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  1. I'm logging this one here to keep track of it. Ed, we've swapped emails for a while but still don't have an answer. Have current versions of Eaglesoft's SR20 and SR22 and have purchased and installed the Mindstar Avidyne Entegra and GNS430 and STEC-55 combination. The Avidynes are working but the twin 430 units both drop out (i.e. go blank) after about one minute of operation. Licencing comes up all green. I have reinstalled with fresh files form Eaglesoft and Mindstar on a clean build but same result. regards
  2. Hi guys! Thought I would share this timelapse from a recent livestream on Twitch. I hope you enjoy :smile:
  3. Yesterday I took my first ever flight in a real aircraft. About a month ago, when I went to the Dulles Plane Pull, I saw an SR22 that caught my eye. I went over to talk to the pilot and compliment him on the beautiful aircraft he had flown from Leesburg. We got to talking, and he let me sit inside, and after a little while he offered to take me up sometime in an SR20 he flies. He told me his name was Ben. That is now a name I will never forget. Yesterday, at about 15:45, I met with Ben in the Leesburg terminal. We talked about the flight plan and some basics for a while, and then we walked over to the SR20 we would be flying. He was kind and thoughtful as usual. He even chose not to do the pre-flight checklist because he thought I would like to do it with him. We walked around the Cirrus for a while doing the pre-flight as he explained everything that we needed to do in the utmost detail. When we finished the pre-flights we loaded all of our stuff into the plane, did a final walk-around, and sat down in the cockpit. We fastened our seat belts as we went through the Before Engine Start checklist. We then went through the Engine Start checklist. As Ben started the engine, he warned me to hold the door so that it did not slam shut when the engine started. We began to taxi to Runway 17 when Ben did something I hadn't expected. I had thought, as he had told me it would happen earlier, that I would take controls during the flight. Nothing had ever been said about taxiing. I was pleasantly surprised when Ben gave me the controls and let me taxi to the runway. We then lined up with the runway, went through a checklist or two, and took off. It was a relatively smooth takeoff. We reached 75 knots and rotated, and I got the flaps when we reached 85 knots. We made a relatively sharp turn shortly after taking off as we climbed to 1300 feet. We had picked out a couple of visual reference points. One of them was a small ridge that told us that we could climb to 2200, which was 300 feet below the maximum of 2500. We went through the Route 7 gap in another ridge and were free to go to 4500 feet, although we never went above 4000 feet. We flew over Summit Point on the way, and we also took some pictures of the racetrack, as I have very fond memories of the place. We then flew to the Leesburg Practice Area and did some basic maneuvers. I made some different turns for about 5 minutes, and then he took the controls to show me something that knowledge of will eventually prove very helpful. He did a turn around a point so that eventually I will be able to think about what he did and learn how to do it more quickly. Then he gave me the controls for another 5 to 10 minutes.The whole time I had the controls, he tested my ability to multitask by giving me many different instructions at once. Once I had began to get comfortable at a certain altitude or heading, he would give me a new one. It was hard, but it was fun, and it definitely helped me get better. At some point in the flight, Ben had realized that there was a 20 knot wind almost perpendicular to Winchester's runway. This meant that we could not land, but not being able to go to Winchester did not affect how wonderful my flight was. Instead, we just spent a few extra minutes in the air. When we turned back to Leesburg, I was very happy about what had happened so far. I would be even happier about what happened next. We flew over Leesburg Airport and then made a turn so that we were parallel to the runway. We then did two 90 degree turns so that we were lined up with Runway 17. When we landed, I was happily surprised by Ben's amazing landing. It was very smooth. I had barely felt the landing. We slowed down and eventually turned onto the taxiway. Sadly, my wonderful flight was over. However, everything was not over yet. I helped with the shutdown, and I learned things such as the proper way to tie down an aircraft. We took everything out of the Cirrus and then put the cover on it. It had been a great first flight. Ben is a great person. He was willing to let an aspiring pilot take controls of his aircraft. That was putting his life in my hands. He was also willing to go through everything with me more slowly and help me learn everything I need. If I have the chance to fly with him again, I will. I would rather fly with Ben for one hour than any other pilot for two. There is nothing quite like flying with a man who is happy and willing to help. Richmond
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