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  1. PMA450B

    Me too. I generally preach not to buy the A model of anything but the 450A was too cool to pass up. I’d love to have two bluetooth inputs. That’s pretty slick.
  2. This is about 2.5 years too late. One of the deciding factors why I 86’d my 430s with FS 210 and switched to Avidynes was because Garmin only allowed FlightStream to work with Garmin Pilot and ForeFlight and I’m a Wing X and FlightPlan Go user. However, I’m very happy I made the switch to Avidyne and don’t miss my Garmins at all.
  3. ADSB mandate postponed 20 Years !!!

    Did anyone else read the comments on the Avweb article? Some pilots REALLY can’t take a joke.
  4. ADSB mandate postponed 20 Years !!!

    I’m really glad you don’t work for the FAA.
  5. ADSB mandate postponed 20 Years !!!

    It better be or I'm gonna be pissed.
  6. 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.
  7. Dynon Certified thread

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

    If it is, I’m all in.
  9. 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.
  10. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. 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.
  14. 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.
  15. 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.