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by CFIDave
Fri Sep 11, 2020 7:25 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: cowling heat paint
Replies: 9
Views: 230

Re: cowling heat paint

Ian: When you're ready to have your cowling interior surface repainted with special fire retardant paint, let me suggest SouthTec Aviation at KRUQ. Besides specializing in Diamond maintenance, they now have their own paint shop. A year ago I used them to repaint the insides of both of my DA62 cowlin...
by CFIDave
Tue Sep 08, 2020 2:24 pm
Forum: Continental / Thielert
Topic: G1000 Engine/Airframe unit for G1000
Replies: 1
Views: 143

Re: G1000 Engine/Airframe unit for G1000

The same GEA71 is used for Austro and Continental CD-135 (formerly Thielert) engines. It works with both diesel and avgas engines.
by CFIDave
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:58 pm
Forum: DA62 Forum
Topic: Why would anyone buy a $1,400,000 twin piston?
Replies: 14
Views: 1171

Re: Why would anyone buy a $1,400,000 twin piston?

1. It all depends on your mission. If all you want to do is use the aircraft to make point A-to-point B trips, sitting on autopilot up high in the flight levels above the clouds where there's not much to see (because you can't operate a jet down low), then the Eclipse may be a better choice. But if ...
by CFIDave
Tue Sep 08, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Path to ADS-B & WAAS for older DA40s
Replies: 73
Views: 8333

Re: Path to ADS-B & WAAS for older DA40s

Use of the iPad for entering flight plan changes literally makes the expensive keypad option on the DA62 seem like a waste of money. How about frequency changes and the functions of the FMS knob? Do you find yourself using the keypad or the knobs on the panel? I find it faster and easier to just tu...
by CFIDave
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:09 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Path to ADS-B & WAAS for older DA40s
Replies: 73
Views: 8333

Re: Path to ADS-B & WAAS for older DA40s

I *love* the flight plan transfer feature to iPad finally enabled on my G1000 NXi with FS510 card. Every time I get vectored by ATC and turn the heading knob to a new course, it automatically shows up on my iPad. Use of the iPad for entering flight plan changes literally makes the expensive keypad o...
by CFIDave
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Public forum
Topic: Help with the DA42 steep turn
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: Help with the DA42 steep turn

You can try elevator trim -- but given that you're only in the turn for a minute or so, it's not critical, and you then need to remember to take trim out when rolling out of the turn. Instead, consider adding power while in the turn.
by CFIDave
Mon Sep 07, 2020 6:13 pm
Forum: DA40 Forum
Topic: Has anyone already placed an order for a Panthera?
Replies: 124
Views: 27407

Re: Has anyone already placed an order for a Panthera?

Nice plane.

Will it get air conditioning and FIKI deice? Built in O2? What will that do to useful load and performance?
by CFIDave
Sat Sep 05, 2020 5:51 pm
Forum: DA42 Forum
Topic: ECU A/B fail and engine cut off
Replies: 6
Views: 375

Re: ECU A/B fail and engine cut off

During transition training three weeks ago the instructor pointed to the ECU circuit breakers and said, "Never, NEVER, reset these breakers!" If your engine has completely failed and you've already tried the reset/voter switch, IMHO there's not much to lose by trying this (one time only) to "reboot...
by CFIDave
Sat Sep 05, 2020 1:03 pm
Forum: Public forum
Topic: Help with the DA42 steep turn
Replies: 4
Views: 349

Re: Help with the DA42 steep turn

Steep turns in a DA42 aren't really different from other planes. Once you've rolled into a 45 (for Private) or 50 deg (for Commercial) bank angle, look at where the glare shield intersects the horizon -- hold that sight picture and your altitude won't vary much. Here are the steps for DA42 TDI Comme...
by CFIDave
Fri Sep 04, 2020 6:37 pm
Forum: DA50 Forum
Topic: First flight of the retractable DA50
Replies: 29
Views: 9913

Re: First flight of the retractable DA50

While Diamond had an experimental program a few years ago that demonstrated a working autoland system for a DA42, it appeared to be just a "proof of concept" that was an evolutionary dead end. The reality is that autoland in general aviation is likely to be driven by Garmin, which has already introd...