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    blog-0814059001434651600.jpgI normally do not post, I want to let the aircraft owners know that in the last two weeks we have found two cracks in two different aircraft propeller hubs under AD 2009-22-03. Both had been inspected 100 hrs earlier and had shown no discrempencies. Not sure what to think, is it a vibration, time, age that these are just now showing up cracked. We had not had a hub cracked in 15 years so we are treating this very seriously.
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    blog-0153602001417278989.jpgTo a lot of Mooney owners a fuel leak can seem quite intimidating especially to those owners who do not hold an A&P rating. I must admit that I was intimidated at first. A small amount of leak (a seep) is permitted per the Mooney service manual as long as it is not into an unvented area so top of wing or gear bay is permissable but cabin, outboard wing area or leading edge are not.

    My seep was into the leading edge and over 4 months drained the left tank dry; not enough to leave a stain on the ground but enouch to stain the stain the bottom of the wing adjacent to the leading edge drain hole. This meant the leak had to be at the bottom inboard corner and the blue fuel dye stains confirmed. As it turned out the hardest part of the job was getting the tank inspection cover open without damaging the wing. Scraping the old sealant was a bit tedious but really only took a couple of hours.

    Using a A-2 gave a lot of work time on a cool day and working with a brush which I had trimmed the bristles to 1/2". I sealed way beyond the leak area to make sure that no fuel could work it's way under the repair.of course I cleaned the area and roughed the surface of the factory sealant.

    To close the tank I used an B-2 wich is not what I would reccomend because it is way to slow, a B-1/2 would be much better. There is an A/D to inspect the stringer and rib drains to make sure you have not clogged them before you close the tank. I allowed a whole week to cure before filling the tank for a leak check and another week before checking for leakage. I am absolutely 100% leak free for $80 worth of supplies.

    For those among you who are not certified mechanics there are mechanics who are willing to work with owner assistance. I know of one on my home field who supervised a non mechanic owner in replacing an entire cylinder set (top overhaul). There isn't much room inside the tank for two pairs of hands but most mechanics would gladly defer the prep work to someone else.

  1. HRM's Blog

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    I own a 1966 M20 E and when I bought the plane five years ago it came IFR certified with pretty much the original panel. Since then, I have added an EI MVP-50 to it, removing most of the original engine gauges and such along with the DME and ADF. The later two removals were in anticipation of a WAAS GPS system, but that has yet to materialize. The original panel included the ADF, but ADF is fast disappearing from US approaches.

    As such, I am left with dual VORs, one of which has GS. The original panel came equipped with a marker beacon receiver and an audio panel for switching two radios and the ADF. Since the pilots yoke is equipped with a second-hand precision (Wakmann/Brietling) clock, I will argue that this aircraft was built and sold for IFR flying. Additionally, pitot heat, which some master CFII's will contend is the most important piece of IFR equipment, was included as well as a huge vacuum gauge right in the center of the panel. The PO added a backup vacuum system that runs off the intake manifold.

    What puzzles me is why there is so much fuss over the "six-pack" panel. If a guy bought this plane back in '66 and flew it for years IFR with the panel layout as it was, why would redoing the panel now make any difference?

    Here is what I have:

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    The "scan" is very important to the IFR pilot. With this panel, you scan the ASI, AI and DG across the top. Then the TC, Altimeter and VSI along the bottom. You can't miss the vacuum gauge and the VOR/GS is only looked at enroute and during an approach. So, what's the problem with this?

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    I have just purchased my first Mooney. A 1977 M20J. All in all I'm really happy with the airplane. Fast and efficient. My right tank was sealed in 2010 by the previous owner. I notice when the tank is full I have a small wet spot of fresh fuel at the front edge of the gear housing. Any suggestions as to where to go from here would be greatly appreciated. It's not terrible and I don't believe air worthy but I'd like to get ahead of the problem before it becomes more severe. Thanks for your help!

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    I have a 1965 M20C equipped with a Brittain autopilot with heading, cap, track, and loc selection knob.

    At this time the auto-leveler does not work but I plan to fix it. I am upgrading my aircraft with a GTN650, GMA350, and a course indicator GI106A. The GI106A comes with a VOR/ILS or VOR/ILS with course datum for an extra $500. Does anyone known if a Brittain autopilot can interact with a GTN650 and a course datum to intercept a course?

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    Hello,

    Do you have an idea of ​​who can hide me in April 2014 a Mooney for sightseeing flights in Florida?

    Thanks a lot for your help !

