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  1. A bit of light reading if you're bored over the weekend. TL;DR: Stall switch failed on me, and the $2500 price tag for a new replacement is downright stupid. A few months ago I noticed that the stall switch (lift detector) on the 201 I'm currently flying didn't work too well - in that the stallhorn might or might not activate even as the airplane entered imminent stall condition during the last moments of flare during landing. Interestingly, around that time I also noticed that during descent (in excess of 500fpm) in clouds/rain I would hear a distinct, but faint, high-pitched tone f
    12 points
  2. It's not amazing when bright people disagree on new and unknown/poorly supported science. Don't confuse political motivation/posturing with actual science and well established facts. And, do let me know when you come up with an example of pretty much any individual human activity that does NOT affect others. The argument that an individual's action affects others, thus justifying limitless control, leads to totalitarianism whereby every aspect of an INDIVIDUAL's life is controlled by group-think because it would all so selfish to do otherwise. That is the slippery slope we are on and,
    6 points
  3. Mask wearing IS political. any attempt at saying otherwise is disingenuous at best. we only got the pathetic “stop the politics” drivel when someone was brave enough to not follow the leftist party line. and Carusoam lose the “I feel sorry BS” stop lying and say the truth.
    4 points
  4. Even if joe goebells said something really intelligent in his time... would it be thoughtful to repeat it here, today? let’s stay focused on the issues related to flight, flight safety, and how to get along with the rest of the community... The next election isn’t for another year and a half... let it rest... Find another Avenue... Stay positive... Share your solution to common challenges... I hear you. I feel for you. I wish you well. Best regards, -a-
    4 points
  5. Ah yes of course . Thanks for the heads-up! Yes, I am an A&P with an avionics tech background. I used to do quite a few bench tests and even some component level repairs when I used to work at a 145 shop. As for the legalities, the work done on the switch, a "component part", is a minor repair, minor alteration done with reference to AC43.13-1B (accepted practices), much in the same way someone might repair a nav light bulb receptacle, for example.
    4 points
  6. How about you wear the correct mask that protects YOU, an N95 and let the rest of us decide how we want to protect ourselves which may mean we choose not to wear one? Enough of this guilt crap which does nothing but pit us against each other.
    4 points
  7. Masks as mandated and worn serve NO medical purpose. It is a control devise. Phyc-0ps At best mask wear may delay the inevitable. Unless this particular Covid virus is different than every other Covid virus the vaccine will be only partially effective and will need to be reformulated when the virus changes. This is not like polio. It will not be eliminated. This is like the seasonal flu it will constantly change. But, every person in the world WILL at some point be exposed to this virus. The mask will not stop the inevitability of that fact. The virus is man made. It was
    4 points
  8. Here's my two cents: 1. I choose to take my medical advice by people who have medical expertise. So far, every medical expert with meaningful credentials and knowledge of this pandemic has said masks work. For me, its not political, its that some people think the earth is round and some people think the earth is flat, and I just don't make counter-science decisions because someone tells me I have to do it to take some sort of political stand. Wearing a red MAGA hat is political. Spreading a deadly virus contrary to science is not a political expression, its just stupidity. 2. B
    3 points
  9. I thought we were brought together in this forum by means of our love for and ownership of mooney aircraft. Why must politics and religion creep in here, which are merely divisive forces? Not interested. Try Facebook/Twitter
    3 points
  10. Acid rain,not ozone depletion really? next ice age, didn’t happen, global warming, fits well with next ice age. Both were used politically to gain the same result. ”Climate change” rebranded global warming. “carbon footprint” political buzzword with no real meaning. Life on earth is Carbon based. Without carbon life does not exist. How can carbon be “Evil” if it is the very basis of ALL life on this planet. Takes real “basic” science to call carbon evil. ‘if this is “Basic Science” the the word Basic has lost its meaning and now means “politically expedient”
    3 points
  11. Apologies for the delayed reply @thomas1142 @Stan and @flyer338 Have been down in Melbourne for the past 3 weeks and have just done a 1700km run home in a day to beat a border closure in QLD - by road unfortunately. Have J and K working as well as new versions of R and R-310STC. I have spent some time rebuilding them off a consistent base to make support ( or lack of!) easier. Give me another week or so to clean up and I'll post all together with links. PatrickF
    3 points
  12. There is a lot of real flying done the last 100 feet above the ground.
    3 points
  13. Sample is being duplicated in Grey spec silicone for customer stay tuned, don’t touch that dial..... GB
    2 points
  14. I'm going to host my first Mooney YouTube livestream on my Mooney 201er YouTube channel Sunday Feb 14, 2021 at 2100Z, 4PM EST, 1PM PST. Join for a casual chat about Mooney flying adventures, flying in Canada and the Caribbean, LOP ops, cross country, and whatever else comes up. It's like coming to one of our NJMP flyins minus the flying, hamburgers, and Alan's scary face. Everyone's welcome to join. You are welcome to post questions or topics you'd like me to address here on Mooneyspace and I'll try to get to them. Especially if you won't make it live but will watch the archive later
