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.
Our Cessna 172S is here! Please take note of the following:
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.
- It has an overhauled engine and newer paint and interior.
- 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.
- There are no Garmin manuals in the aircraft so you need to download your own.
- XM Weather is active.
- The audio panel is a PMA8000C. There is a pilots guide in the aircraft and a Quick Reference is attached.
- To active Split Coms press both XMIT buttons simultaneously.
- 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.
- There is an old NAT radio that will be replaced soon.
- There is no DF gear in the aircraft and one will be installed soon.
- The gross weight for take-off is 2,950 NOT 3,100
- The Fuel is 80 gallons NOT 88 gallons. There is only 75 gallons usable and 37.5 per side.
- There is a fuel stick on order and the fuel is kept at the bottom of the collars for now.
- 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.
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.)
N6183E (CAP 483) is back after major engine work. Please observe operating limitations during the break-in period. Also, N948CP (CAP 448) left for a 100-hour inspection.
N7304N, our CU206G, left for maintenance to receive an avionics upgrade with a GTN 625 and GTX-345 for ADS-B in and out.