23rd November 2017

Five years on

Posted in Endgame

Just finished the latest condition inspection on the plane; hard to believe it’s been flying for over 5 years already.  I need to post some trip logs and photos, but it’s the busy time of year at work, so a quick summary will suffice for now:

Current status as of 2017 condition inspection

  • TTAF 309.4
  • TTE 247.6
  • Conservative flight planning done at 145kt @ 7.5 GPH.  I usually beat the speed by 3-5kt and the fuel burn by a few tenths.
  • Stall speeds 54 / 47 / 45 KIAS (clean / half / full)

Notable upgrades since flying

  • Swapped GTX327 for GTX335/GPS for ADS-B Out
  • Added Trutrak Vizion 385 autopilot
  • Added 2nd EFIS screen and ARINC module
  • Added Stratux receiver to feed EFIS and EFB
  • Added SD-20 backup alternator
  • Converted engine to SDS EM-5 controls (injection, ignition).

Major trips

  • San Antonio TX to visit family, Dec 2012
  • Billings & Great Falls MT to visit family, July 2013
  • (planned but flew airlines due to Wx) Washington DC, Dec 2016
  • Charleston SC to visit friends and sightseeing, June 2017
  • Salt Lake City UT & Guernsey WY for sightseeing and eclipse viewing, Aug 2017

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