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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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    We enjoyed some wonderful flying on Christmas day. It's one of my favorite days to fly because there are so few planes in the sky and you have the air all to yourself. Anyone else go flying on xmas?
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    Justifying the plane to your wife... That's funny right there! [emoji3][emoji3]. Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
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    I got this: 1979 M20K, with a -LB, Airflow intercooler, Merlyn, Aspen, TKS and several other toys (I'm pretty giddy!). It will be based at KEDC. Should suit my usual mission of Angel Flights and statewide search of the best BBQ in Texas. I'm new to the board, but I've been flying about 5 years and 400 hours. IR to get the most from this bird, and planning to knock out my commercial in the next few months. David
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    Apologies if someone else has already posted this: T'was the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp, Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ. The aircraft were fastened to tie downs with care, In hopes that -- come morning -- they all would be there. The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots, With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots. I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up, And settled down comfortably, resting my butt. When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter, I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter. A voice clearly heard over static and snow, Called for clearance to land at the airport below. He barked his transmission so lively and quick, I'd have sworn that the call sign he used was "St. Nick." I ran to the panel to turn up the lights, The better to welcome this magical flight. He called his position, no room for denial, "St. Nicholas One, turnin' left onto final." And what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer! With vectors to final, down the glideslope he came, As he passed all fixes, he called them by name: "Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun! On Comet! On Cupid!" What pills was he takin'? While controllers were sittin', and scratchin' their heads, They phoned to my office, and I heard it with dread, The message they left was both urgent and dour: "When Santa pulls in, have him please call the tower." He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking, Then I heard, "Left at Charlie," and "Taxi to parking." He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh, And stopped on the ramp with a "Ho, ho-ho-ho..." He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk, I ran out to meet him with my best set of chocks. His red helmet and goggles were covered with frost, And his beard was all blackened from Reindeer exhaust. His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale, And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn't inhale. His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly, His boots were as black as a cropduster's belly. He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red, And he asked me to "fill it, with hundred low-lead." He came dashing in from the snow-covered pump, I knew he was anxious for drainin' the sump. I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work, And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk. He came out of the restroom, and sighed in relief, Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief. And I thought as he silently scribed in his log, These reindeer could land in an eighth-mile fog. He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear, Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, "Clear!" And laying a finger on his push-to-talk, He called up the tower for clearance and squawk. "Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction, Turn right three-two-zero at pilot's discretion". He sped down the runway, the best of the best, "Your traffic's a Grumman, inbound from the west." Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed through the night, "Merry Christmas to all! I have the traffic in sight."
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    Took this picture yesterday flying home after Christmas in Asheville, NC. Flew from KAVL to KLYH and then KLYH to KOQN, pic was taken shortly after departing Lynchburg level at 7,000 ft. 22"MP and 2500 RPM. We maintained over 200kts for a good portion of the second leg.
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    This may well go down as one of those historically epic threads that old timers will talk about for years to come.
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    Hello all. I have worked in a VFR tower, the ARTCC (Center), and I currently work as a air traffic controller in a Tower/TRACON. Let me just start by saying, you don't know how many near mid-airs I see on the radar scope between 2 VFR (1200) targets. It happens more frequently than you think. Usually when I vector a VFR on FF it's because you are going to be really really close to converging or opposite direction traffic that you may not be able to see until it's too late. We don't do it for airspace unless it's restricted, prohibited, or a TFR is active. When you choose to not be on flight following, your mode C is not verified. This is why when we call traffic on an unverified target (1200) we always say "altitude indicates". I've had instances where non-verified mode C targets have been off by 1500-2000 feet. ADSB is nice, but if pilots aren't putting in the proper altimeter settings, that plane may be close than you think. As always, if you have any ATC questions, feel free to ask.
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    Finished my first page with the Mooney. Lots of "mosts". Most time logged with a single page, most landings in a page, most night time in a page, etc.
