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  1. 5 points
    Just a follow-up since I originally posted and had the loss of power event. I received the order from Amazon and even ordered some Prist from Spruce. After a sudden power loss and you have had time to reflect you are willing to try any and ALL suggestions. To say I over ordered and took everyone's advice is a understatement. Neil is fairly local and gave me a call the day I posted this and gave me his reasoning and background about the water in the fuel theory. I bought some of the ISO-HEET the next day and put a bottle in each tank. I also did a very thorough pre-flight fuel test and drain..much more than I normally do. Everything appeared good. I'm happy to report I've had about five separate 1/2 hour to a full hour of flights with no engine issues and all gauges are reading correct. Hopefully that was a once a lifetime event, but at least I now know what that type of situation feels like and I feel slightly more confident knowing under a minor emergency I remembered procedure...for the most part anyway. The landing leaved a lot to be desired. I was just glad to be on the ground. Thanks for all the info and input. -Tom
  2. 2 points
    Bennett, You and I think so much alike. I bought 133DB for $95k almost 5 years ago. First I started working on the airframe to make sure it was perfect. I then added a GTN 750, 1 tube aspen, and a JPI830 (this was a mistake on my part as I ended up wanting primary and had to put in the JPI900). Then I zero timed my engine at Airmark in Ft. Lauderdale. Now I bought the plane with really nice interior (no quite as nice as yours, but for sure 8 or 9 out of 10). Then came a 1 piece belly, new landing gear pucks, new glass throughout. The. I had a new panel designed 3 tube aspen, JPI900, G5 so the vacuum system is gone. ADSB in and out, LED all around. Then off to Hawk for a tremendous paint job. Mine is probably a step below yours but it is one of the nicest I have ever seen. I probably have $200k in it. Will I ever get that back? No, but I have basically a brand new Mooney that I can fly for many years (I am 56). I am going to add more. A Garmin GFC500 or 600 when I can. Speed brakes and passenger side brakes this annual. Point is, for let’s say $225 you can have every bit as much Plane as what would cost $500 or $600 to build new Today. We need to take our planes to the same place someday just to see how they compare
  3. 2 points
    I think it’s a great program. There are many young kids who drive by the airport in their parents car, with noses stuck to the glass just itching to get on the other side of the fence( I was one of those Kids). I had the opportunity to participate in a YE event a few yrs back, an it was very rewarding. I have not had the opportunity to volunteer lately, so I haven’t had to deal with the background check. But, its to be expected. Just look at what goes on in this world these days With Children, you can’t ever be to safe. so a little extra paperwork won’t make leave a sour taste in my mouth.
  4. 2 points
    Some years ago I was landing at -32C in Iqaluit on a ferry flight. The aircraft was parked outside that night. At departure next morning the temperature was -35C. The Mooney M20E started fine after 30 min preheating of engine and cockpit. I remember the AI needed some time to stop tumbling after engine start. The cockpit warmed up quickly after takeoff. I felt the limitation was more the pilot's performance at that temperatures and not the technology...
  5. 2 points
    I added them to my F model about 5 years ago. The kit is expensive if purchased new. I was able to find used parts for under $500. I have the drawings and install instructions that I can email to you.
  6. 2 points
    Pressurized fuselages are incredibly strong, imagine your 600-800 square inch windscreen with 5 pounds per square inch, then the entire airframe must withstand the same pressure. Every seam and joint is sealed, there is a pressure source from the turbo charger, a control system to prevent over pressure etc. It gets complicated. Clarence
  7. 1 point
    My company has lost its way and each day it becomes more clear it's time to retire. Sadly I dont work for the govt so do not have a crazy pension that promises to bankrupt the city county or state. What I do have is a resonable pension but will still see a big drop in income. Life is funny most things are time and money and we have one or the other. Soon I will have the time. The good news is there will be no debt and our Mooney has been given lots of attention making it very reliable. I think keeping it and continuing to fly will be in the cards and I am planning on other things that will with luck make me say god I wish I would have retired sooner. Carusoam mentioned it might be a good line of discussion what thoughts and experience folks have had when life changes the status quo. obvious change would be to take on a partnership but I would rather be a greeter at Wally World than let someone fly my plane without me in it. This thread could be about what you have experienced or what measures you are taking to allow you to continue this wonderfully expensive hobby. I know there are those with so much financial means that there really isnt a worry but for many it's a real concern.
