NotarPilot

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  1. LED Landing Light - AeroLed Sunspot

    Hi everyone. I’m reviving an old thread with my recent experience with a switch from the Whalen Parmetheus to the AeroLEDS Sunspot LX Par 46. A couple years ago we got rid of our GE incandescent landing lights on our helicopters, at my place of employment, and replaced them with Whalen Parmetheus Plus landing lights. I think everyone was a little disappointed with the brightness compared to the old incandescent lights. Last week we switched to the $650 dollar AeroLEDS Sunspot LX and wow! What a difference! The Sunspot provides much more light, and on final, more of the runway is illuminated while a focused beam still illuminates the center of the light. All of the pilots are in agreement. I’m going to get one for my plane in the near future. I highly recommend the Sunspot.
  2. Dynon Certified thread

    Which is why I tend to avoid buying Garmin when I can.
  3. Dynon Certified thread

    If it is, I’m all in.
  4. Dynon Certified thread

    That’s a shame. I have a feeling the “all or nothing” model may be a non-starter for a lot of people, probably myself included. I think it would be a shame being that I would much rather buy Dynon over Garmin.
  5. Dynon Certified thread

    I’ve often wondered this about the STC process. This would definitely work for me. I could see doing a full panel upgrade in 2019. I recently saw the HDX on display at Spruce last week and really really REALLY loved it. Seeing it in person may have been the tipping point for me. I really like how all the information I would need is on the screen. I was planning on getting a G5 HSI this year but I’m probably gonna hold off on that now pending full HDX installation in the not too distant future. But this brings up some issues regarding the STC. I already have a NGT-9000 transponder which I really like and 2 Avidyne 440s. My new PMA450A audio panel has only two comm spots. My old GMA340 could support three radios so I’m wondering how this will all work out if the Dynon STC requires me to install a Dynon transponder, replace my S-Tec 30 with the Dynon autopilot and will is require I use the Dynon comm radio? This could present an issue for me as I’ve already invested a significant amount of money in my plane. But I really like the HDX and I’m open to solutions.
  6. Tragic Cessna 340 crash in Florida

    Yes it could, I’m not disputing that. In my original post I even said that chances are (statistically speaking) this accident was due to pilot error. My issue is when judgements are made by people in authority during press conferences before an accident investigation is completed. Hell, before it even started the sheriff seemed like he pretty much made up his mind. However, could he have had an engine quit at a critical moment during take off that could have caused the same crash even in VFR conditions? A non proficient pilot in a twin that goes OEI could suffer a similar fate, even in VFR, if he isn’t up on his emergency procedures. So if that were to be the case, what difference does the weather make? I can’t speak to the proficiency level of the pilot as I do not have enough information and I’m going to guess neither did the sheriff when he made his statements. As far as the weather goes It’s possible that it was less of a contributing factor than his proficiency and decision making, but who knows? Of course all this is purely hypothetical and we won’t know more until a thorough and complete investigation is completed. Until then I will reserve my judgement on what happened. I can only guess at this point.
  7. Tragic Cessna 340 crash in Florida

    Interesting discussion here. I think most of us can agree that it’s possible the weather had nothing or little to do with the crash and that’s what bothers me most about the sheriff’s comments. Comments like his should be reserved for after a thorough investigation by the professionals at the NTSB once we know the facts.
  8. Tragic Cessna 340 crash in Florida

