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  1. 5 points
    We unveiled the completed cowling today at the Mooney Summit III. It was great getting to meet many of you who've followed the project here as well meeting those who just saw it today. I'll start flying with it on my airplane in the next couple of weeks. Thanks to all who stopped by and gave me feedback.
  2. 4 points
    Many of you know about my "project", but a fun story when I was first converting my project to turbine a guy named Tom Zedecker from Reno had just converted his IV to turbine after a nightmare V-8 installation. He had done most of his flight testing with the new Walters 601D (724HP) in the Reno area, I think he was actually based there, and relayed this story to me at Sun & Fun. The tower controller knew him pretty well. One day a King Air had taxied out just in front of Tom and in receiving his take off clearance was instructed to make an immediate 40 degree turn to the left upon departure. The King Air pilot, in an obviously annoyed manner, asked why he needed the turn. The tower replied " you see that little airplane behind you? If you don't turn he will saw your tail off." There were no more comments from the King Air pilot. I will always be a Mooney fan, but this project should be flying by next spring. Here's a teaser.
  3. 4 points
    It's a good thing they have periods. If they had apostrophes they'd be way more possessive and prone to contractions!
  4. 4 points
    At least with all the periods we know she's not pregnant. Clarence
  5. 3 points
    I've had two instances lately with turboprop drivers that were pretty interesting. I was flying the Rocket into Boyne Falls, MI a few weeks ago to pick up a driver delivering a new plow truck chassis to the body (up-fit) installer. MSP Center asked me what runway I was going to use (I was south east bound) and I said RWY 17 (1/2 right base to final). I was out about 12 miles and he then asked a Pilatus his intentions and he said the same runway. ATC then advised him to take a 10 degree turn to the right for spacing, you're number two for the airport. He wasn't happy so he cancelled. I stayed with center and cancelled about 5 miles out. After announcing my position on CTAf (5 miles northwest) he comes on and says " I'm 6 miles south and really moving quick, doing almost 240 knots", like I should jump out of his way so he can land first. I asked if he was a medical flight and he said no, so I continued in to the airport, noting I was doing 200 knots (so big deal). As I was on short final he asks where I am at, as he is now about to enter down wind. I was on the ground, shut down, and walking to the terminal by the time he was on final. This Tuesday, coming back from the Mayo Clinic in the Northwoods Airlifeline turbo Bonanza, I was going IFR into Rhinelander WI (KRHI), following a regional jet (Delta Regional carrier). I heard just before cancelling a VFR Cheyenne 22 miles out announcing a straight in for RWY 09. I was 14 out at the time. I cancelled at 8 miles out and announced my location and amazingly he was now 9 miles out and clearly wanting me to get out of his way (I was doing 195 knots in the B36T at the time). I announced my altitude and inquired what his was, with him admitting being 1500' above mine. I continued to the airport, looking hard for him as I arrived in the pattern. I announced I was on a 2 mile final and he was supposedly "right behind me". As I was pulling onto the taxiway he asks for my position (what, you're only a mile behind me?). He then announces he is on a 4 mile final. Again, I'm walking off the ramp with my ride and he's on a half mile final. Seems some of these turboprop guys think they are the only ones that can move fast. Tom
  6. 3 points
    Sorry guys if I thought grammar and spelling were important on a forum I use for pleasure then I'd have my staff critique my lack of writing skills as I do in the office. Working along with lawyers and other professionals on a daily basis is when my communication skills are utilized. IMHO liberal arts suck making colleges and universities rich. Having two post graduate degrees wasted a quite of my time, effort and money. I could give a rats ass if my physician utilizes those skills, I pay him for quality medical advice and procedural work. Do I care if he's operating on my heart if he can spell operate! Math, science and other types of professional education is what will make one wealthy. Ross do you actually believe when I taught college I cared about grammar and spelling. I was more interested in educating my students in the curriculum they were investing themselves in. When going to Catholic school I had enough torture from the nuns in there effort to try and educate me in the English language, they failed not me I used my time learning a skill set that earned me quite a bit of money. This also must be my first post without my great run on segments or triple periods. Well that's enough bashing the poor liberal arts folks they need to be there so all our younger people can spend there hard earned money on that extra year or two in college at $40-$50 K per year. Now back to flying so I can have some enjoyment.
