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Many of the larger Cessna twins have an emergency blowdown bottle for backup gear extension. It releases dry nitrogen under pressure into the shuttle valve, causing it to move from the hydraulic to pneumatic position. The nitrogen then flows into the uplocks which release the gear to the freefall position, and then the actuators, which drives the gear into the down and locked position in case of a system failure. Here’s an example of it being used on a Cessna 421C. It has to be checked and Serviced on a schedule so it’s a good opportunity to see it in action when the inspection comes up. Check out how swiftly that nose gear comes down! Our lead tech. on this inspection, Mike, had bled down the bottle from 2,200PSI to 1,000PSI for this, so as to not put undue stress on the system which would normally be working agaisnt the relative wind of an aircraft at speed. ✈️🔧 @mock.niner .
#mechanic #gearcycle #nitrogen #landinggear #avgeek #aviation #cessna421 #C421 #twinning #aviation #funatwork #mechanic #learning #cessna #wichita #annual #aviationmaintenance #421C #goldeneagle #threegreen #geardown #nolights
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Credits: @kodiakcaptain

Many of the larger Cessna twins have an emergency blowdown bottle for backup gear extension. It releases dry nitrogen under pressure into the shuttle valve, causing it to move from the hydraulic to pneumatic position. The nitrogen then flows into the uplocks which release the gear to the freefall position, and then the actuators, which drives the gear into the down and locked position in case of a system failure. Here’s an example of it being used on a Cessna 421C. It has to be checked and Serviced on a schedule so it’s a good opportunity to see it in action when the inspection comes up. Check out how swiftly that nose gear comes down! Our lead tech. on this inspection, Mike, had bled down the bottle from 2,200PSI to 1,000PSI for this, so as to not put undue stress on the system which would normally be working agaisnt the relative wind of an aircraft at speed. ✈️🔧 @mock.niner .
#mechanic #gearcycle #nitrogen #landinggear #avgeek #aviation #cessna421 #C421 #twinning #aviation #funatwork #mechanic #learning #cessna #wichita #annual #aviationmaintenance #421C #goldeneagle #threegreen #geardown #nolights

The 3 bladed prop is a better performer for seaplanes. This KODIAK is destined for a tropical island home, and has already been fitted for Aerocet floats. It came to us for the singlepoint fuel mod. The gear along with baby tires has been re-installed for the ferry flight. .
#kodiak #seaplane #islands #tropical #avgeek #pt6 #pt6nation #propeller #overcast #questkodiak #STOL #crosscountry #ferryflight #aviation #kansas #airplanes #takeoff #enginerun #allsystemsgo #ferrypilot

Our Kodiak, as viewed from the passenger lounge: SN100-0081 is a 2012 K100 in factory blue and black and is pretty unique as they go. It was the first unit with the Exec. ‘Summit’ interior...used to certify it with the FAA. The interior sits a single club + 1 (or + 2 if desired) in comfy leather seats. Furnishings with tray tables, coffee service, ice bucket, snack cabinets for the pax(pilot),etc are in there as well. It’s singlepoint fuel capable; with the STC in the works that will hopefully become more common soon. (Wipaire has a K100 singlepoint STC as well) Our Kodiak also has 115V plugs for the passengers (like the ones in your home)...the only private Kodiak with those I believe. Plus another super not-so secret (currently disabled) heat mod we’ve yet to capitalize on. What a fun machine! ✈️ .
#questkodiak #ourplane #STOL #bushplane #bizaviation #kodiak100 #avgeek #airplanes #aviation #fly #funflying #flyforfun #luxury #comfort #newer #safer #versatile #suv #madebyhand #sandpoint #idaho #airplane #turboprop #pt6 #pt6nation

Mark doing the post inspection run-up in Lima Alpha. He has more hours in this plane than I have in my logbook, what a machine! .✈️
#cessnacaptain #cessnaconquest #C425 #twincessna #turboprop #cessna #turboprop #blackhawk #pt6 #pt6nation #avgeek #aviation #propdisc #runup #pilotlife #flying

Think of an airplane as a teacher. No matter what you fly you are learning. Which of you are students? Ask questions, seek stories, enjoy the journey with your goal in mind...but don’t let that goal distract you from the great truths and lessons along the way that aren’t in any ACS or FAA handbook. Many of those lessons can only come from building relationships with those around you.
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This machine has taught me so much along the way. Flying with other pilots in it has as well. In the Ozarks last year I flew with a veteran backcountry Super Cub pilot for about 30 minutes. He’d never been in the KODIAK before and he taught me how to get more comfortable with coming in slower, managing power, and building an approach to a short strip when changing terrain is involved. “The best way to make a good landing is to make a good approach first. Follow the river in, here’s a good spot for flaps...now wait...you’re going to have to get slower.” And then his cross-eyed stare when I floated past my point on the grass. A truly fun day! I’ll remember that flight for a long time.
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When it comes down to it, a plane is a plane is a plane. And flying is art just as much as a science. It requires diligence, accuracy, and precision. But also passion, creativity, and openness. Other people can be your greatest asset to stepping into new territory and overcoming your own limits. .
#fly #pilot #kodiak #questkodiak #kodiak100 #STOL #turboprop #aviation #pilotlife #ozarks #backcountryflying #sunrise #learn #school #newplane #lessons #truth #questions #studentpilot #flighttraining #aviation #avlife #pilotlife

