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  1. 10 points
    It's been a long and sometimes frustrating road, but today success was achieved! As most of you that have followed this project know, there was an unacceptable increase in CHT to go along with the very acceptable 4-6kt gain in airspeed. We tried many things to decrease CHT, most of which was only marginally successful. The decision was made to open the inlets to add more air and, after today's test flight, there was a solid 20 degree drop and the CHT numbers are what was being targeted! I personally think the larger inlets look better. Hard climb (Vx) yielded a high number of 367. Cruise numbers leveled out around 357. This was achieved at 50ROP, WOT; much leaner than I usually run it ROP. Oil temp was a solid 190. OAT 22 in the climb and 17 in cruise. On a really hot day, I am expecting to see no more than 380 on a climb and 365 in cruise. I couldn't be happier these numbers! Some rough calculations don't indicate any loss of airspeed with the larger openings. I will do a four-way test when I can though. The next thing to do is removing the third cowl flap and see what kind of difference it makes... if any... in both speed and cooling. The furry kids went along for the test flight
  2. 6 points
    Can I hit the “Like” button about 6 times? Happy that we finally nailed it and can finish your cowling including paint!! David
  3. 6 points
    Hi all! I am the new owner of N6995V. I have been a member of Mooneyspace for about 11 months but this is my first introduction and 95V is my first plane. To say I'm excited is an understatement. First, regarding @rdshave, I want to say that I could not have asked for a more generous, kind, and stand up guy. This was my first aircraft purchase and after reading about the potential pitfalls and gotchas that can often plague the process, I was initially apprehensive. But I feel extremely lucky that the entire purchasing experience occurred with no problems. Not only did Ron bend over backwards to help with the multitude of details of the sale itself but he ferried the plane with me as a passenger up to San Jose where I did my transition training and he prepped the plane (including emergency gear) for the trip back to Wisconsin. Thank you so much @rdshave - I can't imagine that many sellers would have done what you did for me and I really appreciate it. Secondly, with the new to me plane, I was very excited but also a bit anxious about transitioning into a Mooney. As a low-time pilot, I have read many stories of potential landing challenges for people like me. Additionally, I didn't have my complex endorsement at the time of purchase. Because the plane was in California, training with @donkaye was the logical choice for me and I am so glad that I was able to train with him. Lets put it this way, when I'm on final approach now, I hear Don's voice pop into my head reminding me what to look for to achieve a good landing. On the way home it seemed like he was still in the cockpit with me! I'm so grateful that the timing of the purchase worked out with his schedule and that we were able to have our initial meeting during Oshkosh. And boy does he have some interesting flying stories to tell too! Finally, I really lucked out with the weather. To start, I staged the flight from Stockton to avoid the potential morning overcast of the San Jose area. I took the middle route over I-80 with only an overnight stop in Scotts Bluff, NE (and fuel stops in Ogden, UT and Lemar, IA partly because I'm conservative and still learning and getting comfortable with her actual fuel consumption); about 11:30 of total flight time from Reid-Hillview RHV to my home base in Waukesha, WI KUES. By the way, the Steel Grill restaurant in Scotts Bluff makes an excellent steak. What an epic adventure the last 6 days has been for me...I'm still decompressing and processing everything. I'm certainly on cloud 9 though and looking forward to more flying opportunities with my family and for work. Next for me is to finish my instrument rating - now in my Mooney! Also, I would appreciate any recommendations for a Mooney mechanic in my area. Thanks!
  4. 3 points
    Power Flow had a used system that was already drilled for JPI EGT probes inspected and ready to go out. So I jumped at the multiple discounts and immediate delivery. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 3 points
    Yeah...UMMMM....I majored in math.
  6. 3 points
    Sadly I cannot be with her yet, but here is a picture.
  7. 2 points
    I read my wife the thread and she said: “An inch can really make a nice big difference”... Glad you got ‘r figured out. Sell a bunch. Looks great/faster/cooler. Trifecta achieved. Congratulations!
