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by Steve
Thu Jun 13, 2024 9:58 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Yikes! AP hooked up ship battery backwards!
Replies: 3
Views: 193

Re: Yikes! AP hooked up ship battery backwards!

On my DA40, I don't see how it would even be possible to reverse polarity on the main battery. The cables are not marked or color coded, but the ground cable is quite obvious, since it is short, and terminated on the engine mount. The leads are exactly long enough to reach the (correct) terminals wi...
by Steve
Mon Jun 10, 2024 1:52 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Air distribution - Right front seat
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Air distribution - Right front seat

Arnaud - The panel vent is fed from the NACA vent on the side of the fuselage. There is a large diameter SCAT tube that connects it to the vent. The diagram you posted shows the ducting for the heater and defroster, not the fresh air vents. You can check behind the instrument panel to see if it has ...
by Steve
Wed Jun 05, 2024 8:48 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: AngelFlight/PALS with DA-40
Replies: 6
Views: 331

Re: AngelFlight/PALS with DA-40

I bought two seat belt extenders for the front seats just to make buckling up easier... no fishing around in the crevices of the seat to buckle up....not expensive and very handy. Same here, and they are convenient. I think that Bryan was inquiring more about those large-girth pax that would requir...
by Steve
Fri May 31, 2024 3:37 am
Forum: DA62 Forum
Topic: Twin Diamond, Diamond Twin, TwinStar and ATC
Replies: 7
Views: 620

Re: Twin Diamond, Diamond Twin, TwinStar and ATC

I always refer to my aircraft as "Diamond Star 432SC" when communicating with ATC. On my latest cross country, after I identified as noted, Albuquerque Center inquired if I was a Twin Star. I replied that no, I was a Delta Alpha Four Zero. I've also been misidentified as a Mitsubishi Diamo...
by Steve
Thu May 30, 2024 5:04 am
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Fuel Pressure Drops into Low Red Range when above 7500 ft
Replies: 5
Views: 373

Re: Fuel Pressure Drops into Low Red Range when above 7500 ft

Ricardo - Welcome to the Forum. To answer your specific question - no, in 23 years this has never happened to my airplane. I live in the Southwest and routinely fly above 7500 feet in hot temperatures. I just concluded a trip from San Antonio to Phoenix and back at 9500 - 10500 feet. My fuel pressur...
by Steve
Wed May 29, 2024 3:00 am
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Rear Door departs a DA40 after takeoff
Replies: 31
Views: 2874

Re: Rear Door departs a DA40 after takeoff

Interestingly, today I had an occurrence that made me think about this. I was flying from Phoenix (KDVT) back home to San Antonio. Leaving the FBO, everything was good. On the taxi out, the DOORS annunciator came on. Canopy and rear hatch looked fully closed, and the latch handles were all the way i...
by Steve
Thu May 23, 2024 9:34 pm
Forum: Austro
Topic: Oil dipstick fell out inside (AOG)
Replies: 6
Views: 955

Re: Oil dipstick fell out inside (AOG)

That is a weird one! I also would not fly without retrieving the dipstick. Any mechanic (or owner) with a borescope and flexible grippers or long needle nose pliers should be able to fish it out. I'm interested in how the dipstick is secured to the cap. On our Lycosaurs it is pinned in. Never heard ...
by Steve
Thu May 23, 2024 3:22 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Leaning
Replies: 9
Views: 1292

Re: Leaning

I use the book values for setting power. My airplane is essentially stock - no Power Flow exhaust, MT propeller. I usually cruise at best power, 2200 RPM unless cruising above 6500 feet. Occasionally LOP if I have to stretch the range. I'm flying to Phoenix from San Antonio tomorrow, and depending o...
by Steve
Sat May 18, 2024 1:31 pm
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: DA20-C1 Fire retardant cowling protection
Replies: 3
Views: 1261

Re: DA20-C1 Fire retardant cowling protection

Nichol: The DA40 has a couple of stainless steel heat shields riveted on each side of the lower cowling in addition to the fire retardant coating. They are in areas where the exhaust risers run pretty close to the cowling. I don't think that it would be practical to clad more of the cowling interior...
by Steve
Tue May 14, 2024 8:34 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Canopy won't close, catches on cowling
Replies: 6
Views: 1033

Re: Canopy won't close, catches on cowling

After flying today, I snapped a couple of photos to illustrate the configuration of the canopy gap without the exterior seal:
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As I mentioned earlier, mine has no air leaks or water intrusion (the few times I've flown in rain).