December 2017

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Subscribers Only - In the November 2017 issue of Aviation Consumer, we were happy to report that ADS-B manufacturer NavWorx announced a fix for its AD-stricken ADS600-B ADS-B system. The replacement model—the ADS600-B 2.0—was seemingly the upgraded transceiver NavWorx buyers were hoping for. The first-gen systems were essentially useless after the FAA ruled that the internal WAAS GPS module NavWorx used in the transmitter didn’t meet the required TSO spec. As you’ve probably figured out, the November issue of the magazine didn’t even make it off the presses before the company announced it had shut its doors.

NavWorx SAGA: FAA Enforcement To The Max

In the November 2017 issue of Aviation Consumer, we were happy to report that ADS-B manufacturer NavWorx announced a fix for its AD-stricken ADS600-B ADS-B system. The replacement model—the ADS600-B 2.0—was seemingly the upgraded transceiver NavWorx buyers were hoping for. The first-gen systems were essentially useless after the FAA ruled that the internal WAAS GPS module NavWorx used in the transmitter didn’t meet the required TSO spec. As you’ve probably figured out, the November issue of the magazine didn’t even make it off the presses before the company announced it had shut its doors.

Letters From Readers: December 2017

As a Lake owner with 25 years experience flying it from South Florida to all corners of the continent, I would like to correct certain information published about Lake amphibians in the September 2017 Aviation Consumer. Some of my quotes in that review were made over 10 years ago and deserve a refresh.

In-Ear Headsets: Clarity Link Gets Our Nod

The logical alternative to circumaural (over the ear) and supra-aural (on top of the ear) headsets is an in-ear design. These are basically ear buds attached to a thin head frame that also accommodates a traditional microphone. Their purpose is obvious and simple, which is to allow more freedom and comfort than you might experience wearing a traditional headset.

Restraint Systems: Repairs and Upgrades

Subscribers Only - It’s routine: We get in, strap in without thinking about it and beginning running the checklist. Putting on and tightening up the restraint system is probably the most basic of automatic tasks any of us do as pilots—without the reassuring pressure of the belt and shoulder harness attaching our torso to the airplane, most of us wouldn’t hit the starter.

Wingtip ADS-B: uAvionix Gets Creative

To date, even the lowest-priced mandate-compliant ADS-B Out solutions require opening the airframe for a major installation. Whether installing a remote ADS-B transmitter or a new transponder, it’s realistic to plan on nearly two days of shop time. In round numbers, that could mean a $1600 invoice—just for labor. But not with the uAvionix skyBeacon, a bolt-on, two-wire solution.

Premier’s Dakota Redo: Like New, Half Price

Subscribers Only - It’s axiomatic that four-place airplanes are flown with two or three seats empty for most trips. But it’s just as true that some owners want not just four seats, but a bunch of payload even beyond that. That’s why we have the Cessna 182 and the Piper PA-28-235/236 series. That there aren’t many of the latter suggests that owners hungry for hauling are a fraction of the market, at least for Piper.

Lease-Back Part 135: Worth it for Your Plane?

One of the questions we get from readers is whether they can cut their aircraft ownership costs by entering into a lease agreement with their local Part 135 operator. They’d like their airplanes to generate income by being flown on charters by the operator’s pilots while the owners sit comfortably at home in front of the TV. Our response: It sounds good if you say it fast, but the downside can be terribly expensive for the owner. Anyone considering leasing her or his airplane to a Part 135 operator should go in with eyes wide open and a full understanding of the procedures and costs involved in putting an airplane onto a 135 operating certificate and keeping it there.

Carburetor Idle Issues: Check the Mixture First

Have you noticed that carbureted engines behave differently in varying temperatures? We have, and it’s a pretty good argument for the simplicity of fuel injection.

Cessna 120/140

Subscribers Only - The first of Cessna models to be built in volume was the diminutive Cessna 140, followed a month later by a stripped-down version called the 120. At the time, the Cessna 120/140s were perfectly serviceable and practical two-place airplanes. They were reasonably priced to buy and economical to own. There was a reason for that.