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STEVE ELLS replied to the topic 'Refinishing Systems' in the forum. 15 hours 8 minutes ago

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STEVE ELLS replied to the topic 'Refinishing Systems' in the forum. 15 hours 14 minutes ago

Hi Julio;
Pre Kote can be used in place of Alodine. You'll be fine using it instead of Alodine.


STEVE ELLS replied to the topic 'Vacuum DG' in the forum. 15 hours 15 minutes ago

Hi Julio;
Yes, you can use any of those DGs without connecting them to an autopilot. The system that keeps the DG aligned has nothing to do with the autopilot pick offs inside the DG.


STEVE ELLS replied to the topic '182 rigging and rudder trim' in the forum. 15 hours 29 minutes ago

Hi, I think you're really going to enjoy your 182J. I owned one for about 5 years and it was very enjoyable and dependable. It's not true that Cessna 182s can't be trimmed to fly straight a level. But there are many things that need adjusting to get to that state. A few include: 1) is your turn coordinator installed so it's level with the longitudinal axis of the airplane (it's adjustable); 2) are the flaps completely up in the wells: 3) are the flap actuating cables adjusted correctly so that both flaps extend the same amount (the right flap is connected to the flap actuator while the left flap is controlled by 1/8 inch thick stainless steel cables; 4) are the inboard end of each aileron level with the outboard end of the adjacent flap when the flaps are fully up (the outboard ends of the ailerons do not need to marry up to the wing tips; 5) is the nose gear rigging including the steering bungee, whiffle tree position and nose gear straightening lug correct?
A good rigger can get your airplane set up correctly in as little a 4 hours. Unfortunately, not all mechanics know how to completely rig your Cessna back to the correct starting position, so more often than not, they attempt to correct a problem such as a wing low position for instance but drooping an aileron or flap, which just adds to the problem.
I don't know of all the mechanics in your area but do know that Paul New and the staff at Tennessee Aircraft at the McKellar-Sipes airport (KMKL) in Jackson, Tennessee can rig Cessnas. They are at


STEVE ELLS replied to the topic 'P210 "ALT RE" Fuse' in the forum. 16 hours 3 minutes ago

Hi, I want to help you out. But you write that the the problem is fixed by re-setting the "Alt Re" FUSE that has popped out. I'm going to assume you mean the ALT REG Circuit breaker (CB).
You didn't say WHEN the CB popped out. If if popped out (and the low voltage light illuminated) when the landing gear was put up or put down, this indicates that the landing gear motor initial current draw is large and that the Over voltage unit sees this surge as a system over-voltage, and does its job of protecting the avionics and other electrical circuit components by opening field circuit, thereby taking the alternator off line.
There is a note on the alternator wiring diagram that shows a capacitor that can be installed "only when required to prevent overvoltage sensor tripout during gear cycling." It is only to be installed if the C543003-103 overvoltage sensor is installed.
However, as was mentioned above installation of a Zeftronics voltage regulator, which incorporates advanced over and under voltage protection, field ground protection and built in troubleshooting lights is an improvement over the existing alternator control system.
I believe the overvoltage relay in the existing Cessna alternator control system is removed when the Zeftronics alternator control unit is installed.
The correct Zeftronics unit for your P210N is the R25400. It's available at aviation supply houses such as Aircraft Spruce and Specialty (www.


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DOUGLAS VINCENT replied to the topic 'P210 "ALT RE" Fuse' in the forum. 7 days ago


I have been through the vicious circle of alternator and electrical problems.. Our trip to Oshkosh this year was delayed due to the ongoing problem. Fortunately i found a mechanic that understood the system and did not just throw parts at it.

i would advise would be careful and not just throw parts at the problem. Try to trouble shoot the situation.

I would be glad to talk to you about the situation and what I learned. I did spend a lot of time at Oshkosh talking to alternator people, controller people and battery suppliers.



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Jose Lopezdelpuerto replied to the topic 'P210 "ALT RE" breaker' in the forum. 1 week ago

The Alt Reg (alternator regulator) breaker feeds the ALT side of your master switch. When you turn on the ALT side, the regulator (ACU) is energized.

See Section 7 “Airplanes and Systems description” of your POH.

Frequently the problem is solved replacing the master switch.


Keith Obermeyer created a new topic ' P210 "ALT RE" Fuse' in the forum. 1 week ago

I recently purchased a P210N. I have approximately 50 hours in this aircraft this summer and have flown it mostly to a vacation home and back on 1.5 hour hops. Three times I have experienced a low voltage warning light illumination. Each time the problem was rectified by resetting the "Alt Re" fuse which had popped, triggering the low voltage situation. I can't find any info on this fuse in the POH and would like to understand the purpose of it, and whether the occasional trip is something to be concerned about. My thought is to have the fuse replaced first to rule it out of the equation. Any 210 operators out there have a similar experience with this fuse?? Any info is greatly appreciated. BTW - the P210 has been everything I had hoped for in my step up from a 182. The more I fly this plane the more I like it!


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Alan Brassard created a new topic ' 182 rigging and rudder trim' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Loc: Durham, NC.
So Ive owned my 182j now for 4 months and slowly working thru the sqawk list. The next I believe is rigging. To start with it constantly wants to fly about a half ball to the right regardless of rudder trim position, if I center the trim wheel it of course it does get worse. Also if I hold it with my feet the plane want to roll right which I believe is partially due to my flaps appear to need trimming. When retracted the left one is lower than the right which is probably creating this “inboard aileron” effect. I have heard some people claim that a lot of 182’s fly a little ball out, especially to the right like mine. Anyone else heard this? Experienced this? Also any recommendations for someone in my area they can recommend for rigging.


Julio Manalo created a new topic ' Refinishing Systems' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

I’m about to do a complete strip and refinish of my 1979 182Q. I’m doing research on which method or technique is best. Where I’m based (coastal airport in tropical Philippines) the usual method is chemical paint remover, wash, alumiprep 33, Alodine 1201, epoxy primer and polyurethane top coat.
From my research however, there seems to be a trend against use of harsh chemicals. Alodine for example is extremely hard to find and importing the product from the US entails a lot of hazmat requirements. So far I am looking at Stewart Systems but is kind of expensive. Another option is chemical stripper then Extreme Simple Green Aircraft Cleaner ang PreKote. PreKote seems to have a lot of good reviews. Then epoxy primer and finally polyurethane top coat.
Does anybody have any experience with the above mentioned methods? Can anyone make recommendations?
Thanks in advance.

Julio Manalo


Julio Manalo created a new topic ' Vacuum DG' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Hi, I’m looking to buy a basic used DG from Ebay. My 1979 182Q has a basic vacuum system, no autopilot. There are several nice DGs listed but the ones that look good are the type used for autopilot. My question is, would it be possible to mount this type of DG in my basic system and just deactivate the autopilot input port? Will it function normally as a basic DG? Do I have to make any modifications so it can function as a basic DG? Thanks!

Julio Manalo


James Rayburn created a new topic ' New member' in the forum. 2 weeks ago

Hello all,
I'm Jimmy, a new member from Valrico, FL. Plane kept at KPCM (N2188G, a 1958 182A) just got it the beginning of this year. Got my PPL in 2006, after being a Naval Aircrewman (helo's) for 14 yrs, joined in '86. Retired 1 Dec 2012 and have now decided what I want to be when I grow up... a commercial pilot. Finishing up my IFR (hopefully next week) and then on to commercial. Looking forward to learning and flying


Heather S created a new topic ' August 2018 Magazine Extras' in the forum. 3 weeks ago

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