFC-230, only for legacy(analog input) autopilots. I'd assume they were smart enough to put the ARINC output for the KFC on the KI-300 itself... Then again, it is BK.