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  1. Hi all, I thought I would share a photo of my new Bravo glass panel done at Aerotronics in Billings, MT. I certainly have enjoyed looking at the many great panels people have posted. I’ve owned my first mooney for about 8 months now. Love it. Ho
    13 points
  2. In a different thread I mentioned that I was going to be modifying my baggage door IAW an article I found in an old MAPA Log from January, 2012. I finished the work and ended up differing from the original article a bit. Please excuse the fact that part of my interior is out, part of it is grey, , and part is brand new (the baggage door cover, which I think came out pretty nice). Baggage door mechanism before modification: This is the door mechanism after modification. I replaced the 2 standard washers with 3 'L' washers that are half the thickness of the stand
    10 points
  3. Great to hear Bob! I look forward to your feedback. We'll have to come up with a name for it like "Sabre Cowl"! David
    4 points
  4. I'll give a report on today's test flight, the first with the GDS cowl (David, if you want us to call it something else let us know). It was a beautiful day here but a little windy on the ground and much rougher when I got higher than pattern altitude. I flew for only 45 minutes going up only to 7500' where I only had to hit my head on the roof once to decide it was too rough to learn anything about tas. My preliminary info is that the induction seems to be fine. I was pulling 23.1" at 7500'. CHT's were fine, I have not done a careful comparison to "before" but I think there is definitel
    4 points
  5. Nice Andy! Ever think about building a kit and selling them? We got the SabreCowl now. How about the AndyOut? Rhyming with HandyOut? Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
    3 points
  6. Along with a warning horn, Ive heard some people use a check list. Clarence
    2 points
  7. Airbags or jacks under the wings to lift and shore it progressively, lift straps at engine mount right at the firewall. Nothing around or under the fuselage sheet metal. Clarence
    2 points
  8. Hi everyone, I did some browsing around on Mooneyspace tonight and saw that there were no clubs in the club section on the dashboard. That being the case I thought I would start West Coast Mooniac's Club in hopes of reaching out to all Mooney owners and Pilots on the west coast in Southern California. Let's plan some gatherings and get to know one another in a supportive and friendly atmosphere. Perhaps with a strong and active membership we can get some vendor support with discounts and give away's throughout the year. Please go to the club section and join me. This could be f
    2 points
  9. That’s too bad. Those that have and those that will all right. I imagine it’s easy to get distracted at a big place like Spruce Creek. What’s worse than gearing up your Mooney? Gearing up your Mooney in front of all your neighbors.
    2 points
  10. I know some of you have joined already, but instead of filtering my list I am just going to tag everyone that I had on my list to let you know about what @MrRodgers set up. I know there are others out here on the west coast that I don't have tagged so if you think of someone please tag them. @Flash, @Steve W, @MooneyMitch, @jonhop, @wishboneash, @N803RM, @Bennett, @mooneyflyer, @Dan at FUL, @MrRodgers, @JohnB @bonal @M20FanJesse @Matthew @Joe Zuffoletto @StinkBug @mooneygirl @N9201A @SantosDumont @ilovecornfields @MikeOH @Simon @Niko182 @thinwing @kortopates @kmyfm20s @NotarPilot @3914N
    2 points
  11. Probably slathered the doorframe with Vaseline and threw in a big bag of brownies.
    2 points
  12. Was able to test the oil pressure with a T in the line. The pressure gauge is simply "off" by about a needle width at the high end. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    2 points
  13. I have been providing basic Med (as a physician) since it's inception. I have spoken to the legal folks and believe I have this figured out (if that is even possible). -There is no more liability doing basic med than any other medical assessment. -A physician providing basic med is not in any way "certifying" the pilots ability (medical or otherwise) to fly a plane. The responsibility rests on the pilot to know if they are healthy enough (free of perhaps minor and certainly major illnesses) to competently and reliably pilot an aircraft. For example, a pilot can have a major "health e
    2 points
  14. Hello All, Most of you will remember my little mishap back in February of this year. If you are not familiar, here is a link to the tread. Most everyone here has purchased a Sensorcon or similar since my accident. For those that want a more permanent installation Guardian has also offered up a 20% discount on any of their CO detectors. I'm going to be installing one in my airplane and run the Sensorcon right next to it. I might be a little paranoid now. The basic Guardian model runs on ship's power but is basically a stand alone unit. The models above that have varying ad
    1 point
  15. Mooney Summit board member Lee Drumheller just made a very nice video about Mooney International and the new Ultras. Check it out here Way to go Lee!
