“Un-store” and ADS-B

It’s been a while since I’ve been in Falco mode. In fact the plane has been stored for over a year. Recently I’ve started a slow job of getting back in the air. There’s a few jobs I need to do first.

On inspecting the inner gear doors I can see that a fairly recent tire change has meant the inner doors no longer close properly. So I’ve had to re-profile the inner section in order to make room for the newer, better tyres. At time of writing I’m about half way through this. OK, maybe ⅓ in.

Also, it’s time for ADS-B. The government has announced a generous rebate for the install and I don’t want to miss out. I’ve purchased a Stratus ESG and I’m in the process of installing it.

I’m also redesigning the panel. I consider the carbon panel only semi successful so the new one will be back to aluminium. While I’m at it I’ll redesign the gear system annunciator and control board. My system is different in that I include a latching relay which solves the problem of circuit breakers popping when you pull G and unseat the nose gear. Some guys use a gear switch with an off position. One guy is almost religious with this and says Boeing use them all the time. Well I’ve flown those planes and it’s no excuse. It’s one way of doing things but I like my way better.

Early in the redesign.

The circuit board has been redesigned and is current in the mail from the manufacturer.

All in all, reasonable progress. The engine worries me though. I’ll address that in a month or two.

Published by falcogeorge

I live in New Zealand with my lovely wife Vicki along with our animals on a block of land in Helensville. Back in 1994 I had this crazy idea to build a plane. Since then its been a huge part of my life. My day job has varied over the years. I started out as a computer engineer and now I'm an airline pilot. You would think that would tire me of flying but airline flying isn't really flying. The small planes are fun and make me remember why I started flying in the first place. This blog is a demonstration of some of the crazy ideas that pop into my head from time to time. The way I see it, life is too short to not give these wild ideas a go. I don't mind if people think I'm crazy. I probably am.

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