From the shop floor yesterday: one of our Cessna 425’s and a 525, more commonly known as the CJ1. You can see the family resemblance between the series inside and out. The jet is distinguished of course by the extra knots and $,$$$,$$$! .
The story of why Cessna quit making the Conquest series in the 80’s is simply that it competed with sales of the smaller Citation jets. There’s a huge cost jump for not so huge a jump in capability. You could also argue that Beechcraft made a superior turboprop twin product anyway. 🤷🏼‍♂️✈️
#brothers #shopfloor #C425 #C525 #CJ1 #citationjet #txtav #textronaviation #lightjet #turboprop #prattandwhitney #pilots #mechanics #avgeek #aviation #spotter #hangar #mx #citationjets #bizjet #bizav #planesofinstagram

The go home leg on today’s trip was mine. Good to get some more practice in this airplane, it’s barrels of learning wrapped in aluminum and fun. ✈️
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#cessnacaptain #pt6 #turboprop #Cessa #C425 #cessnaconquest #pilot #corporatepilot #avgeek #aviation #flyinglife #pilotlife #airplanes #kansas #Iowa #newplane #funflying #bestjob #part91hasmorefun #PIC #twincessna #flightlevels

A sunrise from the shop floor last week, having and east facing door can present some good views. I like to think if the KODIAK and Carbon Cub would talk they would discuss the cool places they’ve been and would still like to see. The ability to land in hard to reach places connects these airplanes, and connects people who love the thrill of getting places that are hard to get to.
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#repairstation #mx #sunrise #goodmorning #kodiak #carboncub #STOL #pt6 #turboprop #mechanic #aircraft #MCAS #flyingrules #flyitlikeyouSTOLit #bluesky #shiny #tailwheel #backcountry #bushwheels #cub #carboncub

An airplane is much more than a machine; to a pilot it is a teacher and the sky a great classroom.
#fly #live #learn #aviation #reach #higher #go #farther #questkodiak #avgeek #pilotlife #bestjob #classroom #teacher #bluesky #new #planes #newer #safer #versatile #aopa

Snagged a few shots of our KODIAK delivery yesterday. It’s nice to see 146 find a home with a true backcountry flyer! ALSO: Swipe over for this rare opportunity to see me take picture of an AIRLINER as well. 😂✈️ @questaircraft #questaircraft #kodiak100 #sold #kodiakdealer #wichita #ICT #airport #newer #safer #versatile #avgeek #spotter #ERJ175 #americanairlines #turboprop #pt6

SOLD! A capable and fun KODIAK 100 to a happy owner in Tulsa.
Looking for an adventurous airplane for your family and friends? Contact us and we can talk about our available KODIAKS.
#questaircraft #kodiak100 #STOL #backcountry #flyforfun #landanywhere #PT6nation #avgeek #aviation #flying #pilots #flyitlikeyouSTOLit #turbine #oklahoma #kansas #ranch #midwest #kodiakdealer

Today was quite a day! MCAS hosted delivery of one of our KODIAKs, sold to a new owner based in Oklahoma. I’m very proud to be a part of this team, and joyful for a seamless delivery. @questaircraft #Kodiak100 #STOL #backcountry #turbine #pt6nation #avgeek #aviation #newplane #delivery #sold #kodiak100 #newer #safer #versatile #hartzell #turbineflying #flyitlikeyouSTOLit #kansas #oklahoma

Just a few stills from around the shop this morning for the folks in marketing. #maintenance #shop #repairstation #website #marketing #mechanica #airplanes #aviation #kodiak #hawker #R44 #robinson #helicopter #cessna #twin #snapon #snapontools

Blue is best. #blue

Took a few fancy Canon pictures of the SPPR system on one of the Kodiaks yesterday, this is super neat! #fuel #pressurefuel #singlepoint #jetfuel #kodiak #questkodiak #turboprop #pt6 #pilot #flying #new #STC #newer #safer #reliable #versatile #canon #avgeek #aviation #rugged #adventure #stol #canon60d

Lots of Cessna twins on the shop floor today. The 310 is on its way to a new home soon, glad I got to fly it! #twinning #cessna #twincessna #C310 #C425 #C441 #kodiak #cessna #aviation #hangar #clean #shop #pilot #flying #pilotlife #mx #tiptanks #turboprop #kansas #pilotshop

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