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    Sorry for the retread from last year, but I didn't have time to photoshop another Mooney in flight over a winter scene. The feelings are unchanged.
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    Santa came early this year!! Closed on it Friday and the previous owner flew it out here to me in CA today. Some of you probably recognize it from a for sale thread here on MS. They are finishing up clearing out the hangar and then will be putting a fresh coat of epoxy on the floor. Hope to have her moved into her new home by Tue-Wed. It was a fun adventure searching for a plane and the whole process of purchasing this plane was a pleasure. The seller is a fantastic guy. I'll get a fun write up of the whole journey on my blog later this week but I had to come here and share the good news. Oh, any of you out at KAJO (I saw a few others on the ramp) I'd love to say hi and meet sometime.
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    Well, It happened today. 7,955 build hours, 17 years and 9 months of hard work, it officially became an airplane today!! This is the second flight, my first in the left seat. What an absolute amazing machine!! Tom
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    I don't get that ad. If you make it your profile pic though I'll read anything you post.
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    Feliz Navidad Y Prospero Ano Nuevo
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    I have to echo this. From the first time I was on this site I felt like I had found a home and after getting my PPL a couple months ago and my Mooney a couple weeks ago I'm here to stay. Merry Christmas!!
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    A recent in-flight incident concerning a hopelessly jammed stabilizer trim on a K model prompted increased attention to an obscure Mooney Service Instruction (M20-88), and most likely a new Service Bulletin will be released soon. I have written an article that will deal with this subject in more detail in forthcoming issues of the MAPA Log and The Mooney Flyer but wanted to get the word out to the troops sooner so am posting an excerpt here. This problem may occur on K and earlier model Mooneys but here are some generalized procedures you may find useful for stab trim issues in any Mooney. Stabilizer Trim Problem Actions: Jammed Stabilizer—full nose up: The faster the plane goes the more forward elevator pressure will be required, so slow down as much as possible because this force can be considerable. Lower the flaps (takeoff or landing setting as appropriate), fly with the gear up, and use the least power needed… i.e. no need to climb quickly unless you have obstacle or terrain issues. Try to break the jammed trim loose by “shocking” the trim wheel smartly with as much nose down force (front of trim wheel towards the floor) as you can, but don’t forget to fly the plane. Declare an emergency! Pick a suitable airport (a longer runway is better). Configure normally for landing and fly a stabilized approach in the 1.2 to 1.3 VSO speed range. A slightly steeper than normal glideslope will also help. Slowly retard the throttle when landing is assured, flare, and touchdown normally. Jammed Stabilizer—mid position: Not as critical as the full nose up jam previously discussed, but it will still get your attention. It could be caused by a mechanical failure, a foreign object (e.g. rag, pen, flashlight, seat belt) getting lodged in the mechanism, or ice. Turn off Elevator Trim and Autopilot. Apply a moderate amount of manual trim in the direction opposite to that which caused the jam in the first place and consider jostling the plane in an attempt to dislodge foreign objects. (Don’t get overly aggressive—remember the Air Alaska MD-80 that tried to fix a stab trim problem rather than landing.) Land as soon as practical. If the out-of-trim condition is causing problems controlling the aircraft declare an emergency. Consider a no-flap landing (add 10 knots to VREF) if the trim is jammed nose down. Runaway Trim: Grab the trim wheel to stop the motion. The trim motor clutch will slip allowing you to restrain the wheel. Turn off the Elevator Trim switch and disconnect the Autopilot. Some airplanes have a Trim circuit breaker you can pull. Use manual trim. Be sure always to check the trim position prior to takeoff. Improperly set nose trim can make pitch control very challenging. Excess nose down trim will make rotation difficult and can result in porpoising on the runway and a possible prop strike. Excess nose up trim will make it difficult to keep climb attitude and airspeed under control. You can check your Mooney’s trim system yourself to see if it exhibits any tendency to stick at the limits. On the ground, run the trim to the full nose up position and then back slightly to see if there is any tendency to bind at the stop. Then run it to the stop again and give it “a little extra” with the manual trim wheel to see if it exhibits any tendency to stick. Check with your A&P or MSC if you have any concerns about your trim system. Lee Fox
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    Apparently, Santa was not on a flight plan or using flight-following when he entered this "Hot" MOA. Glad to see the military aviator got them down safely with only minor damage -Tom
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    Don Thanks and Merry Christmas and happy new year to you all MS folks
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    Richard, I hope you enjoy the plane as much as we all did for all these years. I attached a picture I just found from when my brother in law first got it......before he was even my brother in law. Note the date. (I'm also NOT the sharply dressed guy in the Christmas sweatpants!!) Last thing I forget to mention. I always liked the unique N number but there are very few controllers anywhere who get it right. Put a pause in there, Mooney 788...78, and they always get it. Happy Flying!!
