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  1. That just blows my mind. My equipment list (as you've seen) has the serial number of ever serialized part on my bird. I've even got the carburetor and oil cooler serials recorded. I can't imagine not recording the serial number of a navcom worth half the value of the plane. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  2. I was not making any statement that no people outside of Cirrus's target audience would find the planes attractive: They are fast and have an excellent useful load for a piston single. That plus the automation makes them good for extended cross country trips, especially when IMC prevails. I was making the observation that the Cirrus design philosophy appears, to me, to be primarily geared around attracting into aviation people who are not of the aviator mindset, but who do have lots of money. That doesn't mean it won't fit anyone else's mission. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  3. I was having this discussion with my father the other day. Cirrus's target audience are not experienced pilots. They want to attract the current crop of young millionaire who thinks that throwing dollars at something automatically makes it better. Every aspect of the Cirrus design says it is designed for people who want to approach flying as if they were driving their car: Base model includes an autopilot that will fly it from 50' after takeoff to 50' before touchdown. The autopilot comes with a panic button to put the AP into "save me please" mode. There is a whole-plane parachute, for when the unexperienced non-aviator operating the thing puts it into a place even the panic button can't save The interior layout is designed to make things look pretty and open, rather than to put things where they need to be for the pilot to use them. I have not flown one yet, but everyone I have spoken to with experience flying both Cirrus and non-Cirrus aircraft indicates that they are not pleasant to fly by hand. Any pilot who was awake during his primary training knows that a plane which is under control and can be set down with deliberate intent is better than one which is at the mercy of the winds. That same pilot will know that the best spin recovery technique is the ability to recognize when a spin is at risk, and recover from the stall condition before it becomes a spin. That same observant and alert pilot will be aware that the purpose of the human pilot is to bail out the autopilot, not the other way around: the AP is a workload reduction tool, it is not a replacement for an instructor or more experience safety pilot in the right seat, if you are not comfortable flying the plane yourself.
  4. 91.119: (c)Over other than congested areas. An altitude of 500 feet above the surface, except over open water or sparsely populated areas. In those cases, the aircraft may not be operated closer than 500 feet to any person, vessel, vehicle, or structure. If he was hot-dogging it 50' above the shoreline, he was certainly within 500' of either swimmers or sunbathers.
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  6. It has them in the wings - i recall seeing them doing the annual last month. I don't think it has any for the elevator, though (would it need them? or do 4 servos control 2 ailerons?)
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  8. How much work is it to install one of these? My C model came without the PC system... What would be needed to get that AccuTrak to play with an IFD440? Mostly curiosity - I have no immediate plans for installing an AP system, but that price does have me curious...
  9. From AD 2014-10-14 For a bird strike, i believe the standards of "a similar yielding medium" would make item 3 apply, so the question becomes "did the RPM drop during the strike?". If the answer is 'no', then no teardown is required.
  10. That's good news! That field has eaten a few Mooneys recently (last time I was over there, Rusty had a 201 in the shop someone had overrun the runway in and dug up some dirt with the prop). Do you know if they have finished the planned paved extension yet?
  11. The Army Research Laboratories just recently made a breakthrough which allows Lithium-based batteries to store twice as much energy in the same mass: The last time I ran the math, my -A1D delivers ~2.1 HP*hr per lb of fuel at 65% cruise (3.47 kWh/kg). This discovery bring lithium batteries up to around 460 Wh/kg. A good ESC/motor combination can easily hit 95% efficiency, so that puts battery power up to 1/8 what fuel power can currently deliver. Three more doublings, and electrical power deliver will match ICE, lb for lb. A bit of googling around suggests that a 180HP brushless motor could weigh 150-200 lbs - which is a solid 100-150 lbs less than my -A1D. That would allow me to carry 50% more weight in batteries than i currently do in fuel, which means that only two doublings need to take place to get me to almost same endurance... (would be about 4 hours at 65%, current endurance is 5.25hrs@65%) The Future is Coming.
  12. I added "Adjust and secure seat" to my pre-takeoff checklist as a reminder to make sure the seat is firmly latched before every takeoff. Hypothetical discussions inspired by real world events definitely have a valuable place in developing good safety culture. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  13. Hah, I've done that. Hovered right off the runway at about 55 MIAS. Smooth as glass, too. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  14. I guess the body composition of the pilots/passengers is going to matter as much as weight in terms of fitting. I had a 6'0" 220 lb friend up with me, and I had to make him empty his pockets to be able to operate the J-bar, and even then my knuckles carved a divot in his thigh. Someone who had more weight in muscle could still fit laterally, though. I'm just used to being around desk workers, I guess. My baseline experience of "Under 6 feet, over 200 lbs". The 300lb coworker I mentioned previously would overhang onto the pilot seat, which is obviously a no-go (and yes, we measured that). Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk
  15. Yeah, that works make a difference. My empty weight is 1581, but my arm is 43.8, according to the paperwork. Sent from my Pixel using Tapatalk