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    And herein lies the problem. It's not "almost impossible", they don't actually exist. There is no such thing as a 50 year old airplane without warts. So it's not "compromise", its reality. As long as you're looking for the perfect 50 year old plane, enjoy the search, because that's as far as you'll ever get. But if you want to own and fly, then you have to accept the reality of the market. And once you do, you'll quickly join the ranks of Mooney owners. My first C, for which I paid $48K and later sold for $50K, was missing all logs before 1987. Had been through 3 gear up landings, had a flaw in the windshield on the right side, and had some minor hail damage. But none of that affected the way it flew, it's safety, nor evidently, it's resale value. Everyone who ever saw it or flew it it was envious of my C. I certainly didn't compromise, but rather bought the best C available on the market, for a very fair price. The asking by the way, was $57K. There are no "barn finds" in this market...
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    Much has been said about buying and selling airplanes on this forum of late. Since I have just a bit more experience in this area than some, here's my take. Disclaimer: We're talking typical Cessna, Beech, Cirrus, Piper, Mooney, etc. Something exotic, rare or experimental is different. Most of the time you should be able to locate an airplane that meets your needs and have negotiated to buy it within 45 days. You may not have taken possession yet, but the basics have been agreed to. If it has been 90 days and you haven't found an airplane, more than likely the problem is the buyer, not the market. This is typically either a buyer that isn't really serious or a buyer that has unrealistic expectations. Most of the time you should have come to an agreement to sell an airplane within 45 days. If it has been 90 days, more than likely the problem is the seller, not the market. Almost always this is an unrealistic asking price. After 90 days it is time to change your listing from OBO (or best offer) to FIRM and drop the price $1,000 per week until it sells. That might take a week and it might take six months or more. But when the price is right, a buyer will appear. The above is assuming a serious buyer and serious seller. I'm afraid that's not always the case For my current airplane, I made contact August 21, had a signed purchase agreement on August 26 and took possession on September 3. For my airplane before my current one I made initial contact on March 28, came to an agreement to buy on April 11 and took possession on April 30. It doesn't take two freakin' years to buy an airplane !!!
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    Everyone, The folks at Sensorcon are willing to pass along a 20% discount to pilots on all of their products. At checkout use the code below. http://sensorcon.com/collections/carbon-monoxide-meters Discount code: aircraft2017 I'm going with the "industrial" and am going to add the Pump kit. I like the vibrating alarm and the pump kit will help with troubleshooting various applications(home, aviation, boating, etc.) In my opinion, every A&P should have one in the tool box. They do recommend a calibration every 6 months. If no calibration is done they have a tendency to wander in accuracy. But only about +-2ppm. Even if you never calibrate, they will be infinitely better than the home detectors. Sensorcon said with regular calibration they are seeing some that are 5 years old that still operate properly. I think in a cockpit environment a once a year calibration is reasonable. Sensorcon may work with us on a lower calibration price also. One can calibrate on your own but would need the equipment. It might make sense to do a group buy on calibration equipment. I'll look into that down the road If you don't have good CO Detection please consider adding a high quality detector. These Sensorcon Units are a good, cost effective option. I lived though my CO poisoning experience, but I shouldn't have. These things could/will save lives. Also, feel free to share this discount code with others. I also ask that if you ever discover a CO problem down the road with a detector, share it with everyone. Online forums, airport lounges, family get togethers, etc. Lets keep the discussion going. Cheers, Dan
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    Agreed. While I've only been involved in two purchases and one sale, this was my experience as well. I first did all the research and personal prep I could do without contacting any sellers. This includes determining my mission, the market, and the funds. Then with cash in my pocket and a realistic understanding of the market and my mission, I went shopping. It took three weeks to find and buy the first one. A month to sell it, and two weeks to find and buy the second one.
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    For those who have one, I have a few questions. 1- How loud is the alarm? Can you test it? Can you hear it in flight over noise with head phones on? Past ANR? 2- How often do the batteries need to be charged or changed? What does it use? 3- Is the unit good for life or does it have to be overhauled frequently? It seems that most CO alarms only work for a given number of years.