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    Merry Christmas to my new to me family! This site has been awesome so far with great tips on buying and maintaining a Mooney. After owning a Mooney for 3 months, I can say without a doubt I picked the right aircraft and the right crowd!
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    Way to go Don! Let's get the festivities started! Merry Xmas, Happy Hanukkah, and pleasant holidays to all who are celebrating this time of year... Best regards, -a-
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    Well, today I finally joined the ranks of being a "G5 pilot" (No, not that G5). Pretty slick little device and I think I'm really going to enjoy flying behind this thing. Installation was about 7 hours of work but it wasn't a straight or simple swap and drop-in replacement either. Right off the bat we could see that the lower part of the G5 unit was going to overlap the top of the Bendix/King HSI bezel. Jeff, of High Desert Avionics, was able to figure out a way to move the holes up so he could ensure a proper fit. After some drilling and filing away at the instrument hole a brand new G5 lay happily in it's new home. Total cost for parts and labor ended up being $684. I'm glad he was able to accommodate me and have the unit done in one day while I waited. If you're in the SoCal area and need good quality avionics work please consider Jeff at High Desert Avionics at Fox Field. I've always been happy with his quality of work and continue to go back up there when I need avionics work done to my plane. He doesn't make you feel like your job is too small and not worth his time, like I had at another local shop. Today I just learned how he helped out on the SpaceShip One program, working for Burt Rutan.
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    Transponder is back in and working. We found that the backlight was the one run to the new circuit breaker. The actual power to the transponder was just a dead end, possibly taken off the bank of fuses we removed. New PAI-700 vertical card compass is installed. We will swing that later. Waiting on the holidays to go by so my IA can come and put this governor back in. Hector, Hijackers is on our shortlist. We might be working on it the 25th, so maybe soon afterwards. Upcoming destinations: Jan 14- KLEE for the Florida Mooney Breakfast. Jan ~21: Poss Charleston, SC to visit the USS Yorktown Feb: The missus and I want to fly to Kitty Hawk, NC to see the Wright Bros memorial. I've been there as an 8 year old, I'd love to go back and get a picture in the same spot. March: Tullahoma, TN for the Beech museum April: SnF & Wings Over Suwannee July: OSHKOSH!
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    I looked through the NTSB report about a week ago and it looked more like a too tight base to final, the plane then rolling inverted and nose down. Maybe he was trying to slip in the turn, which would not be good. But the main point to take from that accident is that no matter how many hours you have nor how much skill, the rules of aerodynamics apply equally and mercilessly. Greater skill does not let you opt out of them.
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    So did Sophia! This photo from that evening is even more famous.
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    Ads are probably generated based on your browsing history. (I see ads from Harbor Freight and Northern Tool.)
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    LMAO! ..... I WOULD but I'm not sure my wife would see the humor in that. I feel sorry for Sophia Loren having to sit next to her!
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    Cross wind landings won't put side loads on the Johnson bar. If your preloads are correct it should put no loads on the actuation mechanism. It will put loads on the overcenter links on the main wheels, but unless they come off of overcenter, which they should never do, no load will be transferred beyond that.
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    The announcement of the KI300 has been the cause of many to drink the vaporware Kool aid here, and even one particular evangelist to quote the high reliability of this non existent product. Once I heard RC Allen had a "hand" in its' development and production, my hopes of it being viable were greatly diminished. see https://mooneyspace.com/search/?&q="ki 300" While in theory, the KI300 would be nice, what would be even nicer is an option for the ESI 500 to drive the antiquated analog KI autopilots. Those "fine swiss watch" KI 25X AI's are making Bob Bramble have a very nice Christmas once again, and will continue to do so (currently at about $2500/ rebuild and align every 500 or so hours). Nothing against Bob, he does a great job on filling this demand.
