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  1. 20 points
    My wife and I headed out from the U.P. Of Michigan for Spruce Creek (just south of Daytona Beach) Florida yesterday, late due to fog at my home airport, destined for KMNV, Madisonville / Monroe County Airport in Tennessee for a fuel stop. This was the first flight after my left main tire on my Mooney Rocket had a new tube installed from a flat found and described in another thread. A new policy instilled in me by my IVPT instructor is to test the brakes as part of pre-landing checklist (which would come to haunt me on landing). Upon touch down, with a reasonable crosswind, I could hear light tire squeal which got progressively louder and the plane was a handful to keep on the runway as we slowed. My immediate thought was another freaking flat and I was wing low on the left side. I could NOT taxi at all once stopped so had the runway shut down. I shut down the engine and before we were out of the plane several locals ran out to see what was wrong. I gave my wife my handheld radio to monitor CTAF for traffic and then inspected the plane; a flat on the left main. After some research, while Cale from the FBO ran back for a jack, tools, and a dolly, it was determined the brake was locked. With the help of a bunch of locals we got the left tire on the dolly and, with help lifting the wing to reduce weight on this pretty questionable dolly, we got the plane pulled over to the ramp. The FBO's mechanic was on vacation in Texas and they had a part time guy on call. I told them get me some tools and I'll gladly pay whatever your FBO would charge but I was really needing to get this apart to see what I was dealing with. By the time I had the tire off (minutes) Cale found a serviceable used tire and tube. I got the tire off the rim and the serviceable one installed on the rim. Cale is a young man working on his A&P so helped where he could but I mostly did the repair. I installed the tire and when checking the brake found I couldn't compress the puck into the caliper. Cale got me a C clamp and it STILL wouldn't compress. I noticed as I worked the clamp the cup was turning so knew the cup wasn't seized to the caliper. I jumped into the plane and checked the left brake......looked fine. I then checked the parking brake knob and it was out about 1/2"????? I pushed it in and checked the caliper; the clamp had fallen off (brake had released) and the cup slid right in! I am pretty sure the park brake knob had not gotten pulled by mistake and I rarely use it (for sure didn't during any time that day). The knob pulls really easy so it may have been bumped. Not sure why I was lucky enough to only lock the left brake with a partial parking brake engagement but everything checked out after my repair and the subsequent take off there and landing in Spruce Creek were totally uneventful. The bill from the FBO: $50!!!! We dropped a $50 tip to Cale and the same to his boss. Service and hospitality like this needs to be rewarded! In the end it felt like a NASCAR pit stop as we were only delayed a little over an hour. Tom
  2. 20 points
    Sorry but I can’t mirror your comments about MooneySpace. Its worth the effort you’re willing to put in. I spend lots of time digging out info which I post in hopes of helping people who I’ve never met. I have supplied manuals and part thereof to anyone who needs them. In return, I read posts of technical problems in an effort to further my knowledge, because I still have lots to learn. Clarence
  3. 19 points
    She's never been in a GA aircraft, and today was her birthday, so i obliged! Just a short 1hr flight out of KFFZ up north and around some local lakes and mountains. She had a blast!
