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by CFIDave
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:49 pm
Forum: Austro
Topic: Austro Cylinder Heads
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Austro Cylinder Heads

Is this something that someone with an early SN 62 can swap out for the newer cylinder heads, or wait until TBO if that can even be changed during overhaul? Any DA62 owner (or DA40NG/DA42 owner) with the original Mercedes heads can swap out their cylinder heads for the new model Austro heads at any...
by CFIDave
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:34 pm
Forum: Austro
Topic: Checking gearbox oil level
Replies: 7
Views: 697

Re: Checking gearbox oil level

As a follow-on to the post I made above: I recently talked to a mechanic who helps maintain a fleet of DA40NG aircraft for a flight school. He rigged up a funnel/filler (I didn't get to see it) to add gearbox oil WITHOUT needing to remove the hose clamps on the pressurized intake manifold that norma...
by CFIDave
Sat Feb 27, 2021 10:16 pm
Forum: DA62 Forum
Topic: New DA 62 Owners
Replies: 119
Views: 36169

Re: New DA 62 Owners

Dave, having been originally serviced with Aeroshell Diesel Ultra, would it harm the engines if I added half a liter of the Castrol to get to the next 100 hr? Although it's a question for Dave and I have CD-155 engines, I haven't found any problems in topping up with different approved oil. My mech...
by CFIDave
Sat Feb 27, 2021 3:40 pm
Forum: DA62 Forum
Topic: New DA 62 Owners
Replies: 119
Views: 36169

Re: New DA 62 Owners

Whenever doing an oil change I put in about 7 quarts (6 liters) of oil before topping off to the Max line. The Castrol oil I purchase off the shelf at my local Walmart ... I thought Diesel Ultra was the preferred oil. What do you like about the Castrol, aside from being able to buy it at Walmart? T...
by CFIDave
Sat Feb 27, 2021 2:23 pm
Forum: Travel & Destinations
Topic: Where to Next?! Planting the Seed for the Next Tour
Replies: 12
Views: 267

Re: Where to Next?! Planting the Seed for the Next Tour

Wayne, if you're headed towards the Canadian Maritimes, an absolute must on the way is a visit to Quebec City. A few years ago we flew our DA42 there for 4 delightful days in September. It's like visiting France without having to cross the Atlantic, and everyone there speaks English to tourists. One...
by CFIDave
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:27 pm
Forum: Announcements
Topic: DIAMOND FLYIN
Replies: 22
Views: 1433

Re: DIAMOND FLYIN

Some here may have noticed in Diamond Canada's February 2021 customer letter from CEO Scott McFadzean: "Diamond Aircraft is planning a Diamond Owners Summit for summer 2021, so please stay tuned for additional information and dates as we finalize the details for this event. Let's all hope it ca...
by CFIDave
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:18 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: DA40NG Checkout Items
Replies: 2
Views: 124

Re: DA40NG Checkout Items

I've provided checkout and transition training for many DA40NG DiamondShare pilots, and in my experience the most important thing to have them demonstrate is multiple landings in the traffic pattern (flying circuits). This usually means I need to instruct them in "flow" items and % power t...
by CFIDave
Fri Feb 26, 2021 8:01 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Does heat damage composite on DA40?
Replies: 8
Views: 218

Re: Does heat damage composite on DA40?

I'd worry about making sure you have a canopy cover to protect the interior from solar heat gain. Otherwise the DA40 airframe is only going to suffer from UV slowly degrading the paint -- not from the heat. It helps that all DA40s are painted white, and most buff out nicely if the paint gets a littl...
by CFIDave
Fri Feb 26, 2021 7:50 pm
Forum: Austro
Topic: 35% ??
Replies: 8
Views: 599

Re: 35% ??

At 35% power (e.g., due to loss of the turbocharger) a DA40NG should have no problem holding altitude near sea level. But at higher altitudes 1) an un-boosted engine with loss of turbo will make less than 35% power, and 2) the prop and wings aren't as efficient in the thinner air, requiring a higher...
by CFIDave
Fri Feb 26, 2021 5:44 pm
Forum: Austro
Topic: Austro Cylinder Heads
Replies: 4
Views: 148

Re: Austro Cylinder Heads

That's a very well-written and informative accident analysis -- thanks for sharing. Regarding cylinder heads on Austro AE300/AE330 engines, Austro introduced a new head part number last year (2020), although I'm not aware of what changes were made to its design, metallurgy, etc. compared to the orig...