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Old January 11th 07, 01:40 PM posted to rec.aviation.owning
Peter R.
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Just this past week my Bonanza V35's pitot heat element failed. I had a
mechanic look at it to determine if the cause was power/wiring related or
if the element itself had failed.

Of course, it was the element itself that had failed, which apparently in
the Bonanza's case means a new pitot tube.

New pitot tubes are over US$1000, or at least that was the first quote I
received. Are there used aircraft parts, or boneyards, that might carry
these? If so, who are reputable groups here in the US?



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Old January 11th 07, 07:38 PM posted to rec.aviation.owning
mikem
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Peter R. wrote:
... Are there used aircraft parts, or boneyards, that might carry
these?


Try Wentworth for starters.

I own Cessnas and a Piper . I'm a member of Cessna Pilot's Assoc. and
Short Wing Piper Club. Both organizations maintain lists of used parts
dealers. Join your Type Club.

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Old January 11th 07, 10:28 PM posted to rec.aviation.owning
Michael[_1_]
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Peter R. wrote:
Of course, it was the element itself that had failed, which apparently in
the Bonanza's case means a new pitot tube.


If you are going to observe the legalities, it sure does. I might or
might not know of several Bonanzas flying with rebuilt pitot tubes...

New pitot tubes are over US$1000, or at least that was the first quote I
received. Are there used aircraft parts, or boneyards, that might carry
these? If so, who are reputable groups here in the US?


Take any old copy of Trade-A-Plane, flip through it, and you will find
plenty. Just start calling around. You would be amazed how many odd
parts they will have.

Michael

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Old January 11th 07, 10:38 PM posted to rec.aviation.owning
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Default Pitot heat element failed. Options?



Michael wrote:
Peter R. wrote:

Of course, it was the element itself that had failed, which apparently in
the Bonanza's case means a new pitot tube.



If you are going to observe the legalities, it sure does. I might or
might not know of several Bonanzas flying with rebuilt pitot tubes...




No legal reason you have to buy a new pitot tube.

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Old January 12th 07, 07:19 AM posted to rec.aviation.owning
Roger[_4_]
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On 11 Jan 2007 11:38:58 -0800, "mikem" wrote:

Peter R. wrote:
... Are there used aircraft parts, or boneyards, that might carry
these?


Try Wentworth for starters.

I own Cessnas and a Piper . I'm a member of Cessna Pilot's Assoc. and
Short Wing Piper Club. Both organizations maintain lists of used parts
dealers. Join your Type Club.


Try http://www.bonanza.org/
It's a good group for Bonanza owners.


Roger Halstead (K8RI & ARRL life member)
(N833R, S# CD-2 Worlds oldest Debonair)
www.rogerhalstead.com
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Old January 12th 07, 03:04 PM posted to rec.aviation.owning
Marco Leon
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Peter,
My heating element went south on my Piper pitot tube. Apparently there
were two heating elements in there and I was able to purchase them
separately. You may want to explore the option of purchasing just the
heating elements.

Marco

Newps wrote:
Michael wrote:
Peter R. wrote:

Of course, it was the element itself that had failed, which apparently in
the Bonanza's case means a new pitot tube.



If you are going to observe the legalities, it sure does. I might or
might not know of several Bonanzas flying with rebuilt pitot tubes...




No legal reason you have to buy a new pitot tube.


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Old January 12th 07, 04:34 PM posted to rec.aviation.owning
Peter R.
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Marco Leon wrote:

My heating element went south on my Piper pitot tube. Apparently there
were two heating elements in there and I was able to purchase them
separately. You may want to explore the option of purchasing just the
heating elements.


Thanks, Marco, but in the Bonanza's case, the heating element and the tube
are one unit.

I contacted American Bonanza Society and they have given me some contacts
to explore. Of course the issue is time, since I am flying a lot this
winter in the Northeast US I have to have the Pitot heat back working
relatively quickly.

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Peter
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Old January 12th 07, 08:06 PM posted to rec.aviation.owning
Marco Leon
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Default Pitot heat element failed. Options?

Peter R. wrote:

Thanks, Marco, but in the Bonanza's case, the heating element and the tube
are one unit.

I contacted American Bonanza Society and they have given me some contacts
to explore. Of course the issue is time, since I am flying a lot this
winter in the Northeast US I have to have the Pitot heat back working
relatively quickly.


Yes, these clouds up here are no joke. Good luck with finding it for
less than 1 AMU. I wonder if it's economically feasible to buy off eBay
and get it yellow-tagged? Here's one (not sure if it's your model) from
a guy parting out some Bonanzas: Item number: 320069500778

Marco

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Old January 16th 07, 12:13 AM posted to rec.aviation.owning
Michael[_1_]
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Default Pitot heat element failed. Options?

Marco Leon wrote:
Yes, these clouds up here are no joke. Good luck with finding it for
less than 1 AMU. I wonder if it's economically feasible to buy off eBay
and get it yellow-tagged? Here's one (not sure if it's your model) from
a guy parting out some Bonanzas: Item number: 320069500778


It is certainly feasible - provided you have the right mechanic. A
yellow tag is not magic - it's not even necessarily yellow. It is
documentation of a condition/operational inspection and certifies that
the part is serviceable. For a pitot tube, that would mean:

External inspection - not cracked, bent, etc.
Internal inspection - pitot tube not plugged, drain hole (if one
exists) not plugged, static port (if one exists) not plugged, no leaks,
electrical connections not frayed, plug or terminals in good condition
Electrical inspection - not shorted or open or intermittent, draws a
reasonable amount of current (less than the fuse/breaker is rated for,
enough to get hot quickly)

At most, I might need an hour to do all this, including the paperwork
(and I'm slow). I charge $45/hr for stuff like this. I would be
surprised if you had to pay more than about $300 for used pitot tube -
more likely a lot less. There are lots out there.

Taking parts off a totaled airplane and installing them on a working
plane is standard, accepted maintenance practice. Fact is, you don't
even need a yellow tag. All that has to happen is your mechanic does
the above tests, then makes an entry in your logbook to that effect
(noting which plane the part came from, to establish traceability).
Then he installs it, logs the installation - and you are good to go.

What you can't (legally) do is repair one - because you have no
acceptable data on which to base the repair. Not that it doesn't
happen, mind you.

Michael

 




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