  8. 2 points
    Probably high. Being able to use it after an injunction is filed "Probably Low".
  9. 2 points
    Depends on what you want/need. Also, keeping an eye on promotions and rebates will lower the cost considerably as well. As well, consolidating the upgrades into as few of steps as needed will lower the cost. These prices were at different times. Like the 60-2. That was the installed price in 1998 with autotrim. Be more expensive today (>$20k). The $9,500 for the GTN was after a sizeable rebate and an aggressive discount by the shop. I believe the L-3 9000+ is cheaper now. The audio panel includes installation. The JPI's $4,500 was an upgrade from a 830, so a good chunk of labor was not needed. The Aspens were rebated and I got a really big discount on the MFD from the Aspen regional sales manager (price is the installed price).
  10. 2 points
    Muuhh. Ha ha ha. Picture me setting down my morning coffee and wringing my hands in contemplation of my evilness. OK - evil test period over., now back to adding Cessna Twins to the AML
  11. 2 points
    I guess my point is that many aircraft have all sort of buzzers and bells meant to keep the pilots out of dutch. I recall seeing a video of an aircraft landing with the gear warning blaring the whole time. I fail to see how yet another buzzer or screen is going to really change things. In moments of stress or distraction its just another expensive thing in the panel to ignore.
  12. 2 points
    No, but we did eat at Smoke on the Water and caught a minor league baseball game. We'll definitely be back.
  13. 2 points
    Okay guys I'm too excited not to share this! Trent Palmer if you don't follow him is a soon to be famous you tube pilot, and I am in the works with sponsoring his videos. Yesterday he released his recent video and it gave my site a nearly inconceivable 1000% increase in traffic! And my traffic was a pretty good to begin with!! Here's the videos!
  14. 2 points
    Oh - Paul has spent 4 hours with me - I don't mean to name drop but I recommend him highly and I will be spending more time with him, but he isn't available for this trip. My insurance requires I have 25 hrs mooney time before solo (I only have about 4hrs mooney time right now - everything else is in Cessna 172)....I happen to have a project I need to check on in Colorado and it would be a great flight, either direct or pitstop at Grand Canyon and get me about 10 of those hours. The two guys that were offering to fly with me got called for a charter.....and I'm hoping I don't have to fly commercial now that I own my own plane!!!
  15. 2 points
    You are correct. I mistyped. Ok I just got back from the airport. All is good, the crew was turned off. Thanks for the help
  16. 2 points
    I was really intrigued by Icon's marketing over the past decade - trying to appeal to a whole new audience of non-pilots. Seemed like getting more people interested in aviation had to be a good thing, even if we all sort of cringe when we hear terms like "a jet ski for the sky." But to say nothing of the purchase agreement controversy and the high-profile crashes, I just don't see how the economics work for Icon. The A5 looks freaking cool, and I'd love to own one, but you can buy a base SeaRey for $124k (vs a base A5 at $269k), or the high-end SeaRey for $169k (vs a high-end A5 at $369k). That price disparity is insane for roughly-equivalent aircraft, especially given that the SeaRey has a 25-year track record and the A5 still has all the kinks to work out.
