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by Antoine
Mon Jan 20, 2020 6:27 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Corked Nose Wheel
Replies: 92
Views: 8894

Re: Corked Nose Wheel

My friend in Zimbabwe came up with a solution as on page 1 of this thread. Took him 2 x 2 hours of work as he explained 1. Remove the nose gear fairing and reassemble the two halves. (1a - polish and wax the fairing) 2. Wrap this in thin plastic film to protect the paint. 3. Laminate a "hat" out of ...
by Antoine
Tue Jan 14, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: PIREP on DA40 Supercharged Performance
Replies: 20
Views: 1278

Re: PIREP on DA40 Supercharged Performance

Thanks again for your openness Ian. Your post fully answers my questions. I am familiar with turbocharged engines but not with mild supercharging and now I understand much better the issues, solutions and operational consequences of the STC. Wishing you lots of success. PS, just posted some info on ...
by Antoine
Mon Jan 13, 2020 2:48 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: PIREP on DA40 Supercharged Performance
Replies: 20
Views: 1278

Re: PIREP on DA40 Supercharged Performance

Every supercharger is bench tested prior to being serialized to ensure they function as designed. During normal operation IAT's should peak around 80°F above OAT. Ian thanks for your openness. I would like to re-state here that I love your product and STC, and as a former DA40 owner would have love...
by Antoine
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:23 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: PIREP on DA40 Supercharged Performance
Replies: 20
Views: 1278

Re: PIREP on DA40 Supercharged Performance

That's good news Wayne. In fact, you may even be able to get away with a "cheaper" version of this idea: If you can get your hands on a thermocouple based digital thermometer, you could stick the (very thin) thermocouple probe inside the duct between SC and engine inlet and do a single short ground ...
by Antoine
Mon Jan 13, 2020 12:05 pm
Forum: DA62 Forum
Topic: Looking to purchase DA62
Replies: 26
Views: 2426

Re: Looking to purchase DA62

Holy Moly: 36 K for the 900 hour kits (plus manpower?) What is it that justifies paying so much money for this aircraft knowing that operating costs are also high? What makes it so desirable? Is it the nice and roomy interior? I really can't see what else versus say a JetProp. I am really curious: 1...
by Antoine
Fri Jan 10, 2020 10:52 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: PIREP on DA40 Supercharged Performance
Replies: 20
Views: 1278

Re: PIREP on DA40 Supercharged Performance

Very happy for you Wayne. Happy flying in 2020. One suggestion: if reasonably possible, I would add an inlet air temperature probe at the inlet (post SC). On my aircraft I used a normal EGT probe. I have learnt a lot about the heat-related aspects of compressing air and, in my aircraft, set myself a...
by Antoine
Thu Jan 09, 2020 7:31 pm
Forum: DA42 Forum
Topic: AE330 180hp DA42 STC
Replies: 20
Views: 1225

Re: AE330 180hp DA42 STC

But the DA42 unfortunately suffers from greater form drag due to excessive fuselage taper -- the airflow separates from the rear fuselage at higher airspeeds because it can't follow the curved shape. The DA20/DA40/DA42 skinny tapered fuselages were originally designed to reduce "wetted area" -- imp...
by Antoine
Thu Jan 09, 2020 12:01 pm
Forum: DA42 Forum
Topic: AE330 180hp DA42 STC
Replies: 20
Views: 1225

Re: AE330 180hp DA42 STC

Antoine, I live vicariously through your EA400 adventure. It looks like an awesome machine (please keep posting cool content!). Regarding the lighter engines--yes, the Austro is an anvil for the power produced, but there are already hundreds of DA42NG and 42VIs out there. If it were an affordable S...
by Antoine
Wed Jan 01, 2020 2:51 pm
Forum: Hangar Talk
Topic: Safety: Piper Mirage
Replies: 6
Views: 647

Re: Safety: Piper Mirage

Yikes, this is really scary, Karl! Thanks for being so outspoken. I think the PA46-350 is inherently more dangerous than less complex aircraft. The problem lies in the domino effect. One failure causes another. Example: lose the engine at FL200 and your first challenge is not the engine but pressuri...
by Antoine
Thu Dec 05, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: DA42 Forum
Topic: AE330 180hp DA42 STC
Replies: 20
Views: 1225

Re: AE330 180hp DA42 STC

Dear Neema, this idea would have gotten me really excited before I took the exotic route. Meanwhile, I have jumped boats and was able to measure the value of incremental and costly changes to an existing aircraft vs sell and go a different route. From my only flights in the DA42 NG and DA 62, I thin...