Our TwinStar is finally ready!!

N919ES has finally received its airworthiness certificate, which had been denied over a very minor issue regarding the wingtips which TC (Transport Canada) had no problems with – only the FAA did. The issue has been resolved, and you can start booking the twin!

Twin Star 919ES
Twin Star 919ES

3WF currently grounded

All four EGT values show too high values during both runup and flight of 3WF. All CHT values appear normal. The plane has been grounded by Galvin until the root cause is fully understood and resolved.

3WF G5 – to boot, or not to boot…

The lower G5 (HSI) has occasionally been observed to not boot upon turning on the master switch. If that happens to you, the simple fix is to press and hold the affected G5’s On/Off switch for about ten seconds – just don’t let go – until it boots up.

That should be the only only situation where the On/Off button of the G5 units should be pressed – normally you shouldn’t press the G5 On/Off switches at all, not even upon shutdown, when a 3 second shortcut is offered (the rechargeable G5 backup batteries last four hours each).

[1/3 Update] A recommended fix by Garmin has been applied to hopefully keep that boot-up issue from occurring in the first place.

3WF AP circuit breaker

Following Cessna’s initiative on new 172s (cockpit pic), the autopilot circuit breaker in 3WF now has a yellow plastic ring around it – which does not mean that the AP is INOP.  The purpose of that ring is to locate and pull it faster in the very unlikely case that all standard AP disconnect methods fail and you need to transfer control of the aircraft from the AP back to yourself:

  • STANDARD: pressing the AP disconnect button on the pilot yoke left side
    • Alternative 1: pressing the AP button on the GMC 507 AP mode controller
    • Alternative 2: briefly moving both manual electric trim switches simultaneously in either direction.

Cessna uses a white ring around the AP circuit breaker, but we could only get a yellow one – which is close enough (also note that we deviated from Cessna’s standard of inexplicably marking the fuel pump switch in the same color as the lights – white – whereas we chose blue, just like the color of the 100LL the fuel pump moves before engine startup).

To use the AP please familiarize yourself with the AFMS and this guide published by Garmin – and of course follow the advice of your CFI.

3WF: GTN system software updated

There is new GTN 750 functionality after the system software update to v6.50 – check out this excellent article on Bruce William’s blog for a nicely digested overview, and the updated MFD AFMS and added Pilot’s Guide Upgrade Supplement (these links can also be found in the dropdown menus above).
Garmin’s free PC Trainer has been updated accordingly.

(Nov 7 Update: A mandatory software hotfix of the GTN MFDs to version 6.51 has been applied today.)

Happy flying!

Get your SE Commercial certificate in 3WF!

In April 2018, the FAA discontinued the requirement that commercial pilot and flight instructor candidates conduct their single-engine airplane practical test in a complex airplane, and the final rule published June 27 takes that a step further:
Commercial pilot candidates can now use a TAA (technically advanced airplanes) in lieu of, or in combination with, a complex (or turbine-powered) airplane to satisfy the 10 hours of required training in these airplanes – with its G5 PFD(s), GTN 750/650 MFDs and the GFC 500 AP,  N513WF qualifies as TAA!

Effective August 27, paragraph (j) has been added to §61.129:

(j) Technically advanced airplane. Unless otherwise authorized by the Administrator, a technically advanced airplane must be equipped with an electronically advanced avionics system that includes the following installed components:

(1) An electronic Primary Flight Display (PFD) that includes, at a minimum, an airspeed indicator, turn coordinator, attitude indicator, heading indicator, altimeter, and vertical speed indicator;

(2) An electronic Multifunction Display (MFD) that includes, at a minimum, a moving map using Global Positioning System (GPS) navigation with the aircraft position displayed;

(3) A two axis autopilot integrated with the navigation and heading guidance system; and

(4) The display elements described in paragraphs (j)(1) and (2) of this section must be continuously visible.

Want to upgrade your private ticket to commercial? Go for it!