  4. 17 points
    After months of searching for my dream Mooney and then a two month annual and upgrade at Don Maxwell’s shop in Longview, my 67 Mooney M20 F is finally in her new home in Santa Monica, Ca. Such a great day! A life long dream come true. Thanks to Alan Basinger for taking such great care of 68 Mike as her previous owner and to Don Maxwell for his expert service. Also thanks to Full Throttle Aviation for the Ferry flight services from Texas to California. Most importantly thanks to my family and to my love Shannon for being so supportive of my aviation passion. Shannon gave me a huge hug and said this plane is the only mistress I will accept in your life and I expect you to enjoy her fully. I look forward to meeting more Mooniacs in the years to come and to learning from other members on the Mooney Space forum. 3C2C1D70-CE6B-4DBF-AE0A-573F70C4456D.mov
  5. 17 points
    I'll be the first to admit I don't too much faith in this site. While there are some great posts and useful info- most of the content on here is useless IMO. BUT- this post is more about the quality of some of the folks around here more than it is the topics. A recent trip back home in the Mooney left my NSD-1000 HSI compass card dead. After pulling it out, I recognized the gyro wasn't spinning when power was applied. A quick call to Bob Bramble made me realize that no way was I going to spend $2 AMU on ancient technology. I had some components for the Aspen system in my toolbox from my time as an Avionics tech- so I thought I would pursue finding the rest of the 'archaic' PFD 1000, and so my story begins.Perusing eBay and other sites, it was apparent a PRO aspen system wasn't going to be had for cheap. I thought about doing dual G5s, I looked everywhere and considered all the possibilities- but I always came back to the Aspen. A search on craigslist turned up a system in London of all places! I was skeptical at first because I've dealt with the scams on CL before, so I approached with caution. After emailing back and forth with the seller multiple times- he seemed like a real person. Of course the seller was asking for a bank transfer and he stated he could not accept Paypal. Here is where I need to bring Andrew @Hyett6420 into the story. A message to him telling him of my woes got an instant response offering to help in any way he could. He called the seller for me and spoke with him at length about the Aspen and where the seller was at- he then called me and was discussed this; and based on his feelings we felt that we were most likely flushing out a rat. Long story short, after contacting the seller and informing him that I would be paying Andrew and then he would arrange for pickup and shipping of the unit, I never heard back- confirming my suspicions that this unit was either stolen/or wasn't even in the seller's possession. I have since found a new Aspen here in the states that I have purchased and am currently working on installing as we speak. The point of my long winded and boring post is a big thanks to Andrew. Without his help, there was no way I could have determined the validity of this sale without him. He offered a complete stranger he had never met (me) his complete and unwavering help. We have been in contact multiple times and we're hoping to take this shady character down. I have a renewed faith in the MS community and am really looking forward to buying Andrew dinner and drinks next times he's in the states- thanks again Andrew! Now, lets all go back to talking about LOP, flaps on takeoff, and corroded camshafts!
  6. 16 points
    Being an airline pilot kind like being pregnant. Everybody congratulates you for your accomplishment but nobody ever contemplated how many times you had to get screwed to get there.
  7. 11 points
    Today is the one year anniversary of my fateful flight. I'm typing this at 8:10pm, exactly one year ago I was slumped over unconscious, strapped into a busted up airplane in a cold dark field. It's amazing the difference a year makes. I really miss my C, it was a fantastic little airplane that treated us well. Now I own a 231. It is in desperate need of an avionics upgrade but it has been an impressive traveling machine so far. It delivered Deanna and I to the Mooney Summit safely and efficiently, averaging 176kts for the round trip. The Summit was a wonderful experience! Thanks @mike_elliott and @rocketman! For those that are local to the Twin Cities that didn't make it to the Summit to hear me present my story. You get a second chance! I'll be presenting at the "Saturday Seminars" at Modern Avionics on the field @ KFMC. March 10th, 9am. I will also be speaking to EAA Chapter 1229 @ Fleming Field on Tuesday Feb 20th, 7pm. Everyone else, please keep CO in the hanger talk around your airports. Digital detectors can make CO crashes a thing of the past. We just need to get the word out. The Sensorcon discount still is in effect. Code: aircraft2017 Cheers, Dan
  8. 10 points
    An internet forum like this one is really one long extended conversation. During the course of this conversation, sometimes some of us get a bit worked up and fly off the handle. Also there are those who come and go in the conversation and those who stay around. Those who have stayed around and become part of the long and ongoing conversation build trust. Not because we take everything they say as the gospel truth, but because there is a certain tenure that goes with becoming a trusted member of the community. Under each avatar is a +number. That number is basically a ranking of trust and standing within the community. It would be wise to take that into consideration before starting a flame war. Internet posts are very easy to misunderstand. It's very difficult to catch subtle and context in written posts. This is all the more reason for caution and civility as to not look foolish by misunderstanding intent, meaning, or even the words themselves. Those who choose to disregard, are typically first ignored, then blocked, and then they fade away to bother other people in other places. Think, read, edit, and consider before posting to avoid embarrassment.
  9. 10 points
    From now on I’ll be charging one dollar for everyone of my posts, after all the things I’ve learned in 35 years of maintenance shouldn’t be free. One dollar is a bargain compared to what it cost me to learn it. I accept PayPal and most popular credit cards. Clarence
  10. 10 points
    My last flight in N708PJ. I was on the way to drop her off in Florida. Brad.