  7. 2 points
    My dad was a Marine. (He retired when I was in 10th grade.) The rules were simple: don't get in trouble at school, on base or off base. Don't get picked up by the MPs, or expect to stay at least overnight. No beatings necessary. Spankings at home when appropriate, but very few "wait til your father gets home" events, as they were unpleasant. never got paddled in school, as it would have paled in comparison to Dad's follow up event. now schools teach kids to report spankings at home to the police, so they can go live in foster care instead of at home. Society is doomed . . .
  8. 2 points
    Guys I appreciate you interest in usage of proper grammar. Since this was assumed to be a casual forum your basis for formulation of such an opinion is obviously without foundation. I'm far from being poorly educated, unless of course the only education being measured is the skill set of proper writing skills. I also paid for my own education while trying to get back to work from an injury, I had a three year old at home and needed to acquire my education while making a few bucks along the way for novel items such as food. I went from zero education to two Masters degrees and passing the CPA exam all in one sitting at that time the pass rate for the exam approximated 5% and less in one shot in five years. I'm not blowing my horn just trying to depict that what you may see on the surface may be form over substance. It's easy to judge without merit. Look at many who hold Doctorate degrees many look like they fell off a garbage truck. But there accomplishments are vast and many have an IQ off the charts, a lot forget to bath, but there smart.
  9. 2 points
    I wasn't judging, just relaying my experience. Not too long ago, when I was in the corporate world, I fired off an email to my supervisor regarding our bank's lending policy. I was 33 at the time and relatively young to have a VP title (not that it's that exclusive in modern banking). I received two emails in connection with the original. The first was her CCing me on the forward to 2 "C level" execs and the other was a note telling me how much she appreciated the content. I was really glowing until I reread my original email. I felt 2 feet tall. I'm not as casual about writing as I once was. I found out the hard way, you never know who will end up reading it. It reads as though you've achieved such a high level of success that you couldn't care less what someone thinks of you or how you communicate. I admire that...truly I do. However, I'm not there yet. I agree wholeheartedly that a liberal arts education is not a good value at today's prices. I paid my own way through a state school. College tought me about time management, money management and discipline. I didn't come out with a lot of technical knowledge. Holy thread creep!
  10. 2 points
    This is amusing fun talk about grammar but a serious experience just the other night has me fired up! Wife and I went to our twins' back to school night. Back to school is when parents go to the school and rotate through their kids' schedule of classes in the classrooms to meet the teachers. Our twin boys are juniors in high school this year. They happened to be in the same class for US History AP. The teacher, who was also an English teacher before, gave a brief presentation of course goals and expectations etc. etc. There's a lot of writing in her class and somehow some parent brought up the question of how important is proper spelling! That's odd I thought to my self...your kid is in US History AP and you're questioning his spelling?? I turned to my wife discreetly for some reassurance that I heard right! Then the bomb drops! The teacher proceeded to explain that she does not emphasize and will not penalize her students for bad spelling!!! Yes folks! A junior in a high school AP course about to enter college is not held accountable for spelling!!! Forget grammar! We're talking spelling! I had heard enough and was about to blow up. Good thing my wife was there to keep me calm. I did have a little chat with the teacher afterwards and that's when the third bomb dropped! She did agree and did say it was very true and disturbing! But there are enough complaining parents who don't want theor kid getting a bad grade for such "trivial" things. Really?! Is this what we're allowing?? Are we so quicly becoming a society of dumbies with smart phones walking around bumping into each other! Sad...very sad! Am I overeacting for nothing? (...there...three periods!)