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    Nope, or maybe...depending on your definition of a newlywed. We've been married almost 7 years, but it's the second marriage for both of us. It's all a matter of perspective. Without getting into too many details I was in a terrible 15 year marriage and she was in a terrible 17 year marriage previously. Being married to a normal, stable person has a way of making the little things so much smaller and we both often say, "So this is what a marriage really is? I love it!" We're the modern day Brady Bunch, plus one. Between us we have 7 kids, three of which are married, three grandkids, and two more grandkids on the way. Thankfully we only have a couple left at home.
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    My hangar elf designed and installed an alarm system that is activated when the limit is reached. It sounds a piezo while the limit is in contact, but you probably could not hear it over a running tug. Better, though, it activates a quieter piezo in the cabin, which remains on until re-set. When parked out of town, if I open the door and hear the alarm, I know to go check the truss for damage.
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    $400/mo for a T-hanger, electricity and heavy sliding doors. Untowered, friendly field. 5 miles away at Chino (Towered) they are $500 if you can get them. Go into Orange county and it goes up a lot more, and you have to deal with the marine layer. I'm lucky I live just 20 minutes from KAJO, unless it's rush hour and then I'm 90 minutes away... Oh, and I think I must have the best wife ever, she wanted the plane, and insisted that it live inside a hangar.
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    I've done Pre-purchase inspections which did not go well and had the purchaser bitch at me "I've spent $XXXX and have nothing to show for it". To which I answer "I believe you have the purchase price of the plane in your bank account" Its a strange business. Clarence
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    My daughter got a plane for Christmas. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I ended up with 14 broken ribs, broken Clavicle, broken nose, broken orbital, punctured lung, broken arm, large head wound and many other sever lacerations wearing a factory shoulder and lap belt in a 93 Bravo. The Amsafe would have been a pleasant addition that day.
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    I,m one of those "old guys" that routinely do long cross countries without turning on the radio. I my case I had to listen to high density ATC (LAX, ORD. JFK, etc) for 30+ years. I now enjoy the peace of going somewhere quietly when I can. Have gone from N AZ to HOU only using the radio for fuel stops. It's called- "looking out the window" and not fixated inside the cockpit looking at gadgets.:-) :-) Look up "Children of Magenta" on youtube
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    Didn't do any flying, I still need to finish my transition training... But we did take the kids and grandkids out to see the plane. Two of the grandkids loved "flying" the plane. Tried to get the other one to sit in the plane with me, she wasn't a fan. Obligatory photo with the grandkids in front of the plane at the request of my wife. Next year we can just go fly to visit them.
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    I designed and built the one shown here. Not really workable unless you can weld, etc. unless you con me into building one for you. I also have a riding mower I took the deck off of. The biggest problem is attaching a ball or other mechanism, and rigging a tow bar. I prefer my smaller one, so I don't have to get out the mower.
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    B model is nice, but I get interested when we start on the C's and D's, and really start heart pounding when we get to F's
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    50'X 50' hangar in Georgia. Room for 4 planes + toys. $50k divided by number of years of use minus whatever it sells for when I vacate. Beer refrigerator is the high cost item.
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    We spent the first year outside and where we're located it's harder on the plane in summer than winter. I can't tell you how much nicer to have it indoors lots more advantages than just the weather. Not to mention our airport is not secured at all so theft and vandalism is also a threat. Definitely worth the rent. There is no way to justify any of the costs associated with owning an airplane. We do it out of passion and love of flight.
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    Hmmm . . . Hangars are great for protection from weather, storage, working and hanging out. But having a plane tied down on the ramp beats the heck out of not having a plane at all . . .
