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PILOT BRIEFING
AOPA sweepstakes coverage sponsored by BANK OF AMERICA

Three ways to win  
one of 76 prizes in 
AOPA's Debonair 
Sweepstakes
Join or renew your
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you will be entered to
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giving away a completely
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Debonair B33 with an
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Leather and glass
Putting both in action

THE DEBONAIR'S brand-new front
office, complete with interior by
AirMod, panel by Santa Fe Aero
Services, and seats covered by
Garrett Leather Corporation's
finest leather.

BY THOMAS A. HORNE
AFTER FLYING THE DEBONAIR with its funky old interior for more than a year, it was a relief to experience
the airplane's much-needed overhaul. Ohio's Clermont
County Airport-based Air Mod did the work and it's
a sight to behold. Air Mod has done several of AOPA's
sweepstakes interior renovations-each one a beauty,
and this one's no exception. Ergonomically correct
leather seats with lumbar support are the first things
you notice, and the most important in making even
super-long flights the most comfortable they can be.
The added touches are nice, too. Things such as storage pockets and a large compartment for holding
charts, iPads, flashlights, notes, and other necessities. Air Mod's Dennis Wolter went an extra step and
added vintage Beechcraft logo shields (with the big
Beechcraft "B") to the side panels.
A lot of Air Mod's best work isn't visible. It's the
extensive internal cleanup and anti-corrosion measures. This is documented pretty well in my "Sweepstakes
Logbook" blog entries, where the photos show an ugly
belly with inch-deep geological layers of dirt transformed
into gleaming aluminum, which is then coated with zinc
chromate for long life. Luckily for us, there was no corrosion. But if there had been, it would have been eliminated.
"Now the airplane is good for another 30 years," Wolter
says of his anti-corrosion work.
I was pumped for the 730-nm trip from Clermont
County to AOPA Summit in Fort Worth, Texas. The
airplane was filled to the gills with 120 gallons of

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fuel-more than enough for what would
be a five-hour, 11-minute nonstop journey.
It was during the runup that it happened. The Aspen primary flight display (PFD) came up with two red Xs.
For some reason the screen had died. A quick scan of the cockpit showed no
breakers popped or anything else untoward. I stared in disbelief at the Xs.
After the shock wore off, I figured it out. The Aspen Evolution system in the
Debonair consists of two multifunction displays (MFDs) and a PFD-three
screens in all. And the PFD and rightmost MFD have attitude and heading
reference systems (AHRS) of their own. So the solution was to push the red
Rev button on the MFD. This puts the right MFD in reversionary mode, and
up came the attitude and heading information. I was good to go.
After takeoff, I was even able to link the S-Tec System 50 autopilot to
the MFD. You simply move the centrally mounted Autopilot Source toggle switch to the MFD Rev position. Now the autopilot has all it needs for
heading, altitude hold, and nav tracking functions. It was as though I never
lost any capability. This was another neat feature of the Aspen installation,
as well as the panel architecture designed by Santa Fe Aero Services, the
avionics shop that made the Deb's new panel. By the end of the day, Aspen
responded to the problem by replacing the faulty PFD.
At AOPA Summit, it was time for visiting members to get a look at the
new interior for themselves. The most frequently heard comment? "Man,
get a load of that new-car smell!"
EMAIL tom.horne@aopa.org

ON THE

WEB

VISIT the sweepstakes blog (http://blog.aopa.org/
sweepstakes_logbook/) for updates and
related news.


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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013

AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013
Contents
President’s Position
Visual Approach
Letters
Waypoints
Proficient Pilot
Foundation Focus
License to Learn
Pilot Counsel
Fly Well
What Happens in Vegas...
AOPA Sweepstakes
Aviation Jobs
Gift Guide
Pilot Products
Pilot Products
News
People
Yacht of the Air
Around the World in 25 Days
Aviation Legends Walter Extra
Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted, Unadvised, Unaware
Summit 2013: Meeting Mr. Baker
Technique
Proficiency
Wx Watch
Technology
Ownership
Frugal Flier
Never Again
State and Local Action
Member Products
AOPA Foundation
Member Services
Government Affairs
AOPA Insurance Agency
Fly by Wire
Pilots
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Cover2
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Contents
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 2
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 3
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - President’s Position
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 5
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 6
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 7
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 8
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 9
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Visual Approach
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 11
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Letters
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 13
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 14
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 15
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Waypoints
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 17
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Proficient Pilot
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 19
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Foundation Focus
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 21
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - License to Learn
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 23
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Pilot Counsel
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 25
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Fly Well
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 27
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - What Happens in Vegas...
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 29
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - AOPA Sweepstakes
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 31
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Aviation Jobs
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 33
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Gift Guide
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Pilot Products
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Pilot Products
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 37
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - News
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 39
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - People
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 41
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Yacht of the Air
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Around the World in 25 Days
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AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 59
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Aviation Legends Walter Extra
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 61
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 62
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 63
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Safety Pilot Landmark Accident: Unpredicted, Unadvised, Unaware
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 65
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 66
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 67
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Summit 2013: Meeting Mr. Baker
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 69
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 70
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 71
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Technique
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 73
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 74
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 75
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Proficiency
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 77
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 78
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Wx Watch
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 80
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Technology
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 82
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Ownership
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 84
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 85
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Frugal Flier
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 87
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Never Again
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 89
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 90
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 91
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - State and Local Action
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 93
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Member Products
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 95
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - AOPA Foundation
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 97
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Member Services
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 99
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Government Affairs
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 101
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - AOPA Insurance Agency
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 103
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 104
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 105
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 106
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - Fly by Wire
AOPA Pilot Magazine - December 2013 - 108
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