  11. 10 points
    I love this forum and find myself on it more than any other site. Channeling my best inner Anthony, there has been: Helpful information Those who think they know everything Those who actually do know almost everything (Note that there is much more of #1 provided by those in #3 than those in #2. You can tell the difference because those in #2 often tell you they belong in #3 while those in #3 just provide #1) New friends in people I haven't met (Mrs. Skates calls them my "Internet Friends") New friends that I first met here and then had the pleasure of meeting in person (I hope to move more from #4 to #5) Entertainment in the form of constant debates about the same old subjects... Even one person who felt the need to research where I worked, and what I did for a living for the sole purpose of belittling me in a post (He joined the one other person on my block list) Above all, it is an overall helpful, welcoming community that has been a part of my journey from PPL through purchasing my Mooney and the many adventures along the way. I'm not an internet forum analyst, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn Express 5 years ago...
  12. 9 points
    Thank heavens you didnt ask her for an evening with her in one of her sexy outfits and a KI300, she would know your are BS'ing her...
  13. 9 points
    Cnoe, Thank you! Your quick purchase and pirep is what got me to get in touch with Sensorcon. When I first contacted them about a discount I said I though I could get at least 15, maybe up to 25 to commit. The last I spoke with them there were something like 425 sold with that code. I know there were many more like @cnoe that purchased without a code. It’s a great start. Unfortunately I’m not on their payroll Cheers, Dan
  14. 8 points
    Just out for a quick flight to give @"Chocks" a ride to pick up another plane. I get back home and JD from SWTA is waiting with the golf cart to help put her away in my hangar. I couldn't help but think how lucky I am to own such a wonderful airplane.
  15. 8 points
    Let's see if these photos attach okay...
  16. 8 points
    As a public service to all those owners with capacitive fuel sensors, I am willing to take the quarantined fuel for use in my float sensor equipped plane. Just to show how generous I am to help out, I won't charge the fuel companies to accept the flawed product. I'll accept the fuel "as is" for no additional disposal fee.
  17. 8 points
    Hey Guys, I just tested my new engine pre-heater this morning and wanted to share. I don't have the luxury of a hangar or electricity so I couldn't use the "normal" engine heating methods. Luckily, here in South Carolina the need to pre-heat an engine doesn't happen all that much. But when it does, I didn't have access to a good solution. So I built my own. My requirements where it had to be self-contained and able to function without having to be attached to any other service, lightweight, and small enough to fit int he baggage compartment in case I wanted/needed to take it with me. This ruled out every option I was able to find. What I ended up building was a diesel/electric powered heater. The heater is a 5000 watt diesel heater that is typically used in cold climates to preheat cars or to keep trucks/campers warm without running the engine. I mounted this in a toolbox with a small motorcycle battery for power and a small 1 Liter fuel tank for scooters. There is an intake on one side which I will add a filter to later and an output on the other with a flexible duct I can put into the cowling. The control is on the outside so there is no need to open the box except to charge the battery or add fuel. The heater is flexible fuel wise so, in a pinch, it would also run on jet fuel or kerosene. Maybe some of you snowbirds on mooneyspace can offer some feedback on ways to make it better. --Adam
  18. 8 points
  19. 8 points
    We all start in the same place my friend. I can assure you my 65C didn’t get an AP. It wouldn't have gotten one for 5AMU either. Are you insulted by the S-Tec price? I used to get angry by that kind of pricing strategy, and presentation. After you have seen a few presentations that aren't targeted towards you, they get easier to ignore. 25amu upgrades for planes aren’t going to be picked up by many people. Garmin gave(?) us an example of this type of expensive upgrade to add WAAS to the G1000 nav system. Voice your disinterest, but realize some MSers may actually be interested in this system, especially if they have most of the parts already. No need to take out your frustration on me. I’m generally here to help other people out... Best regards, -a-
  20. 8 points
  21. 8 points
    Had a great flight today to the edge of Birmingham airspace, KPLR Pell City, AL. Took off whjle it was still cold, a d my C had 1200-1300 fpm climb ar 105 mph! Held 1000 fpm or more from 326'msl to my cruise at 6500 msl. As I landed, a bright yellow Staggerwing was taxiing to the other end for takeoff (winds were calm). Beautiful morning to fly, great performance, too. Lunch was good at a local barbecue joint, too.