  11. 2 points
    My annunciator was going tango uniform with various symptoms recently such as incomplete indications pushing the test button during pre-flight. I was aware of the SB to replace resistors on the board to make the low-fuel lights more reliable, but that wasn't necessarily going to solve my other problems such as erroneous intermittent vacuum and voltage indications. Having a nice JPI 830 I have no plans to install a new "primary" engine monitor and toss out the original annunciator anytime soon (or build out a new idiot-light system). I wanted to keep my annunciator, but to suit me it needs to be functional as I'm of the mindset that if it doesn't work it needs to be fixed. I'm not a big fan of "inop" stickers. So I began weighing my options. A couple of used annunciators were available for ~$250-$300 but how long would they remain functional? On another MS thread or two there were discussions of self-service repair, non-aviation electronics-shop repair, and returning the unit to International Avionics Inc. for OEM repair. While I'm pretty handy with a soldering gun and can certainly pop a new resistor onto a PCB I'm no electronics wizard. I can run a multi-meter but not an oscilloscope. Next, I have a qualified electronics shop that repairs my music amplifiers etc. but they don't have schematics for my annunciator and I couldn't log the repair even if they got it right. There were conflicting posts about the manufacturer (IA) with one quote of $1,200 (IIRC) for overhaul and another person quoting $600 but stating that they had a serious personality conflict with the technician they spoke to over the phone. I certainly didn't want to pay more than a AMU for a simple repair but then again I liked the idea of getting it done right. Plus as somebody else put it "it's nice to know that IA is still supporting these aging Mooneys". I decided to give them a call (they don't have a web presence) to inquire about getting my unit serviced and was quickly transferred to the person who would be doing the work (Kenneth). This person was a bit aloof I will say but he was not rude or condescending to me as one poster suggested. We discussed my issues and he convinced me that an "overhaul" would be in my best interest as the annunciator was 37 years old (1978 M20J) and he couldn't guarantee that it would be reliable otherwise. So I inquired about pricing and he said he could bring it to like-new condition for $550.00 + shipping. It sounded fair to me and I don't mind giving a little support to people who help keep our birds in the air, so off it went. About a week later Kenneth called to say the unit was ready to ship and offered to ship it on my UPS account number which saved me a couple of bucks. The bill was exactly as quoted at $550. When the unit arrived I opened it up and was very pleased to find that the "overhaul" was an entirely "new" unit with the exception of the enclosure. The PC board assembly had been replaced with a brand new board and electronics. The bulbs were all new. The graphics strip ("gear, vac, fuel, volts, etc.") was new along with a new lens. The faceplate was original. And it seems to work perfectly so far! It takes <15 minutes to remove/install including removing the glareshield so even with A&P labor it should be an inexpensive job. Often times you get what you pay for, and in this case I got an essentially new annunciator, from the original manufacturer, including installation, all for less than $600. I found it to be a good deal. YMMV.
  12. 2 points
    O.K. Cover her up. One can only view Mooney porn so much. Transformation. C-inderella lost her chin and is the belle of the ball. Home run David. Hope it flies as well as it looks...NOT as hot as it looks:)
  13. 2 points
    There was a time when I did...
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  15. 1 point
    Okay so I flew my Cessna 172 for roughly 12 years and always wished I had a little more feedback from my engine other than oil temp and oil pressure. Specially when climbing high on a hot day. So that got boring and I found my way to a Mooney M20J 201. Did a firewall forward and went through it tip to tail. Love the handling and speed for sure. Put 70 hours on it in three months. A good portion of that time was figuring out what the indications on the gauges were telling the truth or a lie. Cylinder head temps, exhaust gas temps, fuel flow and fuel pressure doing funny things. I spend all my spare time flying and reading all the good stuff on this sight and have learned a ton about my new ride. It sure seemed a lot easier however when the engine in my Cessna was running smooth as glass and you just flew. We all have a ton of money invested in these awesome machines and hope these gizmos are helping us get the most out of it and fly safer but I can't help but think they are also making us a little crazy! Just throwing it out there.
  16. 1 point
    Peter, that's six periods and your signature exclamation point. Remedial math for you
  17. 1 point
    I can't help but think the 172 is a bit more forgiving with regard to CHT, EGT and oil press/temp. They are trainers, as such, they are configured to operate at speeds other than cruise speed. I think the price you pay for such trouble free operation is a maximum cruise speed of 101.4 Kts TAS.
  18. 1 point
    I hope you're kidding. One time a teacher hit my older brother across the back of his hand with the steel edge of a ruler cutting him open fairly well. My brother walked home several miles at recess to show my mother. The next day my father went to the school to politely but firmly explain that no one there would be striking or injuring his children. If it were to happen again he would come back to dish out the same to the teacher and principal. Thankfully standards have changed. Clarence
  19. 1 point
    Is this as in, "Don't be that guy...in Catholic schools"?
