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Upgrade An Aircraft, C441 Conq. II  
User currently offlinePoadrim From Norway, joined Oct 2008, 173 posts, RR: 0
Posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 7 hours ago) and read 3200 times:

Good evening guys and gals,

One night, I was having a flying money-no-problem dream, I had my own Cessna 441 Conquest II.
I really digg this aircraft, this was the first and only "official private plane" ride I had a few years ago and ever since I wanted one ^^

So I got a few questions, and how much would it cost?

1) Upgrade the engines to more fuel efficient and lighter engines. And would it be possible/worth to choose engines with lower HP but use a gearbox to keep up the speed?

2) Upgrade the cockpit instruments to a LCD type cockpit?

3) If you could upgrade the engines to lighter and fuel efficiency would that mean that since the aircraft would become lighter you could extend the tanks and therefor got a longer range?

//Poadrim


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User currently offlineFly2HMO From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 3169 times:

Quoting Poadrim (Thread starter):

1) Upgrade the engines to more fuel efficient and lighter engines. And would it be possible/worth to choose engines with lower HP but use a gearbox to keep up the speed?

That's not how gearboxes work. You WILL loose speed if you take away HP regardless.

Quoting Poadrim (Thread starter):


2) Upgrade the cockpit instruments to a LCD type cockpit?
Quoting Poadrim (Thread starter):

3) If you could upgrade the engines to lighter and fuel efficiency would that mean that since the aircraft would become lighter you could extend the tanks and therefor got a longer range?

There are plenty of companies out there that do all of the above to older aircraft. Riley (now dead), Raisbeck, Cutter, to name but a few.

The problem with pimping out (relatively) older planes is that with the money you put into them you could very well buy a larger, faster, and newer aircraft.

Quoting Poadrim (Thread starter):

One night, I was having a flying money-no-problem dream,

Well in that case, I'd go for a proper turboprop, a King Air C90 GTx 


User currently offlinedw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 2, posted (2 years 10 months 3 weeks 4 days 3 hours ago) and read 3146 times:

Quoting Poadrim (Thread starter):
1) Upgrade the engines to more fuel efficient and lighter engines.

An entirely new engine would be cost prohibitive. However, you can upgrade the TPE331s on a 441 to a newer standard (the -10 engines) which dramatically improves performance. It is a very common upgrade.

Quoting Poadrim (Thread starter):
2) Upgrade the cockpit instruments to a LCD type cockpit?

Already being done. Several C441s now have a three panel Avidyne system. Not the most advanced out there, but an impressive upgrade. The Garmin G600 is also available, though not as impressive in terms of screen area.

Quoting Fly2HMO (Reply 1):
Well in that case, I'd go for a proper turboprop, a King Air C90 GTx

If you want to go 30 knots slower and burn 20-30% more gas to do it (relative to a 441 with TPE331-10 engines, the GTx is as fast or slightly faster than the 441 with old engines). Personally I'd rather give up a few inches of headroom and get there sooner!



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User currently offline2H4 From United States of America, joined Oct 2004, 8955 posts, RR: 60
Reply 3, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 11 hours ago) and read 2917 times:
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Quoting dw747400 (Reply 2):
The Garmin G600 is also available, though not as impressive in terms of screen area.

Is this the G600?


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User currently offlinedw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 4, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2890 times:

Quoting 2H4 (Reply 3):
Is this the G600?

That is it.

This is the Avidyne Install:



Note the Garmin 530s between the seats. They are the navigational brains of this setup.



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User currently offlineKELPkid From United States of America, joined Nov 2005, 6343 posts, RR: 3
Reply 5, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 7 hours ago) and read 2886 times:

Quoting dw747400 (Reply 4):
Note the Garmin 530s between the seats. They are the navigational brains of this setup.

...Right in the coffee travel mug danger zone  

Is the panel photo of a 441?



Celebrating the birth of KELPkidJR on August 5, 2009 :-)
User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1373 posts, RR: 23
Reply 6, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 6 hours ago) and read 2876 times:

Just go old school and get a 404 :P


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User currently offlinedw747400 From United States of America, joined Aug 2001, 1257 posts, RR: 1
Reply 7, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2856 times:

Quoting KELPkid (Reply 5):
Is the panel photo of a 441?

Yes it is. Note "Conquest II" on the yokes.

Quoting FighterPilot (Reply 6):
Just go old school and get a 404 :P

Breaks down more, goes slower, engine out performance is a bit sketchy in some situations, and forces you to breathe through a tube if you want to go high. But that's the fun of it, right?



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User currently offlineFighterPilot From Canada, joined Jun 2005, 1373 posts, RR: 23
Reply 8, posted (2 years 10 months 2 weeks 5 days 4 hours ago) and read 2853 times:

Quoting dw747400 (Reply 7):
Breaks down more, goes slower, engine out performance is a bit sketchy in some situations, and forces you to breathe through a tube if you want to go high. But that's the fun of it, right?

That's why I love our 404, it's actually challenging to fly, and we don't have an autopilot so we hand bomb everything.

Cal   



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