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    ATCs function is? IFR to IFR separation - which is virtually 100% IFR to VFR separation- which is still pretty good but not perfect Last on the totem pole come us, the pop-up VFR to all of the above separation They do a pretty good job at that also but even they say it is "on a workload permitting basis" They can and do at times drop the bottom of the pole, without notice, to handle the top level. Our primary pilot function VFR is looking out the window and not relying on or playing with gadgets inside the cockpit. FF can and does lull many into a false sense of comfort as to traffic around us. I have known a couple of pilots that went FF and then set the autopilot and then read a book thinking they were completely safe, on a regular basis. I'm not saying that FF can't help but how much do YOU actually look out the window and how much time do YOU actually play with gadgets inside when on FF? Go fly with a couple of buddies and quietly watch where there eyes are focused most of the time. It might surprise you. I did that all the time when I was a Check Airman doing line checks. It will give you a different perspective. Do you think the big guys are looking out the window? Think again. Then factor in how many glass screens are in the cockpit. I once saw a small plane with 5 GPS systems inside (2 panel mount and 3 on RAM mounts. They were all over the cockpit. How much looking out vs "programming" do you think was going on in that cockpit? How about mounting your 696 up in the middle of the windshield? How much of your view is that thing blocking? Seen it done! Now to ask- Did anyone go youtube the video "Children of Magenta" that I mentioned earlier? Has anyone here ever sen it? If ADSB in was 100% (which it ain't and won't be) it would go a long way to safety, BUT, it ain't perfect either. (emph. added) AND it requires "heads down inside" to use it! FF is not a panacea Sorry, rant over for now.
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    Stuff that comes from experience... Doc knows Mooney maintenance... Ken knows proper aircraft pricing structure... Old Guy has a feeling about what should have been clearly stated, but was strangely omitted... Best regards, -a-
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    The suction screen should be the next item to check if metal is found in the filter or pressure screen. Often neglected because of location. I have seen them full of carbon, which will restrict oil flow.
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    My 84k, 231, with less than 180 SMOH has been a good, reliable plane. Rarely do I have any oil leaks, and if I notice something small, it gets tightened so no more leaks. Two flights ago, I noticed a bit of oil on nose gear door so I did some snooping and it looked like it was coming from the turbo check valve. I talked to the mechanic and he thought it was coming from above there, on the accessory case (Not sure if that is the term, but right above the oil filter) and collecting on the check valve. He tightened the accessory case and the check valves and off I went. The next flight, about .4 hours, there was MUCH more oil on the nose gear doors, on the nose gear and all over the check valve/oil filter area (Accessory looked clean). So I parked it where it was and had a mechanic look at it Monday. It appears the adel clamps were loose, allowing movement and chaffing on the supply side turbo check valve, under the clamp. The chaffing causing two tiny pin size holes in the casing of the check valve. Hot oil squirting all over. Very little actual oil was lost, pressure and temperature never varied (Probably a couple of tablespoons of oil at most). So, 231 owners, check your adel clamps on the turbo check valves and make sure they're snug, there shouldn't be any play for the check valves to move around. I think there was a SB about Dukes check valves, but I'm pretty sure these are not them. $500 for a new check valve... Edit: I just called Top Gun (MSC) and they said those adel clamps should be inspected and changed every year...
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    Thats a good idea. But not many people will bypass a thread about famous boobs, so his question will eventually be read here.
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    I am pretty sure the 1/32" stems from the 43.13.b data that allows up to 10% of wall thickness. Mooney could not exceed that. We see plenty of nose wheel trusses fail - presumably after being dented and ignored for sometime. But I don't have any first hand info on that but would not be ignoring it either. Why risk a $40k repair for less than a $1K? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Welcome, David! You must have been very good this year! And it's even a Christmasy color . . . Cool silver eagle profile, too! But then again, I'm partial to eagles.
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    He wins!! Welcome aboard Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Wouldn't the best way to approach a PPi is to begin on the big ticket items like corrosion and engine condition get those checked ok first then move on to the less expensive items and if something like a bad spar is found at the beginning then say no deal and the inspection ends with not much money spent and a lot saved. Things like leaking fuel bad gear disks and lots of things can be checked visually without much labor costs. The buyer can back out whenever something is found that they determine to be a deal breaker and the inspiration ends. Might be found in the first hour of inspection.
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    It takes quite a while to notice performance loss. But continued operation while making metal will impregnate your piston skirts with steel bits, eventually destroying your pistons and will score your cylinder walls. Lycoming has an SB which defines allowable metal in the filter, it's quite generous, but then they sell engine parts. If you have ferrous particles on a second filter check, stop and find the source and repair it, it won't get better. Clarence
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    Gotta beat Marauder to the punch! Besides, we're on a new page, need a photo. Cyber warfare, keeping the thread on track. Sometimes prophylactic action is the best option. May this re-inoculation work as desired . . . . .