  17. 2 points
    I don't know Lee... She still maintains a climb (be it very slow I'll admit) even on one engine. It might have actually increased my chance to land safely with just one. We did several full engine outs and completely dirty it still maintained controllability. Being a smaller twin I also was a doubter about the flying ability and one engine theory in the Comanche, but I will say it will stay above blue line with careful management. It's not a Baron, Dutchess or something with more HP, but think they don't get the credit due as far as single engine out ops. I would have preferred to find one with CR props, mine does not. So extra attention is due to compensate for non-CR props. Just my .02... I'm only about 50 hrs in it now, so still learning, but really feel it would get me safely to the closest airport on just one engine. Hope we never have to find out. -Tom
  18. 2 points
    It’s done just the opposite for me. I now have a LED landing light, LED nav lights, LED strobes, LED tail light with strobes, LED recognition light, CiES fuel senders, JPI 900, Senscor CO detector, CYA 100 AoA indicator, Jaeger Spatial Design Interior, all new RG-400 wiring, a new CI-196 antenna, new Klixon switch covers, countless RAM clamps, brackets and assorted hardware and I’m sure a bunch of stuff that is off of my radar. These people are evil! 🤣 Oh yeah, a couple of foldable bikes, tie down kit... Evil I tell you. [emoji15][emoji48] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  19. 1 point
    Great news - hope to hear soon whether there's similar cooling benefit for the carb'd birds that have a doghouse currently. If so, I can't wait to install and have a >150kt bird!! And I agree the larger inlets look better.
  20. 1 point
    Hi Bob, Oil temp didn’t change much if at all with the larger inlet rings. It did make an effect on the CHT’s. We can do larger rings if you’d like to. Thanks, David
  21. 1 point
    Of course none of us knows if Garmin will prevail and if they do, whether this pretty nice solution will survive in some fashion. But we just saw how the FAA killed a similar very cheap ADS-B solution by Navworx when Navworx refused and tried to fight a loosing battle with the FAA. Nothing to do with patent infringement there, but NavWorx thought it would be okay to impersonate a certified WAAS GPS solution until the FAA said not only NO!, but threatened them with $3.7 million fine - they promptly went out of business. Owners of their product got an AD that required a software "upgrade" that rendered their units non-compliant for ADS-B. The early adopters were left holding their non-compliant boxes. They could make them compliant by connecting them to TSO'd WAAS GPS position source, but like the Uavionix solution, all their customers bought their solution because they didn't have a TSO'd WAAS GPS position source. I seriously doubt those folks will ever recoup a dime. Lets hope if it comes to it, that Uavionix is smarter about this than Navworx was and an amicable solution is worked out.
  22. 1 point
    Thanks for the recommendations. I had a great trip to Ft. Lauderdale with my daughter this weekend. We flew into FXE and used Banyan. Very nice and there were no ramp or tie down fees for two nights with fuel purchase and they gave me a $1 a gallon discount on the fuel. Very nice pilot shop also. I felt a little out of place with all of the private jets but we were treated like we belonged there. +1 for Banyan. The trip was about 3.5 hrs each way from CUB and the plane did great at about 9500 ft it was cool and smooth along the east coast a few miles offshore.
  23. 1 point
    Throw some sprayers on it an you have a legitimate high speed aerial applicator.
  24. 1 point
    We added a bladder cell on each side to our '66E giving us 64 gallons usable. I was not sure the cost of the bladders for the extra 10 gallons but comfortably going to and from KOSH in July was awesome. (The original bladder conversion was done in 1997 and those cells seem to be as good as new.)
  25. 1 point
    It sure is. Hopefully one day when I acquire more knowledge I can contribute to other conversations.
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  28. 1 point
    Great news. I’ve been able to secure a spot in the upcoming Mooney PPP in Manchester NH at a discounted rate (since I don’t own a Mooney.... yet!). Thank you Ralph if you’re reading this. In the meantime, I’ve become addicted to MS. There’s so many interesting, fun, helpful, practical and good-spirited exchanges of information on this forum - I love it. So, here’s my plan, please feel free to comment. I’m in the process of wrapping up my PP training in a PA-28-161 at East Coast Aero Club at Nashua Airport (KASH). My plan is to then get my complex and IR in their PA-28R-201 and then start shopping for my Mooney. The reason that I want to get my IR in the Arrow before shopping for my Mooney is that I want to know as much as possible about plane parts, instrument flying and the purchasing process (awareness of what to look for, etc.) before I buy my Mooney. My plan is to have my Mooney sometime in the spring of 2019.
