The Garmin 496 pops right out of the gismo dock and it's connections are bundled neatly, I set it on the throttle quadrant. I reach in to the panel and with my LED flashlight give things a look. Tray seems stable and connections seem ok, I decided to crawl under the panel. Now for those of you who know me and understand I am not that bendable would really get a kick out of my next maneuver. I flip upside down and roll over feet over the front seats and head leaning against the rudder pedals. Ahhhh...I see a connection that I think is loose. I secure the cable and give everything else a once over, gezzz there are plenty of wires all neatly bundled running everywhere.
Once back to a normal seated position and the blood rushes back out of my brain I fumble for my keys to give 08Romeo a test. Wait, the blood rush must have made me fuzzy, duh flip the battery switch and power up the avionics. Yes, the gyros spin to life and I am thinking clearly now. Avionics on, transponder on .....and the reply light is blinking away!! I shut the Collins unit off and turn it back on, still working. I shut down the avionics and battery and reverse the process two more times to make sure all is peachy. Cool! I'll test fly Wednesday night and see how it goes. I walked back into the shop and canceled the check up.
Ok, the timing part of this post title has you wondering. Jason gave me a heads up that they were installing a Garmin 327 in a plane this week or next and that owner is trading in his 320. What timing! The shop will give me a call and we will talk numbers, I may swap out the Collins. The Zaon PCAS will work much better with out the Collins conflict....no more ghost images on my 496!
As a side note, Jason is leaving Red Eagle this week. I know he reads this blog from time to time so Jason, blue skies my friend, thanks for your service and friendship. Mary and I wish you the very best on your relocation and new job in Minnesota....Brrrr cold.
UPDATE - Wednesday, 1/5/11
A quick flight after work to confirm the transponder is working as it should be. I made a 13 mile hop towards 58M - Elkton, MD turned back towards Wilmington. Multiple altitude checks with Wilmington to verify my transponder is working and then I called it a night. My landing you wonder, it stunk. Flared high, didn't add enough throttle to compensate and came in with a kerplunk! Firm but no bounce, but not one I'm proud of. 08Romeo is covered and secure, awaiting this weekends snow.