Little Dipper

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About Little Dipper

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  • Birthday 11/24/1952

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  1. This Ovation. Any good?

    That is because it has no options like oxygen fiki etc.
  2. This Ovation. Any good?

    Pictures can deceive but I looks like it is almost in new condition. But the avionics are outdated and I wonder what it would cost to have the aircraft flown back to the US from Australia?
  3. I still have the prop for sale Info is below. I also have about 3 used cylinders from an IO550- g for sale.
  4. I economically justify the price of my Ovation every time I fly commercial and get strip electronically strip searched by the TSA then having to make a connecting flight in Chicago only to be delayed of the weather that happened six hours ago someplace else. Time matters whether it is personal or business related.
  5. I think the Ovation is a very stable platform in IMC conditions and great personal/business traveling machine. Much faster than going commercial. phl-ord-cid. Throttled back and burning 11.4 gallons per hour with a tail wind got back home from Cedar Rapids Airport Iowa to Pennridge Airport Pennsylvania in under four hours last week vs. four and a half on the way out. Over the last several years my thinking was that the market price for the used Ovations was too low compared to other makes and models. I think price of the Ovation may have hit bottom and has no where to go but up. Norm N995K
  6. Ice

    If I recall right about an hour for the ice to build on the lights. I can only speak for myself but the prop slinger on my Ovation keeps ice off the windscreen in most light/light moderate icing conditions and the spray bar is not used often other than to prime the pump. If I am going to be in or near icing conditions I operate my pumps to pump fluid to the leading edges on the ground prior to launching. I have already waited too long and have accumulated significant ice in flight while waiting seemingly forever for the system to prime up and weep in flight. When that happens it will slowly melt the ice from underneath on the leading edges while continuing to build on the outside and the ice will look like a mushroom . I also cram my neck in flight to observe the leading edges on the elevator. Every now and then ice will accumulate on the bottom of the cowling. It makes a crashing noise when it breaks off and startles the shit out of me especially at night. The only reason I traded in my Arrow and bought an Ovation in 1997 was because of severe icing I encountered which was not forecast.
  7. Ice

    I wanted to know how well FIKI worked before I got into it for real. So for me the best way to learn how well FIKI worked was to intentionally fly into it under controlled conditions when there were multiple ways out. The bottoms were solid overcast at 3k with the tops at 7k... so I filled for 6,000 when I did this trip to Chicago. I've always noticed that the clouds seem wetter southeast of the great lakes like Youngstown and Cleveland then other places.
  8. KCID, Cedar Rapids Iowa

    Thanks for your help. Norm N995K
  9. KCID, Cedar Rapids Iowa

    I am flying to KCID next Tuesday and staying out there for several days. Signature is $627 per gallon vs.$4.10 at the General Aviation Self Service pumps. Do any of you Mid-Westerners know if the General Aviation at KCID has tie downs for overnight parking and facilities for getting taxi service? Norm N995k, M20R
  10. Oxygen refills is Pa/Nj area

    I stopped in at Dave's place Van Allen at KXLL. Nice clean shop with fast courteous service. I will be a repeat customer. Norm N995K
  11. 530w to 750gtn ( w)

    I think the answer depends on how long you plan to keep the plane. I just installed a 750 & 650 as well as some other stuff in my 95 Ovation and my only regret is I didn't do it sooner. Using the glide-slope on a GPS approach is a huge step up. Norm N995K
  12. Oxygen refills is Pa/Nj area

    Thanks everyone for their help, advice and input. Norm
  13. Oxygen refills is Pa/Nj area

    Thanks I will. I'm based just a bit down the sky at KCKZ
  14. It cost me 100 bucks to fill the built in oxygen tank in my Ovation which I thought was too steep. Anyone in eastern Pa/NJ have a FBO that fills the tanks. If so, how much do they charge you? Norm N995K
  15. New pannel

    I'm loving it but the only thing I don't like is the now extra empty space in my panel. I keep think I need to stick something in there. Just kidding, I gained 23 pounds useful load with the new setup.