The SkyBeacon is a very affordable option...Scott has detailed it’s simplicity of install.
The install was easy as pie!
Wright Brothers Master Pilot, FAA Commercial Pilot
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Glad you got a good deal. Sounds like you are going to have some fun putting it together. Don't let all this overwhelm you. Take one thing at a time. Be very careful with this engine. Nine plus years is a long time for an engine to sit idle especially in the Florida. I did an Annual on a 75 Arrow that sat a long time (Calif.). Prop and engine were not even overhaulable. Hope the prop is sealed. Good luck!!
My A&P Checked it all out and says that all looks Good. He Borescoped the Engine and checked the Compression on all cylinders - all in the Low/Mid 70's. But there are never any guarantees.
Okeechobee, FL KOBE
And Yes, I read the very in-depth article from Scott on the Sky Beacon and it is on the list of possibilities, but I am leaning towards the Garmin 345.
I have the 345 in my turbo Arrow. It sends weather and traffic to my Avidyne 540, Aspen 1000 and via bluetooth to my IPad/Foreflight. Wonderful device
Well, here I am... 4 Months to the day that I bought my Arrow and it is now ready to Fly! I got the Annual Signed Off today and the Project of breathing life into a plane that took a 10 Year Nap in a Hangar is Complete (I know, I know.... the project will always go on!). Thanks to everyone that helped me on the Forum and watched the progress. When I have more time, I will list all of the work that was completed. Basically, my A&P and myself worked on it every Sunday except for maybe 4 or 5... just one day/week. We thought that the Air Conditioner would even be working today, but when we started to charge the system with Freon we heard a leak. Come to find out that the Brand New Condenser had a factory defect and there was a hole in it. We are shooting for Friday to install a new replacement and then fly her to her new home in a Hangar at Okeechobee County Airport. That is the day that a friend of mine can fly her for me as I am not checked out in a Complex Aircraft Yet. As I stated at the beginning of the thread, the Purchase Price was $10,000, in the 4 months of Repairs, Labor and Extras came out to $14,626 for a Grand Total Investment of $24,626 for the Arrow. I spent a couple thousand that wasn't necessary buying an additional used interior and several AC Condensers, etc, but they will be needed in the future. Just 2 Fresh Coats of Wingwalk Paint really makes it show well. It was an Awesome Learning Experience and I can't wait to start building time and enjoying the Blue Florida Sky
Beautiful! Great job! Enjoy
I'm soooo happy for you!
Good Tip! I will.
Best $200 ever spent during the hot, sunny days. I just wrote an article about sun shades and it went out in this weeks Piper Owners Newsletter. Check your email!
Dream come true Fantastic job!
Outstanding, well done.
I love it when things work out!!!
Wonderful! This has been a fun post to follow.
Well, here is a little update for those that have been following this project and those that may refer to this thread when they tackle the same type of project. Since that first flight, I have put about 20 hours on her. I had to hire an instructor so teach me the Complex Aircraft Skills and my Biennial Flight Review. I have been mostly flying local and to a couple of the close Coastal Airports, but I did take her on a short Cross Country down to The Keys to Marathon (about an 1 Hour and 15 Minutes) - an Absolute Incredible Flight over the Florida Everglades and then the Florida Keys! It has been wonderful getting back into flying again. Here are a few other issues that have popped up...
After about 6 hours of flying, I noticed that the Manifold Pressure Gauge got stuck on 12". I removed it and saw that the port on the back of the gauge for the Manifold Pressure was packed full of Corrosion. I sent it off to be cleaned/rebuilt and works great now.
After about 12 hours of flight time, during a night landing, the Nose Gear Green Light did not illuminate coming in for Landing. It turned out to be a Broken Nose Gear Down Limit Switch Actuator (Blade that depresses the button on the Switch). I replaced the Actuator/Blade and has been working Flawlessly ever since.
I have replaced all Instrument Cluster Lights, Landing Light, Nav Lights, Map Lights, Position Lights and Tail Beacon with LED's.
Installed the Used Seats that I had purchased online.
Finally got the Air Conditioner Repaired and has been working great.
I flew the Arrow to the Avionics shop in Fort Pierce on 12/31/19 for Aviation Upgrades. Installing:
Garmin 345 Transponder
Garmin 345 Audio Panel plus 4 place Intercom Jacks
Traded the Garmin 430W in for used Garmin 530W
Replace the Electric Trim Clutch
Adjust Century III Autopilot - Oscillates back & forth, Left to Right
It should be out of the Avionics Shop in a couple weeks. When finished with the Avionics Upgrades, I will have a Grand Total of $35,000 in her. My next upgrade is going to be a JPI 900 Engine Monitor and maybe a Garmin Auto Pilot. Then will be the new interior. I am still very happy about my purchase and love to see the looks on other pilots faces when I tell the story. My buddy calls it the Unicorn.
Way to go, Brad. When she gets out of the shop, take a few pics for us!
Beautiful bird and great story! Did a full rebuild on my airplane 10 yrs ago, so your story brought back a lot of fond memories. Unless I missed it, what did you decide on the ADS-B?
Jim "Doc Griff" Griffin
PA28 - 161
You'll definitely like the bigger screen. And the 530 is an amazing piece of technology. Congrats on that!
Not that I know of. All the same hardware other than screen size but both are very fine products. I had a King KLN-89B and KLN-94 color gps for a long time and I switched to the 530 when it came out. I could never go back to a small screen. When I purchased my new-to-me Arrow it came with a brand spanking new 650 in it. I didn't like the screen size and a 750 wasn't going to work (size and $$$). I would up installing an Avidyne 540 which I love as much as my old 530.