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DUAL KING KX155 TSO w/ GLIDESLOPE

Having previously flown rental aircraft from my flight school that had those old analog radios, with no standby, these are a breeze to operate and help take the load off during IFR flights by providing standby frequencies. You can have 4 different frequencies plugged in between active and standby on both radios, allowing you to be prepared for your destination well in advance.

Unit has auto-dimming for night flight.

 

S-TEC SYSTEM 65 AUTOPILOT

"The System 65 is a high performance, 2-axis (roll & pitch) autopilot with a pedestal-mounted mode-selector/programmer, and a remote annunciator."
- S-Tec Corporation

This is one of the most feature rich autopilots that S-Tec makes. It has made coast to coast trips a breeze for me, and has allowed me to handle high workload environments while IFR. I guess the question to ask is what DOESN'T the S-Tec System 65 do?

This unit can be slaved to NAV1, NAV2 or LORAN.

 

KING KN62 DME

"The KN 62 DME is a panel-mounted, 200-channel, all solid-state DME, including both internal and remote channeling capability. It provides simultaneous distance, groundspeed and time-to-station display."
(Source: Bendix/King)

 

KING KA134 TSO AUDIO PANEL

This is your standard audio panel. Allows you to choose which radio to transmit on, listen to both, ID your NAV1, NAV2, ADF, DME, turn on Marker Beacons, and put your radios on the speaker.

 

NORTHSTAR M1 VFR LORAN
Works just like a GPS. You can configure two points to track (e.g. your from/to airports, or an airport and a VOR). If you enter in your TAS and heading, it can calculate the direction and speed of the wind and has dozens of other features that can be read about in the manual.

 

KING 3LMB

Standard Marker Beacon Indicator.

 

 

Precision Aviation
PAI-700
Vertical Card Compass

Mounted at the top of windsheild instead of the top of the glareshield which improves visibility and reduces interference from avionics.

 

SHADIN DIGIFLO-L
DIGITAL FUEL MANAGEMENT SYSTEM

This is an amazing fuel flow gauge. I have used this to calculate fuel consumption to within half a gallon of actual consumption on my trips.

Unit has auto-dimming for night flight.

 

BFGOODRICH WX-900+ STORMSCOPE

"How do I use the WX-900 to avoid thunderstorms? It's simple -- unless I can see and avoid the thunderstorms, I maneuver the airplane so that no clusters of crosses penetrate the 25-nautical-mile ring on the 50-nm-range display. This may be conservative, but it should keep you from being tangled up in the violent bowels of a cumulonimbus cloud. I've been there once, and it's the reason there is a lightning detector in my panel." - Peter A. Bedell (AOPA Pilot Magazine)

Includes a system voltage monitor which is handy as it you can see low voltage condition.

 

ALWAYS HANGERED

This airplane has been always been hangered. The previous owner owned it since 1973 and always kept it in a hanger, and I have always kept it in a hanger since I bought it until June 2006. Buying an airplane that has always been hangered assures you that the paint will be in good condition and that the airplane is corrosion free. Luckily Piper put zinc chromate on the entire body straight out of the factory to prevent corrosion.

 

PROFESSIONALLY WASHED, WAXED AND DETAILED

Over the past 12 months, this plane has been regularly washed, waxed and detailed by Atlantic Aviation at John Wayne Airport (SNA). They are the same detailers that do the business jets parked and managed by Atlantic Aviation.

 

SMALL NOSE WHEEL (STC)

The standard nose wheel for the PA-30 leads to premature lift off at a speed lower than Vmc. To prevent this, a smaller nose wheel is installed, which lowers the angle of attack and leads to lift off at a higher airspeed. The solution of holding the airplane on the runway with the larger nose wheel installed results in damage to the aircraft and gear, although many people without the small nose wheel continue to practice this. The small nose wheel also has cosmetic appeal as it makes the plane sit level rather than nose up.

 

ASHBY GLAHRESHIELD
w/ FAA Approved Lighting

"Protects Instruments From Intense Heat. One piece hand-laminate with a molded Naugahyde texture, designed to tuck under the windshield from the front, totally covering the top of the instrument panel. The Glareshield extends approximately three inches past the fron of the panel to shade instrument faces. The reinofrced "lip" forms a nify handhold on the Glareshield's front edge and provides room for mounting optional FAA approved lights for greater visibility." - Dennis Ashby

 

 

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