    1 point
  16. Not wishing to plagiarize, So, let me state this method of avoiding gear up incidents was copied some time back from another Mooney driver, (Apologize for not remembering his name), as he posted on Mooney Space in reply to a similar gear up incident. As I recall he always used some word he called GUMP before landing. Again as I recall, it went something like this: G-- Gear down U--Undercarriage down M-- That mf gear sure as hell better be down P--I am going to be so P. O. if that mf gear is not down As for myself, I now use GUMP for every landing procedu
    1 point
  17. That gear up is just another reason I’m trying not to join that club. That’s why I just installed an AV17 voice annunciator to let me know the gear needs to go down.
    1 point
  18. But man - look at the bright side - the airframe takes a gear up like a champ. Prop and engine inspection / overhaul of choice and the thing will live to see yet another gear up in it's storied future.
    1 point
  19. Kind of a reinforcer to always have the portable ready to go at a flyin etc to keep a fellow pilot from having to call the insurance company.
    1 point
  20. Provide the shop with a full and legible set of logbook COPIES and an accurate equipment list so they can do AD searches. I would be willing to bring originals in on pickup day for a written logbook entry. Stickers usually suffice. I don't let anyone keep my logs that I don't know or trust. My AP/IA who pretty much lived in his hangar across from mine was an exception. Dorn at Henry Weber is another person I've trusted to keep the logs while the plane was in annual. There are two other MSCs on the east coast that I've used (in name only places - not usually mentioned on our site) that I
    1 point
  21. Static port is usually the leak point. The seat gets rusty and can be ground smooth and a new O ring installed. If it gets too corroded, you can replace it. Lasar sold me this one for $127. Came from Mooney. The second most likely place for the leak is the alternate static port. Mine was found leaking 2 or 3 times in the 27 years I have owned my Mooney. The third place is an actual split or hole in the tubing itself. Since this tube runs along the interior of the plane, if you had any interior work done, a misplaced screw could have punctured it or the tube split because of age. Se
    1 point
  22. From the album: M20J and M20K Panels

    Draft version of a panel for a M20K
    1 point
  23. When we re-did the panel in my 231 we replaced all the factory gauges (except vacuum) with a 930, and put the 930 in the same place you did. Smartest thing I did on that panel. It puts all the engine functions in the pilot's scan, so even when you are IFR you know what is going on with the engine, and if there is a problem it is detected immediately. That has saved my bacon more than once, and probably the engine also.
    1 point
  24. I would like to use the airframe interface kit, but like I've read on this post so far, I can't find a place on the outside of the airplane to put it. I don't want my baggage door open with a cord going through there while my airplane is in the hangar. (I don't want little furry animals getting in there, which happened to me once many years ago since I left an unopened package of cheese and crackers in the co-pilots seat. Not only did the little guy eat the cheese and crackers, he gnawed on my leather seat.) What I use now are is this setup so I can maintain two batteries at once. http://
    1 point
  25. The drain would be the first thing to look at. They get FOD and don’t seal. Next, be sure the instruments are not at fault. Leaky glass on VSI. Check the baro knob on the altimeter. Check the encoder fittings. Instruments can also leak internally and need to be isolated. From there it is a matter of isolating the system to narrow in on the offending line or fitting.
    1 point
  26. Seems like a reasonable way to do it. Ultimately, the gauge is just measuring the overall health and integrity of the pump and lines. A serious leak or failure of the pump would be noted in your proposed solution.
    1 point
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  28. With my old (ARI) cowl 1&3 CHTs were 30+ hotter than 2&4. Yesterday's flight had great CHTs for 2&4 with #1 much cooler and 3 much hotter. (Overall was fine - e.g. 255/310/346/307.) I'm headed to the airport now hopeful that the 2" deflector will warm #1 and cool #3. Pirep to follow.
