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by RMarkSampson
Mon Nov 23, 2020 1:43 am
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: Garmin GTX 327 Transponder - inoperative 3 digit
Replies: 2
Views: 692

Garmin GTX 327 Transponder - inoperative 3 digit

This is likely the only good news story I have for 2020. My transponder "3" digit started to get get harder and harder to activate a "3" when entering a squawk code - then that digit stopped working all together. ATC was tolerate for a few flights when I needed to request a diffe...
by RMarkSampson
Sat Nov 21, 2020 12:38 am
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Cowling Paint
Replies: 7
Views: 1308

Re: Cowling Paint

My recommendation, don't wait too long to deal with it. Less than four years ago I went with the Diamond solution. It looked really good and I though I had solved this problem for an extended period of time. Nope. As we all know, it does not last. Besides looking ratty, it also does not protect the ...
by RMarkSampson
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:55 pm
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: Double Start Blues
Replies: 5
Views: 596

Re: Double Start Blues

Need to correct something I previously said. Diamond does have a Push to Start Service Bulletin for the DA-20. Service Bulletin No.: DAC1-74-03 Rev 2. Guess I was not paying attention. Simple change-out of the starting switch to a new PN 10-357210-1. Looks like you need to turn the key then push to ...
by RMarkSampson
Sun Nov 15, 2020 8:43 pm
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: ADSB options
Replies: 4
Views: 2490

Re: ADSB options

Diamond really does not get into the avionics upgrades for the DA-20 once it leaves the factory. Only see on Service Bulletin on and it is only applicable to three aircraft that just left their factory. Something that needed fixing... For new avionics in the DA-20 you really need to enter into the w...
by RMarkSampson
Sat Nov 14, 2020 12:44 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Aviation oil recommendation
Replies: 20
Views: 1737

Re: Aviation oil recommendation

For us CONTINENTAL AEROSPACE TECHNOLOGIES™ engine owners, there is a SERVICE INFORMATION LETTER, SIL19-04. SUBJECT: Oil Brand Selection. PURPOSE: To recommend maintaining a consistent ashless-dispersant oil brand (qualified under MHS-24) for engine service, after break-in, until overhaul. MODELS AFF...
by RMarkSampson
Sat Nov 14, 2020 3:11 am
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: SureFly is Certified and installed on my DA-20 - first impressions
Replies: 1
Views: 304

SureFly is Certified and installed on my DA-20 - first impressions

On a previous post I alluded to installing a SureFly on my DA-20 - a result of an accidental frying of my Shower of Sparks system. I researched a replacement Shower of Sparks and a Slick Start option. Both would have been a cheaper path to follow. However, I had been also looking at the SureFly. Las...
by RMarkSampson
Sat Nov 14, 2020 2:05 am
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: Double Start Blues
Replies: 5
Views: 596

Re: Double Start Blues

Did not need to replace the needle bearing - not damaged. If I went with the new starter, then the needle bearing would be replaced by a plug as the new starter has a shaft that inserts into that plug and starting gear rides along that shaft. Sticking with the original design meant that I just neede...
by RMarkSampson
Wed Nov 11, 2020 3:48 am
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: Double Start Blues
Replies: 5
Views: 596

Double Start Blues

OK, I just finished an extended 3-month maintenance period to return my DA-20 to airworthy status. The starter bendix failed. Replacing a starter is not hard - my starter was removed the next morning and the bendix was diagnosed as faulty. The bad news was the crankshaft cluster gear that is engaged...
by RMarkSampson
Sat Oct 10, 2020 12:01 am
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: Painting metal parts
Replies: 3
Views: 714

Re: Painting metal parts

Last annual - my IA squawked that there was a bit of rust on the NLG strut - called it an airworthiness item. So I had them remove it from the plane and I took it home and removed all the paint myself going back to bare metal. I returned it to the shop where they contracted someone to powder coat it...
by RMarkSampson
Fri Oct 09, 2020 11:50 pm
Forum: DA20 Forum
Topic: Duke pump replacement with a Weldon
Replies: 2
Views: 504

Re: Duke pump replacement with a Weldon

Pascal, Appreciate the info - knock on wood I'm still living on a rebuild to my Duke. The way 2020 is going - I will get bit by this again soon. My way ahead is to use it AS LITTLE AS POSSIBLE. Besides the obvious wear and leak reputation - the IO-240 really does hate that electric fuel pump. As soo...