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by Don
Wed Jun 12, 2019 6:17 am
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Corked Nose Wheel
Replies: 62
Views: 3569

Re: Corked Nose Wheel

For the longest time I've been looking for the cause of the nosewheel not being stable in a position more aligned with the axis of the plane and I think I've found the main culprit - namely the fact that the lower end of the nosewheel pivot axis angles rearward. By my measurement, with the plane si...
by Don
Tue Jun 11, 2019 1:44 am
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Do I have the 17# Ballast?
Replies: 16
Views: 613

Re: Do I have the 17# Ballast?

I finally was able to get to the hanger, open up the factory sealed box of nose ballast and take a cell photo of it. No wonder why these are so expensive. You are looking at 17 pounds of beautiful stainless steel, not lead like I heard many times on this forum. In addition, each separate plate is in...
by Don
Wed Jun 05, 2019 5:01 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Do I have the 17# Ballast?
Replies: 16
Views: 613

Re: Do I have the 17# Ballast?

When I purchased my 2010 XLS from the factory, (with special order 40 gallon tanks) I also requested for factory not to include the 17 pound nose ballast. When they delivered the plane I was surprised to find they still shipped the Ballast to me all boxed up in the back luggage compartment. That sam...
by Don
Mon Jun 03, 2019 9:19 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: 200lb Useful Load Increase?
Replies: 27
Views: 972

Re: 200lb Useful Load Increase?

The regulations in aviation are "written in blood." If you are flying your plane outside the limits in the POH you are, according to DAI, a test pilot. I got into this venture with an eye toward reducing my risk and *knowing* my risk ahead of time. Saying that someone arbitrarily decided when the p...
by Don
Mon Jun 03, 2019 2:42 am
Forum: DA42 Forum
Topic: Diamond Owners Being Taken Advantage Of - Maintenance
Replies: 11
Views: 719

Re: Diamond Owners Being Taken Advantage Of - Maintenance

We need a wiki of shops and various experiences with them. I assume that you don't want to travel too far. Good Idea Colin. I have been generally been paying $1700 to $2400 for annuals on my Lycoming DA40 depending if it is a year when I have to replace back up battery and instrument biannual check...
by Don
Sun Jun 02, 2019 7:14 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: 200lb Useful Load Increase?
Replies: 27
Views: 972

Re: 200lb Useful Load Increase?

I special ordered my XLS from the factory with 40 gallon tanks. Here is my W&B for a day trip we made from L.A. to Vegas with four adults on board. I am fairly happy with the existing W&B on my plane. That said, I would not mind another 50 to 75 pounds of gross weight increase if possible. As you ca...
by Don
Mon May 27, 2019 3:01 am
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: Custom Diamond wood airplane models
Replies: 8
Views: 804

Re: Custom Diamond wood airplane models

Thanks all for your recommendations. Back in December I ordered a wooden model from Factory Direct models. Thanks Wille-E for the recommendation.I picked them because they had an interior option also. So, five months later, I just received photos to approve before they ship it to me. Looks like they...
by Don
Sun May 26, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: Spark plug rotation conundrum
Replies: 4
Views: 346

Re: Spark plug rotation conundrum

I have never heard of plug rotation before. I have noticed that during my annuals, when they pull the plugs, they are very careful to reinstall the plugs back in the same cylinder postion as before.
by Don
Sat May 25, 2019 4:38 pm
Forum: DA42 Forum
Topic: Cracked Canopy Repair
Replies: 14
Views: 515

Re: Cracked Canopy Repair

Yes under warranty. No. I pressed on it leaning into the canopy trying to get a cover on in a high wind. It bubbled in and then popped back out and cracked. Got it. I thought you might have had a thin spot when they were hand forming your canopy over the mold. Sorry to hear your troubles with your ...
by Don
Sat May 25, 2019 4:03 pm
Forum: DA42 Forum
Topic: Cracked Canopy Repair
Replies: 14
Views: 515

Re: Cracked Canopy Repair

I just noticed your plane is a 2018. Is it still under warranty? Did the canopy crack when you were closing the hinged window?