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by Rich
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:38 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: KAP140 Autopilot Pitch Fault
Replies: 77
Views: 12335

Re: KAP140 Autopilot Pitch Fault

My practice has been to boot up the avionics before calling for clearance to start engines so I knew everything is working. According to the AFM this is the correct procedure, but some people are reluctant to do this for fear that a power surge from the alternators will fry something in the avionic...
by Rich
Wed Jan 16, 2019 8:04 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: KAP140 Autopilot Pitch Fault
Replies: 77
Views: 12335

Re: KAP 140 Pitch Failure

After two months of sitting on the apron in cold weather and numerous drains on the battery while the starter motor was changed, I found the KAP 140 would not boot up (stuck on stage 3 with a red P, a familiar issue discussed in this forum). Someone in the hanger said "Oh, I had that problem on my ...
by Rich
Wed Jan 16, 2019 12:28 am
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Rudder cables - yet again
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: Rudder cables - yet again

Reading the tea leaves of the AMM's current entries, it would seem the replacement interval might be due to concern regarding corrosion rather than wear. I wouldn't think stainless would wear less readily than non-, but it would be less subject to corrosion. And there are actually 8 cables to be fab...
by Rich
Tue Jan 15, 2019 6:10 pm
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: So you think you want an E-AB ...
Replies: 10
Views: 352

Re: So you think you want an E-AB ...

You don't have to go experimental to get short TO/LDG performance. This past Saturday I was sitting in the runup area watching a guy in a C-180 (presumably) working on his gravel-bar operations technique (Tundra tires give it away) here at Prineville. The runup area is maybe 100 ft' off the side of ...
by Rich
Tue Jan 15, 2019 5:18 pm
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: So you think you want an E-AB ...
Replies: 10
Views: 352

Re: So you think you want an E-AB ...

My intent wasn't to ignite an overall Cert/Experimental debate, just that not everyone who's building these things has the right mindset. Some of our folks here are proceeding methodically but other ya-hoos are just performing random activities without so much as glancing at the paperwork or even no...
by Rich
Mon Jan 14, 2019 3:10 am
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: So you think you want an E-AB ...
Replies: 10
Views: 352

So you think you want an E-AB ...

The shorthand is, of course, "Experimental". But the EAA refers to the category as "Experimental - Amateur Built". Let me tell you about amateurs. I'm a member of a local EAA chapter that just recently received a donated very old partly-completed KitFox. Lots of parts and planes, instructions, etc. ...
by Rich
Sun Jan 13, 2019 4:23 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Rudder cables - yet again
Replies: 6
Views: 348

Re: Rudder cables - yet again

Lance Murray wrote:
Sun Jan 13, 2019 3:48 pm
If I remember correctly you could buy either in a kit from Diamond. Not sure why they offered both options
Presumably the non-stainless is cheaper. Back when they expected replacement every 5 years there wouldn't have been any benefit to paying more, I suppose.
by Rich
Sat Jan 12, 2019 12:07 am
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: Theoretical Situation: Forced approach and Nose over
Replies: 29
Views: 8813

Re: Theoretical Situation: Forced approach and Nose over

Like I have said before, when I fly my single engine aircraft one water, I like to do it at sufficient altitude to make it to land if my engine bites the dust. Steve I spent a number of years flying over Puget Sound. There are times/places when the water is a more attractive option than trying to r...
by Rich
Fri Jan 11, 2019 11:08 pm
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: Theoretical Situation: Forced approach and Nose over
Replies: 29
Views: 8813

Re: Theoretical Situation: Forced approach and Nose over

It's the "just above the water surface" that I'm assuming I can't rely on being able to judge properly, thereby running the risk of hitting the water with too much forward speed. Maybe way too much. So sometime on the way down I'm slowing to just above stall and don't worry about vertical speed at ...
by Rich
Fri Jan 11, 2019 9:12 pm
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: Theoretical Situation: Forced approach and Nose over
Replies: 29
Views: 8813

Re: Theoretical Situation: Forced approach and Nose over

It's the "just above the water surface" that I'm assuming I can't rely on being able to judge properly, thereby running the risk of hitting the water with too much forward speed. Maybe way too much. So sometime on the way down I'm slowing to just above stall and don't worry about vertical speed at a...