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by Helno
Tue Nov 12, 2019 1:06 pm
Forum: Maintenance
Topic: Older Bose headset needs repair
Replies: 3
Views: 183

Re: Older Bose headset needs repair

I had a Bose X refurbished at Brant Aero about a year ago.

They told me that they still have parts but once they are gone that is it.
by Helno
Wed Nov 06, 2019 7:55 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADS-B
Replies: 23
Views: 1300

Re: ADS-B

I wonder if by the time it's mandated in Canada, someone might make some kind of ADS-B repeater for a top antenna installation that would just retransmit the signal from the bottom antenna... might make an upgrade path a lot more feasible for people who already have a bottom-mounted ADS-B transpond...
by Helno
Mon Nov 04, 2019 11:25 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADS-B
Replies: 23
Views: 1300

Re: ADS-B

I have a GTX-335. I guess if I really have to I can upgrade to a 335d but it will be a real kick in the teeth. I installed it before all this talk of diversity.

What I really wonder is what will happen to all the US aircraft coming north.
by Helno
Mon Nov 04, 2019 8:45 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: ADS-B
Replies: 23
Views: 1300

Re: ADS-B

Larger aircraft like that would already have diversity transponders for TCAS.

I wonder what suite of avionics they have otherwise? Might be pretty limited as far as IFR nav goes and that might be a bigger issue than ADS-B compliance.
by Helno
Wed Oct 30, 2019 11:58 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE IN GORE BAY, ONTARIO
Replies: 6
Views: 566

Re: AIRCRAFT MAINTENANCE IN GORE BAY, ONTARIO

I fly through there on route from Oshkosh.

Would be nice to have someone there if something went wrong but the lack thereof does not stop me from using the airport.
by Helno
Tue Oct 29, 2019 9:58 am
Forum: Aviation Software & Devices
Topic: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network
Replies: 4
Views: 1319

Re: Crowdsourced ADS-B like weather network

It is mostly on hold for now. I still have my test site running but I haven't been logging the flights for a while. There were some issues with the 1 watt radios and the main developer does not have much time to work on them. The google group is private so I can approve you later this evening. If yo...
by Helno
Wed Oct 02, 2019 6:05 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Environmental impact of aviation
Replies: 90
Views: 3439

Re: Environmental impact of aviation

The only non-greenhouse-gas-emitting energy source with the energy density necessary to replace fossil fuels is nuclear. Ironically the biggest enemy of Nuclear power is the cost of getting started. Ontario has a lot of Nuclear power and as a result was able to shutdown coal fired generation. We ha...
by Helno
Tue Oct 01, 2019 12:00 pm
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Environmental impact of aviation
Replies: 90
Views: 3439

Re: Environmental impact of aviation

Biofuels are carbon neutral even though they involve combustion because the growing feedstock consumes CO2. Burning wood is an inefficient way to produce heat but it is carbon neutral with properly managed forests. It is only considered a waste because there are cheaper fuels available. That will no...
by Helno
Tue Oct 01, 2019 11:35 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Environmental impact of aviation
Replies: 90
Views: 3439

Re: Environmental impact of aviation

For airlines, electric is a very long way off for powering large aircraft Airliners are much easier to switch over to carbon neutral fuels since gas turbines can run on just about any hydrocarbon in liquid or gaseous form. No reason long haul flights could not be run on whatever biofuel ends up bei...
by Helno
Tue Oct 01, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Android aviation apps
Replies: 1
Views: 393

Re: Android aviation apps

There are a few.

Most likely it was FLTplan GO as they are free and have Canadian charts.

For live weather you will need cellular service or if you are close the US border you can get ADS-B weather with a receiver like a Stratux.
by Helno
Mon Sep 30, 2019 5:02 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: EAA Oshkosh 2020 Tips?
Replies: 12
Views: 757

Re: EAA Oshkosh 2020 Tips?

Friends of mine from YKF area have cleared US Customs at Port Huron MI and Drummond Island MI. Drummond Island might be a bit out of the way but apparently it was excellent service. Drummond Island was a great place to clear customs. But this year we were told not to go there for customs. It is sti...
by Helno
Thu Sep 26, 2019 5:27 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: EAA Oshkosh 2020 Tips?
Replies: 12
Views: 757

Re: EAA Oshkosh 2020 Tips?

