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Old 05-06-2007, 05:52 AM
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Default DA42 in marginal weather (croatian island tour)

here are just three pictures as a starter from 2 days ago when we took the DA42 (twin diesel diamond)
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crap piece of sh*t, failed the G1000 on us as soon as we landed back home. glad we were home. night, imc, and abour 2 seconds before touchdown all indications were crossed out red and we haven't had a week of flying without having one of our two da42 in service
*/rant*
to croatia for some practice approaches. boy the weather really did give us a beating. TCU's and CB's all around us. Good that we had anti ice and storm scope. but it was good fun nonetheless
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Old 05-06-2007, 07:26 AM
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Cool!!!

I took my first ME/CPL lesson this friday in a DA42. Apart from that the parkingbrake looses preasure after beeing parked for a while, the schools DA42 has worked perfectly for about six months now.

I got to do a single-engine missed apch from 200ft on my first lesson, It climbed but it was not by much (we were very close to max TO weight).

Amazing how stabile it is when fully stalled out. I just love beeing behind a glass cockpit Only thing missing from the Garmins is a flight path marker.
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Old 05-06-2007, 08:26 AM
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yeah well the G1000 is ok, but i prefer the avidyne by a mile.

we put around 15 hrs of flight time on both our airplanes DAILY, so they really take quite a beating, that's probably why they are in service that often.

i like the plane itself. we have the aux tanks and the anti ice equipment in it. the one fraud i feel is that the system is labelled DE-ICE when it's definitely an ANTI ICE (even the POH/OM-B states that)

other than that, as long as everything works, it's a good little airplane, although OEI performance really sucks... you can barely maintain 6000 ft dens-alt. on one engine.
and i think its really kinda low in the rear, i cannot sit up straight in the back. (im 1.82 m)

the da42 actually is a twin engine motor glider really. we pulled both engines back to around 7 % (which is about feathered if you compare it) and we had close to 500 ft/min descent rate ... thats all ...
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:54 AM
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... but it was good fun nonetheless
Great pics, Leon ... and you call yourself only "slightly crazy"?!?

You should come try out the TX weather this time of year. Rain, hail, and sometimes "slightly" windy... (tornadoes)

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Old 05-07-2007, 07:06 AM
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here are 4 more, nothing marvellous, just pics inbetween these big babies.

The first one is at the beginnig of our flight. visibility ... yeah, from nose to windscreen ...

the second one is the same but out the side window. yeah, you can see the hangar there, so not that bad actually

the third one is just after we popped out of this huge system. out over the ocean as you can see, there was nothing to be worried about.

the fourth, yeah, that was where we came from

I'm working on a small video clip as well, but somehow my imovie doesn't like *.avi's alot ... so I can only use two clips I made in mov format.
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Old 05-07-2007, 10:48 AM
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crap piece of sh*t, failed the G1000 on us as soon as we landed back home
Funny, I talked to a Bonanza salesman at OSH. He says they're an extra 50 - 90 thousand for one of those. Just because they're FAA approved.
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:55 PM
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Did the G1000 quit or did something else cause the G1000 to stop?
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Old 05-07-2007, 02:06 PM
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the G1000 itself was still running, but all the inputs were gone.(ASI,ALT,HDG, etc) just a bunch of red crosses in just about every box the g1000 has ...
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