  20. 1 point
    You guys had it easy in parochial schools with rulers and wiffleball bats! Piece of cake! I used to get beaten with a stick. A piece of wood. A freshly cut piece of wood! The teacher would make us go and bring it to him too! And let me tell you it hurt! Ten lashes in each palm wasn't fun! I remember going home one day with palms so swollen I couldn't grasp a pencil right! If I dared complain or even say anything I'd get more at home! Those were the good old days!
  21. 1 point
    Interesting! I am a product of parochial school from nursery school all the way through high school. I started nursery school in '77 and graduated high school in '92. I can say with absolute certainty that during that time that no nun, priest nor brother ever put a hand on me. When I was at Texas Military Intitute, Professor Espino had a wiffleball bat that he referred to as the "singing sword". I do recall being swatted with that a time or two in front of the class, though it never hurt. He was a class act in every way though. I remember when I was hospitalized in 7th grade with a nasty compound fracture. He called me at the beginning of our geology class and told me that I was in their thoughts and prayers and then asked the class to stand and have a moment of silence for me. He then said he hoped to see me next week and hung up.
  22. 1 point
    Anthony the difference was the nuns used a ruler or pointer stick ouch! The brothers just punched your lights out, go home in those days and tell on them then mommy kicks our ass, all that is gone in our current society. I know that in 1966 they would still punch you. I was across the river in Del. County. A friend of mine back talked Brother Ronald and was actually knocked out and had stitches in his mouth, were fortunate it has stopped.
  23. 1 point
    Ross, thanks for the memory help..! Find this thread. Go down a few posts. Find the FAA link. Determine what S/N is the cut-off. Check the S/N you have. in this case, newer is better... Best regards, -a-
  24. 1 point
    Q: What year did the nuns stop beating the children? A: Eighth grade... The brothers taught the High School level. Go XBHS! Best regards, -a-
  25. 1 point
    Chris I started off poorly in parochial school in first grade Sister Abana put me under her desk for talking yes I couldn't shut up then either, another mistake except I'm not sure if it Sister A's or mine but just imagine a little six year old looking up at the black dress black huge shoes and all and the little guy decides to see whether she also had black underwear on. I got the S kicked out of me before I found out. Last time under the desk though,
  26. 1 point
    I have the scars of going to Catholic grade school as well. Here is what my hand looks like today after years of nuns "teaching" me how to hold a pencil correctly. The order of nuns who ran our parochial school were the "Sisters of Mercy". Seemed appropriate at the time as I remember repeatedly crying out "Mercy sister mercy!"
  27. 1 point
  28. 1 point
    What did it cost you to move to the new style caps? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  29. 1 point
    When I was in high school ('92 grad), public school teachers would notate spelling and grammar mistakes on your paper and perhaps subtract a few points if the mistakes were egregious. For the most part, written assignments were graded purely on content. I also went to several private schools where writing skills were emphasized across the curriculum. I had decent writing skills in HS and college, but what really pushed me to polish my writing was communicating in the business world. Shame is a strong motivator for me. I've become quite critical of myself over the years. Even here, I edit about 75% of my posts. I am a mediocre speller and that is not likely to change.
  30. 1 point
    $4.83 cash price at my home drone. Want to save even more? 1. Get a Phillips 66 credit card. 2. Join a charity organization, specifically Angel Flight (Central, Mid-Atlantic, Northeast, Oklahoma, South Central, Southeast, or West), Airlift Hope America, or Mercy Flight Southeast. 3. Fly a mission and buy your fuel for the mission from Phillips 66 using your Phillips card. 4. Fill out the rebate form and get $1.00/gallon back from Phillips. I've used it at Spokane (KSFF); stopped at Caldwell, ID (KEUL) on the way home from Boise (KBOI), and stopped at La Grande, OR (KLGD) on the way home from Ontario, OR (KONO). Fuel at LGD was $4.40. With the rebate it will end up costing me $3.40. Saved $1.43/gallon vs buying when I got home. You can only do that as part of a mission, but that is one thing I take into consideration when planning, especially if it is a multi leg mission. I try to talk the other pilot into meeting at an airport that has Phillips gas and takes the Phillips card. And, in addition to saving on gas, the full cost of the mission is a tax deduction. Get to fly, do some good, save some money. Win, win, win.
