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  1. Garmin 797 Update

    Yeah -- around 4 years ago Garmin came up with relatively reasonable pricing for database bundles on the Aera line. The 2,3,4 hundred series were not included for some reason.
  2. Garmin 797 Update

    Nope. Literally just bought the US Bundle annual subscription which includes Nav, Flite Charts, obstacle, terrain, IFR/VFR charts, Safe Taxi, AFD and AOPA.
  3. Garmin 797 Update

    795/6 are Bluetooth with no Wifi. You need a hardwire USB connection to a PC to update. US database bundle is $150/year.
  4. 11th Annual CT/LSA Fly-in, Page AZ Oct 17-21

    Thanks. It looks like the flights are approximately 2hrs with some having a breakfast stop so does that mean afternoons are generally open?
  5. 11th Annual CT/LSA Fly-in, Page AZ Oct 17-21

    Quick Q -- my wife will be unable to join me on the flight there but may be able to take a commercial flight to either Vegas or Phoenix, arriving late morning on Friday. What is the tentative agenda on the Friday? Trying to figure out if I can do the planned event flight for the day and fly down (and back) to pick up my wife.
  6. 100LL questions

    Technically 25 hrs for leaded use and 50 hrs for unleaded are the recommended oil change intervals as per the Rotax SI. The required intervals are 50/100 hrs.
  7. UAvionix install

    I like the idea of reducing the number of 'boxes' -- the ESX allows me to remove my ADSB-in, ADSB-out and, of course, out the transponder. I would need to exchange my Garmin 795 with an iFly 740b. Should be a wash cost wise on this swap ($950 on the open market for the 750 to offset the cost of the 740b+install). I do have some concern on long-term viability of uAvionix versus Garmin. Something to throw into the decision matrix. Conservative choice would be to just put in a GDL-82 and keep everything else the same.
  8. UAvionix install

    Any idea on the list price?
  9. IFly 740b installed

    Is that an Airgizmos Ifly 720 panel mount?
  10. UAvionix install

    Andy, this is way too complex -- I plan on just programming in your N-number so I'll be golden as I bust through Class B's across the country
  11. UAvionix install

    Nope. The ADS-B data packet is very well defined and has only one location for the address. This can be easily checked by reading the packet itself with any number of nearly freely available receivers and you can also build one yourself (https://flightaware.com/adsb/piaware/build). I can also point you to software libraries that decode the message. ADS-B is in the clear so there is no current way to hide another address. Google RTCA DO-260B for details of the data packet. This does not mean that ATC cannot track you. They can simply follow the random N-number back until they land and ask someone at the airport the real N-number. Probably easy to do at a towered airport. Probably not so easy at a non-towered.
  12. UAvionix install

    Your controller friends are wrong on anonymous mode. FAR 91.227 allows 978 UAT ADS-B Out equipment to transmit a self-assigned (randomized) 24-bit address and no call sign. This is from the FAA's FAQ: Additionally, GA operators that employ UAT transceivers have the option in VFR operations, when they are squawking 1200 and flying below FL180, to select "anonymous mode", which enables the transceiver to broadcast a randomized flight ID and pseudo-ICAO address. The transceiver reverts back automatically to the assigned ICAO address and default flight ID when the beacon code is changed from 1200.
  13. I've had my Dynon AP since they were first released around 8 years ago and that has always been the behavior when driven by my D100. The AP servos are the same for the Skyview but the software is much more configurable so there could be tweaks that fix the behavior. Also, the ball being out only one unit is no big deal. It's when it is a ball and half out that I've noticed occasional wandering.
  14. My Dynon has a tendency to go searching if I get lazy and am flying uncoordinated. Try centering the ball before futzing with the settings.
  15. Garmin 496 Updates?

    One route would be to upgrade to a Garmin 660 and an Air Gizmos mount which fits in the same physical space and has $199/year subscriptions.
  16. Anyone using the echoUAT - ADSB?

    Eric, Is the Echo ESX ADS-B In as well? And if so, is it WIFI like the UAT?
  17. iFly 740b Install

    I was one of the very early adopters of ADS-B Out and purchased a version 1 of the Skyguard transmitter nearly 5 years ago. The unit has worked flawlessly and it too essentially 'passed' the FAA's PAPR ADS-B performance test except for the SIL value (certified GPS) and pressure altitude field. The rules evolved, as noted above, and my unit is not within the regs for 2020 operation but I purchased it to 'wake up' the ground stations so I could get traffic and it has done its job. Don has offered to take my unit has a trade-in against a new purchase. I'm in no hurry to gain compliance so will hold off another year and see what's available at the time with Skyguard being a definite contender.
  18. iFly 740b Install

    Garmin's Aera US Database bundle runs $150/year.
  19. 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).
  20. 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.
  21. 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.
  22. 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.
  23. UAvionix install

    Just curious -- the echoES transponder is no longer shown on the uAvionics website. Is it no longer available?
  24. 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.
  25. Parachute Recommendation

    +1 to Andy's plan.