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    Nine banks of four cylinders each. Never saw service on an airframe as turbines eclipsed it. Now its just 36 cylinders of pure awesomeness! Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
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    What's a mountain? And I complain about the bumpy ride when crossing the 1,200' hills around here.
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    64 gal should get you around the patch once........
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    By the way Cliffy, your iPhone comes with a built-in pressure transducer. I downloaded an app called "BARO" which is essentially a pressure altimeter. It lets you set the local altimeter setting and in my plane with an IFR Cert it reads within 20-30 feet of my altimeter all the way to 10K feet (have not tested it above that). I was surprised the pressure sensor in the iPhone is this accurate. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Agreed completely. That just means, though, almost by definition, that you as a buyer are out of touch with the market. Keep looking for that deal that will never come.
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    You buy a mission, not a brand. You may prefer a brand but the fact is, in almost every case there are 4-5, maybe more different airplanes that will meet the need of a specific mission.
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    Same here, with five aircraft purchases and three sales and a whole bunch of used car transactions. Never an issue or delay, inspite of the fact that, with both cars and airplanes, I have a penchant for the unusual for which there is both limited supply and demand. As a seller I personally have no patience whatsoever for either tire kickers or for dreamers.
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    Dan, thank you very much for your story and keeping up with us. I am going to share this if you don't mind. Many other people on various other forums were following your endeavour.
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    Mine as well. Glad to see Dan put this together and that something very positive for many pilots came from his experience.
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    Not long enough to warm it up . . . .
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    It's the Mini for me. It fits nicely in the yoke either landscape or portrait mode. I've tried every mount in the book, and several home made ones as well. I now use a magnetic mount that is right in the center of the pilots yoke. It stays put, but can be easily removed with one hand. I usually pull it and drop it in the passengers seat or lap when on final.
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    Mike Busch has answered this question. No such thing as too cold. Colder is better.
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    Thanks @DanM20C for setting this up. I've placed my order.
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    1944 Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
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    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lycoming_XR-7755 Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
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    I think you're trying to make Clarence jealous . . . . All of those cylinders, all of that fine plating . . . . .
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    Neither, Experimental for research and development purposes. Shouldn't be a problem either since I doubt an F model could possibly hold enough fuel to allow those 36 cylinders to come up to full power long enough to get airborne.
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    He can't get over the 1200' "mountains" with them onboard! Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
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    Good work Dan. Mine came in the mail from Amazon earlier this week. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    I've also had mine over a year, nice stuff.
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    The IPad altimeter works from GPS coordinates so is not dependent upon a barometric pressure setting. Generally speaking it is probably at least as accurate as a standard altimeter with a correct setting. My $0.02,
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    Thanks for this Dan. I just bought one. After your story I was going to do so anyways, but the 20% discount made it happen right away.
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    I bought mine about a year ago. How much of a hassle is it to re-calibrate?
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    Thanks for the tip Kelly. Another pilot also commented how powerful that feature is. It enabled him to fly to the threshold in 0/0 conditions - he has apparently put it to the test. I was going to hold out for awhile till after install, but the recent Garmin rebate of $3K with the synthetic vision had me immediately adding it during the install. I am very much looking forward to getting more familiar with it soonest.
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    Eman- Don't be bothered by those that claim that there are plenty of planes out there. Those that claim that it's easy to find a plane are usually not hamstrung by a budget, have low expectations, are more trusting than the rest, or just plain lucky. It pays to be at the right place at the right time, too bad we can't arrange to make that happen when we want. Indeed there are a lot of planes for sale, unfortunately, most of them have issues. Sometimes it's an oddball owner who doesn't really want to sell his plane or hasn't a clue what he owns, how it's been maintained, or what it's worth. But usually it's missing logbooks, shotgun panels, 30 year old overhauls, corrosion, fuel leaks, 360 channel nav/coms, stupid high pricing, and the list goes on. These are old, old planes and most have been subject to neglect, abuse, and poor maintenance for some if not most of their life. It's almost impossible to find a 50 year old plane without any warts for $40,000. You may have to look for a very long time or compromise. Many times a plane pops up and it's located in the middle of nowhere, difficult to access, and an elderly owner without a clue how to email out copies of the logbooks. Much time and treasure can be spent chasing a pig in a poke. Airplane shopping would be so much easier if only you had a plane! I feel your pain. I looked HARD for a C model Mooney for 6 months, my budget was $50,000. I finally gave up and finally found something else good enough in my neighborhood. I'm still watching for a nice C or E model myself, but it has to be very close to what I want, even closer to where I live, and at a price very close to what I want to pay. In the meantime, I have something to fly that is nearly as fast as a stock C model, and I'm now ready to fly anywhere to look at the perfect "C". Stick to your guns, it's your money.
