New S-Tec System 65 In Joe Timmons’ 414 Greatly Reduces Pilot Workload On IFR Trips
Posted on 12/01/10 in Blog, No Comments

Joe Timmons is a busy man. As the owner of Harley-Davidson of Salt Lake City, he has four retail motorcycle stores in Utah and is about to open his fifth. In his Cessna 414, he travels frequently to business meetings all over the country and to take part in big time motorcycle drag meet events, often taking several employees along. His average trip is 3 to 4 hours, such as a recent trip to St. Louis. But not long ago he flew his 414 to Florida and on another trip, to St. Vincent in the West Indies.


Joe Timmons with two of his favorite machines–his Cessna 414 and one of the Harley-Davidson motorcycles that have helped make him one of the west's leading motorcycle retailers.


Joe has been flying for more than 20 years and before acquiring his Cessna 414 about two and a half years ago, he owned a pressurized Cessna 210. Since his trips are long enough that he often has to contend with instrument weather, and since operations in IMC can be very tiring, Joe recently had Kings Avionics install an S-Tec System 65 full function two-axis Flight Control System in his 404–in addition to a Garmin GNS 430 and 530 and a Bendix/King KI-825 Electronic Horizontal Situation Indicator (EHSI), which Kings had previously installed in the aircraft.


In addition to the S-Tec System 65, Joe's Cessna 414 is equipped with Garmin 530 and 430 MFDs, plus radar and a Stormscope to make long single-pilot trips much easier.


The System 65 has a pedestal mounted mode selector/programmer and remote panel-mounted annunciator to provide complete information on all operational modes. In single-pilot operations, Joe credits the System 65 with greatly easing his workload, especially in instrument weather, and allowing him more freedom to concentrate on flight planning and communications. He especially likes the altitude and vertical speed preselect features of the System 65, which take the math and guesswork out of transitioning smoothly from one altitude to another.

We at Kings Avionics are proud to be associated with Joe Timmons and to have played a part in making his Cessna 414 an even more useful and efficient transportation tool.