    2 points
  15. That’s where we’re headed if you believe the science!
    2 points
  16. That’s correct I have never charged oem aircraft mfgs for tooling This way I own die and my name is on the print. 465 different airframe models We cut 2000/8000 seals per day Five colors, three different thickness 33 years now GB
    2 points
  17. I think the statute of limitations has run out by now, and I wasn't an A&P at the time. I used to hang out at the crop duster place back in the 90s. The Air Tractors would eat voltage regulators on a regular basis. It was costing Joe $1500 to get them repaired. He asked me to take a look at one. I trouble shoot it and it was a small signal transistor which was available at Radio Shack. It cost $0.85. I put it back in the Air Tractor and fired up the PT6 and everything was working again! The strange thing was that every part in that voltage regulator was available at Radio Shack, which
    2 points
  18. I spent 3 years based without fuel, but it was available during FBO hours 10nm away. When taking off on 13, that was toward my fuel stop. Takeoff, wheels up, call departing the pattern, switch radio, call inbound, climb to 1000agl, reduce to 23" / 2300, call 5 miles out, lean, reduce power, enter pattern, land. Engine on to off was 12 minutes if I was on speed and made the mid-field turn off; if I took of on 31 away from the field, the flight was 15 minutes engine on to off. Fun times! Much nicer than my current 3-hangar taxi . . . .
    2 points
  19. I keep extras. The gear one is what usually fails. It’s more complex ( and an inch taller) because it’s intermittent beep.
    2 points
  20. Norwood is the home of a long standing MSC... KOWD... The flight from KOWD to KBOS is less than 15nm. The taxi time was probably longer than the actual flight... Great Mooney log page! Thanks for sharing it... Best regards, -a-
    2 points
  21. Give me a controversy, tell me which side I am on and I can make a case. Google makes it easy, whatever side you want to argue. In the science community there is a study that proves anything you want, because the dollars come from people with agendas. When. lay people say, "Follow the science", they mean "their science". It has been that way for a long, long time. Just ask Galileo.
    2 points
  22. I agree completely! But @bradpstarted it, he started a thread that had nothing to do with aviation in the least. I would be happy if the moderator just deleted non-aviation threads, they just drive us apart! I guess I could choose to abstain, but some statements just can't be left alone.
    2 points
  23. When I had the COVID my wife and mother in law didn't wear masks or distance, social or otherwise, and neither got it. Just because the staff didn't get sick, doesn't mean the masks had anything to do with it. Was there a control group that didn't wear masks that we can compare? I wear a seat belt in the airplane all the time, in the truck about half the time, I wear a helmet on my dirt bike, because I know I will have horrendous crashes. I wear a helmet skating because I know I'll crash because it reduces the bleeding. I wear a helmet when riding my bike to keep the club members from giv
    2 points
  24. Ah—Fun topic: Outdated and poor aviation designs semi-supported at high prices. I had a propeller heat control module fail. The replacement was $3500 as I recall. I took apart the old module (hey, I’m a retired engineer & can’t restrain myself at times). Inside I found a single-sided PCB with a 555 timer, a couple of diodes, one connector and three relays. That’s it. The Bendix connector is admittedly expensive, as are good relays, which these were not. A generous estimate for the component bill of materials is $250. Or in China a contract manufacturer might pay $3
    2 points
  25. Lol exactly, I just transferred $2500 from savings to my airplane account since now it will happen for sure,
    2 points
  26. 2 points
  27. Always amazing when bright people disagree on basic science. Masks, climate change, seat belts, helmets. And feel their personal needs do not affect others, even when others get hurt or have to pay for their right to hurt themselves or be selfish. People become more emotional than rational. Generations will look back and not believe it, that some said the earth is flat.
    2 points
  28. Ok Bryan, take your advice from whoever, but don’t preach to us how you’re so much better than those of us who don’t agree with you.
    2 points
  29. Hey all, just wanted to pass on my experience at Paragon Aircraft Services at KCDW this week. I have been looking for a data driven, knowledgeable shop after some less than stellar experiences elsewhere to deal with some troubleshooting and small fixes to my ‘78 J. Steve at Paragon was ultra-responsive, smart, and friendly. He was able to fit me in for an Engine monitor upgrade, took care of SB 388C after reviewing engine monitor data, plus a few other lingering issues. They seemed well versed on the Mooney and gave daily email updates on the progress of the work. I’ve found that at
    2 points
  30. Assuming you have a separate intercom panel and given the fact that both pilot and copilot stations are having difficulty hearing both radios, my prime suspect is the headphone amplifier circuitry is at fault inside the KMA24. Reference the basic block diagram of the KMA24 circuitry below: In order to "mix" various audio sources (i.e. marker beacon, comm 1, nav 1, comm 2, nav 2, etc.) into one headset output, these audio sources are passively mixed through a network of resistors, which has the side-effect of attenuating each respective signal. In order to bring these signals back up
    2 points
  31. Good News, the right angle connectors off the old seatbelt worked perfectly. The mechanic pulled off the plastic housing and put it around the old connectors - voila. It's a match. I've also cooked up a tag for the cotter key to warn folks to disconnect the airbag wire before removing the seats.
