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by Don
Tue Jan 05, 2021 3:49 pm
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: Another safe year for Diamonds
Replies: 30
Views: 2093

Re: Another safe year for Diamonds

That says a lot for the aircraft and perhaps some for the pilots that choose Diamond.
by Don
Sat Dec 26, 2020 5:04 pm
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: Third sighting of Jetpack man in L.A. airspace. This time caught on video
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Re: Third sighting of Jetpack man in L.A. airspace. This time caught on video

This particular practice area is extremely busy. It serves flight training for the following airports. Long Beach, Torrance, Hawthorne, Compton, John Wayne and sometimes Fullerton. Also, extensive aerobatic training exist right about where Jetpack man was sighted. (See red arrow on chart). Flying wi...
by Don
Fri Dec 25, 2020 3:04 pm
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: Third sighting of Jetpack man in L.A. airspace. This time caught on video
Replies: 7
Views: 431

Third sighting of Jetpack man in L.A. airspace. This time caught on video

So a CFI at my base airport, KTOA, shot the jetpack guy last Monday on video flying in our local practice area at 3,000 feet MSL. Over the past few months, jetpack guy has been sighted at 6,000 feet on or near the ILS for LAX and reported by airline pilots. Skeptics say it is a drone with a human li...
by Don
Sat Dec 05, 2020 5:27 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Rear Door Integrity
Replies: 16
Views: 1043

Re: Rear Door Integrity

I took from my friend's message that the door ajar light came on during flight -- maybe it was also on during run up, but that's not clear. I can ask my friend if he knows. Anyway, I think it's wise advice not to lock the door and possibly prevent emergency egress -- I'm assuming that if the door i...
by Don
Sat Dec 05, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: DA40 Airspace Violations at Sacramento
Replies: 8
Views: 743

Re: DA40 Airspace Violations at Sacramento

Perhaps alcohol was involved.
by Don
Sat Dec 05, 2020 4:18 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Rear Door Integrity
Replies: 16
Views: 1043

Re: Rear Door Integrity

Sounds like they overlooked the "Door Open" warning message which is also on the check list during run up. That said, never key lock the back door before flight. In the event that you do an off field landing and the plane flips over, then you can not exit via the canopy and the back door w...
by Don
Fri Nov 13, 2020 3:48 pm
Forum: Travel & Destinations
Topic: VFR to Big Bear for a Snowy Lunch (Full ATC)
Replies: 3
Views: 409

Re: VFR to Big Bear for a Snowy Lunch (Full ATC)

What I love about flying in SoCal, if you really would like some snow, then you have to go looking for it. :)
by Don
Sat Oct 31, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Travel & Destinations
Topic: Smoky IFR into Long Beach with Levi - PilotsNPaws (Full ATC)
Replies: 3
Views: 414

Re: Smoky IFR into Long Beach with Levi - PilotsNPaws (Full ATC)

Just one thing to add. After flying through heavy smoke for a long duration, it is not a bad idea to clean your engine's air intake filter. I pulled my filter off and used compressed air to clean. Lots of very fine ash dust came out.
by Don
Sat Oct 31, 2020 3:43 pm
Forum: Travel & Destinations
Topic: Smoky IFR into Long Beach with Levi - PilotsNPaws (Full ATC)
Replies: 3
Views: 414

Re: Smoky IFR into Long Beach with Levi - PilotsNPaws (Full ATC)

Thanks Wayne for your Pilots & Paws flights. Yep, in the last four weeks or so, I have more experience flying in heavy smoke than my 18 years of previous flying. Photo: Entering smoke cloud over Huntington Beach coastline just after departing John Wayne Airport.
smoke cloud.jpg
by Don
Thu Aug 20, 2020 6:32 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Question about the backup battery.
Replies: 27
Views: 2020

Question about the backup battery.

Does anyone know if the backup battery behind the panel gets recharged during flight or is just charged once at the factory?

Thanks,
Don