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    Please be careful ! Under no circumstances let the degaussing coil come near the Mooney's flux capacitor , because where we are going when that happens , we don't need no stinking compass!
  2. 2 points
    My dad used a phrase, it went like this: _ _ IT or get off the pot... I find it appropriate to this thread. I will wait to hear the bells ringing from the church steeples, or not.
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    Hey guys, and ladies. Just a quick shout out to Cherry Hill Aviation at Seymour, IN (KSER). They did a GREAT job in prepping and power coating both of my yokes on my F. They can powder coat in any color or texture you want. From high gloss, to satin, to wrinkled finish. We have the high gloss on the main yoke and wrinkled finish on the top plates where the PTT switches are to avoid any sun glare. www.cherryhillaviatoin.com Price was very reasonable (to me). Price may vary dependent on how much wiring they have to deal with for removal and reinstall. I will say..it was A FRACTION of going to leather.
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    Just wanted to say hello to all my fellow mooniacs! Im new to aviation, but always wanted to be a pilot. Walked into a flight school last summer and just kept comming back everyday till i got my PPL. Learned to fly in 180 piper archer, but had my eye on Mooneys since day 1. This summer i just could not help myself, I found the plane i wanted 74F with really low time airframe (855 hrs), and motor/prop (144 hrs since 2006), so i wrote a check. Found a hangar at my home airport KBJC near Denver the owner was willing to part with so i wrote another check, (sorta jumped in head first i know). Flew out to miami commercial one way two weeks ago, met with a cfi and we flew my bird back, logged 13 hrs in one day, whew! I took the Mooney up for the first solo flight in my new plane a day later, what a rush! Now the Mooney is in for her first annual and so far things are looking pretty good. So here I am guys green as they come 90hrs TT with 14 in type and 5 takeoffs / landings in it. Noticed this site is full of really friendly people who are super knowlegable, so thought i would introduce myself and N25EJ.
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    Hi Bob, PRC 1425 is for sealing windows. Clarence
  6. 1 point
    I found a local vendor in Kansas City that only does powder coating. They turned out awesome! I would highly recommend them. They charged me $95 for both which I thought was reasonable.
  7. 1 point
    I'd sell it as is,. Putting a new engine in it is like repainting a house and replacing the carpet to sell it. The next owner may have different tastes. Clarence
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    I have to agree, when Byron started talking about painting our airplane, my first comment was "let's make it look like Don's", both in quality but also design (its beautiful!!) Byron immediately made the trip to Mena to investigate the options. We were really disappointed to find out Mena has changed their stripping methods, and were just disappointed overall. Byron is talking up Hawk but they have not actually painted our airplane yet, we will report back when we get it. Likewise we are still iterating with Scheme Designers on the scheme, but its going to look FAST, I guarantee that.
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    Price will vary depending on labor to remove all the wiring and how long it takes to remove old paint/prep. I dont have my bill yet (still in annual), but he quoted me $100 for both. Again...your quote may vary. Can go gloss, or satin, or wrinkle finish and many many colors to choose from.
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    Unscientific experiment a few days ago: 2500' MSL, lightly loaded M20C, 57°F, level flight 25", 2500 rpm = 160 mph, 12.3 gal/hr 25", 2700 rpm = 170 mph, 13.5 gal/hr 26.5", 2700 rpm = 177 mph, 14.4 gal/ hr. Yellow arc starts at 151 mph, so I didn't leave it there very long. My conclusions: #1- 200 rpm = about 6% more horsepower and 1 gal/hr #2- Holy Crap! Not bad for 180 HP!
