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  1. I'm selling my used SPOT GEN3 with a new and unused RAM mount suction stand. The SPOT is fully functional has the latest firmware. The SPOT has still tracking and message services until April 17th 2019. $85 plus shipping Hendrik
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    that's it!

    Hi Chris, it's also on the main bus. You basically have to reduce the load to stay in the range of the standby alternator (certified for 20A but can deliver over 30A) . The standby alternator has a fuse of 40A and indicate (flashing) overdraw current above 20A. You basically switch of avionic until you are below. it should not make it necessary to pull fuses. My normal current use is around 30A. (no pitot or prop heating of course). Hendrik
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    don't text and fly?

    this was more the happiness for the upcoming steak (see image) after total flying of 1400Nm this day directly from BIRK over BGBW. I flew 2 legs fully on the own antenna. I could not really notice a difference in signal strength or reliability compared to the aircraft iridium antenna. I was having the own antenna directly behind the windscreen in the most forward corner in the middle of the dashboard. It had a small suction head to hold it on the windscreen. I was just using the external antenna more since its on cable less on the dashboard.
  4. I use on of the last North Atlantic flights for an test of two way satellite messengers. After my Spot interferes reproducible with my Garmin GPS’s (full signal lost during the transmission phase of the Spot -see pictures) I was needing a alternative. (See posts in MS) I also heard the same problem from other pilots that used the Spot and WAAS GPS together. So I was testing an AirTextLT based on the MS recommendations for that flying and like to share with you some of my observations and experiences. Over all the installation was more than easy. Just plug it into the cigarette lighter and that's it. I was testing the small included Iridium antenna but since I had a Iridium antenna in the plane I connected this for the longer flights. Over all the adapter cable that was included in the AirTextLT was very handy. My concern to maybe have the wrong BNC in was gone immediately. The AirText works with an app on your smartphone and supports iOS and Android. I was using iPhone and iPad’s. Very nice is that multiple (up to 6) phones can be used at the same time. so no problem for pilot and co and even the transport of heavy typing teens in the second row is not an issue. With a message price of 5ct thats not moving a lot money out of the window and a teenager transport is much smoother and easier to motivate. The airtext sends a message to all in favourite stored names at reaching 50knts that from now you are in the air and for communication should be the airtext number used. The same happens at landing (below 50knt) and you can get an easy and automated landing message out. The latest version of the app now also supports WhatsApp (limited to text messages) that makes it even easier and and also more practicable especially for foreign cell phone numbers. Receiving of a new message on the phone I also hear on my PMA450A that was connected to my phone. The communication over all all is very stable and I never had an issue to say if a message went out or if I’m connected and can receive messages. Especially on longer flights to manage pickup or optimize the planning it seems very nice. Outside of the availability of ADS-B weather another feature I liked most. You could receive METAR, TAF’s and D-ATIS if available. this helps if you are more than 100 Nm available from your destination and you can’t track the weather. I did this on the way over from Greenland to Goose Bay and could track how the weather is getting worse and worse. This helps to mentally prepare for your alternate. In my case I was able to land at CYYR with the ceiling only some feet above the IFR minimum finally. Nice is that the old METARS are still there and you an track the development. I will attach a screenshot for a easier understanding. I used it on flights in the US , Canada, Greenland, Denmark, UK, Iceland and several countries in the EU. The AirTextLT has a annual minimum of $300 that includes already 500 messages. An additional text is 5ct. The device itself is bit pricey with almost $5000. So if you flying a lot or many times above FL80 it could be an good alternative and maybe also shared between multiple pilots since its very easy to port from one plane to the next. So if you communicating a lot or if you have changing passengers it could be a option. Hendrik
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    that's it!

    well the second ALT is abit of work. You need to wire the alternator and the second voltage regulator. on top there is an annunciator light for too much current drain (20A). It also has an switch thats required to be close to the master switch that you can reach it with one reach. Most of the work is drawing and paperwork for the 337. I also had an load meter in for the battery but modified the EDM 900 with an additional shunt to see the current draw from the second alt. this was cheaper that change the Aerspacelogic VA200K to a VA202K (http://www.aerospacelogic.com/index.php?dispatch=categories.view&category_id=20). Beside that Aerospacelogic doesn't had an upgrade program or similar thing. Hendrik
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    that's it!

