BaldEagle

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  1. That’s what I did. I had to move my slot as I was getting the windshield replaced at another airport so I was coordinating with both Aspen directly and the avionics shop. Aspen told me 15 business days so I reached out to them after 3 weeks and they responded very promptly with a FedEx tracking number. The plane is getting the upgraded Aspen installed as I type this. I’ve only heard positive things about Aspen’s customer service, and that’s been my experience (I had an EA100 go bad and replaced under warranty, which could not have gone smoother).
  2. I got a renewal notice via snail mail the other week, not realizing that my year's subscription was up.
  3. ^ Aka whack-a-mole. Software engineer here... he speaketh the truth. My Aspen should have arrived at the factory yesterday or today for the Max upgrade. I love my Evolution Pro and will likely add an MFD at some point.
  4. 2020 CFII reinstated, or MEI I’m at 1,495 hours, so maybe an ATP next year. My plan is to retire from the day job at 58 (10 years to go) assuming I hit my retirement goals, then semi-retire doing instruction and some right seat 135 and / or 91 ops. One upon a time I did the ATP written and got a class 1 medical - and then quit flying completely for 12 years.
  5. Another option is Adam Valencic (http://www.themooniac.com/). He ferried my J from Tampa to San Diego nearly 2 years ago. He's a CFI and A&P/IA and gave me some dual instruction after getting it here. Real nice guy and a Mooney specialist. Based out of Apopka. Edit: and congratulations on the purchase!
  6. I got a good price on a Garmin InReach Mini over Thanksgiving. The wife likes the ability to text friends / family if we're over the desert and out of cellphone coverage, and then there is the SOS button if we're having a really bad day of course, but the ability to communicate bi-directionally with emergency services was a big plus for me vs a PLB -- but if I did a lot of overwater flying I'd be buying a waterproof PLB also (and a liferaft)...
  7. I’m getting my windshield replaced next week. From what I understand the trim piece needs to be removed carefully and with much patience and it can (should) be reused. Touch up paint required though.
  8. My ticket just came up. Note turnaround is 10-15 days from December 1, and it looks like they've worked through their supply issues. I'm expecting to be grounded for a month when considering shipping, scheduling with local avionics shop, etc. November 13, 2019 MAX Production Schedule for December 2019 You are receiving this email because you are next in the que for December MAX rebuilds and exchange displays. We have communicated this status with your dealer and encourage you to contact them to follow up to ensure coordination of schedules. We cannot express more strongly how much we appreciate your patience in this program as we worked through our supply chain disruption which caused unintended delays. REBUILDS: For those who have NOT previously sent units to Aspen's Albuquerque manufacturing facility, we ask that you wait until December 1 to send in your display unit(s). Going forward we commit to a 10-15 business day turn time for your rebuild once received in our Albuquerque manufacturing facility. IMPORTANT! If we are not in receipt of your unit for rebuild in December we will be moving you to a later month in the que. If December rebuild scheduling does not work for you, please let us know by contacting us at aspen@aspenavionics.com and we willl work with you to help with any scheduling conflicts. EXCHANGE: Display delivery begins in the last week of November. Thank you for being a valued Aspen customer. Sincerely, Aspen Avionics
  9. Annoyingly I have a GTX 335 (“out” only — not my decision, but the previous owners). I think replacing this for the 345 will be on my upgrade list. Apologies for the thread hijack.
  10. I'm still waiting on my call for the MAX upgrade, but I have a tentative date of "December at the earliest" from Aspen. What are you using for ADS-B in for the Aspen? I have traffic from my TAS-600 displaying on my PFD but want to install an MFD and put weather on it. Apparently it's possible to augment traffic from TCAS/TAS with TIS-B, but I've spent so much time research all this it just leaves me even more confused.
  11. I have my '78 J booked in next month for a windshield replacement. I found some good information searching this site but nothing definitive. Sealant: It looks like the sealant described in the service manual (R1403-G-B2 or PRC1321-B-2) is now part number CS3330-B-2 (24 hour cure). However this only seems to be available in red? That doesn't sound right. Can anyone recommend a vendor or sanity-check the part number? Or is a bead of something (not red) applied on top for finishing? Paint: it looks like some touch up work will be necessary. I have a paint code (Tan code A033265 / Paint 577-633) but no manufacturer information. Where are people getting their touch up paint from these days for factory original paint? Any other materials required (other than CR3212-5-2 cherry rivets)? The A&P / IA has done this job before (on Mooneys), but not recently so I offered to do the homework.
  12. I have some upgrades planned for next year and have decided to add a second Aspen display (likely 1000 MAX MFD so I can remove vacuum system). I currently have traffic from TCAS via GNS 430 into my current Aspen PFD, but I'm confused when it comes to weather options. The transponder is a GTX335. What would be most cost-effective? Remove TCAS system and replace GTX335 for GTX345 to get ASDB traffic and weather on Aspens. Or install separate hardware just to get the weather? I'm happy with the current TCAS setup. I'm going to install a Flightstream 210 when I do the GNS 430 WAAS upgrade; I don't know if that complicates things or not. Curious to see what other folks have done.
  13. I have a J with the Lycoming A3B6D and Bendix dual mag. Ghastly thing it is too. My A&P chased a small oil leak down to the top nut being loose, which I understand could have ultimately lead to a catastrophic engine failure. Anyway, the question concerns an owner-assisted annual. My understanding is that it’s perfectly legal for the owner to check mag timing, but an A&P is required to adjust the timing if necessary. I have a dual mag tester from Spruce. However it’s not possible to attach the tester to the P leads as they are completely shielded, and I can’t believe you have to pull these to expose the connectors to check the timing. Run it from the ignition switch? My A&P/IA is unfamiliar with the Bendix dual mag. Was wondering other folks are doing.
  14. Just in case this happens to anyone else, it's fairly simple to resolve. My A&P just loosened the two bolts highlighted and the plate moved about a millimeter relieving enough pressure for the motor to not pop the circuit breaker. Cycled gear a couple of times and tightened the bolts back up.
  15. Thanks Paul and everyone for the valuable feedback. I’ll post the outcome once my A&P has taken a look later this week.