A foldable step stool has been placed in the plane to help check the oil and re-insert the dipsticks during preflight; it’s much easier that way. Using the step stool is also recommended to use with passengers who are having trouble stepping on the plane’s foot peg.
To be stowed in the right nose baggage compartment near the TKS fluid container (you can easily reach it from the left one without opening the right one)
Chocks for shorter visits or non-windy days and tie-down kit for longer visits or windy days at remote airports (at BFI, always use the tie-down straps provided by the designated parking spots, not the ones described here)
Engine inlet plugs keep birds, insects, leaves, dust, debris and visible moisture (rain/snow/ice) from getting into the engine inlets of the parked plane. Please install them after every flight; it only takes half a minute to do that. Installation is a simple matter of gently pushing all around the edges (with the small plug – left side in below picture – you want to use your fingers to guide the inner side around the air filter as you gently slide it into the small air inlet).
Sheepskin covers keep you cool during the summer and warm in wintertime because of the breathing properties of the wool’s hollow fibers. They are comfortable because they provide a soft, comfortable cushion of air that acts as a temperature insulator. You will not have to worry about sitting on a “hot seat” in summer. During cold winter months, sheepskin seat covers are perfect for giving you that extra added comfort and warmth.
Heatshield reflectors (one large one for the front canopy, and two smaller ones for the rear side windows) are in the plane help keep the cockpit from turning into a sauna, and also to protect the cockpit interior from long-term heat and UV damage like dashboard cracks, seat cover discoloration or shrinking leather parts. The reflectors are marked with labels to help you quickly identify where and how to install them. The front shield should stay in place by itself, and with a little bit of gentle pressing against the tighter edges the back shields will also stay in place. Small round magnets have been added in key corners to help keep the shields in place. In gusty conditions it can be frustrating to try to safely fit the reflectors, and the worst thing that can happen is that one them gets caught by the wind – it’s ok to not install them at that time. We generally would like to see them always installed, but we’re clear that there are conditions where it’s better to skip that final step of a flight.
An aircraft cover is available to each Twin Star to protect the cabin area. Note that there is no expectation to install it during normal business operations. The main idea is to have it available for any longer downtime periods due to MX or WX, and for overnight rental trips. It is easily installed with just a couple plastic clips. Please be mindful that it doesn’t get placed back into the plane in a wet state so that it doesn’t become a source of mold!
A cargo net can be installed if needed. When not in use it should be in the floor compartment just behind the back passenger seats where you will also find the first aid kit.
The tow bar is a strong generic one that grabs the nose wheel from both sides and can be securely stowed in the front left baggage compartment when collapsed:
A 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. Please note that a computer with USB port will be needed to retrieve the resulting text files that can then e-mailed for analysis.