We have added a new meter which more accurately measure the engine time relevant to maintenance intervals – when you record Tach time after a flight, you now use the new MX HOUR METER instead of the counter inside the tachometer (which has been taped over with an appropriate message to prevent accidental use):
The net effect of that change will be longer availability intervals of the plane between maintenance cycles; we’re expecting to increase those intervals by up to several days every time – which is good news!
There is no impact whatsoever on the Hobbs meter (right next to it), i.e. there is no change to how much gets charged by the hour for using the plane.
This is a gentle reminder of GFT’s Renter/Student Ops Manual regulation 5.6E, which states “Operations into any field other than paved surfaces (soft, gravel, sand, grass, etc) are prohibited unless prior approval is obtained from the Director of Operations, Chief or Assistant Chief Flight Instructor.“
Soft fields can have hidden hazards like potholes or rocks in the grass, gravel causing prop damage, etc., and mud is the last thing you want to get stuck in during landing or trying to get out of on takeoff. These are all unnecessary problems, and therefore all soft-field exercises should be simulated on paved taxiways and runways .
Thank you for your understanding and helping keep our planes in the condition you wish to find them when you want to go fly!