  29. 1 point
    Because future customers are on the roads and not in the air. Notice the logo on the wing facing outwards. That's product placement perfectly for road warriors to know the answer to "WHOA! What was that?!?!" They're appealing to my generation; hoping to get pictures taken at fuel stops, blow it up on Instagram, attract the 20-somethings that either has Daddy's money and lives an extravagant lifestyle or those lucky enough to work for what they own and want something they can play in on the weekend. Not to speak ill of previous customers, but I don't think it is the safest option. But you know the rule, safety third.
  30. 1 point
    Anthony, I think the concern about hot polished fuel caps is when you go to remove them . . . . I have to agree, though, they sure do look good. I remember reading when I first got my Mooney a decade or so ago about chroming it up to increase visibility--spinners, hub caps, even stall strips. But no one ever mentioned fuel caps. What else cojld be polished up nice and shiny to look good, withiut going as far as @Wildhorsesracing and his fully polished Mooney? My wingtips are, sadly, fiberglass . . . .
  31. 1 point
    I am sure your are right. Its just that I'd bet most interested folks would already have tips and would just want to add antenna's. But with some interest I am sure they'd be game.
  32. 1 point
    Keep an eye on your TIT. If you get it too high you will melt your turbine wheel. I kept getting broken turbo mounts until I removed the muffler hanger rod. It has been ten years and about 1000 hours and not a single issue sense. The TIT probe kept self destructing. (see #1) I was using an EI probe with the hose clamp. I had my machine shop make a little fitting for the screw in probe and had it welded on the exhaust. No problems with the TIT sense. The heat shield kept self destructing. I removed it and glued high temp insulation to the cowl. Operationally, I usually run LOP at 2400 and 28in and richen it to 1500 TIT. It will burn about 9.5 GPH and true 155 down low and about 180 up high. I usually fly in the high teens. I have had it in the flight levels a few times, but it takes so long to get up there and back down it has to be a pretty long leg to make it worth while.
  33. 1 point
    There’s actually a pretty good discussion on POA regarding the FAA’s treatment of mental illness and the strong disincentive to seeking treatment and self-reporting. As @kmyfm20s said, the brain is an organ and just like every other organ in the body it can fail. Unfortunately, when your brain starts failing it affects your judgement and decision making. Due to social stigma, denial and the FAA’s current approach to mental health (and a bunch of other factors) it seems that many people who would benefit from mental health treatment aren’t getting it. It seems like this event did get people talking about mental health and aviation which hopefully will be a good thing.
  34. 1 point
    Came across this one the other day. Love the plane, but the hanger is a disaster.
  35. 1 point
    Some of the jet boys have been known to run industrial kerosene. Either way it is illegal tax evasion.
  36. 1 point
    That switch is Mooney Part# 01265. I'd have to check with them on Monday for pricing. Agree there's probably one or more equivalent push-button "click-on, click-off" type switches at places like Mouser or Greybar. Unless anyone else has this covered, happy to dig and see what I can find out. Steve
  37. 1 point
    This seemed appropriate for this thread...apologies to the (human) ladies present. Why men prefer airplanes over women Airplanes do not get mad if you “touch and go”. Airplanes do not have Mother-in-Laws. Airplanes do not take forever to get ready. Airplanes do not care how many other airplanes you have flown with before. Behavior of airplanes follows logical rules. The maintenance of an airplane is cheaper than the maintenance of a woman. Airplanes come with instructions. An airplane will kill you quickly...a woman takes her time.
  38. 1 point
    I know the feeling, I have her younger sister, born in March of 84. Pritch
  39. 1 point
    She's sipping Aeroshell in the photo, not quite as pricey as champagne.