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    DIttos on all the great advice already given, the Mooneyspace crowd is a great resource to have. I would add the following. I bought my M20C just over a year ago. I absolutely love it. Best purchase I ever made. The first annual/year was expensive, partly because we missed a few things on the pre-buy due to our lack of familiarity with Mooneys (thus reinforcing the previous post comments) and also because there were a few things I wanted to add (shoulder harnesses, LED landing light, engine sump heater, replaced the rudder pedal and landing gear boots, added a spin-on oil filter.). The one recommendation I would add, not at all just because you are relatively low-time as a pilot, but something I chose to do for myself (I have about 13K hours, all but 1400 hours in large aircraft). I would get a thorough checkout from an experienced Mooney pilot. The airplane to me seems to have a few quirks that are well known - mostly related to takeoff/landing/ground handling characteristics. Because of my experience level, I was only required by insurance to get a "sign-off" in the airplane, which only took about an hour. But I flew the airplane home and got with an experienced instructor and got another 10 hours on top of that in all sorts of weather and wind conditions. As others have said, it is best to fly the Mooney very precisely in the takeoff/landing phase, and always be prepared to go-around if she starts crow-hopping (I noticed a lot of airplanes with prop strikes when I was looking for a plane to buy, it's a whole lot safer to go-around than try to save a landing, but it takes discipline). Also, many Mooney's don't sit perfectly level laterally on the ground (there is a tolerance for the shock biscuits, this can lead to a little "bank angle" even when the airplane is on the ground), certain wind conditions can cause a wing to lift on takeoff rather surprisingly. If your airplane has this (mine does), it's good to figure it out. In calm winds I start the takeoff roll with some right aileron until I feel her level out, then just keep the wings level. Then there is the service bulletin (M20-202) which if not complied with can make the airplane very sensitive in steering at high speeds (mine had not been complied with, she was twitchy!). Just to protect your investment, go for a thorough checkout from an experienced Mooney pilot. I did, and the first year of ownership has been a dream come true. Enjoy!
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    Before I had no functioning OAT. Now I have independent JPI and Aspen probe numbers. Pretty sure the day will come when I nervously wonder which is more accurate.
  14. 1 point
    I cannot remember ever seeing a requirement for it. But I completely agree it wouldn't be prudent to fly IFR without one.
  15. 1 point
    Use Schrödinger's cat just to be sure!
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    Next day we continued north to the neighboring island of Dominica. A left turn out from the runway, we opted to overfly Martinique because the terrain was reasonably flat. Not the case with Dominica. Steep slopes and jagged mountains kept us over the water on the eastern side. Landing in Dominica was intense and one of the most challenging approaches of the entire trip. Strong winds from the ocean forced me to land downhill toward the water. This meant a left hand traffic pattern into rising terrain and a downhill final and landing! To make matters worse, major sun glare made it difficult to see the rising terrain. I gauged the terrain before beginning the pattern and stayed as high as I could. Then on final, I alternated slips to bring it down and land before overshooting into the sea. The strong headwind helped me to establish a steep descent. Dominica is home to the endangered Imperial Amazon. It is the only country to have a parrot on its flag.
  17. 1 point
    It's entirely freaking possible! but how you gonna do that while swinging the dead cat?
  18. 1 point
    So, you're saying I should vacuum my airplane with the shop vac in the plane, and then slowly take it out of the plane while it's running to successfully degauss my steel roll cage.
  19. 1 point
    Good question! The degaussing coil which uses AC can magnetize or demagnetize . Voltage in the coil is creating field lines that reverse N/S slightly out of phase with the voltage. Current lags voltage. Current in a conductor creates a magnetic field. As long as the field is rapidly changing as it is distanced from the steel tube the steel tube it is likely to retain a small / insignificant (0) residual magnetism. If the current is stopped while the coil is close to the steel tube it can remain magnetized in the polarity of the last cycle as voltage/current decays to zero in the coil. Ideally you would want to stop the dergaussing tool when the AC voltage reaches zero, the current has stopped and the magnetic field around the coil has collapsed, hard to measure even harder to do . After the AC is turned off the collapsing field around the degaussing tool creates current in the tool and power supply wires until the field is completely collapsed. This current in the coil and conductors in close proximity to ferrous material can magnetize. The SB mentions that this can happen with the growler ( shop tool for testing motor armatures for shorts) I also forgot to mention that degaussing requires the swinging of a dead cat above your head while fervently repeating the Lord's Prayer backwards to be completely effective. I reserve the right to defend myself when the EEs weigh in.
  20. 1 point
    So today we took a short hop to KVCB and the air was perfect smooth clear and temp was a nice 50 degrees thought I'd run Snoopy a little harder than usual on the flight home 2500 and was able to get 24 inches at 5500 feet. Indicated was 140 knots translates to 153TAS. Did a climb at 100 and saw just under 1000fpm but that was at sea level so should be good. CHT was just under 400. While we were there we saw this Beech that looked to have had a gear up. Hate to see that.
  21. 1 point
    Need photo of new turbine! TBM? Best regards, -a-
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  23. 1 point
    "I could care less" instead of "I couldn't care less" Not sure why but that one really drives me crazy.
  24. 1 point
    The Q and A on aircraft spruce says the caps are 2-3/8 inch diameter....my current caps are 2 inch diameter. Are you sure these will fit?
  25. 1 point
    Same cap as the PA24-250 piper. PMA approved for the Piper at 116.50 each from Aircraft Spruce.

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