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    Why too much displacement for you Mooney guys, definitely looks like a pair of IO720's Clarence
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    Okay, I probably get the CB award for hangers, Old T-hanger with sliders, but on the end close to the ramp, and have 220V outlet. $70 per month, but i get a 10% discount for paying for the year in advance. Sure it leaks a little, and i have to blow the dust and grass clippings out once a month, but the doors are a good leg work out. Even got ground crew to knock down the snow drifts a little lower for the Mooney. Not by choice, but the nice hangers do not have any turnover. Supposed to be getting new ones this year, but I'm not complaining. Closer timewise than driving to Lincoln airport and much cheaper. Best of all, great service from the FBO.
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    I think I have the ultimate hanger deal. Very nice insulated hanger with remote control bi-fold doors front and back, drive in, drive out. The hanger has a lounge area with full bath and shower and kitchen area. It is located on a 3600' grass strip half way between my office and my house about 10 min from each. I made a deal with the owner to swap out use of the plane for the hanger. He has flown with me a couple of times and with an instructor to get checked out in the plane but has not used the plane in a year and a half although he has lots of credit built up.
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    Better use an explosion proof vacuum! "Do not try this yourself!!"
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    I've previously mentioned the high costs of hangars in the Bay Area. I pay $741 a month (plus county property tax that works out to be about $100 per month. (This doesn't include the annual Personal Property tax that is about 1% of the aircraft's value). On the other hand I have a relatively new hangar at a towered airport about 7 miles south of SFO. AV gas is about $4.00 per gallon, delivered by truck. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Being out in the weather does damage to more than just paint... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    $155/month for a nice box hangar, wl electricity included.Will sublet until I have a Mooney to put back in it! ;D Airport and airport bums are both great. 6000', ILS, LPV, etc, Gorgeous town included, no extra cost. 100LL $4.26
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    Sorry about that Turtle, but now you also know what I have in my K and how it works. Information I'm sure you you were coveting!!!! Ron
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    It is really nice to have a private T hangar and a tug. Come and go without help, no hangar rash, stow tools and supplies. I've had 3RW on jacks for a couple of weeks while doing the annual with some small extras.
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    I posted this elsewhere on the same subject. My airraft was always based outside in the nice lovely UK climate (read wet and humid). It save approx 2k a year on hangarage. Hmmm, we are now spending close to 15-20amus fixing the corrosion issues that this has caused. So for the 5-6 years she has been outside we saved 10-12amus, ill let you do the maths on the return on investment. She will be hangared from now on, andmif some hangar rat has to wait till 23:00 for when i get bsck in after work, well thats a 50 quid tip well spent. Andrew
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    A Don Maxwell gift card would be enough for one annual inspection. That would put the Merry in Merry Christmas! It is nice to have Professional expertise shared here like José's. It is also nice to see some expertise come from PPs flying around the world. Watching Adríen flying his M20E(?) to Europe shortly after its acquisition was interesting and informing. I hear you Bonal. Hope things come together for you, quickly. Best regards, -a-
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    Or until some crazy Mooney owner posts a picture of some real women. [emoji1] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Bob i suspect you are between oil changes, but if you still have the oil drained, I would check the oil screen just to be sure there is nothing bigger there. I suspect there is not, but it helps feeling better about things. Ultimately it is your choice on what to do, but it seems that flying 6 hours in cruise is probably less stress on an engine than the typical 6 hours we might do in local flying. So, if your plan is to fly aff another 10-25 hours to check your oil anyways, then doing in cruise might be a nice test to see what things look like. It might make you feel better to plan your flight using airports as waypoints. I've done that on occasion...mainly weather, but it works for mechanical feel good too....you always know where you can land if something just doesn't feel right. As Alan said, we don't see the full trend here or what your filters looked like....so hard for us to make a recommendation.