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    Not to lessen the seriousness of the situation BUT- manual gear, manual flaps, manual trim? All you electrified guys always have problems. Progress marches on?
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    Does pre-flight checking count? Maybe I'm just a geek, but I run through the pre-flight check of my KAP 150 as it is described in the FM Supplement. Takes a couple of extra minutes, but it's just something to make sure everything is working like it should. Was not doing that until I went to the Mooney Summit in 2014 and heard DMAX talk about reading your POH at least annually to learn something new about your aircraft. The A/P check was the thing I took away from my first re-read of my POH.
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    I just sold my "Brand C" (don't ask - it was my wife's idea to get it) and I will be picking up my K model in January. Can't wait to start flying an airplane that is really fun to fly!
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    There's no replacement for displacement.
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    I have answered that. Twice. It's first come, first serve. The only rule is 5 miles and a thousand feet. It's my discretion beyond that. Yes. And it doesn't matter. You could have one and it wouldn't matter. The faa order says safe, orderly expeditious, pick two I guess. UT that's one guy's opinion and I'm in a shit mood tonight, it'll be different tomorrow.
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    Wow!!! toooo bad that things break. A year and 10 AMU's to get her in the air again. Still,, you have a bargain plane.. I too suffered through that time, but didn't do any work. Sooo,,, An annual, airworthy, sooo sweet,,,,, 6 days, 17 hours flying. Then you get to ,,, sometimes things break,,, need some money !! Glad your transponder and prop governor repairs will be less than An AMU to fix. Look forward to tales of your flying trips in the future... I am still very proud of you,, doing the work, getting through this ,,, long time,, making it happen,, getting it done!! Oh,, and,, D/C's Rule!!!!
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    Cool, glad you are putting her back together with working governor and transponder. Let me know if you want some company at Hijackers, would love to see your bird. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Not going to lie, that's the coolest thing I saw today.... I'm sure you as well. Congrats on another step closer to being airborne. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Never had that problem, but then those of us whom crab and kick have to be quick on their feet ;-)
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    When I saw the Garmin G5- I had a similar hope (drive the ki-256). The cost of the converter from Aspen is just a little over the top IMO.... as is their SV upgrade cost (really... $3k for SVT? $3K for the EA100? These things must be made with solid platinum components.... even then they are marked up.). Oh well... I guess I can keep dreaming.
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    Based on my experience, if a proper crosswind landing is made, the airplane should be pointing straight down the run way by the time the nose touches down. As far as the mains go, the down lock mechanism is what is taking the side load, not the retract mechanism- at least that is what i gather from working on my own aircraft.
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    I don't think I have the useful load to handle the kind of survival gear that you guys are recommending.
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    My general rule of thumb is that I have to get somewhere, I'll either file or go flight following. But if I'm out on a leisurely cruise, or just tooling about, I don't bother.
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    The Power Tow transmission is available on their site for a whopping $500. The problem you are having is probably the same problem I had with my Lug Bug. The Lug Bug line was bought out by Power Tow. If you are having shifting problems, it is most likely the detente in the shift lever. In my case, the shift lever actually cracked at one of the detents. A buddy of mine managed to put it together with a homemade fix. The transmission is from a Gilson snowblower. Here is the part for the shifter. The site has other replacement parts as well. http://www.gilsonsnowblowers.com/snowparts2.html#footefork Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Not exactly... if you're IFR, and a traffic conflict exists that you recognize in VMC, with other IFR traffic, the ownus is still on you, the pilot with situational awareness, to remedy the situation. ATC has an increased role in providing safe separation, but you are still responsible for the safe operation of your craft, if you recognize a potential conflict.
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    Almost but not quite. I've had ATC give me traffic call outs (11:00, 4 miles) while I was IMC. Does me no good, and I always respond that I'm IMC. Let's them know the onus for separation is on them, otherwise it's on me. When I'm IFR in VMC, sure they give separation from other IFR traffic, but it's still up to me to ensure I don't hit them, and it's pretty much up to me to avoid VFR traffic, too. I've had traffic calls in IMC for nearby traffic squawking 1200, several thousand feet above the bases, too, so there are no guarantees.
