Mr. Ron Cox
Basic Aircraft Products, Inc.
4474 Hickory Drive
Evans, GA 30809
This follows up my telephone conversation regarding the upgrading of my BAE 14 Stand-by-Alternator and my relating to you how pleased I was with the unit and its service. Since I had the unit installed some 4 years ago, I have had two occasions to use the BAE 14. The first was while transporting my three grandchildren and I had an alternator failure within 10 miles of my destination airport. Upon initiating the unit, full electrical power became available and I was able to land without any difficulty or interruption. My PA32-301R is equipped with a full radio and navigation package including two Nav's, ADF, DME, a Garmin 155 GPS, Century Auto Pilot, Stormscope, and an electrical stand by vacuum There was no difficulty at all in normal operation of all equipment in use.
I had a more recent incident while in route from Hilton head SC to Naples FL in IFR conditions. One hundred miles fiom Naples I again experienced and alternator failure and again initiated my BAE-14. Again all instruments operated normally. I notified ATC of my condition and that I had a back up source and proceeded along under their eye to my destination without any interruption. When the alternator belt in Naples was being replaced, the maintenance supervisor inquired about the unit. Two days later he informed me he had two individuals who were so impressed they were planning to purchase such a unit.
After I had purchased my unit another Saratoga owner approached me and wanted to see the unit. He later purchased one and within a few months informed me he had also experienced an alternator failure ( one of the problems with the narrow alternator belt on a Saratoga) enroute to Washington National at 15,000 ft. in IFR conditions. He reported he landed at National without any incident and when he was unable not have repairs completed at National decided to return to his home base airport using the BAE 14 as his electrical power source. He, like me is very thankful we had the BAE 14.
I think the BAE is one of most practical needed, and economical additions to my Saratoga The peace of mind I have flying in IMC conditions as a result of knowing I have an alternate electrical source cannot be measured in dollars. I am gratefUl to you for your BAE-14. Thank you.
March 3, 2000