  31. 1 point
    To answer your question, no it is not possible to find a turn key airplane. The thing with airplanes is you always have to be able to pay for a very large repair. Fuel tanks can be fine today and need a $10k re-seal tomorrow. Your engine can run fine one day and you can still find metal in your oil filter tomorrow. If you can't handle an un-expected expense in that range you are not ready for ownership.
  32. 1 point
    Agreed, but I will tell you that some of these guys depend on their TCAS to see and avoid in the local pattern. The lesson for us is "be sure to turn on your mode C transponder so you will be seen by these idiots". Now there is the other side of the story: so often in a jet we come boming into the local pattern making all the calls on the CTAF and never hear a peep, but there is a guy we see on TCAS who isn't saying a thing. We don't know if he's aware of us, or not. Don't be that guy either.
  33. 1 point
    Don't be the guy in the twin doing a thirty minute run up while blocking the takeoff runway. Use the run up cutout area for Gods sake.
  34. 1 point
    Went out to the airport semi early this morning (Friday) to do a full wash on the 231. KCXL Calexico CA is a very small airport with only about a dozen aircraft on the field. US Customs is on site so there is some traffic crossing the border to and from Mexico. This morning however there were 2 Falcons on the ramp. It is rare to see large aircraft here. N8200E and N8300E are both from Emerson Electric. Maybe they are thinking about a plant in Mexicali given that the peso is really taking a bath just now. At about 6:45a one of the APUs started up. I think it was on N8300E. About a half hour later he started his main engines, taxied, and took off. I was using the wash pad at the time, about 500 feet away, and I had my handheld radio on CTAF. I never heard a word on the radio until he was at about 4000' and departing the area to the east. I asked the guy in the office if he heard anything on the radio when the Falcon departed and he told me no. Now, I know there is little traffic here at 7:15a but I was there at the airport. I could have just as well decided to fly as to wash. I could very well have been on short final to RWY 26 - hidden by the very low rising sun. I don't know what goes through a pilot's mind when he makes a bonehead move like that. Is a big time Falcon pilot too good to make a radio call? Don't be that guy. Dave
  35. 1 point
    The Mooney Summit is really growing and due to our size and presence it's really catching the excitement of the Panama City Beach community. Will be posting lots more pictures on this and our Mooney Summit Facebook page but here is a local TV interest that made the 10 pm headline news http://www.wjhg.com/home/headlines/Mooney-Pilots-Taking-Off-in-Panama-City-Beach-330483161.html
  36. 1 point
    I'm sure some guy in 1960 said "I look forward to flying behind a computer controlled engine". So far we're about 100 years behind in motor technology. So if electric motors become common in cars we should have them around 2126. -Robert
  37. 1 point
    At my new home base Texas Gulf Coast Regional (KLBX) just outside Houston they've been working on the self-service terminal all week. After 3 flights this week without refueling, my tanks finally reached the point where "sticking" them didn't tell me anything (down to about 16-20 gallons total) so I broke down and called for the fuel truck on Unicom. They drove over to the hangar and topped me off at the "truck price" of $3.84/gal. After my $0.25/gal tenant discount it came to $3.59/gal for FULL SERVICE. I've got no complaints.
  38. 1 point
    You may be correct! It's not a huge concern for me though. I must say that our bird is unique in that it has been in the family almost all of its life. My father bought it in the spring of '68 from Henry Weber Aircraft. It was being used as a demo plane and had about 100TT. It has 2993TT today. It's still a money pit, but we actually do know exactly what has been done to it over the years.
  39. 1 point
    Anthony well said, now I need to work on my grammar to respond in a clear and concise manner. Ward your obviously are a very experienced pilot and your response was based on Greg using the forum to decide whether to go or not. Greg mentioned many times he wanted opinions from some more experienced pilots to ascertain if his decision making abilities are concrete and how he could use the opinions of the forum in the future. You mentioned he should read the two great books most of us have read, he stated has also has read them. That was a way you gathered some of your knowledge and inserted it into your personal memory bank exactly what he is doing by asking the question for our opinions in an effort to become a better pilot. There's to much bashing and not enough help in this world, I only hope it doesn't infest this forum, as it apparently has.