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    Hands down, for this pilot and airplane, the NGT9000 was perfect, couldn't be happier with it. While only traffic is displayed on my GNS430W, the color display on the 9000 is easy to read and navigate. Hope I'm not talking me out of a sale Its my understanding that to meet the 2020 requirement, GARMIN upgrades to GTX330ES is $1500 so for $2700 you've got a compliant GARMIN system.
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    There's a good article about runaway trim in the current issue of AOPA Pilot (Jan 2017 issue, page 87) titled "The Other Autopilot Failure". In the article one reason this happens is the pilot disconnects the AP while putting forward or back pressure on the yoke which may prevent the pitch servo from disconnecting. To make matters worse, the more you fight it the more it wants to go in the other direction. Other than pulling the breaker or shutting off the master, the way to disconnect it is to pitch in the direction the servo is going and it will release. The lesson is always disconnect the AP with the controls neutral. Worth reading for those of you who subscribe.
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    How else to fly a NA Mooney?
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    Russ, my recent issue was probably not the same but sounds vaguely familiar. I have an sTec 60-2. Recently had my pitch servo rebuilt by sTec aka Genesis. They wired it backwards during the rebuild. My shop installed the rebuilt servo and confirmed it worked but did not confirm it worked in the correct direction. You know how exciting it can get when your pitch servo runs in the wrong direction? Genesis had this excuse: the same servo is used in many aircraft, but needs to be wired (by them) in reverse if it goes in a Mooney. The knew it was for a Mooney but failed to wire it accordingly.
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    Yeap, right in your battery compartment, you will find quite a few little black inline fuse holders strapped to various things, go look.
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    For a most excellently lucid overview, check out the recent post, with photos, labeled "stabilizer trim alert" Fly-By, Lee Fox, volunteered hours of his expertise to figure out what went wrong. Read and learn!
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    If you've got the bell bottom jeans, platform shoes and leisure suit to go with it, that first one is groovy. I think either one would be good if you're not planning to do any upgrading. You like the vintage look and want to keep them all original. Assuming they'll pass a pre-buy and have logs that show regular use, do it.
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    I will complain again - with a new scary incident fresh in my mind. On Friday night I crashed our car driving my son home from Cornell. 60mph and loss of control bang into the jersey barrier. Don't worry about the details - and I thought I was better enough than that since I have not crashed anything since I was 17. Knock on wood. Good seat belts and airbags deployed, and all I have is a sore neck and chest from the seatbelt itself catching me so hard. And my son is fine. Thank goodness for modern technology. I am big on airbags today. Ok back to the FAA. Tell me again why I am not allowed STILL to install the airbag seatbelts into my M20K? The technology exists and it is already engineered - only FAA paper work restrictions are in the way.
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    And I expect the Pt23 re write is still going to require the ADSB out to be certified compliant so will cost a lot for less capablity than a non certified that has more features at less than 1/4 the cost. I Will likely upgrade to be compliant but will be a hold out hoping that there will be better units that all you early birds will want to upgrade and then I can help you recover some of your initial investment and you can help me by selling me a used one at a reasonable price.
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    The edct can be for a lot of things. If it's a gdp it's like a chainsaw. It finds you a time at the threshold but that doesn't mean you can land stacked, you still have to be fit into the overhead stream. That still takes finesse. Mostly what I'm reading is a bunch of people struggling to grasp that they're not the only airplane in the sky. LA center runs a staggered feed to tracon. You'll get sequenced 350+ miles out no matter which stream you're on, bce, drk, or pgs The difference between a m20c and a m20k is not enough to even get most enough controllers attention. They're essentially the same. Now the difference between a eclipse jet and a 757 both trying to occupy FL 360, that gets it.
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    I hardly ever drink so maybe that's how I ended up with an airplane. My biggest problem is I like to save money more than spend it, and I own an airplane...what!
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    I really like the noisy spinny thing up front.
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    From what you guys are saying, mine should have been totaled in 2005 then. Could be a great project for someone. If you replace everything with new and do a complete overhaul on the engine you're not going to come out ahead. The engine does not need an overhaul and if the crank is fine it will only cost a few thousand to get serviceable. Ever hear of using a used serviceable prop? It can be had for much less than a new one. It all comes out to a matter of perspective. It's what you make of it and I don't replace everything with new. Just my .02 and it can always end up as beer cans!