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by RMarkSampson
Sat Aug 03, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: DA-20 Autopilot
Replies: 3
Views: 2271

DA-20 Autopilot

I'm going to populate this topic over the next month or so. Flight schools did not need them but I have read several times where other DA-20 owners have lamented over their desire to have an autopilot - most recently on the "how to value a DA-20" blog. 20 years ago, DAI made a brief attempt at build...
by RMarkSampson
Sat Aug 03, 2019 4:57 pm
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: Sitting on a heap of gold [was: You Know You're a Diamond Pilot When ...]
Replies: 10
Views: 1208

Re: You Know You're a Diamond Pilot When ...

I really enjoy Diamond Aviators Net because you see issues from multiple perspectives. Here are the my Hangar Talking truths as I see. DAI builds really nice airplanes. Perfect? No, but they have also built a fairly loyal customer base which is a testament to their quality aircraft. Yes, it is in th...
by RMarkSampson
Sat Aug 03, 2019 2:06 am
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: How to value a DA20
Replies: 34
Views: 8802

Re: How to value a DA20

There are a few DA-20s out there with a STEC-30 autopilot - mine is one. So it can be done - it was a factory install. If you look at Chapter 22 of the DA-20 integrated parts catalog (IPC) you will see the installation outlined. I'm not sure how many parts are obtainable and/or custom-Diamond. I hav...
by RMarkSampson
Sat Aug 03, 2019 1:36 am
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: You Know You're a Diamond Pilot When ...
Replies: 37
Views: 3821

Re: You Know You're a Diamond Pilot When ...

pass by the fuel pump because you only burned 3 gallons of fuel to get there...
by RMarkSampson
Sat Jul 27, 2019 2:23 pm
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: Plane pulls to the right
Replies: 4
Views: 2454

Re: Plane pulls to the right

No direct experience with the "pulling to the right" issue you mention, but I have helped my A&P do the aileron deflection checks in paragraph 06-00-00 of the AMM, and complete the test and adjustment troubleshooting procedures in chapter 27-10. Chapter 57-60 has more aileron maintenance practices t...
by RMarkSampson
Fri Jul 26, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Engine failure best glide speed descent rate
Replies: 20
Views: 1714

Re: Engine failure best glide speed descent rate

one into the Pacific approaching the shore on a low IFR approach after a long day into Crescent City Interestingly, that fatal Diamond accident was a rental plane out of my home airport. The FBO operator (previous one, not the current FBO) had recently purchased it and the person renting it decided...
by RMarkSampson
Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:55 am
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Engine failure best glide speed descent rate
Replies: 20
Views: 1714

Re: Engine failure best glide speed descent rate

Decision-making might not be my strong- suit.... or maybe I'll be just a little more serious. So I essentially do the same glide slope math when I fly over Lake Okeechobee down here in Florida when my daughter was away at college and VFR-Direct was directly over the lake. Altitude was definitely my ...
by RMarkSampson
Wed Jul 24, 2019 11:39 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Engine failure best glide speed descent rate
Replies: 20
Views: 1714

Re: Engine failure best glide speed descent rate

If you fly over Lake Michigan at 100 ft, it won't help the glide distance, but it does make the math easier... :D
by RMarkSampson
Sun Jul 14, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: DA42 Forum
Topic: alternate air in visible moisture
Replies: 11
Views: 2533

Re: alternate air in visible moisture

Believe everyone is tracking “as identified in your POH” as the correct answer. There are multitude of variables in chemistry and engineering which we all trust has been tested in our certified aircraft. The best and right answer should be reflected in our POH. Per the “why” behind the "visible mois...
by RMarkSampson
Sat Jun 29, 2019 2:53 am
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: A&P/IA Recommendation Seattle/North
Replies: 4
Views: 2312

Re: A&P/IA Recommendation Seattle/North

I'm in Florida so obviously I can't speak to a local A&P but without having any good leads I would start my search here: https://www.diamondaircraft.com/en/service-and-support/service-center-locations/ In the Seattle area, looks like one Service Center south of the border - one north of the border. ...