    Regards

    Robert

  2. Rae's Blog

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    [font='times new roman'][size=3]Dennis Dean Bernhard passed away on Saturday, July 11th at his beloved ranch in Harper, Texas. He was born June 9, 1940 in Fredericksburg to Norma Itz and Chester W. Bernhard.
    Dennis valiantly fought a battle with leukemia having sought medical expertise at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, MD Anderson in Houston and Methodist Hospital in San Antonio.
    Dennis married Connie Humes January 25, 1985 at Bethany Lutheran Church, Fredericksburg. They share four children: Chad and wife, Jena Bernhard, Rebecca (Becky) Adams, Cyrena and husband, Kevin Durkee and Brad Bernhard who passed away in 2011. He is survived by one sister, Eileen and husband, Danny Meyer and numerous nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents, Norma and Chester W. Bernhard, sister Bonnie Bernhard Phelps and grandson, Kyle Bernhard.
    They have six grandchildren, Father Brandon Bernhard and Kacey, Rianne and Rylea Bernhard; Lillie and Luke Durkee.
    Dennis was a third generation rancher on the Bernhard Ranch and had a deep love for the Hill Country, rural culture, livestock and wildlife management. He lovingly passed this devotion onto future generations.
    Dennis was instrumental in starting the Texas Hill Country Dorper Sheep Association and served in all of the officer positions. He was a founding director of Harper Wildlife Association, and served as a director of Gillespie County Farm Bureau and The American Red Brangus Association.
    A Wrede 4-H leader, Dennis also taught Sunday School for Zion Lutheran Church. A member of St. James Lutheran Church in Harper, he served as a Church Council member.
    Dennis began his career with Mooney Aircraft where he was service parts manager for 27 years.
    He and Connie started a new venture in Florida as a partner in ModWork in Punta Gorda, Florida.
    After 6 and a half years they grew homesick for their much-loved Hill Country and moved back to San Antonio where he began the company, Lone Star Aero, an aircraft service center, located at the San Antonio International Airport. After 19 years Dennis retired to devote his time to his cherished ranch.
    Dennis and Connie enjoyed traveling together across the United States and Canada in their RV also enjoying the horse races at Kentucky Derby and Preakness.

    The body will lie in state in the chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home, Fredericksburg until 8:00 A.M. on Tuesday, July 14th and from 9:00 till 10:00 A.M. in the St. James Lutheran Church, Harper with Funeral Services at 10:00 A.M. with the Rev. Scott Hofmann officiating.

    Graveside services and interment will follow in the Harper Community Cemetery

    Pall bearers were Dwight Oestreich, Bob Yelverton, Kevin Kunz, Kevin Durkee, Justin Marschall, and Grant Meyer.

    Memorials can be given to Texas Hill Country Dorper Association Bradley Bernhard Scholarship Fund, St. James Lutheran Church, Harper Volunteer Fire Dept or the charity of your choice.

    Visitation for Mr. Dennis Bernhard will begin on Monday, July 13th from 4:00 till 8:00 P.M. and on Tuesday, July 14th from 7:00 till 8:00 A.M. in the chapel of the Schaetter Funeral Home, Fredericksburg[/size][/font]
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    Hello Everyone,

    I recently purchased a 1983 M20J and I am still getting use to everything. I have a warning light next to the gear handle that I am not sure of its purpose. It comes on shortly after engine start, blinking, then goes off and sometimes comes back on during flight. It does not seem to be affected by the gear position, rpm setting or prop setting.

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    i wanted to buy a damaged or unused aircraft for educational purpose,if anyone interested to sell such a plane or give me suggestion how to buy such a aircraft,

    please inform me at this mail shuvrobiswas63@gmail.com

    thank you

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    I just bought my first mooney a 65 m20c mark 21. Very nice machine in and out. The interior was redone in 99 but look a bit dated. Wanting to put leather and all new panels in it. Where should I go and what kind of cost am I looking at??

  3. Sagetech Clarity for Sale - Works perfectly - got it 2 years ago, got a new Transponder with ADS-B built in.

    Guaranteed to work    $350 or BO   

    WD - my email is wd@wdlewis.net  

     

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    It some body know that i can put wing from 20E on my 201 . because highly damaged on groud incident.

    Thks David

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    I have a polished spinner that will fit a three bladed Ovation with Macauley props. And one good blade, if interested email : lloydbabcock@aol.com

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    I beleive that I have the only M20D Master remaining in the original fixed pitch prop/ fixed gear configuration; N1016Y. The aircraft is in KPGD for Garmin ADS-B installation in the next few days. After a four year restoration where the engine, prop, interior, fuel tanks, panels, avionics, lighting, etc were replaced, it is for sale. Anyone interested?

