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  1. BTW, that was a “GOOD” landing. 😀
  2. Glad you are both ok. Looking at all that field I would have landed there too. If you pulled the chute, you know the plane is a write off. With all that landing area it was a smart move. Unfortunately, the outcome is the same as the plane is totaled. plane shopping is fun though. Let’s see what we can salvage...engine...nope. Airframe...nope. Avionics....probably. Chute and rocket....yep!
  3. They probably sell the same $10 tire from eBay, just mark it up. Same with the crappy “aircraft grade” overpriced innertubes. Seriously, eBay is probably your friend.
  4. Hi Glenn - Thanks for the inquiry. I did, but no joy. Still swinging around in flight. Stable on the ground. Still getting the best of me.
  5. I will. I hope to play with it this weekend. Thanks for the tip and education.
  6. I think you’ll do well. In my opinion, the experimental 912 market does run ethanol too, so I can’t imagine that would be an issue. I do run non-ethanol gas in my plane because it runs better and smoother. Even better than on av gas. Maybe it’s just in my head🤪.
  7. Interesting. Could it be that simple? Everything else runs smooth, just the oil temp. I will give it a shot as I have nothing to loose but a half hour of my time and everything to gain!
  8. The floats are such garbage, but yet priced like gold. For a while another company was making replacement floats out of a composite or epoxy. You may want to look into them. Rotax floats are shipped in a plain brown bag (last ones I bought from a certified Rotax dealer) as if they were pulled from a 5 gallon bucket from Mexico or China at 50 cents a piece. It just annoys me when a manufacture marks up a faulty cheap item 20,000%. Rant over...
  9. P.S. Upgrade did NOT fix my erroneous oil temp readings. They are all over the place with wild 100 degree swings or better every second. I have replaced the sensor, replaced the connector, replaced the wire going to the harness, and even played with the sensor type in the setup menu on my D120. I thought I had it solved when all the software updates included corrections for "fluctuating oil temperature readings." No luck
  10. So this week I decided to update my engine monitor (Dynon D120). I hooked up a battery charger capable of up to 15 amps to my plane and ran the old laptop off the power cord. The update took roughly 45 minutes and if anything were to shut down during the process the screen would have to be sent back to Dynon for the fix. I figure that would cost me another month with the shipping times. I had a few glitches getting the software to download onto the laptop until I gave up, downloaded it from my home computer onto a flash drive, and then from the flash drive to the laptop. Should have done that move first. Second, I did not get the right driver downloaded for the USB to 9 pin male adapter. Once I figured that out it was smooth, but nerve-racking sailing. On our CT's (at least mine), I could leave all the "avionics" off by only turning on the breaker for power. You only want the part you are upgrading to be on, which for me, was my D120 engine monitor. I pulled out the Dynon to unplug and access the 9 pin connector at the harness. During the software upgrade, wear good walking shoes as I was pacing like an expectant father in a waiting room. I did NOT want my plane to be down another month. I think I walked at least 2 miles around the airport as I would have lost my mind in anticipation staring at the computer screen. Once all was done, simply power down, unplug the cable, plug back in the factory connection, and button up the dash. I was happy to see all the information from my PFD and my EMS share back and forth. Phew!
  11. If you do send in for repair, send both displays as Dynon will upgrade the software on both for free. If you don’t have the latest software n both displays they will not communicate with each other.
  12. Here’s an update: It took a month (2 weeks of that was shipping there and back), but I got my display back. It was 70 degrees yesterday when I installed it and went flying, so I don’t know if the cold weather problem was solved, but Dynon did acknowledge a hardware issue and replaced whatever they replaced. Here are some tips I learned after the fact: 1. They updated the software, which is fine, but now it won’t talk to my Dynon D120 engine monitor. They can both be run independently, but I can’t transfer the engine data to my PFD or flight info to the right side. I have to update the software on my D120 now. In order to do this, you need a Windows based computer, a RS232 to USB adapter, and back up power for your plane and make sure you have 120 volts for the laptop too as it can take a lot of power and time and you should not rely on the batteries. If one shuts down during the upgrade it can lock down your displays requiring them to be sent back to Dynon to be repaired. The good: The software update is free. The Better: Dynon would have updated my D120 for FREE if I had sent it in at the same time as my D100. Had I known this, I would have chosen this route 100%. Now I am awaiting a new power cord for my wife’s old laptop and an RS232 to USB cable from eBay. 2. Looking at the software update notes, there are several updates that pertain to the erratic oil temp readings that I and others on here are experiencing. Sounds like the demon I have been chasing since I’ve owned this plane is a software issue. Go figure. I will report back when I get this all done. Bob
  13. I was quoted $450, just as their website, and roughly a 10 day turn around from when it is received. I put in for the return authorization and will report back. While I would love the latest and greatest in my plane, and would upgrade if I only had to do one screen, I can’t justify dropping the funds for two screens when I only fly VFR and my Garmin Aera 660 drives my auto pilot and ForeFlight does the traffic and weather. $450 is easier to swallow and Dynon should be commended for standing behind their older avionics and repairing them for a reasonable fee.
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