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  1. Brandontwalker

    Ram Air seal between lower cowling and intake

    My guess, based on the quoted price, he is talking about the gasket that fits on the ram air inlet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    IO-360 Fuel Pump

    The drain was pretty easy to trace. It was the one still dripping 3 days after the last flight and lead right to the fuel pump...and confirmed by my IA. Great advice on pivoting the engine. I sure wish there was another 3” between the engine and firewall.
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    IO-360 Fuel Pump

    I am sure this description is not technically accurate, but the seals in my fuel pump have apparently given up the ghost and I now have oil dumping out the fuel pump “breather” after every flight. I have a new pump in route, but am perplexed as to how to access and replace the pump. My IA suggests we remove the dual mag to make room, but it may be necessary to pull the engine. Not the news I wanted. Anyone with experience, please chime in.
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    I am pretty sure I still have one. I will check and shoot you a PM when confirmed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Headset hangers

    I use the gear crank. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Tach about to check out

    What model? I have one out of my J I could part on the cheap. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    How important is Nav2 to you?

    You may very well be correct. My memory is hazy on that. I always set both radios to the same radial.
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    How important is Nav2 to you?

    I have a couple of thoughts on this. First, you can't perform an airborne VOR check without two functioning nav radios. My home airport does not have a VOR ground check station, so this is important. Second, many ILS and VOR approaches use intersecting radials to identify the IAF and FAF. Not saying it can't be done with one nav radio, but the work load would be significantly increased. Most of my flying is following the magenta line, but I still practice and stay proficient with ILS and VOR approaches just in case the magenta line some day fails.
  9. Brandontwalker

    Aspen Evolution 5?

    I looked everywhere and couldn’t find mention of the magnetometer. Glad someone was able to find it. The locked HSI feature is definitely a bummer though. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Brandontwalker

    Experimental Avionics in Certified Aircraft

    He got his for roughly half the cost of a certified model. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Experimental Avionics in Certified Aircraft

    The Stratus ESGi is a panel mounted transponder with external antenna. I have one in my Mooney. Tt Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Serious question here, so no bashing. I have a close friend who purchased an experimental Stratus ESGi transponder and had it installed in his Piper Cherokee 180. His local FSDO then inspected the installation and signed it off for a minimal fee. Is this common? If so, is this practice allowed with other avionics such as an experimental G5? I plan to install dual G5's at annual and, in addition to the money savings, wouldn't mind having the increased functionality that comes with the experimental units.
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    Fuel Tank Patch

    I used the FlameMaster products specified in the D Max article. Spruce does not carry CS-3330 for the access panels. I called about it and was told I am the first person to ever ask for it (I find that hard to believe). Skygeek carries the access panel sealant, so you are probably best to order both sealants from them. I will note that my access panels were sealed with tank sealant and they were a real B**** to remove. Hopefully the use of the proper sealant on the access panels will make the job easier next time. Also, a $2 caulk gun from Harbor Freight is perfect for the pre-measured sealant tubes. It will likely be ruined by the time you are finished, so toss it in the trash with your mound of soiled rags
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    Fuel Tank Patch

    I just did a repair of the same issue (wet carpet in back seat) per the D Max method. Removed the top access panels and pumped out the fuel on Friday night after work. Saturday morning, washed out the tank with soap and water with the sump removed. Identified the leak with soap/water/shop vac. My IA confirmed my findings and I scraped the existing sealant back approximately 8 inches in all directions from the leak. This was by far the hardest part because the leak was behind the fuel pick-up and screen. There was apparently a previous leak in the area as was evidenced by sloppy sealant and sealant all over the screen (I wrapped a rag soaked with MEK around the screen and the sealant pretty much dissolved). I was surprised about how much the rivets interfered with scraping the tank. I had my IA reapply the sealant and seal the access panels. His total time on the job was around 1.5 hours (I paid him 2.5). Leak free for now. Good luck and do not be intimidated by a patch job. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    ElectroAir Update

    Obviously the FAA is good with it, but the dual mag does have a single point of failure.