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12/1/2019 11:04 PM
 

I hope the tailBeacon last more then 5 years.  This is the first major avionics upgrade I have done on my Grumman since installing a used Narco Mark-12D back around 1986 (not counting the Loran C  I purchased at Oshkosh in '88 and removed when they shut down the system 5 or so years ago).  I am use to avionics that last a long time.  I still have a King KX-170B in my Cessna, and still have the Narco Mark-4 coffee-grinder that came out of my first airplane that still worked the last time I powered it up.

 
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12/3/2019 7:04 PM
 

Rich,

Thanks for your response - you probably store your airplane inside a hangar, which is great and really helps to preserve your baby. You are doing it right - way to go.

Regrettably, I am OUTSIDE in Central PA, meaning endless UV sunlight, rain, snow, sleet, hail, ice, birds, other nesting animals, wind, yes - high wind, and, since I am right next to US Interstate 81, soot and exhaust from endless traffic on that major highway....and have been doing so since I acquired my plane in 1998.

So, I don't think the elements will allow the TAILBEACON to survive more that FIVE YEARS outside like this....my next step is for a buddy of mine to FABRICATE a tailcap cover to protect the TAILBEACON from the environment as best as possible....I am thinking IF I get a good five years out of the gadget, I will probably get my money's worth out of it.

I also predict that in FIVE YEARS the technologies for ADBS will either have come a lot further, or other units will be a lot cheaper to acquire....just the way it is with a lot of today's technology. 

I am HOPING it will last longer - but HOPE as a method rarely works for me!  I have to have this thing as I am surrounded by Class B, C, and D airspace with MODE C veils and all sorts of SUA and restricted/military/impact/presidential/prohibited areas....yikes.

Wishing you the best with your TAILBEACON!

Mike N714AJ

 

 

 
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12/5/2019 9:54 PM
 

I remember life before a hangar.  I bought my first plane, a C-120 in 1976 and lived on the ramp at several airports until 1988 when a friend with a large hangar let me move into a corner with my little Grumman Yankee.  Nothing beets a hangar.  Well, after 2 years of Airpark living, nothing beets a well insolated heated hangar attached to the house.

 
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12/9/2019 9:24 PM
 
Rich Harrison wrote:

I remember life before a hangar.  I bought my first plane, a C-120 in 1976 and lived on the ramp at several airports until 1988 when a friend with a large hangar let me move into a corner with my little Grumman Yankee.  Nothing beets a hangar.  Well, after 2 years of Airpark living, nothing beets a well insolated heated hangar attached to the house.

Rich, indeed, you have worked hard to LIVE THE DREAM of beign able to LIVE with your airplane! That is my aspirational goal someday!  Glad to hear it CAN happen! Way to go! I will be outside for a while longer, I think...but that is OK. I am happy I have a plane!

Mike N714AJ

 

 
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12/10/2019 9:29 PM
 

A lot of years in planning, this is called "living the Dream".

 
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