  40. 1 point
    Now that last line was really funny! 🤣 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
  41. 1 point
    And... somedays we have a few people in Australia... and a couple of mobile MSers Check in From Asia.... and GSXr who comes from one, lives in the middle, and works in the Far East... depending on the day... Do we have any MSers living in China yet? Go MS! Best regards, -a-
  42. 1 point
    I just undo my shoulder belt and enjoy a bit of self-fellatio while I change the tanks. I have to admit, I am very afraid of running a tank dry at low altitude. I have to take off my shoulder belt at a moment when its services may be vitally important, and boy am I worried about how that report is going to be written.
  43. 1 point
    I got my first Mooney ('64 M20E) just after getting my private certificate. M20C/E is seriously good value for money for a first airplane. You can spend significantly more $$$ to go a lot slower...
  44. 1 point
    Purchased my Mooney prior to my check ride. Had the annual and pre-buy repairs completed and the plane delivered from Longview Texas. Loved knowing that once I finished with my PPL I had a wonderful airplane waiting for me in the hangar. Take your time in the transition phase and get a Mooney specific instructor. You will not regret it in the least. Delivery Day Photo Below.
  45. 1 point
    For some reason (wink wink) one of the runways was shut down when I came in - I hope to be part of that next year Anyhow the Fisk arrival was a bit congested but I persisted - flew the approach as it was published, which is more than I can say about others and made it in.
  46. 1 point
    Pros: Goes really fast! Cons: Sucks fuel like you own an oil company! Has the full fuel payload of a Cessna 150
  47. 1 point
    The CFII I've been flying with thinks you're safer without them. I don't agree, and I think it's hard to argue that you're not a LOT better off with a shoulder restraint. The Arizona Pilot's Association does an annual GA Accident Reduction and Mitigation Symposium, which covers all of the fatal GA accidents involving AZ pilots from the previous year. A couple of years ago there was a Comanche crash with a family aboard, and the Mom perished as her side did not have a shoulder harness and she got a head injury from the panel. Dad had a harness and was fine. That's anecdotal, but it's also easy to understand the mechanics behind it. A buddy I fly with a lot has an ancient Cherokee with no shoulder harnesses. He's gotten used to my reel harnesses and is coming around to the idea of getting them for his airplane. I hope he gets them soon.
  48. 1 point
    I always do, on the rare occasion I am in the back seat. If anyone is in my car I also remind them (usually a problem with just teenagers) to wear them correctly, not down across their arm. Constantly had to remind my wife's teenage daughter to wear it correctly. One day she was in the backseat of a friend's car with the shoulder belt across her arm instead of over the shoulder when her friend rear-ended someone on an on-ramp going about 20 mph. She ended up crumpled on the floor boards in the backseat because the seat belt couldn't do its job. Thankfully no major injuries but she had a lot of bruises. I didn't have to remind her again to wear it correctly... Alex, it was the first thing I did with my plane when I got it. The left side was a bear to get the bracket on but the right side was a piece of cake. With everything else you have done on your plane I am sure it is well within your capabilities to do yourself and then get inspected and signed off. Just know the LH is a pain, take your time and do it first. Then when you get the the RH you will breeze through it. My DPE won't fly in a plane without them. The school where I took my lessons doesn't have them in all the planes but when that DPE is coming they always make sure whichever plane he is in has them because they know he won't fly without them. His son years earlier had an off field landing that was going really well until it wasn't. He put the plane down in a field and just before touching down the wheels caught a small berm and it flipped the plane. His son spent months in the hospital and fortunately made a full recovery. He said that had the plane his son was flying had shoulder harnesses he likely would have walked away with minor injuries.
  49. 1 point
    Alex, Ill show you a nice scar on my head at the Summit where it was stapled back together. Did I mention I was wearing a shoulder belt? Without it, I wont be here typing. Hopefully, you will realize the few $ spent on shoulder belts are a far better addition to your plane than some new headset or other gizmo. Personally, I wont fly in any aircraft that doesnt have them.
  50. 1 point
    If I hadn’t put shoulder belts in my 64E it’s questionable I’d be a MSer today. Might not have even survived my off field landing in 2012.

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