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    The Best Entry-Level Pipers

    Longtime Piper pilot and Piper twin owner Kristin Winter discusses the cream of the crop in entry-level Piper aircraft. (Photo: James Lawrence)

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    Short Wing Pipers

    Out of a poor economy came a series of aircraft that were better than expected. (Photo: Peter Lubig)

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    The Piper Navajo

    After initially feeling intimidated by the size of the Navajo, contributing editor Kristin Winter found that it really one of the easiest and most gentle aircraft she had flown. (Photo: Paul Bowen)

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  • "...nothing can replace the skill and confidence you get using spare training time to do weird things."

    - Kevin Garrison

  • "It costs fuel to carry fuel in any airplane..."

    -Thomas Block

  • "All of the PA-28-180/181 aircraft are great airplanes."

    - Kristin Winter

  •   "My happy place is metal and T-shaped and smells like 100 octane"

    - Kevin Garrison


STEVE ELLS replied to the topic 'Garmin GDL 82' in the forum. yesterday

I have upgraded my response; It follows:
The GDL 82 is Garmin’s low-cost solution to the ADS-B “Out” mandate. But if you don’t already have a WAAS (high integrity) GPS receiver to feed position data to the GDL 82, you will have to upgrade to a unit with a WAAS receiver. If you do have a WAAS receiver, you can buy the GDL 82 for $1799. It will work with your KT76A—provided that your KT-76A is married to an encoder—or with any existing Mode A or Mode C transponder.
The installation consists of installing the GDL “box”, that measures 3.3 inches by 1.5 by 9.2 inches at a convenient place upstream of the transponder antenna in the coaxial cable between your transponder and the transponder antenna. That part is very easy.
The second part requires the installation of a GPS antenna. Since GPS antennas must be mounted on an upper surface of the airframe, you’ll need to mount the antenna—as near the centerline of the aircraft as possible—and remove enough interior to route a coaxial cable from the antenna to the “box.”
The GDL 82 will not work with Mode S transponders. There’s not much more to it. The avionics installer will need to input some confirmation information, and you’ll need to fly a confirmation flight but that’s easy.
The GDL 82 transmits on the 978 MHz and is called a Universal Access Transceiver (UAT). Installation fulfills the 2020 mandate for ADS-B Out.
ADS-B “In” information includes NEXRAD weather, traffic, METARS, TAFs, NOTAMS, TFRs and other very helpful information in your cockpit.
There are different ways to display the “In” information. One commonly used method is to send the “In” data via Bluetooth or Wi-Fi to an Electronic Flight Bag (EFB) app on an iPad or other brand tablet. There are a bunch of very good EFBs out there such as the Garmin Pilot, the Appareo Foreflight, the Seattle Avionics Fly Q and others. Receivers can be battery-powered portable units such as the Garmin GDL 39, the Appareo Stratus 2, and others. I use a Stratux ADS-B Dual frequency unit.
The main drawback of the portable units is the somewhat short battery life. Most units will work for between 4 and 5 hours on a charge. The Statux I have needs a portable battery to power it. I have 2 EasyAcc slim line battery packs that provide enough power for 8 hours of use.
Many portable units can be powered from a USB power output plug in the panel. I installed one in the same hole the cigar light was in. I got the one from Guardian Avionics; other suppliers include Mid-Continent Instruments and Appareo Stratus.
If you do not have a WAAS high integrity GPS to tie to the GDL 82, other options include installing a new transponder with a built in WAAS GPS and ADS-B “Out” capabilities such as the Appareo ESG and the Garmin GTX 335. These retail without installation for $2995.
There is a great deal of information about ADS-B at Garmin’s ADS-B Academy ( www.garmin.com/us/intheair/ads-b ) and in the avionics section of the Pilot Shop the Sportys website ( www.sportys.com ).
Happy Flying


STEVE ELLS replied to the topic 'Janitrol exhaust' in the forum. yesterday

Hey Pete, I learned more as I was finalizing this question for publication in the magazine. The upgraded text follows:Hi Pete;
First off, your Janitrol should not be streaking black smoke clear to the tail. I expect you need to get into the heater and check the spark plug (or just replace it), check the spray pattern of the nozzle, check the fuel pressure (7.5 psi) and the output of the combustion blower. If any of these components are not correct, the resulting rich mixture will cause a sooty exhaust. You can download a Janitrol heater service and parts manual from Janitrol at: janitrol.aero/wp-content/uploads/2017/04...rs-Manual-New-s2.pdf .
This may not be the exact manual for your heater it will give you an exploded view of the heater parts and procedures to test the components.
Kristin Winter, who also writes for the Piper Flyer magazine and flies a PA 30 Twin Comanche reports that Easy Off oven cleaner is the quickest and most effective belly cleaner. She cautions that it must be used in a well-ventilated area, must be rinsed with water and wiped off immediately after application and then rinsed again.
Others say that Easy Off is very caustic and that they would never use it on bare aluminum, but only on a good painted surface. Since it is caustic it MUST only be used on a painted surface and MUST be rinsed immediately with plenty of clean water. It will attack bare aluminum.
Responders have also suggested using other less toxic cleaners such as GOOP hand cleaner (without pumice) and rags, Aviation Simple Green (must get the aviation kind) mixed 50/50 with water; Sportys and Aircraft Spruce sell a product called Aero Glaze Dry wash that others recommend.
There have been quite a few upgrades and improvement in light airplane combustion heaters recently. It might be time to pull the heater and send it in for an overhaul.
While there are built in safeguards on these heaters to prevent problems, there’s a lot of comfort to be had when you know the flaming fire in the nose of your airplane is in top notch shape and all the safeguards have been tested and are working properly.
Overhauls can be done at www.Janitrol.aero . Most West Coast flyers get their heater overhauled and serviced at www.aircraftheaters.com in Redding, California.
Happy Flying.


KnightLL2 replied to the topic 'PA28-180 Visors For Sale.' in the forum. yesterday

Sorry. I should have deleted. Sold along time ago.