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We have added a DME (Distance Measuring Equipment) unit to Cessna 968RC (one of our Cesna 172P planes in Salinas).
So what, you may ask. It turns out that a DME allows a huge number of instrument approaches to be flown that cannot be flown with just two NAV radios and ADF. For example Monterey LOC/DME 28L which is the most commonly used approach into Monterey. Other approaches can be flown more accurately with a DME and sometimes to lower minima. Yet unlike most GPS navigators, a DME is simple to configure and simple to use.
We recently did a number of improvements to N61637, our 1975 Cessna 172M.
The most immediately noticeable to pilots is the installation of an avionics master switch. This may sound a simple thing, but it is not. To do it, the electric bus had to be split in two and all avionics connected to the second one, behind the new switch. Many hours of work, hanging upside down under the panel, was needed.
Pilots now just need to turn the avionics master on and off, it is no longer necessary or even recomended to turn each radio on and off separately.
Please remember, NEVER turn the avionics master on before the engine is started, and ALWAYS turn it off before the engine is shut down! See also the article on alternator problems.
In addition to the avionic work, we took the opportunity to rebuild the nosewheel strut assembly and also to install a new flap motor.
A big “Thank you” to Victory Aero for doing the work so quickly.
The following NOTAM has been circulated by the FAA:
!FDC 1/4311 ZLA FI/T … SPECIAL NOTICE … SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COASTLINE. EFFECTIVE 1111141730-1111180130 UTC. AIRCRAFT OPERATORS ARE ADVISED THAT THE DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE WILL BE CONDUCTING TESTING IN THE WARNING AREAS ADJACENT TO THE SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA COASTLINE. AFTER A REVIEW OF THE IMPACTED AREAS AND THE DOD OPERATIONS BEING CONDUCTED, ANALYSIS INDICATES A LOW LIKELIHOOD OF IMPACT TO AVIATION. HOWEVER, IN THE INTEREST OF FLIGHT SAFETY, PILOTS/FLIGHT CREW MEMBERS EXPERIENCING ANOMALIES TO ANY FLIGHT DECK SYSTEM, IN PARTICULAR TCAS, SHOULD REPORT THEM IMMEDIATELY TO ATC. FAA HEADQUARTERS, AIR TRAFFIC SYSTEMS OPERATIONS SECURITY, 202-493-5107, IS THE FAA COORDINATION FACILITY.
What does it mean? Sounds like some sort of electronic devices are going to be tested and there may be intereference with cockpit systems. The reference to TCAS suggests that they will be using something to do with radar.
Be careful up there!
And you thought pilotage was obsolete?
|FLIGHT ADVISORY – GPS Testing
Notice Number: NOTC2894GPS testing is scheduled in the Fallon, NV. area, which may result in unreliable or unavailable GPS signal.
Please access the below URL link for access to the complete flight advisory:
The NOTAMs discussed in this advisory may change with little or no notice. Pilots are advised to check NOTAMs frequently for possible changes prior to operations in the area. NOTAMs will be published at least 24 hours in advance of any GPS tests.