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Old 01-05-2010, 10:34 AM
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Default Baby Seat Mod

After my daughter was born, I did a little baby-seat mod so we could fly around with the little one. Basically, I added 2 beefy angles to the rear spar carry-through, then bolted anchor points (courtesy of the Home Depot aircraft supply aisle) to the angles. After that, I added some steel anchors to the existing seatbelt anchors that would allow a tie-down strap to slip through. (pictures at the link below make that easier to understand). The end result was the ability to very securely tie down a baby-seat base (2-piece type) in the baggage compartment. Probably over-built, in fact, since it secures way better than it does in my car.

Since I wanted it to be rear-facing (like in a car), that left little head or leg room for the kiddo. While she was very little (less than 6 months), she fit just fine, though. Now she's 7 months and has outgrown it in this configuration. We're about to upgrade her baby seat to a forward-facing type, so I'm going to see how well that fits when we get it.

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Old 01-05-2010, 10:48 AM
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Default Happy Baby Flying

Pics of Alexia's aviation experience below. She has about 25 or 30 hours now. (keep meaning to start a logbook for her and haven't done it yet...)

Test fitting - she's very excited to go flying. Note the head cushion so she doesn't bump her noggin.




We put "mickey mouse ears" on to help with noise, set up the blanket to keep out the bright sunlight, and made sure to have a "binky" she could suck on for descents (to preclude sinus pressure). She usually falls asleep at about 6000' and stays asleep for pretty much the whole flight. I think the vibrations of the plane just lull her to sleep. We've only had 1 "meltdown" in flight, and that was due to a diaper blowout. (Where's that one in the emergency checklist?) Once discovered, we made an immediate landing, cleaned up the problem, and pressed on.



Getting ready to put her into the plane. Thank heavens for the tip-up slider mod! This is at Smiley Creek, ID - one of our favorite destinations. Think of it as landing on a very large, manicured fairway - the best grass strip I've ever seen.

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Old 01-05-2010, 06:21 PM
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Default Precious!

You have a beautiful daughter and an excellent reason to always fly safe.
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Old 01-11-2010, 08:15 AM
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Finally got some pictures with the wheelpants/fairings painted, so I have one that's worthy of the Virtual Hangar.
Be proud, good job.
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Old 01-18-2010, 12:09 AM
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Pics of Alexia's aviation experience below. She has about 25 or 30 hours now. (keep meaning to start a logbook for her and haven't done it yet...)

Test fitting - she's very excited to go flying. Note the head cushion so she doesn't bump her noggin.

Brings back memories of my son in our first 6A. Biggest problem was after he got old enough to manipulate things he didn't want to wear hearing protection. I even had a third set of intercom jacks wired in the back...He wanted nothing to do with a head set on his head. We had to resort to making custom sized earplugs and fitting him with a tight fitting and tightly tied hooded sweatshirt to keep him from digging them out of his ears.

I am happy to say that at 15 years old he is now happy to wear a head set and he can fly an RV quite well also.
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Old 04-23-2012, 12:39 PM
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Default ACK E-04 Upgrade Lessons Learned

Finally finished my ACK E-04 ELT (406 MHz) upgrade. Here are the lessons learned for future upgraders:

Previous Installation
-I was upgrading from a standard AmeriKing 121.5 ELT that was installed in the right wingtip. The AmeriKing remote control panel indicator was installed in the instrument panel.

New Installation
-ACK E-04 replaced the old ELT in the right wingtip. I thought a lot about the easiest/best installation for the new ELT, and settled on the wingtip again. Here were the considerations, both pro and con, for that location:
1. It was easiest to install it there because the remote-control wiring was already run, the antenna mount was already drilled, and a conduit is installed for running the GPS signal cable. Much better than crawling around inside the fuselage.
2. The antenna is also located inside the wingtip, mounted horizontally on the last rib. This location is NOT compliant with the directions to install close to vertical, which is a con. This probably decreases the efficiency of the broadcast to the satellite receiver.
3. I still like the antenna in the wingtip as the best compromise in location. RVs often end up upside down after emergency landings in rough terrain. If I put the antenna on the top of the fuselage, it could end up buried underneath the aircraft and block the signal to the satellites.
4. In the wingtip, the antenna can see the sky rightside-up or upside-down. It was easy to keep the antenna cable run very short there as well, hopefully maximizing the chances that they stay connected in crash-landing scenario.
5. Its a nice bonus that the antenna is hidden inside the wingtip, making for a low-drag and clean installation.

Lessons Learned:
1. ACK originally advertised that the new E-04 would work with existing AmeriKing Remote Control Indicator Panels. Turns out that they often do NOT work and ACK is no longer recommending it. Mine did not work, and ACK graciously sent me a new remote control head free of charge.
2. My GPS signal is from an Apollo GX65 GPS/COMM. I got a successful test signal after some consternation. You have to go into "setup" mode on the GX65 and select MovingMap mode for your serial output, make sure you have good a GPS fix, and then you should get a good test response. If you have a solid light in your test fixture, you are hooking up the LED backwards!
3. The connector and cables for the RCPI are the same style (RJ11) as my old AmeriKing, but the ACK uses a male connector out of the ELT where the AmeriKing used a female connector. That necessitated a female-to-female telephone adapter (RJ11) from Home Depot to connect the cable to the ELT - except the wiring in a standard telephone adapter is backwards. You can reverse the connectors on your cable if you have the right tools, or you can take apart the female-to-female connector and reverse the wires inside that fairly easily.
4. Also, the mounting holes in the AmeriKing RCPI were about 1/8" farther apart than the ACK - so I had to elongate the mounting holes in the panel to make the mount screws fit. The primary square hole worked fine, though.
5. The battery in the ACK RCPI is different than the old AmeriKing, too - so you can't reuse it.

Other Notes:
I strongly considered buying a small puck GPS from Byonics and installing it in the wingtip as a dedicated GPS source for the ELT, and as a bonus I could use it for APRS tracking if/when I get to that. Might be something to consider if routing a GPS signal is problematic for your installation, for whatever reason.

Hope it helps someone,
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Old 08-10-2019, 02:22 PM
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Default Headset Hanger

Wow, really haven't updated the Virtual Hangar thread in 7 years, huh. Maybe time to share something.
Here's my latest upgrade - 3D-printed hanger for my brand-new Lightspeed Zulu headset. I wanted to keep it off the floor and out of the way when getting in/out of the RV. Pictures below.



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