  22. 8 points
    I'm about 15 hours into it now - not sure if it's catching on yet or not. Most useful piece of advice so far (from someone on here -sorry I forget who) has been to divide up multi step tasks so you are always continuing your scan between the pieces. E.g. tune 1st two numbers of the frequency, check heading and altitude, then tune last two numbers, check heading and altitude, flip frequency, heading and altitude, check in with ATC, heading altitude...etc. Simultaneous aviating and other tasks are starting to take on a rythmic calmness when it's going well. It's not always going well yet. You don't actually have to walk and chew gum simultaneously, just create a system to do each in short packets in close temporal proximity.
  23. 8 points
    This simple mod must be good for at least 30 KNOTS, maybe more.
  24. 7 points
    My wife and I were driving east on I 10 in South Texas on our way back to Cincinnati from Phoenix when I saw a sign "Kerrville next exit". I pulled off and explained to my wife that Mooneys are made in Kerrville and maybe they would be willing to give us a quick tour. She was ok with it and I called Mooney. I talked to the girl on the other end of the line, she took my information and said she'd have someone call me back. We went to an antique shop to kill some time and while we were there a Jeff from Mooney called and asked if we could be there in about 20 minutes or so. Daaa, I agreed. So, after arriving at the guard shack, signing in and getting our name tags we were greeted by Larry, a long time time Mooney employee. He gave us the full tour, maybe two hours, and answered all my questions and then some. Great tour guide, great employees and a very clean and neat work environment. Very impressive! I learned some new things like the the new two door planes have fiberglass skin around the passenger compartment instead of aluminum skin. No weight penalty. I assume assembly cost was reduced but more important to me, I would imagine interior noise would be reduced?? Also, I didn't know that aluminum could be heat treated but it can, he showed me the furnace and explained that after it is heated it is dipped in glycol(?) to keep the air from the surface then it is cooled to approx 32 degrees (?). It remains soft and can be metal worked and formed. After it is worked the glyco is removed and when air hits the surface the aluminum becomes hard. Hopefully I have this right. Anyway, a great day. I think these guys just might make it. They all have a good attitude and they sure make a great product.
  25. 7 points
    I recently dropped off my M20R at Flying Colors Aviation in Benton Harbor, Mi (KBEH) http://flyingcolorsaviation.com/ They have been awesome to work with! I’m very excited to see the finished project. Here are some pics so far:
  26. 7 points
    Has every conceivable mod ever made.... Thought it was a J , had to look at the dataplate to verify !!!
  27. 7 points
    I find most of your posts quite useful whether we agree or not. I appreciate you relaying hard won experiences. I did not sense that you were advocating conducting Non FIKI aircraft operations in ice as a matter of SOP. I think that fear is an overrated motivator. While it heightens senses, releases adrenalin and increases heart rate, it does little to improve one’s ability to handle the challenges of managing a stressful situation in the cockpit. Fear that has degraded to panic can reduce a formerly well-functioning pilot to an indecisive mass that acts as if they’ve had no training. I have always disliked the “178 Seconds to live” CASA campaign and all of it’s offshoots. Telling VFR pilots that if they enter IMC they will depart controlled flight in less than three minutes on average might motivate them to steer clear of IMC, but it’s not helpful if it happens to one inadvertently and may lead to panic (and the performance degradation that comes with it) when calm assessment and decisive action would save the day. Ice in a non-fiki bird is not to be taken lightly, but the OP ended up encountering ice in the descent when there was no forecast of icing. Having just passed some large rocks prior to descent, it seems his only real option was to continue the descent and approach. In that situation, I would much prefer to know that the bird I’m flying will carry a reasonable load of ice before becoming a stone than wondering if I’m on the edge of a stall with a light layer of rime. I would not be comfortable with ice out to stall strips and your post makes me no more likely to fly in icing conditions. However, knowing the airframe will carry ice would likely provide some measure of comfort (an antidote to panic) in an inadvertent icing situation because it’s good to know the airplanes abilities exceed the comfort level of the pilot by a large margin. When that situation reverses or is an unknown, bad things can happen quickly.
  28. 7 points
    Thanks for all your support guys. I was just trying to share some of my experience's with ice on Mooney's. I'm sorry some thought that I was encouraging people to fly in icing conditions, I'm not. But if you fly IFR in your Mooney you will at some point get ice on your plane and have to deal with it in flight. Sometimes it has to be an emergency response and some times it doesn't. It would be good to talk about this so the new IFR pilots have a better idea what to do.
