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The Frequent Flyer – April 2020

What should I tell you?!

Many of you have asked questions like “can I go fly 3CD? Is it legal? Is buzzing around town considered an essential activity?”
Look, I’m no lawyer and I don’t give legal advice. The fact is that the pattern in KCRQ looks busy as usual. If anything, VFR flying has become a little easier, since corporate jets are not flying much. SoCal approach has been very friendly and accommodating from what I hear from others when it comes to practice approaches, local transitions through Bravo airspace and flight following. Who knows, maybe this is the time for the long awaited approach into KSAN or KLAX? “But what if ATC shuts down and they close the tower?!”. Well, I don’t know about you, but I fly to many non-towered airports all the time. So tune in that CTAF and ASOS frequency, pick the right pattern for your runway and communicate. Shouldn’t be much of a change for the typical VFR mission (which is what 3CD is being used for 99% of the time). Watch out for ATC-zero TFRs popping out of nowhere though!

I think you guys need to make your own decision and not ask me for advice what to do. The one thing I can tell you is that I won’t be able to hold the plane in the club at those sky-high insurance premiums for months to come with nobody (or significantly less people) flying the plane. I will be much better off on a individual insurance policy in that case.

So, support your local small business, your favorite restaurant, leave hefty tips for people that are at risk of loosing their jobs. And if you have a few $ to spare for your flying hobby, well, do what you think is right.

Happy Landings!
Phillip

PS: I want to shout out a few names here of people who have already supported 3CD in these difficult times, but at the same time, I don’t want to publicly call them out for going flying where others might think that’s not ok. So how about this: Thank you! (you know who you are!)


Oil

The engine is happy between 6 and 7 qts. We are using Phillips 66 XC 20W50 only. Since we dialed up the oil pressure a few psi, the temps have come down a bit and if you keep flying it at Vx (85kts) for initial climb to a safe altitude, Vy (95kts) for climbs into pattern altitude and 100-105kts for cruise climbs, you should see CHTs below 400F and not trigger the engine monitor alarms. Blackstone reports show no metal wear or other reasons for concern.


Rate discount plan

The rate discount plan is available again for 2020. The plan has been simplified and the economics have been adjusted to a sustainable level. 

For the pre-payment of $2,000, each enrolled member will receive $80 per hours (hobbs) discount for any hour flown in the 365 days following the enrollment. There is no cap on the refunds. Other terms & conditions apply. Please inquire via info@n173cd.com if you are interested.

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Back on line!

Fellow pilots! N173CD is back from the avionics shop. All issues have been taken care of and I completed a successful test flight today.

The Garmin G5 pilot guide can be found here.

You can enable GPSS through the G5 (push the rotary knob, turn right until you select GPSS and click again to enable/disable).

Here is a little cheat sheet for the different combinations of modes between G5 and autopilot and what you should expect.

With GPSS enabled, you can fly the lateral portion of a GPS/LPV approach if the approach has been loaded and activated. In this case, when going ‘missed’, the autopilot would also fly the published hold. Make sure you train this with your CFI if you haven’t done this before.

This is a really sweet cross-country setup. Can’t wait to see the schedule fill up, now that the plane is back!

Let me know if you have any questions.

Thanks,
Phillip

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The Frequent Flyer – March 2020

Back from the shop!

We are extremely happy to report that the plane is back from the shop and back on the line. Dispatch availability for February was rough, due to the (massive!) run-over of the shop visit. It turned out to be a lot more complex than originally anticipated and the shop also had capacity issues that lead to a delay of two weeks. Everything had to come out: the entire radio stack, most of the plastic covers and lots of wires and harnesses. But I would say that it was worth the wait. Look at that panel!

The useful load increased by appx. 8 lbs and the C.G. moved back by fractions of an inch. The revised weight and balance can be downloaded here:


Insurance rate increase

2020 started off with some less exciting news. PlusOne, just as any other general aviation insurance customer, has been hit with the recent premium increases. For 3CD, this means an increase in operating expenses that need to be offset by one of two options I can choose from: Rate adjustment (by about $10/hour) or you guys need to fly it more. I decided to pay for the additional insurance cost out of my own pocket until the end of March and will gauge if a rate increase can be avoided due to more flying by you and the other members.

Book your next schedule today and help keeping the rate low.


Maintenance update

The nosewheel is beyond economical repair and needs to be replaced with a new part. They cost will be $1,200 plus paint and installation and I will file a claim with PlusOne’s IDP program to cover this damage. 


Please don’t….

  • park the plane with mixture rich
  • apply your blue ink on the leather seat covers

Thank you.


Oil

The engine is happy between 6 and 7 qts. We are using Phillips 66 XC 20W50 only. Since we dialed up the oil pressure a few psi, the temps have come down a bit and if you keep flying it at Vx (85kts) for initial climb to a safe altitude, Vy (95kts) for climbs into pattern altitude and 100-105kts for cruise climbs, you should see CHTs below 400F and not trigger the engine monitor alarms. Blackstone reports show no metal wear or other reasons for concern.


Rate discount plan

The rate discount plan is available again for 2020. The plan has been simplified and the economics have been adjusted to a sustainable level. 

For the pre-payment of $2,000, each enrolled member will receive $80 per hours (hobbs) discount for any hour flown in the 365 days following the enrollment. There is no cap on the refunds. Other terms & conditions apply. Please inquire via info@n173cd.com if you are interested.