Avionics proficiency

We now have a variety of avionics in the group ranging from G430, G500, G650, G1000, G1000 NXi, and of course the GX55s. Please don’t underestimate the learning curve for equipment you haven’t flown before or are otherwise not proficient in. When you first fly a new unit, practice with a simulator or seek online resources, and you can keep your first flight simple. Your first flight shouldn’t be IFR in actual IMC when using a GPS unit you haven’t used before.

CAP424 (N324CP) ready to fly

Our Cessna 172S is here! Please take note of the following:

1). It has an angle of attack indicator, manufacture by safelight. I encourage you to read the operation manual and watch online videos in Youtube of it’s operation in practice. The manual is: http://www.safeflight.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/08/SCc-AoA-System-Installation-User-Manual-56201-1_revE.pdf
The short version: It doesn’t replace any procedures in the POH or the certificated stall warning system. However, it is a useful awareness tool. It shows you the approach AoA through a line of three green dots. Anything lower is faster (meant for fast cruise). Lower eventually you get yellow and red dots indicating reaching the critical AoA or near it. It also makes a sound when you are near or at the critical AoA that is kind of a clicking sound.
2). The 172 also has a G1000 NXi. You’ll find it has a more refined presentation, it’s faster, and the menus are a little different though the basic components are the same. It has ADS-B as well. You can find the cockpit reference manual: http://static.garmin.com/pumac/190-02178-00_B.pdf and a pilot’s guide: http://static.garmin.com/pumac/190-02177-00_A.pdf
There are also online material to outline the differences between the G1000 version we are used to.
3). The C172 doesn’t have an “off” position in its fuel selector. Instead it has a fuel cutoff knob right above the fuel selector. Also, if you are used to constant-speed propellers, the 172 has a fixed-pitch prop. This means the the RPM depends on throttle and airspeed. So when you set the throttle to 2600 RPM in cruise and descend without reducing the throttle, you can overspeed the prop (the limitation is at 2700 RPM).

CAP401 (N94800) ready to fly

CAP 401 is ready to fly and located at LVK. We have spent a lot of time getting it ready to fly so please FLY/FLY/FLY!!

Pilots should take note of the following:

It is a 1978 182Q.

  1. It has an overhauled engine and newer paint and interior.
  2. The avionics have been upgraded with a Garmin G500, Garmin GTN-650 GPS, Garmin GNC-225 Nav/Com radio and a EDM-700 engine monitor.
    1. There are no Garmin manuals in the aircraft so you need to download your own.
    2. XM Weather is active.
  3. The audio panel is a PMA8000C. There is a pilots guide in the aircraft and a Quick Reference is attached.
    1. To active Split Coms press both XMIT buttons simultaneously.
    2. Intercom Mode will defeat the back seat crew from speaking while radio transmissions are active. Ensure that “Standard Intercom Function” is annunciated when you hold down COM3 to deactivate this function.
  4. There is an old NAT radio that will be replaced soon.
  5. There is no DF gear in the aircraft and one will be installed soon.

Important Notes:

  1. The gross weight for take-off is 2,950 NOT 3,100
  2. The Fuel is 80 gallons NOT 88 gallons. There is only 75 gallons usable and 37.5 per side.
  3. There is a fuel stick on order and the fuel is kept at the bottom of the collars for now.
  4. It runs hot and we have found in hot temps that very little mixture and open cowl flaps are required to keep the temps at 380 to 400.

N7304N is back

The 206 is back at RHV after the avionics upgrade, 100-hour, and repairs. It is full mission capable, but it is not eligible for flying cadets during the first ten hours, due to major engine work. This limitation will expire at tach 9464.8.

There is a new Garmin IFR-capable GPS installed, model GTN 625, and an ADS-B transponder, model GTX 345. (The GPS is like a GTN 650, but without the terrestrial nav/com features.)