  29. 7 points
    This thread on icing has been quite passionate. A story about flying in icing conditions and what happened. It was great that it worked out for you and you made it on the ground safely. I am sure a lot of us have stories like it, I do. I am also new to the Mooney forum. I started out a small single engine Pilot and have worked my way up the ladder to ATP flying all Boeing airplanes. I have been flying since I was 17 and now have 45 years in aviation. I don’t claim to know it all, in fact this website is a great example of crew resource management. But I do take issue with low post numbers for credibility. There is no argument that flying in icing with no anti ice or deice is a dangerous situation. I recall a few years ago, on the east coast, a single engine turboprop stalled in icing conditions and could not recover from over 10,000 feet. If you are an instrument rated pilot you will eventually encounter ice. Early detection is critical. At night even in the Boeing I have my flashlight out and check the windshield wipers all the time when in icing conditions exist. Anytime icing conditions exist engine anti-ice is on. Getting back to the original story, every icing encounter is different and as you fly through the precipitation the density varies along with temperature. One ice encounter you may make it through and say I won’t do that again or you may become another accident we will hear about with a tragic outcome. Be careful and always have a plan B and C for “just in case”when in the clouds, just as you would for mechanical failure. Fly safe, Kevin
  30. 7 points
    Wow. I just wanted to share some stories of a personal experience for knowledge of the common good. Play nice and keep the ad hominem to a minimum. I'd hope people aren't taking flying advice from a bunch of anonymous people on the internet. There is value to both knowing the rules and explaining what happens when they are broken. Fly safe.
  31. 7 points
    From Barry LeBlanc at S-Tec: [For the 3100 STC for Mooney models] “We can cover the M20B, C, D, E, F, G, J, K, L, M, R, S and TN on a single STC.”
  32. 7 points
    A pre-nup is like flying a Cirrus... you know what you're doing is stupid, but you've got that parachute.
  33. 7 points
    This is mostly off topic, but my best friend passed away last night after a 4 year fight with cancer. I mention her here because she was the first person brave enough to go flying with me after I got my PPL ticket 8 years ago. We used to work together, and about a week after getting my ticket, I casually asked if she wanted to go up after work and she thought for about a half-second, and said "sure!" I like to think she had confidence in me because we learned to trust each other at work. In fact, I just checked my logbook and my note says "Sightseeing with Kris--didn't terrify her." She had a blast and trusted me with flights with her 6 year old son later. That DID terrify me, there's nothing quite as anxiety provoking as being responsible for someone else's child! After she was diagnosed with cancer, she started having treatments up in Seattle, and complained about the drive up there being so difficult. That was the thing that actually prompted me to think about getting the Mooney and start work on my IFR rating. I had the image in my head of helping her get up to her treatments so she wouldn't have to take the train or slog through traffic. Alas, the treatments up in Seattle ended shortly after I started my IFR work, so I never got to help her out that way, and afterwards, all her treatments ended up being local. Still, in that way she's connected with the Mooney. Just because she is one of the few people who has been flying with me, I'd like to think there's a small part of her that goes up with me each time, and if I look up, maybe I'll see her.
  34. 7 points
    I got my baby back yesterday y'all. After a lot of time and money spend she's back In the air. Fresh overhaul by Zephyr engines, and a lot of oddball airframe work has really made a extreme difference to my Mooney! I'm happy to be back in action! Now it's time for the break in period, I've been going by zephyrs recommendations and hopefully will be finished breaking it in here in a week or so
  35. 7 points
    And it turned out it was just a bad e-gap timing in the left magneto due to cam wear. It's an IO-360A3B6 with two Slick mags. The engine was remanufactured, and the mags were new and only have 250 hours on them, so I guess that supports the argument about quality (or lack thereof) of Slick mags. I thought it was just the cold weather, fine-wire plugs helped for a while but it kept getting worse. I had dragged my feet getting the mag pulled, since I assumed my A&P would send it out to a specialty shop, and I was worried about the mag getting sent out to a mag shop and being told I needed a new one (after the prop fiasco). Fortunately, turns out he does to mag work in house. On today's flight it caught after a one turn. Anyway, $230 later I have one mag with a 500 hour IRAN done, instead of $900 for an overhauled mag so I call that one a win.
