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by rwtucker
Mon Nov 27, 2017 5:06 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: LED Landing / Taxi lights for the DA40
Replies: 85
Views: 13217

Re: LED Landing / Taxi lights for the DA40

Thanks for the pictures Chris. To my eye, they tell in pictures what I see in words. I can find elements in each picture that I prefer over the other. Plus, a different LED would probably look entirely different in accordance with its reflectors, etc. If I had to pick my preferred illumination from ...
by rwtucker
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:36 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Valve Cover Gasket
Replies: 5
Views: 171

Re: Valve Cover Gasket

Another vote for the silicone. Much better for R&R and never leak whereas the cork always does. One note of caution: (OK, two) clean the cork off well and don't guess at the torque settings for the silicone gaskets. Getting leak free performance requires very little torque. Too much and they can...
by rwtucker
Sun Nov 26, 2017 11:31 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: LED Landing / Taxi lights for the DA40
Replies: 85
Views: 13217

Re: LED Landing / Taxi lights for the DA40

Does anyone have a comparison between the factory HIDs (from the '06, '07 era models) and the new LEDs? I would think that by now the LEDs would provide much more light, but I'm looking for some validation. I've got a Stanley flashlight with a single LED (a CREE T6, I think) in it that is significa...
by rwtucker
Mon Nov 20, 2017 6:29 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Keeping CHT temps in range on climb-out
Replies: 11
Views: 514

Re: Keeping CHT temps in range on climb-out

Ditto other comments David. On hot days, low altitudes, heavy loads, etc. my CHTs sometimes creep over 400 before I notice and bring them back down by lowering the nose and sometimes the power. I can recall a few situations where I had to settle for 100-200 FPM climb to stay under 400. Completely no...
by rwtucker
Fri Oct 27, 2017 4:11 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Leanings effects on CHT
Replies: 20
Views: 1684

Re: Leanings effects on CHT

Hello, What was the 'orange material' that you used to replace baffles? Thx Take a look here Hans: http://www.aircraftspruce.com/search/search.php?s=baffle+silicone&x=0&y=0 . I was just a helping hand but once you measure the thickness of the factory baffles, the folks at Spruce can be very...
by rwtucker
Thu Oct 19, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Puzzling TAS 600 "Fail"
Replies: 5
Views: 679

Re: Puzzling TAS 600 "Fail"

. . . I spoke to an Avidyne technician and he said a common cause is non-alignment of the antennas, which can be easily checked. Do you know if this something that could happen on our DA40's, assuming they are still screwed in place? My suspicions went to contacts or a failed driver load (which is ...
by rwtucker
Mon Oct 16, 2017 6:13 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Leanings effects on CHT
Replies: 20
Views: 1684

Re: Leanings effects on CHT

The silicone baffles are the most likely culprit but also check the hard (grey composite fiberglass) baffles. They are somewhat brittle and a careless mechanic may have done damage. I would also find out why you have permanant indentations in your silicone baffles. I helped another DA40 owner replac...
by rwtucker
Sun Oct 15, 2017 2:54 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: 2007 XL Annual - Amsafe and Guardian CO costs
Replies: 18
Views: 1409

Re: 2007 XL Annual - Amsafe and Guardian CO costs

More drift: Since I fly over the mountains most of the time, I asked my CFI what he thought about the best approach. He said that if you have to land in the dense forest, pick the best terrain configuration, and try to fly between two trees, if necessary aiming to have the wingtips hit the trees sim...
by rwtucker
Sat Oct 14, 2017 9:58 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: 2007 XL Annual - Amsafe and Guardian CO costs
Replies: 18
Views: 1409

Re: 2007 XL Annual - Amsafe and Guardian CO costs

I read once that a DA40 in a near full "controlled" stall, slowly mushing to the ground, has a descent rate lower than a Cirrus under the parachute. ... Granted, you are still moving forward, and part of the parachute safety is in the beefy Cirrus landing gear built to absorb the impact. ...
by rwtucker
Sat Oct 14, 2017 7:35 pm
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: What does it take to become a certified A&P?
Replies: 5
Views: 374

Re: What does it take to become a certified A&P?

Antoine, I came to a similar conclusion. For my small aircraft and friendly group of pilots and A&Ps (all of whom are pilots), it was not so much the cost as the convenience. After looking into the options for becoming an A&P, I don't think I can see a way that could be justified in terms of...