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2 months 2 weeks ago #1684

N743DS, Piper Archer II, home-based at KFFC. I hope to see some of you around!




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2 months 1 week ago #1689

Wow, that's a good looking and very well equipped airplane.
Please write up your experiences during your training. I'm pretty sure we can fit a "learning to fly" article into the magazine.

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1 month 3 days ago #1743

Ditto for me with a 1977 Archer II - except I am in the Seattle area. My big day will be April 27th for the checkride. I'll see if I can attach a couple pictures. I'm drooling over the panel you have. Ours is gong to get Dual G5's, a new GNA 354 Comm Panel and GNS530W with a GTX 345 for ADS B in the coming months. After that it will be a new interior. Can anyone point me to a good place to go for PA 28 interiors in/around our area or can we just have someone in another part of the country do the work? No idea how this works at this early point in my owning career... :)
Thanks
Scott Woodman

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1 month 3 days ago #1744

I had a weird issue yesterday with the Bluetooth from the 345. Mine is the 345R so I use the GTN 650 to set up the BT connection through connext under settings. While we were doing touch and goes, I noticed that I wasn't seeing traffic nor my plane on Foreflight. We stopped so that I could check it, and the Bluetooth on 650/345 had shut off and would not turn back on. When I turned it on, the light bar would stay on for a few seconds and then cut off. We had flown about 1.5 hrs when this happened. It has not happened before. I rebooted the avionics and it worked fine after that.

I am only telling you this in case you use FF or GP as your electronic log book. We also track hobbs time, and my instructor was counting landings. I am glad he was because I was counting on FF to do it.

On another note, I felt like we did a hundred landings, but we only did 9. My instructor said I did great, but we were working on no flap landings, and I wasn't happy with my landings. When I got home, I was still shaking from the adrenaline rush. I am not sure if it was the extra speed of the no flaps or just the slightly harder landings causing my brain to question whether or not I was breaking the plane. I much prefer the slower full flaps landings.

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1 month 3 days ago #1748

Hi, Glad you're getting into the flying fun.
I don't know much about the bluetooth connections but you can go to ipadpilotnews.com/ to access a large catalog of info on Foreflight and on using an iPad in your airplane.
I'm more of a mechanic than a pilot but there shouldn't be a great deal of difference in your touchdown speed with flaps vs without flaps. Talk to instructor to see if you're on speed in both configurations. The flaps in you PA 28 do add drag so you should slow down quicker when you land with full flaps than when you land with no flaps.
Anyway, glad you're having fun.

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1 month 2 days ago #1749

The difference is only about 6 knots, but that is about a 10% increase in speed. I know it is in my head, but it seems so much faster. I will get used to it though!

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