  36. 7 points
    Nice OP.... Personally, I've not contributed much to MS but I've enjoyed the camaraderie and advice. There are too many Mooney Spacers to list that have provided helpful guidance as well as entertainment these past two years. To name several that have helped me personally I am eternal grateful... @kortopates, @Marauder, @Clarence, @M20Doc, @kmyfm20s, @carusoam, @DonMuncy, @gsxrpilot, @Piloto etc... In the next year I hope to achieve my Instrument Rating and A&P certificate. That way, one day I will be as helpful as you gentlemen other than saying that I'm 6'5 and fat... the Mooney fits me very well.
  37. 7 points
    There is a wealth of knowledge on this site. I have received direct support from @M20Docand his wife. I am a little afraid to post any pictures of my plane, you never know what Clarence's eagle eyes will spot. I am sure that anyone that has met Andrew, @Hyett6420in person, will not be surprised that he provided help. There are many others that have provided tips and the occasional part that I have picked up over the past couple of years. I for one am glad there is this resource free of charge, although I am happily a "supporter."
  38. 7 points
    If looking at operation cost, the only thing bigger I would get would be an A36. If looking at acquisition cost, B55 possibly 58. Keep you 90% mission in check. Fly with tanks to the tabs or half tanks for a few years until they move out. Making a stop for fuel is a hell of a lot cheaper than buying a bigger more expensive plane that burns way more fuel anyway. Is getting out and stretching legs a few times per year a good price to pay for saving a hundred grand?
  39. 7 points
  40. 7 points
    Wow! I just read the overview for the "new" Garmin txi ......... It sounds like they have finally caught up with the Aspen system 1. They are claiming such revolutionary improvements like flexible display configuration - Aspen already has that 2. map underlying the HSI display - Aspen already has that 3. overlay of NEXRAD - Aspen already has that 4. overlay of airport diagrams - Aspen already has that 5. a new thing called reversion mode - Aspen already has that 6. backup GPS - Aspen already has that 7. removal of standby instruments - Aspen already has that 8. wireless transfer of flight plans (ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot only) - Aspen already has that but for more apps 9. Probably a some more I missed. - Aspen already has that Of course Peter will say the Aspen is old and tired, sounds like that is because they already introduced all these things years ahead of Garmin.
  41. 6 points
    I went to the NW aviation trade show in Puyallup today looking for information. Here is what I learned: 1. Neither Trio nor TruTrak were there so I have nothing to report on them. 2. KI300. Surprise, shipping delayed until April 2018 due to software changes to handle turbulence better. Approximate price for the model to replace our KI256 in a two axis KFC200 autopilot system will be about $6500. It will actually be two boxes. The display includes the backup battery and has a 9 pin connector and connections for pitot and static lines. The second box connects to the indicator via the 9 pin connector. The other end of that box connects to the KFC200 and GPS navigator. He estimates less than a day to install. 3. Dynon Skyview HDX. Still my favorite if it's available in time. They have submitted all the paperwork to the FAA for the STC for Cessna's. Just waiting for the FAA to give approval. Unable to provide a timeline as to when the system might be available for other aircraft. I think he said it takes about 6 to 18 months to get an STC for another aircraft. That won't happen until they have approval for the Cessna. Based on the catalog he gave me, I'd estimate parts for a Skyview HDX 7" display based system to be about $10,900 for a two axis system. Another $750, or $11,650 for two axis plus autotrim. And another $750 or $12,400 for three axis plus autotrim. That includes a 7" display, primary and secondary AHRS, GPS antenna/receiver, ARINC429 box to talk to our GTN650, backup battery, autopilot control panel, 3 knob HDG/ALT/BARO bug panel, Wi-Fi adapter for use with ForeFlight, servos, and D10A backup EFIS. If you want to display traffic and weather on the main display, the dual channel ADS-B receiver is $795. If you want AOA with a heated pitot, that's $450. If you want their Comm radio, that's $1295 (pretty neat; can be loaded from the main display with buttons for ATIS, Ground, Tower, and ATC). If you want the bigger 10" display, that's another $1300. If the main display quits you fly off the D10A. If your GPS navigator (our GTN650) quits, you can still navigate and fly with the autopilot using the built in GPS system. You can also add engine monitoring if you want. About $1300 for parts plus $200 for fuel flow if you want it. Extra for MP and RPM. And if you don't already have ADS-B OUT, you can get that for another $2200. Very flexible system. Things it does that the GFC500 doesn't: Synthetic Vision (if you are into that) with terrain warning coloring, moving map, true airspeed, winds, minimums bug, maps, charts, and velocity vector. 