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    I chose Antigravity XP-1 Micro Start with...

    I chose Antigravity XP-1 Micro Start with clampless starting harness AG-MSA-10TP. I chose this unit because it has a compatible harness that can be permanently connected to the aircraft battery and,...
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    The only method available for firmware update is...

    The only method available for firmware update is to run the updater application on a Windows PC. Configuration of the beacon can be done with an Android phone or tablet. Both require Wi-Fi.
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    On first read of this message I assumed there was...

    On first read of this message I assumed there was a recent firmware update that I needed to install. I found out that the referenced firmware is version 1.5.1 which was available in 2020. The...
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    Agree. Immediate 45 degree banked turn just...

    Agree. Immediate 45 degree banked turn just above stall speed and with the ball centered will give minimum altitude loss and best chance of making it back to the runway. Also - forget about best...
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    Well you did say "plane" but a lot of my...

    Well you did say "plane" but a lot of my experience is in gliders. Simulated rope break turn backs at 200 ft are a routine part of aerotow glider training so I don't have the fear of doing them in...
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    I tried a few simulated engine failure turn backs...

    I tried a few simulated engine failure turn backs in the FX-3. I need less than 300 ft in the PA-28 but I only made one work with 500 ft in the FX-3. Quite an eye opener and I need to do some more...
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    NTSB report's estimated accident position is 1...

    NTSB report's estimated accident position is 1 mile from departure end and almost exactly on center line. NTSB report also says "Examination of the airplane by the pilot revealed that the...
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    I wondered the same thing and it was one of the...

    I wondered the same thing and it was one of the motivations for reading every FX-3 accident report in the NTSB archive. They are there for anyone to read and to form their own opinion. I hesitate...
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    Loud noise is loud noise. Steve said he didn't...

    Loud noise is loud noise. Steve said he didn't think the FX-3 is loud. I think it's very loud. I didn't compare it to a sound proof booth. I compared it to another aircraft I own and fly. That...
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    The reports for the most recent two FX-3...

    The reports for the most recent two FX-3 accidents have no narrative yet. I used ADS-B to check on one of them and it appears to be a departure off the left side of a long paved runway. In the mix...
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    Try taking the Bose headset off. The FX-3 is...

    Try taking the Bose headset off. The FX-3 is deafeningly loud compared to my PA-28. The only aircraft I have ever flown that come close to being as loud as the FX-3 is the Husky. Lots of time in...
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    Steve's report indicates the inner perforated...

    Steve's report indicates the inner perforated tube broke up. It's probably bits of that inner tube that can be seen leaving the aircraft in the video still frame that's included in the NTSB report.
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    NTSB seems to be making it much harder to give a...

    NTSB seems to be making it much harder to give a direct link to a report. When you access the report from the NTSB site it downloads it rather than linking to it. That's why I only gave the report...
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    Thanks for the photos. I'm still trying to...

    Thanks for the photos. I'm still trying to understand how the latching mechanism works. It would be easier if I could hold it and play with it. There appears to be an adjustment at the lower left...
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    New exhaust wrecks FX-3?

    I periodically check the NTSB data base for FX-3 accidents. The total is now up to 13 with probably less than 130 in service. Does not look good for insurability. One recent accident report is...
  16. The referenced regulation has a limit of 4 Events...

    The referenced regulation has a limit of 4 Events not 4 Flights. I see no limitation on the number of fights per event.
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    No mixture control on the Aeronca Chief but fuel...

    No mixture control on the Aeronca Chief but fuel was always off for start. Tail secured unless someone competent on brakes, fuel off, and hat off!
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    Failure to latch and soft feel verified this...

    Failure to latch and soft feel verified this morning. Then I dropped the NAV and STROBE breaker/switches out of the panel without disconnecting any terminals. The STROBE breaker now had normal...
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    I've flown with several different types of seat...

    I've flown with several different types of seat belt including thousands of hours with plug in type. I have no trouble putting on and fastening the CC inertia reel harness. It only goes one way. ...
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    I'm certainly no radial engine expert but, for my...

    I'm certainly no radial engine expert but, for my own education and amusement, I downloaded a couple of manuals for the Wright R-1820. These documents refer to "connecting rod assembly", "master...
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    Looks to me as though the rod journal (crank pin)...

    Looks to me as though the rod journal (crank pin) has fractured and half the crankshaft is separated. No idea how common that failure mode is but wonder if there was an earlier prop strike. ...
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    I measured 450 ft from the wind turbine to the...

    I measured 450 ft from the wind turbine to the end of the cleared runway. Not much grass on the last 50 ft though at least not back in June.
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    Is this a simple stand-alone inclinometer or...

    Is this a simple stand-alone inclinometer or something more complex like an AHRS driven PFD? In either case the first step would be to confirm that the airframe is actually at zero roll attitude.
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    ADS-B site is reporting barometric altitude which...

    ADS-B site is reporting barometric altitude which is actually pressure altitude (Altimeter 29.92). Historical weather data for Anchorage shows the barometric pressure close to the time of the...
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    The absolute altitude reported by this ADS-B site...

    The absolute altitude reported by this ADS-B site may not be correct (and obviously is not). GE shows the elevation of the lakes to be 65 ft. However, the difference between the reported altitude...
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