Glad the write up and video were well received. Thank you to all for the complimentary words.
The videos are fun to make and they serve not only as a keep sake but as motivation to those still building and as a platform to showcase these wonderful Van's airplanes we love so much.
I'll answer some of the questions asked.
The grass strip I fly out of is Chestermere-Kirkby field just to the East of Calgary (CFX8). There are about 20 hangers there and the owner keeps the strip pretty good. Our annual breakfast fly-in is July 7th this year.
A few comments on the onboard gadgets I use. I'm not a really techy guy and have only added things out of necessity.
The panel has an Advanced 3500 EFIS
which I put in to replace the steam gauges. It has all the engine parameters I cherish and gives me a good idea of how the fan up front is doing. It is wired to the Zaon XRX TCAS
. This is suppose to show traffic but isn't that accurate. Best to keep your eyes open and don't rely on this thing.
Using the iPad
is the best. I have "Foreflight" (if you aren't familiar with this read up on it. It's a very comprehensive flight planning package), SkyChartsPro, Tank 2, ScratchWork and AirCheck.
SkyChartsPro - has all the US Sectionals and is updated. You can save these to the Ipad for reference in the air without the need for a network or wifi. It has all the airport information in there too so no bulky maps of books to leaf through enroute. Unfortunately they don't have Canadian Charts or the CFS
Tank2 - is an app that I use to keep track of the fuel in my tanks. The EFIS is calibrated so that it shows fuel burn. Unfortunately the EFIS graph display showing how much is in each tank is inaccurate. This app allows you to select which tank you are on and enter the total fuel used. It does the math and shows how much fuel remains in each tank. The key is to make sure the fuel burn on the EFIS is accurate.
ScratchWork - A scratch pad that I use to record Hobbs time
AirCheck - an app that I use for my checklists. Cold engine, Warm engine, Run up, Engine shutdown etc...
The Garmin Aera 510
is my XM weather and radio. With these planes, in 3 hours you can cross a few Provinces and States. You can fly in an out of weather in that distance. Having a heads up on what is coming helps. I have been frustrated with reaching enroute weather briefers before. This way I can have weather at my fingertips.
The XM Radio doesn't hurt either. I was flying in the BC mountains the other day and listening to Dr. Phil give me marriage advice
I fly about 3 times a week so I use this quite a bit.
The Kirkby strip is pretty good. It's North-South and 2000 feet long. Your -6A would be fine. Not as rough as other grass strips. Come on by
Nice to meet you to !! Thanks for breakfast. If your Alaska trip pans out, please stop by and say Hi. I'll return the favour at least and give you a place to crash, if you need.