    Interesting Geoff. I'm on Shell oil presently. I was flying Total before since I was more in Europe. Maybe I should consider a switch as well. Hendrik
  7. I had a similar configuration prior to the avionic upgrade. The AspenMAX is a must if you like to take out the backup AI (if the AspenMAX certification finally proofs that). I still had to go for a certified AI backup to the Evolution2000. It's true. If the older/ present Aspens has clocked pitot the AHRS is not useful anymore and the redundancy of the EVolution 2000 is gone as well. Thats fixed with the AspenMAX. I also decided for the NGT9000+ and very happy with. Aspen also sells the L3 products now and you can get a good package price. Also think about the options like SV, AoA if you busy the package initially. It's not getting cheaper afterwards. As audio panel i recommend to go to an PMA450. I was just switching from an 450A to and 450B to reduce cables for the GoPro's. So if you looking for an PMA450A .... ;-) I also decided to leave the ADF in (flying in Africa) and put it on the Aspens. This requires and ACU2 instead of an ACU. I had also the DME staying. The stormscope is connected directly and displayed on all Aspens and both Garmins. As Chris I used the space of the old cluster gauge for the indicator and Aspen switches (MFD,PFD and battery). It's also a good spot for the EDM900 indicator. I had the EDM for to the right site before the upgrade but still like to indicator there even if the the EDM is now on the pilot site. I also used the gone vacuum system for putting in an second ALT since this was failing me several times now (last some weeks ago). Picture is without the second ALT indicator. I had an iPad but use it less and less. Im mainly use the 750 and do backup looks on the 660. I also achieved a significant current drop compared to the old avionic setup. Hendrik
  8. flumag

    that's it!

    After Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Iceland now Boston. The charging system of my M20K was quitting at all of this places. Once the voltage regulator and twice the drive coupling of the alternator. Late last year my Mooney made a expensive 5 weeks vacation in Iceland since the clutch were gone. If I have would known that the refurbished drive coupling only last for less than 50 hours I would have gone for a brand new one right away. That's it! I will never use refurbished alternator clutches. The exchange at random exotic spots in the world is just to expensive an time consuming. It's not a saving at all. I will also go for a backup alternator in my M20K. Since I "evacuated" the vacuum system I have a great spot for a B&C alternator and do not need to run a T drive. The new avionic current drain is around 30 amps and with some shut down of redundancy such as Garmin GPS or Aspens I should be good on the backup alternator. At least for flying out... What kills the alternator couplings? Who has experience with a second alternator in a 14V K Mooney? Hendrik
  9. it was a strong recommendation from the shop to get a good result. You never get the old one fitting like before. So better sealing (with les sealant), more even surface of the bolds, and full coloring and not a touch up for bolds and scratches. the overall fitting on the ends is another point. As mentioned before I did it first time in a Mooney and I was positively impressed by the result.
  10. Does anyone have experience how to bench test a Voltage Regulator? E.g. VR415F Thanks Hendrik Gesendet von iPad mit Tapatalk
  11. Hi, I did it in my M20K and it came out very nice including the color touch up. It's quite some steps and I decided to not go with a thicker windshield. (the difference thickness would not make a difference to me - https://www.udayton.edu/blogs/udri/18-09-13-risk-in-the-sky.php ). Maybe it a bit quieter inside but you facing significant higher labour cost (10 to 15 hours more). I was using the same color tint and the UV protection for the replacement. I also renewed the retainer as recommendation from the avionic shop. I flew more than 50 hours since and have no issues. The labor was around 30 hours for the work and it was done at ThreeWing Aviation at KBDR. I like the result a lot and it was well done. I especially was impressed by the color touch up and the over all quality. Maybe not the shop for you since its 2138Nm. But you have a Mooney, why not ;-) Hendrik
  12. flumag

