I’ve had one complete year with Trade Winds. In that time, N194SP has:
- flown 299 times with
- 82 pilots for
- 402 Hobbs hours that resulted in
- 275 Tach hours that consumed
- 2,907 gallons of fuel that cost
- $16,110 and burned
- 20 quarts of oil and needed
- $17,179 in repairs and
- $3,720 in inspections.
There were zero repairs this last month with TWA, but it was only a half month and the aircraft moved to West Valley in Palo Alto, where an annual was performed. So, November does have more work than what was shown, and I’ll document that when I get the bill from WVFC.
N194SP is now ready to go at West Valley. Parked in tiedown S7, it’s available to all at West Valley checked out in 172SP.
The page at the WVFC website still needs some pics and the W&B link doesn’t work yet, but that’s being worked on.
Bonus: The KMD 550 is getting a database update. It hasn’t been updated in about 10 years, since the data in it is not required for flight, is expensive, and changes very infrequently. Most owners do not bother updating the 550. But… Bendix/King had the updates for half off if you also update the KLN 94 (a must for /G flight) so I went ahead and spent the $200 (+$35 tax and S&H) to get four updates through the year.
The annual itself was uneventful. A couple wear items needed help: new brake linings needed and the left main tire was flatspotted at some point. The Slick magnetos were found to be due for their 500-hour inspection, so that was also done. She’s in great shape!