NotarPilot

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  1. NotarPilot

    Whelen Parmetheus 3

    Having gone through the field approval process with my local FSDO to install my TSO’d Whelen Orion 600 wingtip lights in 2013, I think there’s a little more to it than just filling out a 337 and sending it in. I had to have an FAA airworthiness safety inspector come to my hangar (two ended up coming) to inspect my plane and explain to them what I wanted to do. Totally asinine if you ask me but just goes to show the thinking of some FAA people and that was with a TSO’d product. In the end I was granted a field approval to put TSO’d LED lights in my plane. (Major eye roll here)
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    Whelen Parmetheus 3

    Thanks for the info Alex. That’s great information. On a side note I did read your post about that truck landing light you installed in your plane. It looks extremely bright. My only apprehension is that it’s not PMA’d. However, I wonder if FAR 23.1383 allows it’s installation even if it’s not PMA’d. Nothing in the section says it has to be approved. I would almost consider filing a request for legal interpretation from the FAA but don’t necessarily want to close the door for guys using this section as authority to install non-PMA’d landing lights should the FAA determine landing lights we do need some sort of approval in the form of a PMA, STC or field approval. Is this pretty much what you did or did you get a field approval? § 23.1383 Taxi and landing lights. Each taxi and landing light must be designed and installed so that: (a) No dangerous glare is visible to the pilots. (b) The pilot is not seriously affected by halation. (c) It provides enough light for night operations. (d) It does not cause a fire hazard in any configuration.
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    Whelen Parmetheus 3

    I don’t think that’ll be an issue. Most of these LED landing lights have something like 10,000 MTBF. I think the way we know when to replace an LED landing light is when we decide we want to see more of the runway or we want to see it farther out.
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    Recommendation for LED landing light

    @NicoN In case you haven’t made a decision yet, I just wrote a threat about a new landing light coming out from Whelen.
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    Whelen Parmetheus 3

    So, last week I called Whelen to ask about their successor product to the Parmetheus Plus. I spoke with a gentleman, who’s name escapes me, and told him I was considering upgrading from my Parmetheus Plus to the Aeroleds Sunspot as it’s a lot brighter, but I had heard Whelen was coming out with a brighter landing light in the near future. He admitted they do have a new light in development called the Parmetheus 3 that will be about 60% brighter. When I mentioned I really liked the Aeroleds Sunspot he immediately said how he is not familiar with “other products.” (I’m sure David Clark had the same attitude in the early 90s when the Bose headsets started to hit the market even at $1000}. I told him I upgraded from the Parmetheus to the Parmetheus Plus expecting a big improvement but I was rather disappointed by the lack of increased brightness. He countered with some of his reasons on why the Parmetheus is superior proclaiming they are approved on over 2000 aircraft, they’re less expensive and that brighter LED landing lights suffer from a problem where the brightness degrades over time. I countered that we switched from the Parmetheus to Sunspot landing lights on our fleet of three helicopters, where I work, and all of the pilots remarked how much brighter the Sunspot was and how much better it illuminated the runway on final. I added that we had not noticed any degradation in luminosity in the time that we’ve had our landing lights. In the end I told him I would hold off on buying a new landing light until they release their light, which he mentioned should be around January 2019. That being said, I have a feeling I’m going to be disappointed with the light compared to the Sunspot but that’s just based on my experience of upgrading to the Plus. Let’s see what happens. I hope Whelen doesn’t get too comfortable with their market share like David’s Clark and Bendix King did and take their eyes off the ball. But if you’re in the market for a new LED landing light like I am, this will be my third, then you might want to wait until January.
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    Its been a good run

    Yeah but did he have an airframe, seats and landing gear to absorb the impact energy from the fall?
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    M20J Replacing Engine Mounts

    I had it dynamically balanced last year. I’m wondering if replacing the mounts might further eliminate some engine vibration. But I do have some sag too so I might look into replacing them.
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    M20J Replacing Engine Mounts

    Two questions on this old thread. How often should the engine mounts be replaced? Every TBO? Does replacing the engine help dampen some of the engine vibration?
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    Starting issue M20J

    I have not but it was installed about 2 years ago so I doubt this is the problem but I will certainly check, thanks. Not yet, no.
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    Starting issue M20J

    You think this would really be the problem if I still get power when I flip the master on? I definitely do not hear the starter spinning. I highly doubt it's this. I'm going to look at the ground wires both to the starter and the relay as one of my mechanics also suggested this. I will look at the master relay. This also sounds like a good place to check. I believe I have some electrical cleaner somewhere. I'll also look for corrosion. I appreciate all the responses. Thanks, the answer's gotta be here somewhere.
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    Starting issue M20J

    I have a 1978 M20J with a Sky-Tec 149-12LS starter and a Concorde RG-35AXC. They were installed in Feb 2016 and around August 2015 respectively with maybe 200 hours max since installation. The ignition switch was also replaced with a new one approximately 2 years ago. Sometimes when I attempt to engage the starter I only hear a click when I turn and push the ignition key in. But when I do a second attempt of pushing in the key the starter will engage and turn the prop. In May of this year my plane would not start at all and every time I pushed in the key I would only hear a click. I attempted numerous times and same single click sound with each attempt. The next day it started just fine. My mechanic believed it is either the starter relay or the starter. My mechanic changed the starter relay being that the starter is still relatively new and I doubt that's the issue. Two weeks ago I fly to another airport to fuel up. When I started the plane the prop turned over slowly like the battery was weak but it started just fine. Once I flew to the other airport and gassed up the plane wouldn't start. I made about 20 attempts and again, only the click with each time. I tried turning the prop to different positions to no avail. In the end I parked the plane and took an Uber home. I was going to have a local shop on the field check it out but after nearly two weeks they still couldn't get around to looking at it since they were so busy. So I decided to drive out there and see if the starter would engage. Sure enough the starter engaged twice. This time the battery seemed to give sufficient power despite having sat for two weeks outside in the heat. This is in contrast to when I started it last and the prop turned a bit slow, like the battery was weak. So what the hell is wrong with my plane? Any and all ideas would be appreciated. I'm at whits end and I'm very reluctant to fly it far from my home drome until I can figure out what's wrong with it. I'm extremely frustrated at this point.
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    FAA: Unleaded fuel by 2018

    When I was younger I remember watching a show called “Beyond Tomorrow” or “Beyond 2000” which featured cutting edge technologies and experiments, and I remember a segment about this small UAV which was developed which used electrical power that was beamed via microwaves to it from a ground based antenna in order to provide it with the necessary electrical power to fly. I imagine the plane couldn’t fly that far out from the power source but still the technology was mildly interesting at the time.
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    FAA: Unleaded fuel by 2018

    If this is a rhetorical question I apologize for my answer but some of the electricity comes from renewable sources like wind, solar and hydroelectric, maybe even nuclear depending on where you are in the country.
  14. I think I found it with a little help from Google. https://www.faa.gov/nextgen/programs/adsb/ICM/
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    Boeing KC-46 FAA Certification

    Interesting, so this aircraft only needs a TC because it’s derived from a civilian airliner, am I correct? Strictly military aircraft like the F-35 do not undergo any type of FAA certification apart from the military TC they receive, right?