With your aircraft, legal requirements are going to predicate having an annual inspection. This inspection will go from nose to tail of your plane in order to ensure it is viable for flight. There are certain upgrades you’re going to have to make eventually, as eventually certain components will fade beyond inspection-passing age.
Thankfully, there are quite a few airline components you can purchase that have been designed as direct descendants of older equipment. This is true with certain Ack-brand batteries.
According to AeroInStock.com, Ack ELT batteries are designed to help you upgrade, since they are: “…a direct replacement for the E-01 model. The E-04 is lightweight and fits directly into the current E-01 mounting trays, using the same remote control panel indicator.” This battery additionally utilizes the current antenna mounting on your aircraft.
You’re going to need to have battery replacements periodically. It makes sense to get more advanced options as time goes by. They usually have a longer life in your aircraft.
There are many different ways batteries source their charge, and some can be maintained past their traditional life through measures like cleaning the leads and replacement of water. Others can’t. But what’s sure is there tends to be an improvement in the technology, meaning an upgrade now will last longer than one several years ago.
Staying In The Know
Your annual isn’t always going to disqualify an older component from utility. Sometimes you can keep antiquated instruments in a functional capacity decades past their expectation. This usually represents additional inconvenience, however. Aviation knowledge tends to grow in a kind of exponential way over time. Today’s digital instruments are superior in many ways.
True, software and computational hardware can represent functional difficulties; but then so can mechanical solutions of the old school. There are quite a few magazines out there that can help you weigh the pros and cons of certain upgrades. It is true that sometimes a replacement component is going to have buggy attributes its predecessor didn’t.
Organizations like AOPA make it their business to cover breakthroughs, trends, and general aviation news. There’s a reason many pilots subscribe to this periodical. Also, with the internet, there are even more resources at your disposal than ever before. This is both in terms of information and sourced components.
But you’ve got to know what you’re doing, once you transgress traditional channels of support. Sometimes things you buy online are misrepresented and can represent an in-flight hazard. These must be curtailed as much as possible, making it recommendable to purchase upgradable components through established channels.
It’s Good To Have Replacement Parts To Fight Factor X
Safety in the air is a little different than on the ground. Have trouble with a wheeled conveyance and it’s easy enough to throttle down, then wait until the vehicle comes to a halt. An airplane hasn’t any braking capacity of that kind. When you encounter trouble in the air, you’ve either got to find an airport or somewhere flat to land.
That said, certain difficulties can be overcome without undue panic. On a twin-engine airplane, you’re going to be able to fly on only one engine if you know how and have trained to do so. Generally, in aviation it’s always advisable to have a backup for everything you can. This can be expensive, but it could also save your life.
Find ways of “tricking” yourself into doing the right thing. Establish habits that include double-checks and standardized procedures. This will help ensure you are always up-to-date on repairs, pass your annuals, and have the safest possible flights.
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