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  1. If you are always going to have a second person, you can steer it from the rudder, but I agree a folding tow bar is good and probably already in the back of the plane. I keep a stubby screw driver to be able to get the cowl off if needed, a multi tool, rags, oil, and fuel tester in the back of the plane. Also a flash light. Chocks for the hangar are good. Of course, a good CFI and snacks to keep the CFI around. I did not have my own tie down and chocks in the plane until I went and visited someone at a small airport. Usually you can find some chocks around the FBO / fuel island even if they aren't open but there were none to be found and they were gone for the day. Wind made me nervous that night it sat out so now I have a set of lines and portable chocks. A good quality boat line works for tie downs and I got two sets of air gizmos chocks now too. Haven't tested them yet though but they seem like they should work well.
  2. The only caveat with a remote is that the bluetooth connection for your tablet comes from the device in the back and some people have connectivity issues with it. I have the remote and don't have that problem. I am very happy with the remote but I'm also controlling it from a 750 with a bigger screen so having a button dedicated to it is nbd. Do you have a second GPS? If not, I'd think a bit about the GNX 375. Two is one and one is none. With the GNX 375 if something happened to the 650, you could still fly an rnav approach and it gives you ads-b in and out too.
  3. I think that if I were in a position to have to time an approach, my whole panel would have to be nearly dead in which case I can unplug the cord and run on the ipad battery for the approach. The only thing I actually use the clock for is clearance void times and timing 1 minute for the LOP mag test for Savvy.
  4. The next time I have someone in my panel, I'm going to have my clock swapped out with an MD93 so I have a charging port on that side of the plane. A certified charging port alone for some reason seems to cost $300+ so this way I get that and the clock requirement taken care of in less space.
  5. Your GMA 35c has bluetooth. You can connect the iPad to the 35c and then distribute the music to all the passengers and without any connector. It can mute for ATC too. I have bluetooth headsets and usually just do the phone tot eh headset so each can listen to different things. But on a flight not too long ago had a passenger with no music on their phone and so I connected to the 35c instead. Worked great.
  6. I have a 2000 ovation. Not sure if I have the high panel or not but it’s no problem for me (6’ tall with seats all the way down). Mine is FIKI and that’s a great thing in the NE in the winter. I’ve only flown through an icing condition once on purpose to punch through a layer on approach but if I couldn’t do that I’d have to scrub all winter. It’s also comforting to know that if I encounter icing and it takes atc a couple minutes to get me a new altitude it’s nbd. So, for me, which plane has FIKI would heavily weight the scales. M The pros of my 2000 model - I can put whatever avionics I want in it. I’m not paying maintenance on a turbo I couldn’t really use anyway. We fly with a dog and Most of the time transitioning NYC, atc requires me to be at 6000 anyway. I have O2 on board. I’ve used it once to make sure it works. Otherwise I’m happy cruising 8-11k. The cons - I have replaced almost everything. I had an unexpected overhaul. I had a planned avionics upgrade. I’m on a list for the gfc500. I’ve resealed the tanks. I’ve put in new seats. Everything seems to be ready to go around 20 years which is unfortunately where I bought mine. That’s ok though - I’m not planning on selling it.
  7. By the time I paid for shipping, the tow bar limits sticker cost me about $40. I should have gone with a little stripe of paint or something.
  8. Alpha Aviation makes a very similar jack without the wheels that fits under the wing - model 324. Make sure you have jack points or pick up a set of combination jack point / tie downs from Lasar. A harbor frieght cherry picker is cheaper than that tail weight. Recommend the 2 ton version with the longer reach.
  9. Correction: Its the 650E that is not enclosed (that's what I have). Looks like the difference is whether it has the rear position light. From Aircraft Spruce Q/A: Q: Does the Whelen Orion 650 Series Lighting have a Rear Position White Light separate from the strobe for use on aircraft that have no rear position light mounted on the tail? No, this light does not have the rear position light. Take a look at P/N# 11-11365 or in other words the Orion 600 Series. This light would have the rear position light.
  10. If you want a perfect fit, the factory lamp is a projector lamp. You can get them pretty cheap and cut the bottom off to knock out the potting and remove the halogen lamp. One could conceivably then epoxy in a socket and even wire onto the socket the exact same connector that is in the plane (pretty sure its just an AMP Mate-N-Lok connector).
  11. Having not flown a K but having ridden in a J, I'll say yes. Its 5 degrees nose up on the ground so you need to flare with a different perspective. If you are a little fast and pull some power, it can sink like a stone probably due to the extra weight up front. There's a narrower window between floating forever and planting it down a little too hard.
  12. I'm a bit confused. Are you a tenant or stopping in at an FBO? If you are the FBOs tenant, a talk about - please don't move my plane, where can we park it so you don't do that, is easy enough to do. I actually do that whenever I stop over at an FBO too. And if where they put me isn't where the plane can be, I see if we can move it while I'm there. I understand that as a transient every now and again they might have to move my plane out of the way, but I always brief the line guy and the counter about moving it and ask that they don't unless they have to. Its quite a different story if this is a monthly situation. In that case, you should have a place and/or an understanding. And I'd rather not park by the flight school anyway. All those planes moving in and out and getting pushed around by students are a higher risk than being in the back corner Sure, I have to walk an extra 5 minutes to get to the plane but I'd choose that.
  13. What is the normal procedure there? Most places I've been with monthly tie downs have assigned spots. Around here, most won't move a plane out of its assigned spot or even tighten a loose tie down before a storm out of a purported liability concern. If the lease is first come first serve and you were there, then they should not have touched your plane. If you parked in their place it might be a little different.
  14. The fastest way to get one is to order from Spruce. I think that its right that they are made to order. If you order directly, you get to wait your turn in the manufacturing line. Spruce orders a bunch, they get made, and then they sit on a shelf at Spruce waiting to be bought. They already did the waiting part. So, you can have it in a matter of days that way. When possible, I buy direct so the manufacturer gets more of the proceeds. But in this case, I almost wonder if it doesn't work out better for them anyway. Its probably easier to make 20 at a time or however many Spruce keeps in stock. Possibly a win win for Sidewinder and Spruce. https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/pspages/redlinesidewinder.php?clickkey=7641 Part# 13-06860 In Stock Expected to Deliver: Tuesday, Aug. 20
  15. And were they flying from the right seat or something? Seems like that tree should have come up right through the pilot's leg. The guy in the video doesn't seemed injured at all which seems remarkably lucky for a crash with enough force to impale the cabin all the way to the bottom of that tree. A foot further and this would have been a CAPS fatality if that tree had come up through the seat. On the other hand, could he have gotten to the shore line at best glide and not landed in the trees at all?