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  1. 11 points
    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?
  2. 11 points
    Justifying the plane to your wife... That's funny right there! [emoji3][emoji3]. Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
  3. 8 points
    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
  4. 6 points
    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.
  5. 4 points
    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.
  6. 4 points
    This may well go down as one of those historically epic threads that old timers will talk about for years to come.
  7. 4 points
    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.
  8. 4 points
    $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.
  9. 4 points
    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.
  10. 4 points
    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 . . .
  11. 3 points
    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.
  12. 3 points
    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.
  13. 3 points
    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
  14. 3 points
    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.
  15. 3 points
    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."
  16. 2 points
    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
  17. 2 points
    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.
  18. 2 points
    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
  19. 2 points
    Better use an explosion proof vacuum! "Do not try this yourself!!"
  20. 2 points
    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."
  21. 2 points
    Y nosotros pedimos seguir el paquete directamente a su destino usando el sistema red de fedex, enorme capibilidad.
  22. 2 points
    El capabilidad de MS es grande! Best regards, -a-
  23. 2 points
    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
  24. 2 points
    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
  25. 2 points
    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.
  26. 2 points
    Being out in the weather does damage to more than just paint... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  27. 2 points
    $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
  28. 2 points
    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
  29. 2 points
    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
  30. 1 point
    Our 1970 M20C has fixed cowl flaps and especially in the summertime keeping temperatures down during climb can be very difficult. This weekend I looked at a friends 1963 M20c with manual operated cowl flaps and was surprised to see how big the difference between our fixed position and the full open position in the 1963 is. Researching older posts I noted fellow M20C with fixed flaps reporting satisfactory cooling. Does anybody know how wide the fixed flaps should be open, and lucky M20c owners with fixed cowl flaps experiencing old cooling could you please provide measurement of your cowl flaps opening. Thank you all, Frank
  31. 1 point
    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.
  32. 1 point
    Imagine an extra hour on top of that removing snow from the plane....NOT fun! Hangar wins...
  33. 1 point
    That would make for a great flame thrower! Clarence
  34. 1 point
    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.
  35. 1 point
    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...
  36. 1 point
    I am! My grandfather is British blood if that makes a difference.
  37. 1 point
    Hey get that Bonanza out the way so we can see where the Mooney goes
  38. 1 point
    Thats a good idea. But not many people will bypass a thread about famous boobs, so his question will eventually be read here.
  39. 1 point
    But such are the perils of moving . . . Mine sat outside for six weeks before finding a hangar. I got lucky! At my WV airport, in the seven years I was there, exactly one hangar changed hands. But in the three years I've been gone, five have opened up. Timing . . . it's all timing.
  40. 1 point
    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
  41. 1 point
    $400 a month. It has power, no heat. Big rolling doors and it's the larger sized T-hangar. Painted floors and plenty of room for storage. No yearly tax. And airport with a VOR/GPS which comes in handy when the marine layer rolls in. Friendly airport bums. Fully gated...Need a gate card to get into the airport during night hours. Nice tasty restaurant, and aircraft spruce is literally around the corner... that's the expensive part... wife loves the hangar and the plane THANK GOD! It has a great paint shop, good A/P's and a lot of help around. And we just got a new Mooneyspace member there besides me (Skates97)! So I'd say it's worth the money... not to mention the cheapest hangar in SoCal. KAJO, Corona ,CA
  42. 1 point
    Very nice. I would kill for the flooring alone. I have priced it, and can't bring the CB in me to spring for it.
  43. 1 point
    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.
  44. 1 point
    He wins!! Welcome aboard Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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  46. 1 point
    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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  48. 1 point
    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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  50. 1 point
    Or until some crazy Mooney owner posts a picture of some real women. [emoji1] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk