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    Default Re: STI Farm Fox Build Log

    Quote Originally Posted by efwd View Post
    See, sometimes tall people do save money.

    The downside is we can't have as much padding in our seats! Ha Ha
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    Quote Originally Posted by jrevens View Post
    It sure does, Eddie... that's what I did too.

    John would you have the info on where to get the hinge material that you used on your turtle deck? And why is it called a turtle deck? Thanks Harlan
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    Hi Harlan,

    The details & a link to the supplier are posted on “John’s Build” posting #284. You can also buy a kit to do it from Kitfox now.

    I’m not sure about the origin of “turtle deck”, but I assume because it’s a covered area, sort of like a turtle shell.
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    Thanks John
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    Which elt is the best priced when comparing unit and battery replacement costs? I have been looking as some with good prices but when I search batteries they are 150 to 250.
    I thought some used reg d batteries but I'm not finding them?
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    The D batteries were on some of the 121.5 ETLs, but not on any 406 ones. Hopefully you are looking at getting a new 406 ELT and not a used 121.5.

    Anyways, the Artex 345 ELT has a 6 year battery and the ACK-04 has a 5 year battery; they cost about the same on a yearly basis. Do some research on these two 406 ELTs. If I had a choice I would have gotten the Artex 345, but it wasn't available at the time I built my plane. The Artex is easier to install, can use a shielded cable to connect the remote switch (the Artex uses an unshielded phone cable) and only has one battery (the Artex has 3).

    I found the little battery on my ACK remote switch dead at the last condition inspection. This meant the remote was totally unable to test or activate the ELT. This battery was supposed to go 10 years, but it only lasted 5. Not a big deal to replace a battery, but it is extra maintenance. The big disappointment was knowing I could not activate the ELT in an emergency.
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    Default Re: STI Farm Fox Build Log

    Since I just purchased the Artex yesterday, I hope I didn't screw up, but I thought it was the ACK that used 3 batteries??

    Rick

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    Quote Originally Posted by bumsteer View Post
    Since I just purchased the Artex yesterday, I hope I didn't screw up, but I thought it was the ACK that used 3 batteries??

    Rick
    Yes, that is correct. I have an ACK-04 with the 3 batteries.
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    Default Re: STI Farm Fox Build Log

    Quote Originally Posted by PapuaPilot View Post
    The D batteries were on some of the 121.5 ETLs, but not on any 406 ones. Hopefully you are looking at getting a new 406 ELT and not a used 121.5.

    Anyways, the Artex 345 ELT has a 6 year battery and the ACK-04 has a 5 year battery; they cost about the same on a yearly basis. Do some research on these two 406 ELTs. If I had a choice I would have gotten the Artex 345, but it wasn't available at the time I built my plane. The Artex is easier to install, can use a shielded cable to connect the remote switch (the Artex uses an unshielded phone cable) and only has one battery (the Artex has 3).

    I found the little battery on my ACK remote switch dead at the last condition inspection. This meant the remote was totally unable to test or activate the ELT. This battery was supposed to go 10 years, but it only lasted 5. Not a big deal to replace a battery, but it is extra maintenance. The big disappointment was knowing I could not activate the ELT in an emergency.
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    Thanks, I will look into theses. I just thought the batteries were a two year deal, and yes everything going on the plane will be new for sure.
    Harlan and Susan Payne
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    Default Re: STI Farm Fox Build Log

    I also have the ACK-04 with the 3 batteries. My remote switch battery also failed at about 5 years, but I was able to catch it right away. They recommend you so a simple self test every 3 months, which I try to do (you don't have to wait until top of the hour to test). It consists of simply pushing the test button on the remote switch and listening and watching for the LED to flash and a couple of beeps to sound. The number of flashes and beeps is a code that tells you if everything is OK or if there is a fault, such as a dead battery. This test is so easy and simple that I try to do it far more often than 3 months. Another recommendation to those of you installing the ACK-04; install those two small little boxes with the remote batteries in an easily accessible area for obvious reasons. I am very happy with the ACK-04, have had it for 7 years and replaced the big main battery once on schedule.
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