    According to the FAA website the PIC had a MEL and instrument rating. Last update says 2010 which we know means nothing as far as when it was issued. Reports say a flight plan had been filed so can we assume it was an instrument flight plan? I think my contention is the sheriff making a statement like "I have reviewed some footage, and clearly no one should have tried a takeoff from this airport at 7:15 this morning. The airport was totally socked in with fog.” Statements like these definitely don’t help General Aviation. I realize we all have different comfort levels as to when we might depart on an IFR flight but to say “clearly no one should have tried to take off from this airport...” is a bit shortsighted absent Sheriff Grady being an aviation expert. I would venture to guess many near 0/0 departures are made each and every day in this country from Cessna 172s to Airbus A380s without problem. Now we can argue the merits of whether that’s a wise decision to make in a single or twin engine aircraft because of the ol’ “What if your engine fails?” argument but then it really has nothing to do with pilot’s flying ability and maybe more with his/her decision making or risk evaluation which, let’s face it, is a sliding scale for everyone. Flying day VFR carries more risk than just staying on the ground. Some guys don’t fly at night in a SE airplane. I fly SE IFR in my Mooney and VFR helicopter at night all the time. I know the risk, I train for it and I’m okay with it. I just don’t appreciate the ignorant statements made by people in position of authority when they clearly are no authority on the subject. My mother and probably my wife would probably blindly believe the guy because “he’s the sheriff and he must know what he’s talking about.” But I think my wife is getting better about this I point out the BS all the time. And the media certainly doesn’t help by blindly regurgitating what government officials say without fact checking their statements. End of rant.
  9. https://www.cbsnews.com/news/deadly-plane-crash-florida-victims-identified/ I read this tragic story today and couldn’t help but be bothered by the statements made by the sheriff of Polk County. One of the things that irritates me to no end is listening to people talk, with authority, about subjects they don’t know much about. Politicians and public officials are real good at doing this. Without knowing anything about the pilot or type of flight such as IFR or VFR, at least he doesn’t say he does, he makes a statement like this... "I have reviewed some footage, and clearly no one should have tried a takeoff from this airport at 7:15 this morning. The airport was totally socked in with fog," Judd said. "This aircraft attempted to takeoff from the south to the north on the main runway, and for reasons unknown, crashed at the north end of the airport, not far from our aviation hangar." Now I realize that odds are pilot error however, without knowing more of the FACTS, I believe it is a very ignorant statement to make and somewhat disrespectful to the pilot and his family. But what do I know? I wasn’t there either.
  10. Fuel boost pump and gear warning issue

    Yes, the red flickering light is “Gear unsafe.” I’m going to have to see if my A&P has one of these.
  11. Fuel boost pump and gear warning issue

    I tried pulling the gear warning breaker and it still did it. I don’t have a boost pump annunciator which was why I has a blue light installed.
  12. Avidyne MK 10 blue tooth keyboard

    Paul, I have two 440s and I really like them. I have the MK-10 keyboard velcro’d down low and I used to use it a bit before getting the 10.2 upgrade. Since running the 10.2 with the IFD-100 app on my iPad I have just about no use for the MK-10 keyboard anymore but I keep it in there “just in case.” So if you plan on using the IFD-100 with your boxes I think you might have little use for the keyboard. Hope you enjoy your Avidynes as much as I do. Cheers!
  13. Need a little help diagnosing this panel issue... While flying I turn on the boost pump and the gear warning system comes on intermittently but at High frequency. I turn the boost pump off and it stops. On the ground the beeping is solid and the “GEAR UNSAFE” light comes on. I had a light installed about 2 years ago to indicate that the boost pump is on because I sometimes forgot to turn it off. This issue started about a week ago so I doubt they’re related. I’m posting a couple videos on the issue. One in flight and one on the ground. Any ideas what the problem could be? I checked the micro lever switch to the throttle by getting under the panel. No obvious problems. However, the other day I was on short final with the throttle all the way back to the stop. The intermittent beeping continued with the boost pump on. I pulled a little harder on the throttle and the beeping briefly stopped but I only tried this once. F19D1593-BD73-4F96-A4C1-45D13703F935.MOV C79AD47C-4C4A-4DF4-BE4D-8F1186BBC29E.MOV Edit: Adding YouTube links in flight and on the ground...
  14. Mooney M20J with all LED exterior lighting.

    Gulfstream’s new G650 has the single “longer” blink on the wingtip lights and so does the Pilatus PC-12 and many other high end planes. I’m not saying that had an influence on my purchase buuuuuuut at night you probably can’t tell what I am in the dark.
  15. Mooney M20J with all LED exterior lighting.

    Make sure you get the Whelen LED position light WITH the strobe and the Kung fu grip! Only then will you be styling.