A few days back, bright and early in the morning, we heard a plane flying around overhead. By the sound of the powerplant and the fact we could tell it was circling over the house (literally), we knew it had to be one of a small list of people who knew how to get us out of bed. And sure enough we were right.
Running to the edge of the patio in my socks and shorts, looking up I could see our good friend Drew Middleton. Drew and his family have one of the prettiest PA-12s in the country that comes with a great story to boot. Anyway, seeing this sock wearing idiot (me) waving his arms from a wet patio on a cool morning must have made him feel pity as he called over the radio to see if I wanted to go for a ride.
Riding is not something I do well in airplanes but the combination of friend, clear morning, and airplane was something I couldn't refuse and soon we were flying about the area. This brings me to the reason for this entry.
As Drew and I flew around in the rising sunlight, he told me the following story. Having heard the many "wive's tales" about cell phones and gee whiz aircraft items, it was something I had long ago accepted as BS but now I know better. If any of you have newer electronics in your aircraft, his following message might save you some money in the future.
Message from Drew:
Transponder: Garmin 320
Encoder: Ameri King 350
I thought I would post this for others flying small airplanes. I spent a week this month chasing a frustrating problem in my PA-12.