FastTex

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  1. FastTex

    Halo headsets

    A few years ago, while experiencing the issues all of you described above (headset clamping, head sweat, etc..) I wanted to buy Halo but got frustrated waiting for availability and searched the Internet for alternatives. I ended up buying Faro headset: https://www.faroaviation.com/product/in-ear-aviation-headset/ (Amazon might have a better price). I could not be happier. They work great and solved the issues. I had Bose, then Lightspeed, more than double cost but still the same issues even if both had ANR. With the Faro ear plugs I do not notice the difference in terms of noise reduction (pretty sure it's the same with Halo) and get the benefits of light weight, volume sliders and AUX input which I use constantly to connect my cell phone interface. Also, I do not mind the no-battery...one thing less to worry about. I have no financial interest in Faro, just sharing my experience!
  2. FastTex

    Insurance up 20%

    No, I did not. I’m waiting for a few months then I will start shopping around. If I remember correctly AOPA will match if I find a better deal.
  3. FastTex

    Flying in the rain...

    Good point. I was thinking to file IFR and activate it in flight if necessary...or just fly IFR from the TO.
  4. How concerned are you about flying in the rain? I'm talking light rain and not a thunderstorm. While planning a flight for tomorrow I have a 40% chances of rain, wind is ok and cloud base is forecasted @5000' which is plenty even to stay VFR for where I need to fly. I have not been in the rain much except for a few drops here and there. I have been always told that strong rain can damage the paint, etc...
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    Insurance up 20%

    Am I the only one using STARR via AOPA? I still have a few months on mine but if you guys have done the homework and got a better deal maybe I should shop more around before my next renewal. I just got a card from BWI(?) and I was ready to toss it when I read this thread...
  6. You won't be disappointed. As everybody else mentioned above, I have been using the blue and red for years. I basically wash the plain with blue and use the red for the darker/tougher spot. May I also suggest the belly wash? For me #1! https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cspages/aerobellywash.php
  7. No intention to offend (see smiling face...), sorry if you felt that way. I'm not an expert and I thought it was interesting since it's the first time I heard something like that in 10+ years. All IAs I have been dealing with so far automatically used CorrosionX. If there is a reason not to use it I'm ok. I always try to find the best ideas (in this case corrosion treatment), from people with more experience, to protect my airplane/capital.
  8. Interesting. I have had my airplane fogged with corrosionX yearly. Is she going to fall apart?
  9. Yep, that's exactly how it looks. I do not have any inspection panel so the only way to reach mine is to remove the top instrument cover and really work hard to fit the arm in there. I tried from the bottom but It was almost impossible for me. Do the electric flaps use any of this fluid?
  10. Here is a status update: 1) With a combination of steel wool and thin foil the rust is pretty much gone. It looks way better. I will eventually paint it either in place or taking it apart. 2) This morning I saw a few more fluid drops on the ground even without using the airplane. I was able to remove the cap from the reservoir (all this is very hard!) and noticed that no hoses were attached to it. However, I saw a hole on top of the cap (maybe used in the past...not sure). Using a small stick I tried to measure the fluid in the reservoir which was at about 50%. I cancelled my flight. I just didn't feel comfortable knowing the fluid was leaking and I only had half. Maybe too cautions but there are more beautiful weekends coming! Tomorrow I will call my A&P and ask to fix it and refill. Does the fluid get injected via the nipples at the brakes? I wonder how you know when it's full after seeing that the hole is drilled on the metal cap with nothing to stop leaks in case you add too much.
  11. I guess for now I will just use a metal brush to remove the rust and some rust converter to stop the process. Then I will try to shine it. Not sure what's involved in opening the panel and removing the handle but I will do that when weather is bad...
  12. No, I do not see one. I only see the container and the cap. I will try to take a pic and show you guys.
  13. I think the handle is/was chrome...any good recommendation about re-chroming?
  14. I took the top instrument cover panel off and saw the cap. The hand brake appears to be connected to it as well. It also looks like the reservoir is at an angle and not straight. Even lying down with my head near the pedals it's hard to reach the cap let alone re-filling it! I do not know how much I have in there...I'm afraid I'm running low. I never thought this was going to be such a pain especially coming from a Cherokee where it is super easy to access...