    For photos and info contact ronmacewen@hotmail.com

    RonM

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    Hello all--

    I am an airline pilot and run a free aviation classifieds website on the side. If you are looking for a high quality, free way to augment your advertising check it out. You can list aircraft for sale or lease, offer a partnership in your aircraft or request a partnership. You can also post a request for an aircraft to buy. Listings include 20 photos, a video link and logbook file uploads, free. There's no limit to how many listings you can have on the site and your listings do not expire. I am working on a module for Parts, Products, Services and more using the same format that should be online in the next 30 days.

    Thank you for reading,

    Marty

    http://www.AircraftShowroom.aero

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    LOOKING FOR OTHER OWNERS EXPERIENCE IN ADDING SOUND PROOFING TO A MOONEY. ANY RECOMMENDATIONS ON SOUND PROOFING UPHOLSTRY SHOPS PREFERABLY IN TEXAS? DOES ANY ONE HAVE EXPERIENCE WITH SPECIAL PROPELLERS THAT QUIET THE PLANE? WHAT ABOUT FIRE WALL AND FLOOR INSULATION? ANY EXPERIENCE WITH ADDING THICKER GLASS LIKE 1/4 INCH OR 3/8 INCH? I HAVE NOT FOUND THAT ANY OF THE NOISE CANCELLING HEADSETS ARE THE LONG TERM SOLUTION TO HIGH NOISE LEVELS PRESENT IN THE MOONEY COCKPITS. USEFUL THOUGHTS OR COMMENTS ARE APPRECIATED.

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    My 1975 Mooney 20F model was just flown home from St. Louis 1H0 to 08D, 6 hour journey. Upon pushing the plane into the hanger I noticed a little trickle of oil on the prop..my question is this. Do I dare fly it to my FBO 20 minutes away for repair or what could be the causes of this problem? thanks for any input or help..

    Dan

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    I'm looking for a mixture control knob for my '75 20C. Any help??

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    The Davtron indicator had to be removed due to indication incorrect pressure altitude. A continuity check of the harness found no errors in the wiring so the problem had to be elsewhere. Checking altitude encoder grey codes found that the B4 had to be high when it should have been low so there must have been a short. The only nearby high was the C1 so the short had to be here. An inspection of the connector under magnification revealed a tiny bead of solder between the pins of B4 and C1 which I pried out with a sewing needle.

    The indicator now reads accurately and is ready for reinstall in the aircraft. It is essential that this unit function correctly not only because of it's importance in calculating takeoff performance but any inaccuracy will be shared by the transponder. ATC will rely on the altitude reported be the transponder for traffic seperation so the utmost care must be taken to insure that the Davtron indicator to insure that the Davtron indicator does not interfere with the function of the transponder.

    The temprature probe location on the bottom of the aircraft near centerline 16" behind the baggage compartment bulkhead is not ideal but is a reasonable comprimise to the reccomended location. On top is out of the question becaude it will sense skin tempreture heated by the sun. In flight the probe should have little or no effect from the engine exhaust stream or engine heat trail from the cowl flaps. The readings should provide more accurate TAS calculations than could be obtained from the old fashion Aerotherm gague.

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    Did the 1975 Mooney M20F come with factory installed baffling?

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    During a recent preflight, the master switch on my 1975 M20F would not turn off. In addition, the flaps stuck at 1/2 and would not retract after takeoff. A similar thing happened last year, and the local mechanic replaced a relay which seemed to take care of the problem for a while. Now he's telling me that there is a system upgrade retro fit to replace all of the relays. Does anyone have info on this issue? Thx.

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    I have a 1992 M20J Missile (1995) and have muffler problems. It has a constant problem and anyone please give comments on repairs or people in the know. N888DF Home is KBEH. Come visit home of Whirlpool world headquarters lots of nice PLANES. This summer big big fly in June 21, 2014.. be my guess Dr Flood

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    looking for help in identifing parts I think they are Franklin but not sure I have an engine case that has NFMC stamped in it 4 cyl. opp. I though some of you guys may have worked on these in the past.

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    My father and I had a Mustang around 2006' - Now we have parts...lots of parts. We will have an auction on November 1st - November 7th....starting each item at .99 or a fair price on E-Bay. You can see the list (or I can E-mail the list to ya) on E-bay now - I have just put up a faux ad listing all the parts....Everything from Flaps to Instrument panels. These are all M22 Mustang parts...If you need any info or if you could pass this message on to another M22 owner that needs parts please feel free to email me....Thanks-------------- PitardStephen@yahoo.com

  4. tim's Blog

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    I am in need of a cover for the radio master switch on a 1991 M20J. Need only the cover and not the switch.It is a plastic cover