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  1. I'm just a VFR guy, $75 for a year is a drop in the bucket. I tried the free ones and liked some of the features enough of this to buy it. We'll see if I still feel the same way when it's up for renewal this summer. I figure I'll give the free ones another try before it comes due and may or may not continue with it.
  2. I have a Samsung Galaxy Tab A 10.1 and use DroidEFB. In portrait orientation it fits the yoke perfectly. I've always been partial towards Android stuff and although Foreflight is the "Flagship" for many I think DroidEFB is a close second.
  3. Mine as well. Glad to see Dan put this together and that something very positive for many pilots came from his experience.
  4. Hank, which hangar is yours?
  5. I knew what I was looking for and had been looking at the market for about 6 months. When I was ready to buy one person I reached out to was Ken for some advice on different planes. I appreciated all the input he gave me, some things I hadn't considered or thought of. That was the end of October, a couple weeks later I had an offer accepted on one of the planes. I agree it doesn't take that long to find a plane, just have realistic expectations of what you are looking for and know that there are going to be compromises made. Have a list of "must haves" and "nice to haves", and be willing to let go of some of the "nice to haves."
  6. I wear a headlamp for night flights, then there's always a red glow wherever I'm looking in the plane. It doesn't reflect much at all off the glass, I don't even notice it.
  7. I bought one in December that I originally found on another site but it was listed here too.
  8. 3,200' and I try to be at 75mph across the fence. No worries about melting icecaps, but it does sit in a flood zone... Airport flooded 7 years ago when we got a ton of rain, that was before I was there. My hangar is at the West end (left of the picture) of the field and the water was to the roof. Photo courtesy of
  9. I was not able to find a free download, but I did find where you can purchase it as an $8 download. Much more detailed than the 1965 version I have.
  10. Yes, all of above. Sometimes it is just one of those thoughts on a specific landing, and sometimes a combination of them. You forgot one, "I sure hope this works..."
  11. Thanks again for all the feedback. I will look for the 1976 version of the POH. I see a 1970 version in the download section. Does anyone have a digital copy of the 1976 POH? If not I'll do some searching tomorrow.
  12. I hadn't thought of that, thank you. I like this idea, eliminates getting in and out to switch to the other tank if I were to just use the sampler from outside. However, is it really necessary to drain it as part of the pre-flight? Like I said, it doesn't say to in the POH and it seems that some people do it and some people don't. In my mind I think that if the tanks are fine when I drain them then likewise the gascolator should be fine as well and not need to be drained, but what makes sense in my mind doesn't always line up with reality...
  13. The POH is fairly lacking in detail as far as a pre-flight inspection goes. It says to drain the sumps on each tank but does not mention pulling the ring by the fuel selector to drain the gascolator (I think that is what you call it). From other checklists that I have seen, that step is included so I have included it on mine, pulling the ring for 5 seconds, switching to the other tank and pulling the ring another 5 seconds. One of the last steps on my checklist is to make sure that it has stopped draining. Last week I went out to fuel up and do some night pattern work. When I got back and put her back in the hangar I went about all the little things before heading home and noticed a tiny wet spot on the floor under where the gascolator drain is. I took a closer look and it had a very slow drip, took about 2-3 minutes for the drip to form and fall. I didn't notice before flying because the floor was already wet from draining it and the drip was so slow. Pulled the ring a few times and that fixed it, must have just not completely sealed before. I don't think it would have been an issue as it would have taken hours for even a cup of fuel to drain, but still is not something I was excited to see. My question is, what purpose does it serve to drain it and just run the fuel on the floor? I can't see it to see if there is any water/sediment in it. I can't even see it draining, I just listen for it hitting the floor and then I can obviously see the wet spot on the floor when I climb out. It isn't listed as a pre-flight step in the POH (but then there are a lot of things that aren't listed that should be checked). I sump the wing tanks to make sure they are clear so I would imagine that if the fuel coming from the tanks is clear then the fuel there at the gascolator should be clear as well. Is this a necessary safety check that needs to be performed, or am I just dumping some avgas on the hangar floor for no reason?
  14. If the weather was bad Sunday and it got pushed to Saturday the 4th it wouldn't break my heart, I'm free that day!
  15. I use the yoke mount as well. If you want to keep it on your knee instead you can get one of these. I would roll up a washcloth and put it under the forward edge of the tablet which angled it towards me making it easier to read. I used this when I was renting planes and it worked really well. Now that I have my own I have the ram mount on the yoke and I keep my old knee board on my right leg to jot down quick notes if I want to. plus Gives you the yoke mount for about $70