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Christopher Heinl replied to the topic 'Spinner bulkhead for a C182P' in the forum. 22 hours 38 minutes ago

Hi Steve,

FYI - I called TCB composites about my spinner bulkhead and they don't offer a replacement for the C182. They do however offer a composite spinner.
So I sent my bulkhead to K&K for repair They welded the cracks and also installed a new backing plate on the bulkhead, and returned it with a yellow tag. I'll let you know how it holds up. The cost for the repair was $800 plus shipping.
Thanks much Steve for your response and advice.


STEVE ELLS replied to the topic '1978 182Q needs avionics' in the forum. yesterday

Hi Chris; You're not the only one.
I don't know if I am qualified to direct you in this area. I just completed an ADS-B installation and I'm using an iPad and a Dual XGPS 170 for my ADS-B In and navigation. But I'm a very light IFR flyer and am getting along fine with my old KLN 94 GPS.
It really depends on how much you want to spend, and what you need. Will the airplane be flown in IFR conditions?, do you like the latest touchscreen avionics?
I think you should join the rest of the CFA crew, we also hang out with the Piper Flyer gang at Waupaca, Wisconsin (KPCZ) the weekend before Oshkosh (Google AirVenture) this year. AirVenture will be open July 24 through the 30th this year.
Then you'll be able to visit all the avionics vendors, attend forums about avionics choices and ADS-B and talk to others about the solutions they've chosen.


STEVE ELLS replied to the topic 'Auto Pilots' in the forum. yesterday

No opinion but I hope they get one approved for my airplane soon. It looks like TruTrak is approved the 172 F through R models; TRIO says it will be approved soon.


STEVE ELLS replied to the topic 'IO-520 hot cylinders' in the forum. yesterday

Try swapping injectors between one of the hot cylinders and one of the cold cylinders.
The pattern is random; two on one side and one on the other side which may indicate leaky baffles and baffle seals.
As you mechanic to make sure the intercylinder baffles and installed correctly and that the metal baffles and baffle seals are in tip top shape.


Bill Hoback created a new topic ' May Special on the X3 Demand Conserver from Precis' in the forum. 7 days ago

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Ryan Barker created a new topic ' IO-520 hot cylinders' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

We just bought a 1982 210 with an IO-520-L. It has new Millennium cylinders that have ~15 hours on them. Cylinders 1,2 and 3 are running very hot. If we don't cruise climb and stay full rich they'll exceed 400°. In cruise (21"/2400 RPM) we have to stay at ~17.5 gph with the cowl flaps half to all the way open IOT keep those 3 CHT's below 380°.
The other 3 cylinders' CHT's are right where we want them at 330-340°.
We have some GAMI's on order, which will hopefully help but has anyone else seen this? Baffling? Plugged injectors?
Thanks for the help


Jen D thanked JOHN MCDONALD in topic 172 M fuel smell 3 weeks ago
JOHN MCDONALD replied to the topic '172 M fuel smell' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I’ve been dealing with fuel smells as well in my 172M. It only occurs when the tanks are full and the plane has been sitting for a while. The problem was the sending units on the top of the tanks were leaking. The fuel was mainly coming from where the wires enter the top of the units. We used pro seal on both units which stopped the leak on one but not the other, so we replaced that one with a new unit. We had problems with the new one leaking through the gasket. The top of the tank was uneven – it looks like a previous owner had over tightened the unit, probably trying to stop the leak, and that deformed the lip of the opening. My mechanic built his own tool to straighten the lip, which helped a lot but was still leaking a bit. He tightened it more last week and it seems to be OK now. I’ll be watching it closely over the next several months to make sure.


Gerald Winfield created a new topic ' GNS-530W For Sale' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

I am selling my Garmin GNS-530W. Reason for selling, I upgraded to the Avidyne 540.

Asking price $7,995.

P/N 011-01064-00
S/N 23821672

Contact me if you are interested.



RUFUS HONEYCUTT created a new topic ' Auto Pilots' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

The Navomatic 300A finally failed and I am considering either the TruTrack or Trio auto pilots once they are approved for 172's. Anyone have experience or an opinion about these?


Marvin Pitman replied to the topic 'Elevator Trim Tab Rigging .... Which way is Up ?' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

That is Telling you to put the Elevator and trim tab in the neutral position and from there you should get the trim tab to travel 28* up, back to Neutral and them 13* down.


Heather S created a new topic ' May 2017 Magazine Extras' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Further reading for "Cessna 210: King of the Singles" by Steve Ells
Continental Motors Critical Service Bulletin CSB09-11A, “Minimum Cruise RPM”

Further reading for “One-and-one, Easily Done” by Meg Godlewski
“Currency Requirements and Guidance for the Flight Review and Instrument Proficiency Check”
FAA Advisory Circular 61-98C published Nov. 20, 2015

Further reading for “I Found This in my Oil” by Jacqueline Shipe
Lycoming Service Instruction No. 1492D, “Piston Pin Plug Wear Inspection”


JIM NIEMCZYK replied to the topic 'AoA indicators' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

I have the Alpha Systems dual HUD installed in my 1968 Cessna 206B and it works great. I had my A&P install and calibrate it for me and it works fantastic. You get an audio alert as well as the visual cues (fly the blue ball !!!) to really home in on the best airspeed. Alpha systems are also extremely easy to work with.


Christopher Trainor created a new topic ' 1978 182Q needs avionics' in the forum. 4 weeks ago

Hi Folks,
I just joined CFA!
I have recently purchased a share of a 1978 Cessna 182.

It has an old KNS80.

I want to update the avionics with GPS and ADSB.

I'm overwhelmed with the choices and am looking for advice and recommendations from the CFA team.

Best Regards,


Jeff Miltimore created a new topic ' Elevator Trim Tab Rigging .... Which way is Up ?' in the forum. 1 month ago

The Cessna Maintenance Manual for my 1956 172 says that the Elevator Trim Tab Travel is 28* Up and 13* Down.

Is this Aircraft Nose Up... and Nose Down ?


Is it Trailing Edge of Trim Tab Up and Trailing Edge of Trim Tab Down ?

I know it seems crazy.... but it doesn't seem clear


STEVE ELLS replied to the topic 'ISKRA Starter' in the forum. 1 month ago

I've attached a link below to the pdf for Iskra starter maintenance.

File Attachment:

File Name: IskraStarterMxManual.pdf
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STEVE ELLS replied to the topic 'ISKRA Starter' in the forum. 1 month ago

Hi Paolo;
The Iskra starters were installed by Continental Motors on engines such as yours. They are no longer installed by Continental on its new engines because they had a habit of damaging the starter adapter assemblies. The Iskra starter consists of a small electric motor that spins fast and a planetary-type reduction gear. In order for the starter adapter to work correctly, the starter has to "release" after the engine started. I believe the problem boiled down to the planetary gear system/electric motor combination was difficult to turn and since it wouldn't, the friction spring inside the adapter would stay engaged on the starter shaft. This caused bad starting performance since the spring was no longer capable of fully gripping the knurled portion of the starter shaft. These starters caused so many stater adapter problems that most owners that knew about the problems replaced them with either a SkyTec starter or one of the older model starters.
I did find an old manual at: It's an inactive publication but I believe it addresses the maintenance procedures for an Iskra starter. Since it has the red warning across it, you will have to re-type it.
If I were you, I would take the Iskra off your engine and replace it with a SkyTec starter that's approved for your airplane. You can find more information on the SkyTec starters at:
Happy Flying
Let me know what you find.