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Jakes Simmons

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  1. Do the other folks’ that have the AV30’s installed have the units tied to the avionics buss or main buss? Mine are on the avionics switch and the Uavionix engineer suggested they need to be on the main buss, that way they will be on with the master switch and remain on during engine start after alignment. I’ve tried the procedure suggested, power them up, wait for alignment, power avionics off and put the -30’s in battery mode for engine start. Did not seem to help. AI still lags in roll in flight showing a bank when level and level when banked. Definitely not safe for IMC. I am getting close
  2. Looking for feedback for folks currently flying behind the basic IFR Aspen E5 unit. Most of the stuff I see online is from ‘19 including the crash and reset reports. Especially with the latest updates on the intro model, I am interested in real world experiences including use in IMC. I am considering pulling my two AV30’s and would like to know if the Aspen product is more reliable. The Pro stuff is cool but I don’t need the extra capability, Ill use portables for screen size/cost. A chance to see in action would be great for anyone in the OH or West TN area. Appreciate the help. From what I’v
  3. That would be great if you update your experience. I received an email reply from Uavionix, an engineer, who suggested electrical noise/interference might be causing the issue. Or the tubing being magnetized on the Mooney. Not quite sure how that would be a factor. I don’t have any noise from radios and the D3 with its AHRS works fine. I hope you have a better experience.
  4. Recap from previous post. My ‘76 Ranger recently had installed two of the AV30C’s to replace the vacuum driven instruments. The number two used as a DG has the same excessive precession issues as others have noted. The number one used as an AI acted like a weak vacuum driven instrument and lagged showing up to a 5 degree bank when level. The shop swapped out the number one with a brand new unit and I flew the plane back to its home base yesterday. Fun part was up to a 190 kt ground speed with 22” and 2350 rpm at 8.5k. Bad part was same poor performance by the new AV30. When I operated solely
  5. Congratulations! I think you are going to be just fine with this one. You have already started from a good place by going with GMax. Follow the advice of Mike Busch on operating on condition and I think the engine overhaul could still be years away. I’m jealous you are buying some one else’s panel upgrade...much cheaper way to go than paying for it yourself. I speak from recent experience. Have fun!
  6. Update on some knowledge gained after speaking with an engineer from Uavionix. I’ve got two of the AV30C’s in my Ranger and have had the DG precession issues as well as the AI acting like a vacuum system on its way out. The firmware update has been released for the Experimental version and is awaiting approval by the, surprise surprise, FAA. It will involve either wiring into the RS232 interface with a connected laptop or the more ideal way of removing the individual units and installing the AVLink in each one. The -Link is essentially a tiny WiFi receiver and once installed will only
  7. No, I didn’t think to do that on the local flight. Couple steep turns but no 360. Next chance to fly is in 2 weeks. Hope to have new AV30 then to try.
  8. Early experience PIREP on dual AV30’s recently installed in my Ranger. 7 hours flight time including two cross countries and a short local flight. The pitot driven data points on the displays are spot on. VSI, altitude, airspeed, all great. The digitally driven stuff, not so good. The -30 used as a DG is just barely usable because of precession as others have noted. I have done the Uavionix “procedure” which is mildly ridiculous and did not help. The DG is usable but no where near as stable as the vacuum driven one it replaced. My real disappointment is with the attitude indicator AV30. It beh
  9. I vote for keeping the B hub. I had the three blade, balanced out great but still had an annoying vibration. I now own the Hartzell scimitar two blade. Looks cool but still has not been nearly as smooth as that original Hartzell of the early C’s.
  10. Between the dismal weather and Covid, odds are low for a Midwest get together, but first chance we get, I would enjoy a Mooney meet up. I’m at Bolton Field, SW corner of Columbus Ohio. Just had two of the new AV30C’s installed, always use an excuse to gain flying familiarity with them.
  11. P.S. on the flip side I will have a working KI214 as well as some other older but working gear coming up available in the next month or so...
  12. Appreciate all the advice/opinions put out there, I wanted to make sure I had plenty of considerations covered. Ended up ordering the VAL from Chief. What finally allowed me to rationalize the purchase was its ability to accept external sources and I caught a look at a Grumman that had two recently installed, it looks better in person. My history also includes consistent misfortune whenever I had gone the used route on electronic gear. Now I just gotta work a little more OT. Hoping by end of December to be able to leave a PIREP on the two AV30C’s. Out of the box they seem to be well buil
  13. Need a little wisdom of the crowds. My Ranger’s panel is currently opened up getting a new gps/comm, txp, audio panel, and two AV30’s. My #2 nav/comm is a -214 with a very recent MX170C driving it. My avionics guy said he would swap out the 214 for a VAL 429 while the airplane is open for 500 labor. The labor would NOT include any splitters so if I did it, I would essentially have a standalone VHF NAV w/ILS and the MX170 would become purely a #2 Comm. I do not plan on adding any more boxes to the panel after this work save a Hail Mary pass in case the AeroCruze ever gets certified. B
  14. Appreciate the upload! That is going to help...
  15. The headrests look great. I have a ‘76 Ranger I’d like to upgrade the seats and add headrests on as next year’s project. Would appreciate your offer of additional detail on the process you went though. Maybe post in the document section of the website. This summer, I had the spatial interior done by Bruce. One thing pretty makes everything else look old...
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