I have flown in the last few years. 1) First time flying in was in 2015 it was not a big deal. Read the notam have a backup plan and assume you will not be able to land at KOSH. 2) It is pretty easy to figure out things while you are there. 3) Pick a smaller airport and be sure it has customs open o...
by Helno
Mon Sep 23, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: uAvionix SkyBeacon installation in Canada
Replies: 31
Views: 3858

Re: uAvionix SkyBeacon installation in Canada

It is really easy to do a verification flight. You don't even need to land in the US. Just fly across the border in a place that has Radar and ground station coverage. After the flight you enter your details on the following website and you will get a report shortly. https://adsbperformance.faa.gov/...
by Helno
Mon Sep 16, 2019 5:50 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Best mini iPad for VFR
Replies: 5
Views: 664

Re: Best mini iPad for VFR

I have a mini 5 wifi only in a Cherokee Before the mini 5 came out I had a mini3 cellular, I opted for the wifi with the upgrade because I rarely fly without an ADS-B receiver. The wifi versions of the iPad do not have a GPS chipset so you will need some kind of external GPS feed. The cellular versi...
by Helno
Thu Sep 12, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Re registering grass strip.
Replies: 25
Views: 3023

Re: Re registering grass strip.

I remember flying R/C aircraft at that field back in the late 90's.

They used to do air cadet gliding off of that field but that was a really long time ago.
by Helno
Mon Aug 12, 2019 8:10 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: uAvionix SkyBeacon installation in Canada
Replies: 31
Views: 3858

Re: uAvionix SkyBeacon installation in Canada

3. For high traffic density areas NavCanada is considering ground based antenna. The example he gave me was that if you have a ground station only system you will probably be ok in YVR class C, but not in YLW class C. It seems silly not to do this for the high density airports. Picking up 1090 ADS-...
by Helno
Thu Aug 08, 2019 5:56 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: uAvionix SkyBeacon installation in Canada
Replies: 31
Views: 3858

Re: uAvionix SkyBeacon installation in Canada

Something I have not seen mentioned here is that 978mhz used by UAT is a DME channel that is still in use in Canada. The US UAT ground station network was planned around not interfering with our existing DME ground stations. Theoretically it is not legal to broadcast on 978 MHz in Canada but there d...
by Helno
Thu Aug 01, 2019 11:53 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Iron Bridge Ontario
Replies: 3
Views: 1740

Re: Iron Bridge Ontario

Not sure if the Kirby's still maintain a grass strip but they were the only real option back in the day.
by Helno
Thu Jul 18, 2019 6:19 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: uAvionix SkyBeacon installation in Canada
Replies: 31
Views: 3858

Re: uAvionix SkyBeacon installation in Canada

I would wait and see before installing something that 100% will not meet our standards.

You do not actually need to have ADS-B OUT unless you fly in transponder airspace in the US after 2020.
by Helno
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:13 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Music Fest at Edenvale Airport
Replies: 15
Views: 2157

Re: Music Fest at Edenvale Airport

If it is anything like the model airplane field I take care of I still cannot drive on it without sinking into the grass.

I drove by Edenvale this weekend and they had the stage and generators all lined up so I doubt it was cancelled because they didn't raise enough cash.
by Helno
Wed Jul 03, 2019 8:11 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Bose aviation headsets...pleased be advised:
Replies: 83
Views: 6902

Re: Bose aviation headsets...pleased be advised:

dpm wrote:
Tue Jul 02, 2019 3:37 pm
Now I have ANR for one passenger as well.
My plane came with a pair of 6 pin Bose X headsets and my partner and I both already owned A20's.

We have self powered ANR headsets for all four seats even though we rarely use all of them.
by Helno
Tue Jul 02, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Bose aviation headsets...pleased be advised:
Replies: 83
Views: 6902

Re: Bose aviation headsets...pleased be advised:

One of the plastic side yokes cracked a few months ago, so it sent it to Brant Aero (the authorised Canadian repair shop) and got it back in a bit over a week, totally overhauled, with stronger side yokes, for just over CA $200 including HST and shipping. I did the same thing last summer. It got st...
by Helno
Wed May 01, 2019 4:50 pm
Forum: Aviation Software & Devices
Topic: iPad mini 5 was just released
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Re: iPad mini 5 was just released

An external GPS can improve things quite a bit.

I window mount the Stratux so it always has a good quality GPS signal and I dont have to wait for the ipad to get a lock if it has been put to sleep.
by Helno
Tue Apr 02, 2019 9:37 am
Forum: General Comments
Topic: Some Boeing Jets Have Substandard Parts, Whistleblower Claims
Replies: 8
Views: 1808

Re: Some Boeing Jets Have Substandard Parts, Whistleblower Claims

That shi guy spammed the crap out of every vaguely aviation related sub reddit last year.

He didn't really have a good grasp of how to provide evidence and eventually his activity earned him a sitewide ban for spam.
by Helno
Mon Mar 18, 2019 12:19 pm
Forum: Aviation Software & Devices
Topic: iPad mini 5 was just released
Replies: 4
Views: 1334

Re: iPad mini 5 was just released

I have previously paid the cellular tax but decided that this time I'll live without the built in GPS. My plane has a Stratux and FS210 so I have two different GPS position sources. If I am flying in someone else's plane my iPhone is good enough to know where we are. The price difference is not as m...

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