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  1. Hi, everyone! I'm a new Mooney owner -- I recently bought and ferried N201XG, a 1978 201, from its last owner in Texas to my base in Seattle. I decided to buy a plane back in September of last year and settled pretty quickly on an M20J. I did a little bit of looking at Bonanzas and Super Vikings but, as I'm sure you know, the M20 (and in particular the J model) had a really attractive mix of efficiency and speed and features. It also fit my mission profile pretty well, which was generally 0-2 passengers for quick flights within a 400nm radius. The fact that the M20 isn't immensely popular
    7 points
  2. 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 dra
    5 points
  3. Hell I'm 40 and it hasn't been fun in years.
    3 points
  4. Foremost, because I am not an expert on the sealant, the prohibition on Prist pertains to the current production aircraft - so its just as applicable to modern sealant. My limited understanding is that the non-modern sealant is the dating back to the vintage Mooney's. I believe all the mid-body's such as our K's since the 80's were sealed with "modern" sealant or material which is equivalent to todays but I can't factually say, except that is also about when the prohibition on Prist began by the factory as far as I know and continues in today's production aircraft. I personally have neve
    3 points
  5. The voltage regulator should be above the copilots knees. With the cowl removed you should have battery voltage at the heavy output terminal and that the field input terminal on the alternator with the master switch and alternator field switches on. Broken wires on field input or field ground are quite common. If you have battery voltage at the field input terminal, turn the switches off and carefully removed the field input wire from the alternator shield it to prevent a short to ground and check for continuity from field input to field ground. If no continuity, remove
    2 points
  6. And I don't hate my job I hate what my company has turned it into. I still enjoy what is my real reason for being there. To serve my customers both internal and external. In all the years there are almost no two jobs with the same solution. The work can be very challenging and often very gratifying when the work is done. Regardless I am looking forward to the future and even though it's just around the corner I don't know how many months weeks and days it will be but that knowledge will be soon in coming.
    2 points
  7. Fun? I have always worked to Iive NOT lived to work. Good for those of you that are in a career/profession that you are passionate about and enjoy. For me, NEVER have I identified my “self” with my employment...
    2 points
  8. I love MooneySpace. In the end we found two smoking guns, and fixing both together solved the problem. Long writeup below for future searches. My A&P and I pulled off the cowling last weekend and found major problem #1. There was a fairly major leak at the intake flange for the right front cylinder. Blue 100LL dye was all over the intake, cylinder, and had even sprayed onto the inside of the cowling. Closer inspection found that one of the bolts securing the intake flange had backed out, and contributing to the problem was a cracked gasket. My A&P says a leak like this will
    2 points
  9. Congrats on your purchase!! Would love to see more pics when you can post them. Also, I am curious to hear your opinion on the 225HP STC.
    2 points
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  11. 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
    2 points
  12. 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
    2 points
  13. 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...
    2 points
  14. 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.
    2 points
  15. 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
    2 points
  16. I've been kinda, sorta, maybe looking for an airplane with greater useful load. For my day to day flying, the Mooney is perfect but for my charity flights (Flying Samaritans, Angel Flights and Veteran's Airlift Command), I really could use more useful load. I wasn't actively looking but if something popped up that looked promising I would inquire. It is amazing the number of people, mostly brokers but some private owners that stop communication when asked for logs. I had that happen a few times. I asked for logs from some people three times without ever getting them. Oh well, those airpl
    1 point
  17. Don’t start and take off with the wastegate closed, it gets expensive really fast. Clarence
    1 point
  18. I did some digging prior to purchase. On one hand, I've heard about warranty disputes and one secondhand case where a customer was pretty unhappy about the way accessories were installed on an engine in a twin Beech. On the other, these complaints were all at least a few years old and they've had documented changes in ownership since then. I called the BBB in Denver and they confirmed zero complaints in the last three years. There are enough FF powerplants out there that it's pretty self-evident they're familiar with overhauling engines. On balance, I like that they're an e
    1 point
  19. Hi Anthony - grandparent lives in 39N territory and have lots of extended family there, but yes we’re at TTA. I have an old speaker wire that I soldered alligator clips to and is my go to continuity tester. I’ll use that and my volt meter. Tomorrow the Mrs has given me permission to spend some time troubleshooting. Step 1 will be to actually locate the voltage regulator. LEDs for troubleshooting seem like a great feature.
    1 point
  20. When I was at my last duty station, I had enough time in the military to retire. I sat down and wrote this list of all my options. (Obviously, B and beyond is "Retire and ...") A. Take the next assignment I am offered. B. Obtain venture capital, develop engine patents. C. Get my PhD in Dust Combustion. D. Become mercenary pilot. E. Teach JROTC in Pago Pago. F. Go fishing. G. Go hunting. H. Star as the pilot in the reality show "Air Faire America". I. Write Just War Theory book. J. Finish writing SciFi novel. K. Get my CFI-I and teach flying. L. Teach on
    1 point
  21. When we spent our summers at our lake house, we had an acquaintance who would stop by our dock about once a week to chat. Each visit, he would tell us how many years, days, hours he had until he retired. I always thought it so sad that a person would spend his entire life at a job he hated. We only have one lifetime to learn to be happy.
    1 point
  22. The remaining impurities depend on the method of manufacture and purification. I can say that there was less than 50ppm water in the >96% I made.
