flight2000

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  1. Nope, you're fine. When I repainted my 67E back in 2010, I went with 3" N Numbers and they are authorized under 14 CFR 45.22. Basically, any certified aircraft over 30 years old (measured from today's date) may retain 2" numbers (or larger) as the minimum size. The date the aircraft was/is painted is irrelevant in any discussion as an argument for saying only 12" numbers are legal. Cheers, Brian
  2. All I have to say is protect your radios that have any type of bezel/knob from loose iPads in the cockpit. Had a buddy that was cruising along in smooth air and hit a spot of CAT and the iPad went up off the co-pilots seat and karate chopped the entire lower knob off his 430W. That was an expensive trip to the shop... I've had no issues with the touch screens in flight on my GTN750, but it can be a little frustrating if the turbulence goes on long enough and you're making a lot of changes. Just takes a little patience and a steady hold on the lower support ledge that is built into the unit. Cheers, Brian
  3. Don't they waive that if the plane is out of California for the first 6 months? I can't make heads or tails of their laws sometimes.... Brian
  4. Virginia has a 2% sales and use tax of the "fair market value" of the plane if you move the plane into VA for more than 60 days (even if you are a non-resident ). I have no idea what source they use, but I'm not arguing with the tax department gal that gave me the FVM number to use... It's $5 a year after that for the registration. Brian
  5. Yes. Only gained a couple pounds of useful load back since not a lot of wiring was removed - just reorganized, had poor/questionable connections repaired, and all wiring labeled better for future upgrades. Cheers, Brian
  6. Nope, I believe the minion was the one holding it all together back there.... Cheers, Brian
  7. For now, yes. I have an EDM-900 penciled in for the future once I recover from this upgrade...probably two years out for that. The Shadin FF, Insight G1, and mechanical gauges will do until then. Cheers, Brian
  8. I've started this topic even though I now own a Beech because it doesn't matter what type of plane you are looking at buying - the same thing would apply. How many of the shops out there look at the plane's panel and electrical work (especially if there have been recent upgrades done) during a pre-buy or even during an annual inspection? I know we check for functionality, but as I found out, just because it works now doesn't mean it was done right. The guy that did my pre-buy didn't and I haven't come across many that do. I don't think the ABS Service Clinics take a peek back there either on the Beechcraft side of the house. So where am I going with this. Well, I sent off my plane on May 12th to get some work done - i.e. ADSB transponder, new audio panel, GTN750, and a few old things removed. Thought the process was going to take two weeks. What I got back from the chief inspector upon opening the panel up almost made my heart stop. Wiring everywhere......and to make matters worse, the biggest bundle of wires was not secured to the upper firewall and was literally riding up and down on the vertical yoke scissor when you pull on the yoke....not good in a center yoke Beech... Pictures from day 1 are below. They spent 4 full days so far trying to figure out what the last shop did and fix it. I'm furious that a shop would do this kind of work and sign off on it. They found wires crimped with pliers and not a crimping tool (most were barely hanging on), wires not secured to the proper channels on the fire wall, and the biggest issue - the HSI, GTN650, and KX165 were all tied to the same 20 amp circuit breaker instead of doing 5 separate ones like the STC calls for. One fails, they all fail.... So, and be honest, did anyone look behind the panel to see what was going on back there during your pre-buy? I would love to fly back to the shop that did this on the east coast and ask them WTH they were thinking!!! Better yet, if the shop was told to do it on the cheap, I'd like to slap the CSOB owner because this could have killed someone. To easy for something like this to start an electrical fire from loose or frayed wires or get caught on the control yoke. To be fair, the previous owner was flying under the same conditions because it was the previous owner to him that had the upgrades done. If I showed him these pictures, he'd probably have a heart attack. Overall, it took 4 weeks to fix everything, but at least I'll have confidence going forward now. Bottom line, make sure you take a peek behind the pretty panel before buying.... Cheers, Brian
  9. I had trouble getting the oil filter off one time and then realized I forgot to grease the gasket on the filter to keep it from seizing itself to the mount. Are you using grease on the oil filters gasket before spinning it on? Never an issue getting it back off when I don't forget to add the grease. This is what I use: http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/cspages/dc4.php?clickkey=147022 Cheers, Brian
  10. Yes, it is expensive to get the paperwork and testing pushed through the FAA. However, you are also paying for the testing to make sure that the charging port does not interfere with other avionics. I used one of the plug-in versions like the one on the left in the M20E before I knew anything about these buggers and I had static in the radios and the GPS would act wonky while charging an iPad or iPhone. Removed the cheapo USB plug from the cigarette lighter and the static went away....the only time I ever got static was when it was plugged in. I just installed the Appareo version in the Bonanza ($295 street price) and have zero issues with interference to the audio, GTN750, or other electronics equipment in the panel. YMMV... Cheers, Brian
  11. That's good to have, where did you find that at? Thanks! Brian
  12. Hats, O2 mustaches, sunglasses, works well with all. No laughing....this one was taken in the M20E at 14,000 feet... The cub yellow is my set, this black set was "claimed" by my son....lol....
  13. Did you get the full amount for them and how long did it take to sell them? The last three sets that have gone up on BeechTalk lasted less than 30 minutes before being sold. One pair sold in 6 minutes.... Absolutely understand they aren't for everyone though. One other benefit, I get a little more clearance from the ceiling...
  14. Halo's if you can snag a pair either on the used market or new from QT when they show up on the website. Never had a thought to augment the Halo's with another pair of over the ear type ear muff. No reason to since the noise reduction is just as good as ANR headsets that are 3x more expensive and still give you the clamp headache, bad hair, and sweaty ears in the summer. I will NEVER wear another set of head clamps. Having said that, I'm used to wearing earplugs due to work, so it was a very easy transition. Some folks can't get used to the earplugs, so that is another aspect to think about. If you don't like them, you can usually sell them again and get your full amount. They are that good to some folks.... I'm currently using the black supersoft foam inserts and they feel better to me and do not need to be replaced nearly as often as the yellow ones. Cheers, Brian
  15. Cool, may look you up when I get to VA in July. What are you guys charging for simple N number changes? Got a custom number reserved, just need to get the paperwork and have it painted on. What would be the timeline on something like that? Cheers, Brian