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Juliet is fully automated

Discussion in 'Off Topic' started by Richard Wyeroski, Mar 7, 2016.

  1. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Take a look at a GPS training video. It shows the Garmin 430 at work. Couple the 430 to a S-tec auto-pilot and a light aircraft can do a completely automated approach to an airport runway. In the event the runway is not visible the aircraft then can make a missed approach and fly what pilots call a "published missed approach" and fly fully automated to a holding pattern, to try again or go elsewhere.

    My little Juliet, the smallest Piper PA-140 aircraft can do a fully automated approach. The equipment is not "new" but it is highly capable. Add in all the features this equipment is capable off and a typical light aircraft is an electronic marvel. I remember years ago using the old Visual Omni Range VOR equipment was the marvel of it's day. Add in The apple I-Pad and display an electronic approach plate and it is truly amazing technology.

    The FAA is fast replacing the VOR system and what the future has in store is what makes aviation so exciting. As an instructor I know students will be safer and the excitement of what is ahead is what make it all worth while.

    Take a look at the video and add in a good auto pilot and an electronic I-pad and little Juliet can fly anywhere...........



     
  2. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    BTW here is a video on what pilots had to do in the past to navigate using the VOR system. It was definitely more complicated and limited relying heavily on pilot situational awareness. Unfortunately many pilots have gotten lost flying VOR.

    GPS along with an IPad is truly amazing technology..........

     
  3. Lord Leighton

    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    Great! Climbs at 1500 fpm now (208 territory), Flies itself, Knows where itself is at, Lands itself like an airliner, what's the next trick up yer sleeve? :D;)
     
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    Lord Leighton Hangar Gold Member I

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    My Dad and Bro showed me these procedures many times. Didn't seem too hard to understand for a rookie. The Microsoft sim at the time was great for practicing this stuff. I only got lost most of the time. :confused:
     
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    Everett 757 Hangar Silver Member VII

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    Rich, I think Juliet will be the next "Queen of the skies."
     
  6. Shawn White

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    Sweet! Nice upgrades there, and it's cool that you can work on that yourself and then go fly it also. I'm just curious how much does it cost to upgrade to the new avionics in the original plane vs buying a plane with everything already installed?
     
  7. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    Shawn

    That is a great question. It is less expensive to buy an aircraft already updated. Juliet had tens of thousands in up grades since she rolled out the door at the Piper plant.

    Let me list them:

    Airframe modifications

    1. Recently overhauled Lycoming 0-360 engine with approved STC
    2. New propeller
    3. Tanis pre heat system
    4. Horner wing tips with landing light option
    5. Speed Mod gap seal system
    6. Ski tube, holds skis, fishing poles, guns.
    7. Modified instrument panel with circuit breakers.
    8. New tires, tubes, reclined brakes
    9. New STC gascolator for fuel system
    10. Only 3,200 hours on airframe

    Cockpit

    1. Garmin audio panel with 4 place intercom
    2. Garmin 430 with WAAS upgrade
    3. S-Tec 50 auto pilot with altitude hold
    4. Garmin transponder with mode C
    5. King KX-155 second radio
    6. IFR panel mounted clock
    7. 406 ELT with remote activation switch
    8. Post lights for night flying on panel
    9. New Tachometer
    10. Standby Vacuum system

    When I bought Juliet, she need some TLS for the paint and like many older planes had a accident history. However the paint cleaned up okay and the damage was properly fixed with all log entries. One big plus Juliet has is a legally instlalled 180 HP engine. It was done by a supplemental type certificate STC approved by FAA. It gives Juliet a 1500 foot per minute climb rate. Juliet has plenty of power getting off short runway.

    So if I did all these modifications myself, I could have spent 100k.....

    Rich
     
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  8. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    ......BTW forgot to add the GPPS steering system which inhances the GPS single an gives the aircraft "situational awareness.....electronically

    So set up the radios and when the controller gives you a vector to intercept your initial course just push the GPPS button and the aircraft will automatically intercept the course.....neat stuff......
     
  9. Art Troutman393

    Art Troutman393 Hangar Bronze Member V

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    Got yourself one slick flying machine, Rich! Congrats! Need a copilot to help you operate all this snazzy equipment? Are you a CIP? If so - I'm your man!
     
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    Does this pre-empt an auto-gas STC? Could you run mo-gas if you had the original engine?
     
  11. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    The Cherokee series as an electric fuel pump and this requires some modification. The big problem is aircraft owners use auto fuel with ethanol. The Regs and the STC do not allow ethanol in fuel used in aircraft. As an aircraft inspector, I can not annual an aircraft using ethanol.

    The problem I see with mogas is production standards and contamination.

    I personally would not use mogas. By 2018 there should be an alternative to 100 low lead fuel. Testing is on going with a non leaded aviation fuel and FAA expects it to be on the market on schedule.

    AUTO FUEL STC INFO
    http://www.autofuelstc.com/stc_specs.phtml
     
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  12. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    I am an instructor pilot Art.....any time your in NY your welcome to take a flight:)....
     
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    That's pretty sweet, and it sounds like you got a great deal on it. I'm sure the extra HP is great to have; with an upgraded engine does that just improve basic performance, or can it also increase other parameters for the plane like cruise range or max takeoff weight?
     
  14. Richard Wyeroski

    Richard Wyeroski Hangar Gold Member I

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    ....the take off roll is reduced, cruise speed is 115 knots indicated airspeed and I want to add a STOL kit in the future at a cost of 4k. The short field performance would be cool.....however the MGTOW is only 2150. This is 250 pounds below the next size Cheerokee

    I believe I would have the only small Cherokee with 180 HP with a STOL kit.
     
  15. Lord Leighton

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    133 mph cruise for a fixed gear is great! Lightweight chrome ringed mag wheels for looks too? :D
     
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    I flew a C-337 with a Robertson STOL kit. It made the airplane much better while sacrificing only a couple of knots in cruise. I was the first plane to land on Bimini's obstructed runway after Hurricane Andrew passed in 1992.

    As for auto-gas, I ran Beech 18's on it for years. Those old round engines run better on on it. My boss bought the fuel at the seaport before the ethanol is added and at a good price. In a pinch, we bought gas from the Amoco station at the corner because it didn't have ethanol. At 46 gallons/hour for each airplane, the savings add up fast, and there's a rebate of road taxes on top of it.
     
  17. Art Troutman393

    Art Troutman393 Hangar Bronze Member V

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    I'll take you up on that, Rich! I'll have you know that I'm a certified passenger - and a registered dirty old man! [finally get some well-deserved recognition!]
     
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    Regarding the advent of unleaded av gas - it's about time!
     
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    Rich - with your 180 HP engine + that STOL kit - you'll be able to take off on a chopper pad! Brings to mind that Alaskan bush pilot - taking off, into a stiff wind, in his STOL- equipped Piper Cub, with the balloon tires! With a takeoff roll of a few inches! I shudder to think of the 'weight & drag' penalty of those 'swamp-buggy' tires!
     
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    Certified or registered dirty old man? ;)
     

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