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About S3flyer

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  1. iFly 740b Install

    Garmin's Aera US Database bundle runs $150/year.
  2. Low Cost ADS/B solutions

    You're good -- short answer is that SDA=2 and SIL=3 means you have a GPS that is compliant with the appropriate TSO (or performs the same).
  3. Low Cost ADS/B solutions

    Dick -- I should've been more clear. I have a generation 1 of the Skyguard transmitter that was compliant to the then draft standards. The draft standards changed and my transmitter was not up-gradable. Don was great and offered a generous trade-in against a new physical compliant unit but I decided to wait and see what options would be as the deadline approached. My unit transmitts a SIL=1 which continues to wake-up ground stations so it works for my purposes. I just have to get compliant in the next 22 months.
  4. Low Cost ADS/B solutions

    Hi Andy -- the GDL-39 3D works fine and is complete except for the cigarette lighter plug. We used the wire to connect directly to ships power. It'll be late spring before I get around to this so I'll reach out then to see if you're still interested.
  5. Low Cost ADS/B solutions

    I'm still over thinking my options for becoming 2020 compliant and am now contemplating going with a uavionix echoUAT In/Out w/GPS ($1400) and replacing my AirGizmos mounted 795 with an iFly 740b ($600). This allows me to remove my non-compliant Skyguard, Garmin GDL-39-3D and 795. Current market value for a used 795 is around $850 and the GDL-39 is around $300. My net cash outlay would be around $800. I'd also save on subscriptions since I currently use iFlyGPS for my tablet and phone so could drop the $200/year from Garmin. Dick -- have you seen the iFly 740 in a 796 Airgizmos mount? I ask because iFly said they didn't think it would work. Not a big deal since there is an AirGizmo mount for the 740 for around $115 and it looks to fit in the same cutout. Just thinking aloud.
  6. UAvionix install

    Just curious -- the echoES transponder is no longer shown on the uAvionics website. Is it no longer available?
  7. Production uAvionix Skybeacon UAT transmitter

    I reached out to uAvionix on a potential interface with Garmin, specifically the 795: Probably not gonna happen anytime soon.
  8. Parachute Recommendation

    +1 to Andy's plan.
  9. GRS Parachute Failure

    I don't think the size matters vs the descent rate. I did a little digging and the LSA chute data is: GRS - canopy area: 115 sq meters, descent rate 23.5 ft/sec (http://www.galaxysky.cz/technical-data-s26-en) BRS - canopy area: 109 sq meters, descent rate 21-25 ft/sec (https://cafe.foundation/v2/pdf_tech/Vehicle.Parachutes/BRS-6_General_Installation_Guide.pdf)
  10. GRS Parachute Failure

    FYI -- there have been several successful GRS deployments with one rather impressive one caught on video at a low altitude: Sportpilottalk has a couple more. Google Pipstrel GRS deployment for more. I'm guessing the quote in the article meant to state that the chute deployment referenced was the first failure.
  11. GRS Parachute Failure

    I would call this a GRS installation failure versus a chute failure. The chute failed to fully inflate when the "single front attachment point detached". Could be the attachment point was at fault. Current requirements are for two attachment points.
  12. NavWorx Inc. Penalty

    Makes sense. thanks. The echo UAT looks very interesting. In my case, it could replace my GDL-39 3D and first generation Skyguard (non-upgraded by current 2020 requirements) provided they get a deal with Garmin to talk to my 795. $1400 is a pretty compelling price point. I was leaning towards the GDL-82 ($1500) for ADS-B out and keeping the GDL-39 but would like to reduce the number of boxes in my plane. Of course, the ideal solution (IMHO) is simply replacing my GTX-327 with a GTX-345 so I have one box to handle everything. $5000 is a bit steep for elegance, though.
  13. NavWorx Inc. Penalty

    Huh? The Sky Beacon is an ADS-B Out unit so there's no ADS-B In data to share. Of course, they could be planning an In/Out unit. I also think this might be problematic as it looks like the current unit is Wifi only which would rule out connection to the 69x/79x series but certainly could work with the IOS and Android apps. The 79x does Bluetooth while the 69x is hardwire-only, I think.
  14. NavWorx Inc. Penalty

    Actually, the SIL value must be '3' to be compliant with the 2020 mandate. '3' means that the GNSS position source is compliant with the applicable TSO. The SIL value represents the probability of the reported horizontal position exceeding the radius of containment defined by the NIC: 1) ≤ 1x10-3 Per Hour 2) ≤ 1x10-5 Per Hour 3) ≤ 1x10-7 Per Hour The NIC must be greater than or equal to '7' which means the radius of containment must be less than 370.4 meters. A SIL > 0 will 'wake up' the ground stations and you'll receive traffic. All the gory details are contained in AC20-165B.
  15. Oil Leak

    As I expected, the fix was quite simple while the cause was a bit interesting. The magnetic plug was checked during my last oil change by a large Rotax shop in the area with no issues. I flew 4 flights over the next couple weeks with no leaks. I noticed a small amount of oil on my wheel pant at the start of flight number 5 but attributed it to an overfill of oil. Before flight #6 I noticed oil again and decided against flying. My local mechanic and I had much closer look this morning and it turns out the mag plug was about 1/16 turn wrench-loose. The suspected cause was the safety wire that was taught but was attached such that the pressure would tend to loosen the plug. We tightened the plug, redid the safety wire and did several runups with no leaks. Weather didn't allow for a flight test.