Had some great flying today. Flew from Manassas, VA to Connellsville PA to see my father. Was on top the entire time, but descended through the clouds for the Localizer 5 approach. The Sandel configured with the map showing only the GPS waypoints is a fabulous enhancement to situational awareness while busy in IMC. After getting the turn inboud from the controller, switched to the regular HSI display. Great tool.
After having lunch, flew from there to Ocean City Maryland to pickup my partner who was there. Trued about 159 knots by myself on this flight.
After picking him up and starting up the plane the Sandel would show a CDI flag during the self test of the Garmin. This exact same thing happened while we were picking up the plane at Cirrus. We had a Cirrus rep look at it and when he tried it, it came up fine. Luckily we insisted that he reset and try again as he seemed to try to blow us off. It failed that time and they replaced the software in the Sandel. Everything worked peachy until today.
Same problem. We reset the Sandel 5 times and it never did recognize the input from the Garmin. Flew home anyway. Beautiful flight and nice nighttime landing. Boy does that plane land nice!
Without a working Sandel CDI we can’t even fly in Class B airspace since we have no VOR indicator. Anyone else have the problem? I’m afraid tomorrow it will work fine again.