  40. 1 point
    Yes if evaluating the ask based on just the subject line, then you should rightfully steer clear of advising a potentially hapless pilot. And perhaps I could have worded it better, but I still think this conversation was a positive for the community. The details emerged as part of the conversation. Perhaps I could have asked others how they would look to "evaluate the scenario" rather than imply a "vote", but I did try to make clear that I'm PIC and all discussion aside, all inputs aside, it was my responsibility and indeed my life on the line! I think hangar talk (that's what this is) can be a healthy way to help others to understand the risks that experience haven't yet taught them. Re: the reliability of piston singles, I've had one engine failure where I glided to a runway in a rental Arrow in 1995 (required overhaul but never got the full details), another emergency landing where a piston stopped firing for an unknown reason in my Arrow around 2010 (spalled intake valve lifter caused early overhaul) and then a emergency/precautionary landing with a clogged injector/dead cylinder in cruise in my Ovation. I tell everyone who will listen that time spent over low IMC in a single is rolling the dice (or for that matter on a moonless night), and from a risk management point of view unacceptable to me, as I always want at least one if not more "outs". Most of my go/no go thought process boiled down to interpreting ceilings (I usually want to see mostly 1000) and understanding whether I could even get part of the way and rent a car (VFR at origin) It's just reality that capability is not the same thing as acceptable risk, and we should keep them both in mind. One says can I do this safely. The other says will it still have a reasonable chance of a good outcome should the feces hit the fan. As wonderful as our machines are, they aren't jets with multiple engines, pressurization, etc etc. -Greg PS our machines do glide well so by going up highish in the northeast, I can almost always glide to a runway or interstate. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  41. 1 point
    Ordinarily, I don't weigh in on discussions like this, but I think this is an important discussion. When I see responses that seem to say "you are an idiot for asking", I cringe, as it may deter others from asking questions. My opinion is that it is critical in ones thought process as to why the OP was asking. If one is asking others to decide for him whether to make a flight, he is dead wrong. As others have stated, this decision absolutely must be made by you, as PIC. However, asking what others opinions and thought processes they use in making these decisions, is perfectly valid, and important. These are some of the most difficult decisions we face as pilots. I we waited until everything was perfect and presented zero risk before we made a flight, we would only fly on perfect VFR days, and perhaps never fly at all. The only way you can ever expand your abilities to fly IFR is to push your limits. However, pushing your limits beyond your capabilities is very dangerous. So the answer is; there is no real answer. It is an individual decision that no one can make for you. So, no help at all. Push yourself, but very slowly and very carefully. Err on the side of caution.
  42. 1 point
    Here's are the steps to buy the perfect airplane for you and your family... Determine your mission.Do your due diligence.Test fly as many different models as you possible can.Establish your budget. Then after you've done all of the above, buy the one your wife likes best.
  43. 1 point
    Amazing. Can't wait to hear about performance and cooling comparisons!
  44. 1 point
  45. 1 point
    Ryan..your not alone, English was not my area of expertise in college, actually my secretary just loves to clean up my letters etc.
  46. 1 point
    I sort of believe that, especially with factory new products. I will continue to overhaul what I have as long as I can. My cam and crank are 48 years old and have a single resurface behind them. When the engine is removed from service, I will likely feel much better reusing those same components than rolling the "Factory New" dice.
  47. 1 point
    Wow! Sharp eyes. PilotPierce, be aware that virtually nothing goes un-noticed on Mooneyspace. All of your virtues and blemishes will soon be outed! In a nice way.
  48. 1 point
    Had one pop in a 1969 Datsun 2000 once, but never heard of one go bad in a J. I'm sure they can, but I would think it would be a total failure, not fluxuating reading.
  49. 1 point
    I have seen one fail on a car before, but never with the needle movement mimicking the graph fluctuations the way your picture from Savvy shows. But then again, I am not an A&P. I'm still pulling for it being a cleaning of the master that resolves it once and for all like Mike talked about. John
  50. 1 point
    Things are going to start happening for you NOW!

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