  8. 1 point
    J.D. and Laura are the greatest. Please say hi for me. He has helped me so much. Can’t wait to see your prototype!
  9. 1 point
    @Bennett and @82Mike This is exactly what I'm planning with my 252. Before I retire, I'd like to get my 252 back to a fully restored, as close to brand new as possible condition. Then retire and fly it as much as possible until I can no longer hold a medical. JD at SWTA and I are currently working on an interesting upgrade... I can't speak about it yet as it is a prototype. But hope to get clearance to post some pictures in the near future.
  10. 1 point
    You know what. I heard the same thing! I never heard of that book! Yes! And you will need a new tail number too - ...how about....N1618J
  11. 1 point
    Just remember Prist is prohibited from being used in our Mooney's; its not compatible with our sealant. (I don't know about bladders compatibility). I would only use it in an emergency and after very carefully diluting with avgas before adding it to the fuel tank. Its probably safe enough after diluting it if you really needed it and it was the only thing available. Only isopropyl Alcohol is approved.
  12. 1 point
    I had it lasered to removed the powder coat. It exposes the raw metal beneath. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. 1 point
    Hah! I hear he’s a fellow rocket engineeering alum, as well Slightly off topic, but your discussion of the golden ratio reminded me... I loved the book “archimedes revenge”... interesting chapter about the golden ratio! hmm, maybe I need to get the Missile painted now...
  14. 1 point
    Great performance no doubt, but I think people find that operating single engine turbo charged airplanes at their max performance continuously means that they'll be changing cylinders every 500 hours.
  15. 1 point
    I have stopped browsing Planeboard for this reason. When I was searching for an airplane I called and emailed on two different airplanes for sale. No responses from either. I also have noticed that there were always "too good to be true pricing" on the avionics listed. A friend of mine tried to buy a 530W that was listed, he bugged out when the seller claimed he was shipping it from the middle east. Cheers, Dan
  16. 1 point
    I finally settled on a layout for my panel. I just got it powder coated. It’s going to be a really busy weekend.kitchen pass has been pre-approved. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. 1 point
    which engine? 180 hp carb I see about 4psi in cruise...during climb out above 6k it can be near bottom of the green until leveled out and throttle is back....
  18. 1 point
    180 KTAS on 21 GPH.
  19. 1 point
    Sounds like you're trying to talk yourself out of a nice flight to warmer weather! Go get it! Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  20. 1 point
    Thanks, I will be in touch.
  21. 1 point
    I produced the interior myself. One of these days I’ll get some quality photos and post them for those interested. Yea, I got a good deal on the recent panel work. The shop quoted $9k for the GTN and $2k to install it for example. The total bill was $21k, but that includes about $1k for putting in the strikefinder (which I was going to do on my own) and adding a radio master switch, and a couple other things that were not essential to the install of the avionics. I supplied the aluminum for the panel cut.. I removed and reinstalled the interior. Things like that helped.
  22. 1 point
    Is the adapter required for the KI-300 to talk to a King KFC autopilot?
  23. 1 point
    The hardware for the starter is 5/16-18NC, Lycoming says 204 in pounds. It’s in the Lycoming overhaul manual table of limits. Your maintainer should have one. Clarence
  24. 1 point
    I was going to stay out of this but I can't resist. I have owned a Bravo for 14 yrs. and find it to be comparable to the Acclaim in most respects. The salesman says the Acclaim goes 240Kts but if you do that regularly you are going to top the engine about every 300hrs. The Acclaim goes a little faster than a Bravo but not much at reasonable power settings. If you have a need for a weather capable airplane and have the skills to manage the equipment either the Acclaim or Bravo will work equally well. My Bravo has a KFC 150 and steam gauges. Goes about 185Kts on 16 gallons an hours. Equipped with FIKI, stormscope, and NEXRAD, I am comfortable in most weather. Turbos help when you get into serious ice. The cost of maintaining the airframe and all the avionics and other systems is mind boggling especially if you do not have use for the equipment. If you have a need they are great airplanes but they keep you checking account at near minimum balance. BTW my insurance this year for a smooth policy was $2400.
  25. 1 point
    Aluminum tape tends to stick very well, and can be difficult to remove. If you first put down masking tape with the edge back 1/4-1/2” from the stripper line, then apply aluminum tape over the masking tape up to the edge of the stripper line it make removal much easier. Aluminum tape is usually impervious to stripper where masking tape is not. Clarence

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