    avionic from upgrade for sale

    :-) yes, very good taste. Yes B now. I like it a lot. Especially the second bluetooth source. This helps to satisfy music taste (back to taste) in first and second row. Also the flight mate is nice (it helps to get an acoustic engine alert signal out of the EDM)
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    avionic from upgrade for sale

    some update and add ons to the liste above. all in red is gone... sent me an PM if you have any demand P/N S/N KCS55A Directional Gyro KG102A 060-0015-00 HSI - Horizontal Situation Indicator KI525A 066-3046-00 Slaving Accessory KA 51A 071-1053-03 11820 Magnetic Azimuth Transmitter - Flux Detector KMT 112 071-1052-00 123673 insight Strikefinder w cable SF2000 2000-021-009 insight Strikefinder antenna SF2000 sensor 2000-022 Flight Command Indicator with FD KI 256 060-0017-00 3450 CDT TIT gauge CDT TIT 0227-005 22370 COM 8.33 KY196B 064-01840101 5388 COM 8.33 KX165A w GS 069-01033-0201 VOR indicator KI203 066-3034-00 11250 voltage converter w connector RB-125 718 voltage converter w connector RB-125 727 COM w tray KY196 064-1019-20 4859 intercom TELEX PC4 70650-000 GPS Annunciation Control Unit for King KLN-90B MD41 MD41-328 5184 mount KG 102A 071-4025-00 audio panel PMA8000B 050-890-0202 GPS w tray w cartridge w antenna KLN90B 066-04031-1122 25696 GPS w tray w cartridge KLN90B 066-04031-1122 40566 TRX TRIG TT31 00220-00-01 ADF indicator with heading sync KI227 066-3063-01 2818 Attitude Gyro, 14V RCA26AK-4 102.0064-02 870163 air temperature OAT 11A D1068 audio panel KMA24 066-1055-03 4064 clock VOR/LOC Converter w connector and mount KN72 066-4009-00 3489 ZAON Portable Collition Avoidance System XRX ONYX 40734 VSI VSI 7000C.31 Course Deviation Indicator MD40-66L 2010056-66l B99689 201 fuel flow transducer Turn cordinator ANS-SOM C007284 Encoded Altimeter Aerosonic Corp 101627-01904 C120821 Altimeter w connector Altimeter T3889 isntrument cluster Mooney M20K 231 6247-00066 640281-513 GPS antenna King Bendix KA 92 071-01553-0200 17893 Com antenna VHF COM anntena CI 196 KMT 112 mount 047-4111-02 tray KT74A tray KT74A rotating beacon HR-DF 14 R14-13416 tray KX 165A tray KX 165A handheld GPS AV80R EU DB handheld GPS AV80R America DB Voltage Regulator Kannad RC100 remote control switch RC100 S1820513-03 JP Instruments Engine Monitor 6C EDM 830 29656 3.16 Garmin DataCard DGRM 73 Garmin DataCard DGRM 72 Garmin NAV/Com w antenna GNS 430 011-00280-10 97138412 Garmin NAV/Com w antenna GNS 430 011-00280-10 97138398 Garmin transponder GTNX 330 011-00455-00 84125307 instrument cluster Mooney M20K 231 6247-00066 640281-513 CDT TIT gauge CDT TIT 0227-005 PS Engineering PMA450A 050-450-0102 B45A1145-G-ST
  14. With the new PFD MAX and the MFD MAX with extended battery the AI is not required either. https://aspenavionics.com/products/general-aviation/efd-1000-pro-max This game is way to expensive for me not to KNOW the rules. Thats what Aspen is aiming for. It will be clear if the Aspen MAX are certified and available. The website is speaking of January now for the certification. But I agree a good step forward.