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16 Feb 2024 13:45 #7 by Larry Snyder
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Sounds like a lot of cool stuff!

Two things I think you might want to look at:

1. I’d put shoulder harnesses at the top of the list. Flying with lap belts only isn’t going to make you safe. I did a lot of research on Ercoupe crashes and some accidents seemed minor but with fatalities and others seemed major and the pilot walked away. The difference in shoulder harnesses. If you stop suddenly without shoulder harnesses you and the yoke are going to get together very quickly!

2. If you move the master switch to the panel, consider installing Alpha Aviation’s master battery relay. The original master switch in the coupe carries the full load of the battery. If you move it to the panel, you’ve got a long run of heavy, unprotected wire. The Alpha relay is only activated by the master grounding it. No hot wire, and the only load on the switch is to activate the relay. When the master is off, no 12vdc leaves the battery box.

Just a couple of safety suggestions.

Have fun.

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16 Feb 2024 10:04 #8 by Eric Ingram
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Sorry it took so long for me to reply. I put about 7 hours of flight time in with an instructor before it had to go down for its annual and upgrades in November. Been dealing with some delays since then, but here's what I'm planning to get done
  • Thorough annual, and fixing a bunch of small things
  • Things that will make my life easier
    • Electric starter STC
    • Extended baggage compartment STC
    • Moving the master switch
    • Thumb screws on cowling (there's a proper name for the thumb screws that I've forgotten)
  • Avionics upgrades
    • Dynon D3
    • AR4201 Radio
    • Appareo Stratus ESG ADSB transponder
  • Modernization things
    • USB ports
    • running some USB cables behind the panel for the D3 and Ipad
One note is that I am looking for an avionics shop in the VA-DC-MD area to do the radio and transponder installs (I already have the units), so suggestions would be appreciated

Some future upgrades
  • Shoulder seat belt STC
  • EarthX Battery STC (when it becomes available)

My hope is I'm able to get back in the air by March!

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16 Oct 2023 17:07 #9 by Warren Hampton
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Eric how are you and your flying Machine doing? Hope to hear how things are going between the two of you. Please write a short article for Coupe Capers. I for one am very interested in your adventures.

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28 Sep 2023 00:58 #10 by Warren Hampton
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welcome to EOC! When I lived in Ft Myers, Fla in the '70s at Page Field a guy had his Coupe in covered tie down. He could pull in on one side and taxi out the other side. He had I chain lift to help into and out of his Coupe. That love of flying to me! Let us know how you are doing!!!

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05 Sep 2023 18:26 #11 by William McCormick
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Nice! Welcome to the family!

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05 Sep 2023 18:18 #12 by Eric Ingram
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Hey everyone, excited to be a new member! I just bought N93687 and am looking forward to the amazing journeys ahead of me. I was fortunate enough for this one to have gone on the market only 100 miles away from me, and since I don't need hand controls to fly Ercoupes this is an ideal setup for me.

After a little avionics update and baggage compartment STC, she'll be ready to go!
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