3WF v3.0

Skyhawk 3WF has been repaired, received a fresh Annual MX, got re-painted and re-striped, and received an exciting cockpit panel upgrade.

Right now it is only waiting for a new lower cowling which took Textron 11 (!) months to deliver – and then it didn’t fit!!

New ETA is now late August 2022 🙁

– Paint job by SunQuest Air Specialties (PAE)
– Vinyl striping, decals and external placards by AeroGraphics

It will feature an exciting fully integrated glass cockpit designed and installed by Ace Aviation (RNT) – all analog flight instruments and individual digital engine instruments have been removed, and you can look forward to a dual (10.7″ / 7″) G3X Touch PFD/MFD with flight instruments that can be displayed as both standard EFIS or round gauges, Synthetic Vision for enhanced situational awareness at night or in poor visibility, integrated engine instruments with mixture lean assist, the existing dual GTN Xi / GFC 500 AP stack, an AOA (angle-of-attack) indicator (learn more about AOA), and integrated CO and cabin pressure warning.

The required standby EFIS will be provided by a G5 to the left of the PFD

You will also find a new button in the top center of 3WF’s cockpit that will provide a shortcut to the already existing Smart Glide feature of the GTNs, assisting with both best glide speed and immediate identification of best emergency landing options at the push of a button:

Also new in 3WF

USB charging ports have been placed on both sides of the cockpit – no more dangling cables near in the center.

Now it’s up to you to start familiarizing yourself with the G3X Touch – click here to download the Pilot’s Guide to your EFB and check it out!
That product guide, as well as all other ones and the POH/AFMS documents can also always be found in the menu at the top.

Click on this image for system overview PDF with hotspots

FADEC Service Link

The FADEC Service Link uses the CD-135 engine diagnostic port to download FADEC data and can be used to help with remote diagnosis of a problem. Say you are at a remote airport and experience an issue that is not covered by the POH, such as e.g. RPM variations or warning annunciations that don’t seem to make sense but need to be understood and resolved before you can continue to fly.

One of these have been placed in each Twin Star, along with instructions how to use it.
Please note that a computer with USB port will be needed to retrieve the resulting text files that can then e-mailed for analysis.

AOPA Pilot Passport

You are encouraged to participate in AOPA’s recurring Pilot Passport program – have fun, expand your experience, and earn badges by exploring the airports in WA and beyond!

However, please do not take unnecessary risks by flying into airports with potentially insufficient runway length (a runway may be long enough to land, but takeoff distances usually require more runway), especially in combination with obstacles like trees or sharp rising terrain near the airport.

As for the surface, this is also a gentle reminder of Renter/Student Ops Manual regulation 5.6 – Runway Requirements – and 5.6E in particular: “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 hide a number of hazards like

  • potholes or rocks in the grass,
  • gravel causing very expensive prop damage
  • 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 .

Soft-field landing in our Twin Stars are not allowed at all; it’s not part of multi-engine training anyway.

Thank you for your understanding and helping keep our planes in the condition you wish to find them when you want to go fly!

Drinks in the cockpit

Two inflight engine shut downs in early 2020 have prompted Airbus and EASA to order changes to how liquids are consumed (or not) on the flight deck. A drink spilled on the center console of a Delta flight required a diversion, and an Asiana flight diverted after a similar spill. 

Hydration is important, especially on X/C flights – but needless to say, spilled drinks into or onto any cockpit components can lead to both inflight issues, major clean-up/MX costs, and aircraft downtimes.

Please be mindful only bring travel mugs or other containers that can be fully closed, and make sure passengers of yours do the same.

Non-carbonated water is still the best way stay hydrated on any flight.