    1 point
  23. That's easy, Top Gun is a very respected MSC very close at Stockton. Go there unless they've been maintaining it for the previous owner since a fresh pair of eyes is always a good idea. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  24. I did the background check and training on EAA.org and sent an email to the EAA chapter 1300 YE coordinator. Only took a few minutes.
    1 point
  25. I’m with Bennet on this. You spend the coin to make your old airframe better than new. No, you’ll never recoup you costs, but I bet you still won’t loose as much as you will in the depreciation of a new aircraft. Had I the money that’s the way I’d go.
    1 point
  26. I agree. From what I can tell, it has a newer paint scheme.
    1 point
  27. Since I brought Prist up into the discussion, I sent them an email asking specifically what limitations are in place for general aviation 100LL fuels. As Neil pointed out, they went from a mono-ethylene glycol ether formulation to a di-ethylene glycol ether. Presumably to make it for environmentally friendly. Either formulations is an ether based compound. The fact they now specifically call out turbine certification (military DOD) and nothing on 100 LL usage may have more to do with legal concerns than function. I’ll let you know what I find out. BTW - to Paul’s point. From the Aircraft S
    1 point
  28. More likely when operating a Continental engine with factory steel cylinders, failure of cylinders on Lycoming engines is rare. RAM nickel cylinders hold up much better than any othe Continental cylinders I’ve encountered. Clarence
    1 point
  29. Google knows all, and it is only for Js . . . . http://thenewfirewallforward.com/tnfwf_2012-2013_new_006.htm
    1 point
  30. That is awesome. Glad to see another Mooney in the PNW. Your story is almost exactly like mine. I live in eastern Oregon and drove 16 hours round trip to get checked out in one of Galvin 201’s. Any chance Jim or Dave was your CFII? I was flying N1021K. It took me just about two years to find N201NU, and I found it in Texas as well. It was a blast flying it back. If you are on Facebook and if you haven’t found the page check out FATPNW. Flights Above The Pacific North West. Great group of aviation fans.... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    1 point
  31. When you get a chance... update your avatar info. BugSmasher beat me to the Welcome! Best regards, -a-
    1 point
  32. 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!
    1 point
  33. It was a dark and windy night... ok, it was a sunny and windy day on the coast. So I decided to go inland to a few new(to me) airports I had wanted to check out. I even brought along my video camera, which didn't get any useful audio, and stopped recording several times and needed to be restarted. I headed from Newport(KONP) to Sisters Eagle Airport(6K5) which has a camping area I wanted to see. Then I headed to Lake Billy Chinook State(5S5) which is really more of an airpark, but I did manage to get the camera working: Arrival and Departure from 5S5. Lake Billy Chinook State Airport
    1 point
  34. That would be fun. I’ve also have the LoPresti cowl, the one piece belly pan, and most of the available speed mods. I wish I was your age to justify some new of the newest Gamin avionics. I will add the voice control for the GTNs now that LASAR has an avionics Unit. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  35. 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
    1 point
  36. 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.
    1 point
  37. I had it lasered to removed the powder coat. It exposes the raw metal beneath. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  38. 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...
    1 point
  39. I bought my 252 needing an annual as well. I negotiated a purchase price to take the need for the annual into consideration. I started with a pre-buy that I as the buyer would pay for. At the point in the pre-buy that I was comfortable buying the airplane, I first finalized the purchase, then told the shop to proceed to annual the plane which I paid for as well. I think the motivation is all wrong for the seller to be paying for an annual. I'd much rather take the estimated cost out of the purchase price, then once I own the plane, I'll be able to make 100% of the decisions during the an
    1 point
  40. Anybody willing to pay $500,000 for a plane probably does not care too much about the added efficiency of the J; better to get more speed for a little more operating cost. Just look at the competition, i.e. Cessna 400, Cirrus, ... Plus, when considering a new plane, is $500,000 really that much less than $769,000? 50% of a large number is sizable, but the underlying number is sooo large to begin with. Unless you can get the price down substantially, I think it is a lost cause.
    1 point
  41. I built this wiring harness myself. No smoke on first power on!! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    1 point
  42. It's great to discuss making a fortune on this thread, but all the other threads deal with how to turn a large fortune into a small one: own a Mooney.
    1 point
  43. 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....
    1 point
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  45. I am a math professor. But Pi is not specifically the most important number for me, but I teach and there is "Pi Day" which is fun. And it is a very recognizable number that has a bit of a math flare. Actually my VERY favorite number is the Golden Mean, which is (1+Sqrt(5))/2=1.61803398874989484820458... but it shows up in amazing places in topics that I study. First note it has a beautiful continued fraction expansion as, (1+Sqrt(5))/2= It shows up in really amazing ways in various topics relating to resonance such as the rings of Saturn or plasma confinement. KAM the
    1 point
  46. you did this panel, interior, and glass for $20k? you must have some amazing connections! Looks amazing!
    1 point
  47. Is the adapter required for the KI-300 to talk to a King KFC autopilot?
    1 point
  48. 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
    1 point
  49. I remove the dip stick after a flight, allows the trapped water vapor to escape. Don’t know how much it helps but it costs nothing.
    1 point
  50. One concerning thing is the only nav source is the GTN650. If it quits, such as by water getting the avionics access panels, you have no nav capability.
    1 point

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