    2 points
  32. http://txtopaviation.com/events/2021-texas-top-aviation-fly-in-at-lajitas-golf-resort/ second time great event with several new aircraft in attendance ... please contact Hank Gibson for information... Beautiful new runway open and amazing beautiful area .
    2 points
  33. There are two types of holes used with our pressure gauges.... 1) FP... has the internal hole to minimize needle fluctuation... that is called a snubber. the internal hole works really well as a damper... as long as air is the only thing traversing through the hole... an external hole would be bad for liquids.... 2) The MP... has an external hole that is to keep the gauge clean... an internal hole wouldn’t keep the gauge clean... PP thoughts only, not a mechanic... Best regards, -a-
    2 points
  34. My personal interactions with the Rotax engines (with hangar neighbors) has been less than stellar. Plus they don't put out a lot of power. I'm not sure the case or crank designs are strong enough for two more cylinders. There are an awful lot of people who swear by them, though. A local flight school had a fleet of diesel DA-42s and converted most or all of them to IO-360s. That had to be fairly painful, but maybe they had factory support. Diamondstar sold them with the IO-360s after the Thielerts became somewhat less popular, so there may have been a factory conversion program for
    2 points
  35. I would agree if the person not wearing the mask, owned the entire risk and it could only impact them....this risk potential impacts others. Essentially by not wearing a mask, they are forcing others to accept the risk of covid without asking. I'd revise the wording to say, "Wear a mask if you feel like others may want you to" and who wouldnt? This illustrates the point.
    2 points
  36. Wear a mask if you feel you need one. All should not be forced to submit. The death rate for earth is 100% everyone will certainly die. We all want to put the odds in our favor for a long prosperous time here. Should any of us figure out how not to die that could be either a blessing or a curse but that would be up to you to decide.
    2 points
  37. I don't think we know that, but that's what they want you to believe. I won't stop you from wearing it if it makes you feel better. How did human civilization survive for all these millennia without masks?
    2 points
  38. Totally dont get it...We'd not be here if people donned a mask as soon as we knew to do that.
    2 points
  39. Since I’m an aviator, and this joke is from an aviator, which to my way of thinking , makes this applicable to an “aviation jokes”......
    2 points
  40. Use teflon with clear or black cover 20 % smaller o.d. replacement on condition measure flare to flare middle of bnut to bnut I do this everyday I also do cnc tube bending per sample in 304 ,here is a twin beech lower GB since 1987 on hoses , tso
    2 points
  41. I was in this same situation 4 or 5 years ago. I was told by several A&P/IA's that I'd have to replace the wing. I went so far as to source a used wing and was looking at shipping options. Two MSC's I talked to said it could be repaired. I ended up going to SWTA where they brought in a sheet metal specialist who worked on it to remove all the corrosion, and apply a fix that was prescribed by a DAR (is is DAR or DER)? The whole job ended up costing $2600. A good MSC will save you money rather than costing you money. But it's your money...
    2 points
  42. I can't comment on the difference between the "new" version vs. the "classic" version but... The "Industrial Pro" model allows you to change the alarm set-point from the default (35 ppm) to a higher level (up to 100 ppm for the initial LOW alarm). I like that feature and will opt for that model when replacing my existing unit because... ... due to the fantastic sensitivity of these devices it's not unusual for the alarm to activate while idling or during ground maneuvers as small amounts of exhaust enter the cabin through a vent, window, or door. When the red lights start flashing my
    2 points
  43. RJ, If you have a point, you made it... Taking shots at the other patrons in the establishment gets tiring... I get it... you don’t like anyone today... Take a break... visit a different thread... The OP has significant technical background... he gave technical advice about the latest methods of using masks... data I appreciate, because I live in an area where the virus is readily transmitted... No, he didn’t mention you need or don’t need to wear one... If you decide not to wear a mask... I’m good with that too... Since the ubiquitousscient
    1 point
  44. Feel the plane slowing losing energy. All around the U from the downwind threshold. When I pull the throttle out, the plane is slowing losing energy. There are two other energy management tools. Flaps and gear. I do quick glance at the ASI on the base part of the U turn to make sure I am not dipping below 90mph before flaps go out. Flaps go out base on how the sight picture is lining up on the run way. I usually land half flaps. If the throttle is out the plane will be losing energy. You ski uphill to stop. End of the day you should also be able to fly it on at 90mph
    1 point
  45. Fly in to KFWS in Burleson, TX just south of Fort Worth. Grab the crew car and go to Babe's Chicken Dinner House. You can thank me later.
    1 point
  46. Yes our wing is stiff but only to a point Think of the pressure point from the landing gear and the "flexing" that the spar will go through as you impact the runway. The gear is at the outboard end of the tank right on the back wall of the tank. The wingtips bend down inertia while inboard of the gear point tries to go up. You also get the spar between the main wheels trying to fold up from the pressure at the same time. If the sealant is old and dry it can't flex as much as it used to. The Cessna doesn't have the same dynamics with the pressure point and it has a much long
    1 point

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