C-182Q N96934 at West Valley Flying Club

Wednesday, June 20, 2007

Annual complete, flying without Garmin 530

The annual was completed on 6/14 and I brought the plane back to PAO. I am happy to say that it went much more smoothly this year. There were no significant issues at all.

If things had gone according to plan, the upgraded GNS530 would have been waiting at Sterling. Unfortunately, there was some mix-up between Sterling and Garmin and the shipment was delayed. If all goes well, it will be back by early next week. That means that I will try and schedule the upgrade to take place late next week.

Until then, the plane is available for use. There is a flag in CASSi noting that there is no Garmin 530, which means the only Nav/Com is the #2. With one nav radio and a DME, the plane is okay for limited IFR, but is definitely good for VFR flights. Several members have flown it since it came back without any issues.

As a reminder, the plane is blocked out for my summer travel from 7/16 to 8/5. Another member will be taking 934 on vacation from 8/6 to 8/19.

Thursday, June 07, 2007

N96934 in annual

I apologize to regular renters for not keeping this page up to date. It's a busy time for Skylane 934. The plane left the flight line on 5/30. It went initially to Sterling Avionics at CCR, where the pre-check for the Garmin 530W was done and the unit was removed for shipment to Garmin.

On Saturday the 2nd, I ferried the plane to SMX where it is undergoing its annual. The good news is that the annual looks pretty clean this year. When it gets back, it will return to CCR for the installation of the 530W and a few related updates. I hope to see the plane back in full service by 6/25 if all goes well.

For anyone trying to do advance planning, the plane will be on vacation from 7/16 to 8/3. 934 and I will be flying down to Santa Monica and then traveling the old Route 66 to Chicago.