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27 Nov 2021 01:27 #3274



Upgrading the Apache means buying more "stuff". Seat tracks aren't very sexy but something you really need to work properly. So new(er) tracks are going in as we do other work. The seats are already out so it's another "while we are in there" upgrade. I got these from John Talmage of Diamondaire and he did a nice job of refurbishing them.

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23 Nov 2021 01:58 #3269


Time to attack our issues with the circuit breaker panel. Label everything or you will totally lose track!


It took a while to finally free the panel so we could begin the work of replacing it.


A quick hint at future upgrades!

Once again an upgrade project continues to GROW. We originally wanted to replace the old aluminum starter wires with copper ones. Somehow that has grown to:

1. Replace starter wires
2. Rehab circuit breaker panel
3. Replace starter relays
4. Replace pilot seat tracks
5. Replace seat belts and add pilot shoulder harnesses
6. Replace wing fairings
7. Plan next upgrade!

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12 Nov 2021 03:53 #3232

Levi,

I have really liked the G5 displays and the STec 50 autopilot. They are a great combo and while they aren't "retro" they really help make the plane something I enjoy. 89P has been a project plane for a while but I think it is really hitting it's stride now. I always get comments on the paint job too!

Eric

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10 Nov 2021 15:20 #3227

Eric,

N1189P is a beautiful airplane and I have had the pleasure of flying her. a good friend of mine Rich owned it and did all the Avionics upgrades in it. Glad to see you are enjoying it!

-Levi Vickers

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27 Oct 2021 21:58 #3218


Lots of stuff fit in that Apache. But we had room for more! Although maybe not much more....


We called ahead and had a rental car waiting when we got there.


The weather was perfect for all the flying days even though it rained between.

We just got in from a fun 4 day family trip. Three of us went to Louisville, KY to visit family and we typically would have driven (7 hours of driving time!) or gone by Regional Jet (sigh). So the Apache got used for the perfect trip for that little plane. We loaded up all the "stuff" a family takes (including presents). We were pretty much at gross with 5 hours of fuel. But no issues and with a little headwind we got up there in about 2:15. I filed IFR more for practice than anything as the weather was perfect. Some rain came through Louisville but when my niece asked for a ride it had cleared out and we had a fun time letting her "sightsee" and enjoy the view above the clouds. It was just a short half hour flight but I burned off some of the extra fuel in the aux tanks so I wouldn't be quite so heavy going back as I really didn't need the extra fuel. We got more rain but again it cleared and we had a great day to come back. I had planned on a bigger tailwind but didn't really get it until I got up to 11,000' just before getting to NC. Return trip was about 2:02. I was concerned that we might get too cold at 11,000' but since the sun was out it actually worked out well although we had blankets. Heater isn't installed yet! Apache flew well even at gross but it was cooler weather and that always helps.

Now we plan on installing the Bogert copper starter cables and hopefully we will get the new gauges installed soon as well.

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19 Oct 2021 01:26 #3208


Two vintage Pipers sharing the ramp. The Comanche was getting checked for possibly being bought.

My mechanic buddy and I flew down to the South Carolina coast to check out a possible Piper Comanche to buy and fix for a flip. The flight was about 168 nm and I figured about 1.5 hours flight time. That would be in still air, which we didn't have! So we went down very quickly doing about 180 mph average ground speed at 7,500' and came back at about 130 mph average at 6,500'. The trip down was about 1:15 and back was 1:45 so winds do make a difference. Going Apache slow means the winds make a bigger percentage difference too! We probably would have been faster coming back a little lower but it was smoother up high and I like a little altitude anyway.

We got to try out the new Rosen visors for the first time as we left late and headed into the sun. We were trying out all the tech and everything was working great. I'm very pleased with how well the autopilot works, it is a favorite feature!

We haven't decided on whether to buy the Comanche at this point. It will need some serious attention to get it up to flying status but there seems to be a lot of good left in the plane. Hard to see such a nice plane going to waste.

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