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Brakes

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Acme Tower: N555, make a left turn at B1, expedite, B737 in short final behind you . Me: willco .  TLDR: Brake, skid, bald tire/puncture. It never happened to me, bah, it never happens to any GA pilot I know! Our propeller hat started to spin a bit. The goal was clear in our mind: to incorporate antiskidding capabilities without adding weight while improving safety.  We heard great comments about Beringer wheels and brake systems. We reached out to Beringer, Midwest Sky Sports and Barry. We learned it is doable. But we also learned there is some complexity associated with it that might make things a bit, how could I say, "questionable". It looks like this: Beringer axles and caliper mount would require major modifications to the TSI main gear legs (TAF provided a guesstimate starting at 50 hours) Sorry, no pants - err wheel pants :) - or we would need to modify them and the mounting brackets. And if pants, we won't be able to brag around, the gorgeous red wheels won't

Oxygen System

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Today I did some research on the oxygen system for our Sling TSI. We plan to fly far and high, but probably only with two occupants. The plane is rated to 18,00 feet, but some have taken it to 30,000 feet . That's exciting, but we need to make sure our plane is equipped with the oxygen system appropriate for those altitudes. For reference, here are the oxygen requirements at various flight levels: 12,500 feet - the crew must use supplemental O2 after 30 cumulative minutes  14,000 feet - pilots are required to use supplemental O2 15,000 feet - each occupant must be provided supplemental O2 18,000 feet - crew must use an oxygen mask (cannula is no longer sufficient) As part of our panel we are installing an Aithre Shield 3.0, which monitors CO levels in the cabin, as well as O2 tank pressure and blood oxygen levels via bluetooth connected sensors. The complete oxygen system will require the following components: Aithre Shield 3.0 - permanently installed behind the panel Aithre Illyr

The kit is now shipping via China

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We got another update fro Barry at TAF:  We just received an update from our freight forwarder that the container with your Sling TSi quick-build kit is now scheduled to arrive at the Port of Los Angeles on January 20th. The container will be on the Al Muraykh from Singapore to Yantian near Shenzhen then coming on the One Continuity from Yantian, China to Los Angeles

Our kit is on a ship to Singapore

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Update from Barry at TAF:  Your Sling TSi quick-build sailed from Durban on December 1st. It’s on the Zim Shanghai and scheduled to transfer to the One Competence in Singapore the 23rd of December.  ETA to the Port of Los Angeles is the 13th of January.  

Our Quick Build Kit has left the Factory

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Today we got an email from Barry Jay that our QB kit left the factory in South Africa. Let's hope that it gets to Torrance California in January. There was a photo posted on Facebook of the kits ready to be shipped. One of them is ours! The factory is located at Tedderfield Airfield in South Africa, near Johannesburg. Shipping a container from South Africa to LA, takes 40-50 days. So hopefully it will get to KTOA in January (despite of Covid).

Hangar Space in Palo Alto

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Once our plane is finished we need to park it somewhere. Our friend Anawat has a hangar at KPOA where he keeps his Beechcraft Barron. He offered to share the space, the hanger is 55'x35' so it might just fit, but it will be tight! Just in case we've applied for our own hangar and paid the $500 deposit to Palo Alto. I'm sure the waiting list is long and it will take many years before a hangar becomes available. Tie down fees are $176/month or $12/day for transient parking. In the worst case we can park the plane outside, luckily the weather is reasonable in Palo Alto.  We'd need to arrange for a canvas cover. Another project!

We got N333ST

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Today we got a confirmation from the FAA that we have the registration N333ST reserved for one year. Note to self: use it or lose it!