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    I’d make sure the guy doing the inspection is not...

    I’d make sure the guy doing the inspection is not someone who maintains the plane.
  2. That Concorde battery is AGM, just like an...

    That Concorde battery is AGM, just like an Odyssey. I read the instructions but disagree with them unless you just want to charge for 12 hours and then disconnect. I’ve always used a smart charger...
  3. Itís a service bulletin, not an AD. That sounds...

    Itís a service bulletin, not an AD. That sounds like lawyers advised Piper to cover themselves given the known failures. These planes have lasted longer than they were designed for. Another point,...
  4. I hope the Maule guys like their planes as much...

    I hope the Maule guys like their planes as much as I like my 180. It’s a choice, not a competition. Load the plane and go have some adventures. Family is the best reason to do it. If you’re lucky...
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    All that matters is what it’s worth to you. How...

    All that matters is what it’s worth to you. How you view that may be different if it’s a buy and sell airplane or your forever airplane.
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    How acute is the angle of the rod? I wonder how...

    How acute is the angle of the rod? I wonder how that plays into servo power?

    I see you buried the servo below the baggage floor after looking at the other pic, so pretty level rod, I presume. I...
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    The best Skywagon damage history “tell” is look...

    The best Skywagon damage history “tell” is look at the leading edges. See rivets? If so, it’s been repaired. Cessna bonded the leading edges (glued them on). Flush rivets are a sure sign of repairs. ...
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    Paint and interior decay in UV exposure. Hangared...

    Paint and interior decay in UV exposure. Hangared planes don’t show age as quickly as those parked outside. One benefit of original paint is it’ll make damage and repairs easier to spot. If you’re...
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    Trim tabs are pretty simple to overpower for the...

    Trim tabs are pretty simple to overpower for the duration a guy would need to hit the disconnect button. I don’t know of anyone running a jackscrew trim with their autopilot. I’d suggest a Safety...
  10. Thread: Super Cyclone

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    I donít know what the level points are on your...

    I donít know what the level points are on your experimental project and Iím not sure you need to be that precise, but to that Iíd find somebody whoís installed that Dynon system and discuss it....
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    I’d want the best airplane I could afford. To me,...

    I’d want the best airplane I could afford. To me, logs play no role in condition. The airplane is what is is regardless of what someone may have written or omitted in the logbooks through the years....
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    Every deal is different. I consider airplanes as...

    Every deal is different. I consider airplanes as assets, so the market value has to equal/exceed the purchase value.
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    I’d put more stock into a good inspection by a...

    I’d put more stock into a good inspection by a good Skywagon mechanic than anything written in logs.
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    Yep. Good call.

    Yep. Good call.
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    Good point on required travel. Stop to stop...

    Good point on required travel. Stop to stop probably isn’t important. My long arm fails to hold the stick in 3-point during setup but as I said earlier, in flight and properly trimmed it works fine.
  16. Great post, Rob. My family is more comfortable in...

    Great post, Rob. My family is more comfortable in my Cessna than in any family car. It’s how we get to where we want to be. Good weather, bad weather, no problem. If it’s bad enough? Don’t go.

    My...
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    I like it. I’ll be interested to hear if you get...

    I like it. I’ll be interested to hear if you get full travel with the standard servo arm.
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    I used some sleeve type tube insulation by this...

    I used some sleeve type tube insulation by this company. This product looks useful for the problem described.
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  19. Data point. My 180 has 3190# gross. With me at...

    Data point. My 180 has 3190# gross. With me at 230 and wife at 125 up front, I can carry two 150# passengers in the second row and two 100# passengers in the third row and be in the CG envelope. It’s...
  20. My 180 had 6 seats before I gave the rear seat to...

    My 180 had 6 seats before I gave the rear seat to a friend. My insurance has always allowed me to choose how many seats to insure.
  21. Nope. Buy a 180.

    Nope. Buy a 180.
  22. Thread: Volcano

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    Kilauea continues to erupt, Mauna Loa erupts, and...

    Kilauea continues to erupt, Mauna Loa erupts, and there’s snow on Mauna Kea. My wife and I sat on the rocks and watched surfers in the bay where her parents’ ashes are scattered. She’s a happy girl....
  23. Thread: Volcano

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    Ho hum, another day in paradise. The eruption on...

    Ho hum, another day in paradise. The eruption on a very clear, very still morning.
  24. Thread: 29" tires

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    Radial construction was a game changer in car...

    Radial construction was a game changer in car tires and was similar back when Bushwheels went from bias to radial construction. That’s the big reason we can run Bushwheels at low inflation without...
  25. Thread: 29" tires

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    Air Hawks kill props. And they add 10# a side....

    Air Hawks kill props. And they add 10# a side. Bushwheels are better at everything except durability on pavement. I’d expect Dessers to be a compromise between them. Better on props, last longer, but...
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