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  1. 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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  2. Justifying the plane to your wife... That's funny right there! [emoji3][emoji3]. Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. $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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  9. 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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  10. 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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  11. 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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  12. 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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  13. 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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  14. 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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  15. 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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  16. Hi everyone, during the now quieter time of the year I used some resources of my office to investigate how a GoPro (or any other action cam) that is mounted to a wing, influences the flow field. Many pilots are afraid to mount a cam to their wings or other locations on the fuselage, because it may make the aircraft uncontrollable in some situations. I summed it all up in a short video. Please let me know what experiences you had with outside mounted cams. Thanks
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  17. 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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  18. Welcome aboard Marcus. My Dad was at Fort Bragg training for his part in WWII (82nd Airborne). When you are ready to buy, let us know what you are looking at. We love spending other people's money. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  19. Better use an explosion proof vacuum! "Do not try this yourself!!"
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  20. My oldest son is a lefty. Best quote I have heard was another lefty, gentleman about 70 years old tell my son "Lefty's designed the world for right handed people because they need the extra help."
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  21. Y nosotros pedimos seguir el paquete directamente a su destino usando el sistema red de fedex, enorme capibilidad.
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  22. El capabilidad de MS es grande! Best regards, -a-
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  23. We flew, but unfortunately it was a balmy 75 outside and the view was of Tennessee cornfields. My house to my folks, a short 20 minute hop. -Tom
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  24. 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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  25. 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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  26. Being out in the weather does damage to more than just paint... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  27. $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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  28. 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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  29. 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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  30. Now just like to say that the "centre of the universe" is Hereford matey. Said in the best of British Humour. Welcome aboard to the best forum out there. A really,good bunch of guys/girls on here who will bend over backwards to help you with anything you require. Andrew
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  31. Good topic for me. I'll send the actual measurement on my '68C's fixed cowl flaps when I get it back from annual, hopefully next week. 2" or so sounds right in my fuzzy memory. How big is your opening? I'd be curious to know how much difference the movable flaps make from someone with a C model and a good engine monitor- i.e. climbing at the fixed setting versus wide open. The prevailing wisdom seems to be that the tightness of the baffling is a bigger factor than the cowl flap position. Everyone here seems convinced, and the holes I've been able to close have indeed made a difference. Everyone except all the A&Ps I've dealt with- who say my baffle is great and ignore my requests to close the hard to reach holes - particularly in the front on the prop side of the alternator and starter. I really begged and pleaded this year, offering to sacrifice my retirement savings and future first born, so maybe it will come out of annual in much better shape. Of note the C model cowl design in general is lousy too. Super draggy, with poor airflow under best of circumstances relative to modern designs. See description in this old MAPA article:http://www.mooneypilots.com/mapalog/M20C Evaluation/M20C_Evaluation_Report.html It's interesting to note that the author doesn't bat an eye at CHTs up to 440 during his test climbs with cowl flaps open. I definitely bat an eye though - I have 2 cylinders off right now during annual at 900 hrs. Now where is that nice Sabremech fella? It looked like he had a kick ass STC in the works to fix all this mess.
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  32. Imagine an extra hour on top of that removing snow from the plane....NOT fun! Hangar wins...
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  33. Oh, I should mention how we came to look at Mooneys. Our family and extended family is spread out from Baltimore, Maryland as far south as Gainesville, Florida and as far west as Nashville, Tennessee. An airplane that would get us to Nashville in < 3 hours for as little avgas as possible means that we get to spend much more time with our grandchildren in Nashville, and our aging (and ailing) parents in Baltimore and Chattanooga. It also means that weekend trips to parts unknown are reasonable. I have an old paratrooper's back, that is to say, it doesn't work like it should, and the ten hour drive to Nashville lays me up for two days after we arrive. I had narrowed the field to these: Mooney M20C, E, or F - My wife and her sister can actually fit in the back seat of a C but the E's lower useful load could be an issue. The F models seem like a good overall fit for our mission though. J models typically cost more than we'd like to spend. Bellanca Super Viking - Finding someone who works on them is a challenge, and the fabric skin can be a problem, but they are sexy and very competent. Piper Comanche 250, 260 - Great planes, but have some very expensive and problematic ADs on the gear and such, plus, parts are an issue and finding someone who knows their way around them is a pain. Navion Rangemaster - Everything I said about the Comanche, but worse. Thirsty too. Beechcraft Bonanzas (through the J models at least) - These seem to have very short legs and their useful loads don't seem great. Cessna 210 - Expensive to operate and maintain.
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  34. It's still listed on Barnstormer's. It's the red 2013 with 102 hrs in Maryland. I'm planning when to fly it back to Texas as we speak!
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  35. You have to file an IFR or VFR (SFRA) plan and call for clearance before departure. With cell phone service available it is not hard even at little fields without a tower. I've found Potomac Departure is efficient & friendly--If you follow the basic procedures. If not, have your camera ready to get some great closeups of an F-16!
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  36. Northern NJ (1N7) $475 for 40' T hangar + power .(newer ones) Waited 1 month, hangars are moved from storage use to plane use when a plane needs them. The older T-hangars are less. Self serve pump $4.40..
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  37. Here's a set of three: http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/hardwarekit08-07168.php?recfer=2864 But they are AN 3-13 bolts instead of -16.
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  38. Been there done that, i even got the sex of the spouse wrong, Now i have someone who cares and supports me, and I him. 17 years and still going strong. My child is 23 and in med school, and obviously knows EVERYTHING! So glad you joined our little group Richard, its been such fun reading your posts. Andrew
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  39. Test your neighbor's oil with those really strong magnets... test some fresh oil with any additives that you use... We may be seeing an oddity of using the strong magnets and collecting something that isn't iron/steal related... I'm not sure what the magnet actually collected, but it may be too strong for the standard magnet test of the oil. wondering if something is falling out of solution more than a regular magnet can pull..? oil testing is so sensitive to everying else. Shiny metal specks cause the heart to skip a beat. A teaspooon of metal flakes causes the heart to sink. Unknown things in the oil can leave you with an unknown feeling. Rubber bits in your oil mean you have a Continental starter adapter that needs to be replaced. Plastic bits means somebody didn't take the security ring off the bottle of oil before turning it upside down... Check to see if your strong magnet is doing more than expected... PP thoughts, not a mechanic. Best regards, -a-
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  40. This is the kind of crap that typically gets me upset (and that's pretty hard to do for the most part...). The airports need to take better control of this and make hangars available for those that actually HAVE planes. It's cool that you found him and it's worked out in your case, but folks that are new to the area or are patiently waiting get punished by homesteaders that don't have aircraft. WTH.... Cheers, Brian
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  41. Good for you and what a lovely evening in NYC! Did you actually have the corridor to yourself?
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  42. The LASAR rebuild is better than new and really the better option. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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  43. Dirty and rusty hangar, taxiways full of rocks, chunks of asphalt, no mechanic or other services on the field at all, restaurant closed, expensive fuel, everything is broken on the fuel pump. My overhauled propeller looked after one taxi to the runway exactly the same as before the overhaul. I can't wait until it snows as I regularly find 5 ft pile of snow mixed with dirt and rocks in front of my hangar door every time I need to fly out. How much would you pay? I pay $ 475/month.
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  44. 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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  45. Welcome djm you must have been very good. Tell us more about yourself and your new Mooney
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  46. I finally got my G5 installed, a nice calibrated torque wrench from Tekton to replace the "El cheapo" HF special, and a set of 47 floor bins to organize and store parts for the plane in the hangar. I definitely got more than I deserve this year.
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  47. 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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  49. 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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