    1 point
  29. looks like you had a extremly similar thought process... Skin modification doesn't seems right to me. Ideal would be a plug inlet for the ground power port that contains the Batteryminder plug and the fuse. You could leave it in for daily operations and just pull it out if you need to use the ground power. The small door in the skin would still work. There is not a lot of space but maybe it could work. This would also work for quite some aircrafts..... I know I'm dreaming. Hendrik
    1 point
  30. David - what are Matt’s numbers now running? I started bencmarking with some J owners and the new norm for his F may in fact be what J owners are seeing. The days of running 330 as the hot cylinder in the summer may be gone. My understanding of the added fixed baffling in front of the cylinders was to address part of the guppy mouth backflow issue. Removing them sounds like a good next step. Another thing to look at is the length of the cowl flaps on our Fs as compared to the J models. I am going out to the airport today to measure a friend’s J cowl flaps and compare it to mine. They obvio
    1 point
  31. David, @Sabremech, thanks for that. I had already decided to hold off on SB182! @mike_elliott chimed in, skeptical that the extra "cowl" flap would do anything except add drag. LASAR sent us the wrong kit. Apparently Mooney gave Tamara a "new" part number for the SB kit which LASAR said they had in stock. What they sent was a $250 small flapper door of some kind. So we'll return that and get a credit. I'm taking that snafu as a sign. I added 2"H aluminum tape on #1 cyl. based on a what's on a 201 in the shop now. I hope to fly it today. Yes, please give us the VAN baff
    1 point
  32. You use Google and the INTERNET, how very dare you. (That joke might not work over there, if not look up the phrase, "how very dare you"
    1 point
  33. The Kiddie CO monitor is a great option for your home, but I wouldn't rely on it in my plane. It will not alert you to a problem until it is an emergency. CO levels that are less than 30 PPM will not even show up on the display. Further, with CO levels around 70 PPM it will take 1-4 hours before the unit will alarm. Below are the pertinent sections of the Kiddie owners manual. By contrast, the Sensorcon unit displays CO levels as low as 1 PPM and alarms instantly when the alarm level is reached. Accuracy of Digital Display: (Model KN-COPP-B-LPM Only) 30-999 PPM +/-30% when measured i
    1 point
  34. What puzzle me is that no parts of the plane like the engines has not been found on the island. Engines are heavy and more durable than bones and harder to be moved by the sea currents. Unless she ditched far away from the island and drifted on a raft to the island. José
    1 point
  35. And don’t forget about the treasure on Oak Island. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
    1 point
  36. Filed V23. Ended up getting direct EUG then UBG. Seattle Center was great. Gave me a block altitude 14-15k and let me divert around the weather at will. Portland is beautiful! I would post a picture but the ones already posted are way nicer than the ones I took! Thanks for all the help.
    1 point
  37. Last year TIGHAR published a picture claiming that it was Erhart and Noonan on a pier waiting to be loaded on a freighter. A week later others looked into it only to discover that the ship in the background wasn’t even launched until after their disappearance. I’ll wait on hard evidence. All this stuff out of TIGHAR is pure speculation.
    1 point
  38. @81-201 I'm glad you got one, and Welcome to Mooneyspace! Where are you located? I spoke with Sensorcon a few weeks ago and they promised to keep the discount code active for the time being. At that time 548 had been sold under the discount code. At least 549 now! Cheers, Dan
    1 point
  39. And in the mean time Geraldine "Jerry" Mock successfully flew her Cessna 180, the Spirit of Columbus, around the world. Her airplane now hangs in the Udvar-Hazy Museum.
    1 point
  40. Below is from pg. 5 of the 1967 M20C POH. It pretty clearly describes how the Ammeter is useful for diagnosing problems with the electrical system. I'd say that makes it primary, wouldn't you?
    1 point
  41. The organization that publishes a story about Ms Earhart every six months, doesn’t seem to be mentioned in this article... Best regards, -a-
    1 point
  42. Quick update for @Sabremech and interested kibitzers. The plane has been ready for test flights for a couple of days after trimming on some baffling for a better fit but the weather has not cooperated. I hope to fly tomorrow and if possible for several hours to get some speed and CHTs data as well as shoot 6 approaches. We still have to install the second landing light for symmetry which should be one more day's work before taking it to Hawk Painting. The cowl looks as good in person as the pictures above! I continue to be a very happy camper. May have to include some cheese head nose
    1 point
  43. 10 miles out.. I’m going 190kts. 4 miles out I’m going 190kts. The airplane slows down just fine just give it a 3 mile level segment.
    1 point
  44. Well, how about that. All this time I thought I owned a 1975 M20F, according to the serial number (22-1322) I actually have a 1976. According to the logs is was manufactured and completed its test flights in December 1975. Today is the first time I noticed the "1976" written at the top of page one.
    1 point
  45. Huh. I thought it was supposed to be through his arms.
    1 point
  46. Really sorry to hear of all your issues on a new to you plane. I'm a new M20F owner myself and, knock on wood, I've not had any avionics issues. I'm going to be the heretic here and suggest you get a quote on having the transponder fixed. And, at least have them take a look at the GPS issue. As a new owner we need to FLY our planes awhile before having them AOG for expensive upgrades Since I haven't had avionics issues I have no first hand experiences, but have heard Affordable Avionics at Chino is good.
    1 point
  47. We should have our GDS (@Sabremech) cowl installation complete tomorrow! I replace the rest of the baffle seals while we were at it. The baffling and fg duct is beautiful.
    1 point
  48. Once you go LOP there is no harm going leaner until the cylinder misfires. The power just drops off. The claim that the guy in the article went from 11 GPH to 7.8 GPH only because of the oxygen sensor is ludicrous. If he used the leaning method mentioned in the beginning of the article, leaning till rough and enriching till it runs smooth will get you as lean as your engine will get without misfiring. No sensor will change that. It would be great if we had electronic ignition with an oxygen sensor on each exhaust. We could have perfect mixtures in all the cylinders all the time. BUT
    1 point

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