- Feb 6, 2020
On my check ride I had to hold in a 3 lap hold at a LOM ,with a 35 mph crosswind and then the approach. I found it very hard. VOR's much easier for me. Old instructor of mine used to do the A-N ranges. NO WAY.Love ADF. Stone age and reliable. On my IFR checkride I did a 4 lap ADF hold in a stiff cross wind followed by a ADF non precision approach. I found it easier then VOR. Ahh, the good old days.
That is the first time I have ever heard Cessna radios as being good. I always thought they worked OK but hanger talk was that they were junk.
Thank you for you input. that is exactly one reason i wanted to check on get this ADF instrument It was old enouph to look good in my plane. But still need it to work for AM radio tracking.I think what the point of this is not for really an ADF but to use these old instruments for the right look for the vintage plane he wants to build. They are not the right vintage but they look cool.
The only way to get any of this is to go to Wentworth or Sarasota Avionics or the airshows. Maybe some A&P school or hit every old guy at every airport within a 100 miles. Old avionics that works is rare. The radio that goes along with it weighs ten pounds.
Gauges may be easy to collect when wanting to build a plane, but they are the least important acquisitions. One of the last things required to build a plane so having money tied up in something that you cant use right away slows a project down. Money can actually be spent on metal or wood or paint or something else to get to the point of needing instruments. Also buying the basic required instruments is smart if you just have to. Why try to get a radar to work when you need an altimeter or airspeed Indicator? It’s a big elephant to eat building a homebuilt airplane. Trying to eat the cake first has nothing to do with eating the elephant which is all that counts.