4. Garmin GFC500. Nice system. Probably the nicest servos. Assuming everything I was told is correct: If you install the GFC500 with a single G5, the G5 is installed as the HSI. That means you may also switch it over to ADI if you need to. In a single G5 system, if the G5 dies you also lose the autopilot. If the GPS navigator fails, the autopilot still works for heading and altitude hold but it cannot navigate. In a dual G5 system, if at least one of the G5's is working, the autopilot will still work. Based on prices on Sarasota Avionics, a single G5/GFC500/2 axis system will cost $8149. Add the autotrim and you are up to $9849. Add yaw dampener and you're up to an estimated $11,549. If you want a two G5 system that's $10,889/$12,589/ and $14,289 respectively. The representative could not confirm when they would gain approval for either Mooney or Bonanza. However, other sources indicate 2018 for Bonanza and 2019 for Mooney. That is all. Bob
  42. 6 points
    I can provide a CAD and machining service to cut the backplate for a flush mount for single and dual Garmin G5 installations. The latest G5 installation manual gives instructions for cutting and trimming the Garmin mount, or instructions for fabricating a plate and spacers as shown. The location of the 6 (4) screws is discretionary, I can move them around as required. The top plate shown can be used as a drilling / cutting template. Aerodon supercub180@gmail.com.
  43. 6 points
    "Are they going to be alright?" was the question my wife asked me on a flight through Georgia this week as we listened to an increasingly panicked VFR Cherokee pilot with 4 on board, with low fuel, at night, that was trapped between solid undercast and overcast layers being vectored around by ATC looking for a whole in the clouds that was not to be found. This was the darkest night I have ever flown, with solid cloud bases blocking out the ground lights, and solid overcast blocking the partial moon and stars. It was frankly chilling hearing ATC ask the pilot, over a series of several minutes, if he was IFR qualified -- "No"; how many on board -- "4"; fuel reserves "45 minutes"; and hearing the pilot's voice getting increasingly panicked as he was aimlessly vectored around looking for a hole in the clouds as we moved from twilight to pitch black. ATC asked me if I had seen any breaks in the clouds, which we had not for 40 to 50 miles. The regional jet that had just landed at Augusta reported solid overcast from about 3,500 feet to a breakout of 2,600 feet. With inadequate fuel to go anywhere else, ATC was setting the pilot up for a straight in decent through the clouds when we got the frequency change to the next sector. The rest of my flight home that night was quite somber as we wondered whether the occupants of the Cherokee were alright. I did not see any reports of a downed aircraft in the news the next day, so apparently he made if down safely, but this was not a situation that any VFR pilot should want to find themselves. As dark as it was, and with the over and undercast, this pilot was forced to fly instruments for quite a while, and I am glad that he was proficient enough to maintain control of the aircraft. I am sure the VFR purists will say that it was the pilot's fault that he got himself (and 3 others) into the predicament through poor planning, but sometimes the weather does not do what is forecast. This incident was a poignant reminder of why I got my instrument rating, and a clear example of the value of one.
  44. 6 points
    Clear coat applied Mooney symbol hand painted
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    We have an FAQ... Just do a search for @carusoam
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    OMG! You're installing an Aspen. I know you have a natural disdain for the information that some (ok, almost everyone) have presented on this site. What frustrates me is the stream of misinformation and personal opinion on products from people who don't own them. I've learned over the years, that internet information is almost always skewed and is often a disservice to those who read it. Do us all a favor and report the truth as you do this install. At least one reader will benefit from it.
  48. 6 points
    I wish you would stop quoting fact. You're making Peter look bad.
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    I understand there's a Mooney owner up near Philadelphia who has poured a ton of money into an F model. Reportedly, his glass is seriously out of date, but serviceable. He's thinking seriously of going to an all Garmin panel because of advice from a dentist. Offer him your C as a "great, low-priced up-grade platform" + $10K and he's sure to go for it. @Marauder???