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  1. Get a real CO2 monitor!!!! Then worry about heat. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks...she is hilarious Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  3. There has been some research in this space...especially as we look to build radically new aircraft like eVTOL and long endurance UAS. Heating the surface is too energy intensive and fluid won't last lo ike enough. The challenge is finding a good coating the can economically be applied, last among time, and still works when contaminated by dirt and bugs. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  4. Here's a link to a Google Sheet. Each month I fill this out and send to my partners and then we make payments to a joint account that we pay expenses from as well as build up as a maintenance reserve. Each month I copy the existing tab/sheet and create a new one (that way we have a record going back for years). In the formulas there is a $35 multiplier for each hour flown representing the maintenance reserve we have agreed on. You will want to modify that for whatever you need. For us we calculated the cost of the engine and prop overhaul at 2000 hours as well as other items that will be replaced and wear out overtime. You'll see there is a section for time spent working on the airplane by the partners. So if someone changes the oil, they get a credit for doing the work. That way we don't have an inequity of someone doing all the work while other just fly...that's ok, but you get paid. Let me know if you have any questions.
  5. Partnerships can be great, and yes you must share responsibility and decisions. It might be a god send for some owners and hell for others. You can construct the contract to have an out clause for the original owner. Write down what you are willing to deal with, use an AOPA Legal template and see what partners will accept. If they don't, then don't do it. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  6. I'm part of a great 3 person partnership. Make sure you have bylaws. Have a death clause so you're estate doesn't have to the unfortunate event. Make sure you have a way to not only build a maintenance reserve by hour, but also credit partners for doing maintenance. I have a template for monthly costs that does that if you want. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  7. Quite a comment to throw out there....please provide some reference.
  8. I'd try to figure out how many hours they expect to put on it and weigh that against the cost of install to determine what you're really getting out of it. Then weigh that against the downtime of not having her to fly.
  9. So, if you use the $4K replacement then you can reuse the antennas...meaning they did the paperwork (and testing). You don't have to mess with opening up the dorsal fin. Otherwise you have to go with an system with new antennas and the labor that comes with it.
  10. If you didn't know...the Airtex 110-4 batteries are going to be discontinued. All they are is a shell with Rayovac batteries in them...I guess that's just too hard to Airtex to they are going to force us all to upgrade. Has anyone done an upgrade or replacement? The upgrade looks like a joke Airtex C406-1 for $4K+ install. Replacement Airtex 345 for $530 is reasonable. Or It says all new parts, how difficult is the install? Heard the antenna is ugly though. Anyone upgrade to something else? Any reuse of switches, tray, cables, antenna?
  11. Whatever length one chooses, it should include a margin for a rejected landing. Bounces, gusts, etc. Also ensure you have a distance chosen for a go around to ensure you have a visual point of when to power up if you are not firmly on the ground. Of course the same goes for taking off from where you landed. How much runway would you have for ground roll, t/o, and abort? Terrain at the end of the runway? All considerations based on the aircraft, pilot, and conditions. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  12. 300hrs in a C. Flew a Bravo yesterday. It was beautiful and a dream...until the flare. Bounced pretty good...flared too high....different sight picture. Greased the second try. It's a lot more like flying a twin in terms of speed management. Landing is fine....just get on the speeds and get a custom to the picture. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk
  13. Just bought the CO detector after hearing Dan's story...he had an angel looking after him that night.
  14. Having the same debate...following. Wish you were in Indy to partner.
  15. Interesting technique, I'll give it a try. I've been doing several Young Eagle events lately with 6-8 hot starts in a day. Usually a single pump works, but anything that reduces wear and tear....and fire risk, is a good idea. Sent from my SM-G960U using Tapatalk