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    Paul,when you get your g500 up and running...consider adding the Synthetic Vision upgrade...this will produce a green velocity vector...a green ball with wings that on approach you fly to touchdown point...I rarely put the KFC 225 in FD mode ...it is so lntutive to just fly the green ball to the image of the runway selected.
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    Landing is easy. You just have to feel comfortable using whatever is at your disposal for slowing you down. Like this first fellow very skillfully using......well.... Sorry, I was just at Alton Bay this past weekend and then someone sent this to me.
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    I am using the EDM-900 with the CIES using their frequency output.
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    I transferred funds. She is as good as mine. Now I am like the dog that caught the car, can I figure out how to drive it? Next is trying to transition and get comfortable before Spring Break.
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    Notarpilot: It is FAA STC Approved for the FL202D and CiES TSO Senders through STC SA02825NY. So Transport Canada was watching the certification process from the sidelines as they were also interested in getting better technology available for measuring fuel. Transport Canada and the Transportation Safety Board of Canada has petitioned the FAA to do something about fuel sending in aircraft. Unlike investigations in the US, Transport Canada reviews the fuel quantity system on fuel starved or fuel exhausted aircraft. They, Canadians, point to a correlation between bad fuel indication and bad fuel performance ( A re hash of last years epic posting) as a strong majority of those accident aircraft have bad or non functional fuel indication. Transport Canada's and other countries petitions to the FAA have gone un-responded. Spoiler Alert: Yes I know some of you believe that fuel indication in the aircraft has absolutely nothing to do with running out of fuel. Yes I hear that expressed quite frequently. So Transport Canada was instrumental in the initial TSO certification of our sender and witnessed the DO-160 Environmental tests (vs, a having a USA FAA DER do the witnessing). Transport Canada saw the fuel sending unit first hand perform in the lab. Equally, just for fun, we tested a resistive new sender side by side. It was dramatically different. So when Transport Canada found out we were going after a AML STC they were fully on board and cheering on the sidelines, Transport Canada asked and were being copied on all correspondence with the FAA both Small Aircraft Directorate and Seattle . Sometime in the Fall after reviewing the roadblocks the FAA was throwing in front of the project, like the obscure lightning induced effect, and the 55,000 ft altitude, Transport Canada decided to act on their own. For background, Lightning induced effect is prevalent at the Seattle ACO as they just went through the Boeing 787 composite wing certification and it was a topical subject. Transport Canada was aware that the Aerospace Logic Canadian STC which was accepted and given a US STC number had the following wording on the face copy of the STC "OR LATER TRANSPORT CANADA APPROVAL" So just to give the FAA a thumb firmly to the nose - they provided the "OR LATER TRANSPORT CANADA APPROVAL" unfortunately they could only do it for the Canadian Aerospace Logic units. Our STC will cover JPI, EI, Analog Input Aerospace Logic & some pure OEM analog gauges for most US Aircraft. It should be done next week, but I have been here before.
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    Seems like a clear case of target fixation. Ford probably picked out what he thought was the correct runway quite a ways out and as he got closer, missed all the cues because he was concentrating on his landing. Not to diminish the violatiom, but had it not been Ford, the whole incident could have been handled by a call with the tower spervisor.
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    I will continue on this topic. I was busy with my moving to Florida and other work related things. My engine got shipped today to Aero Engines of Winchester today. I had elevated metals in the oil according to the Blackstone lab, I found some metal flakes in the filter. I have removed two cylinders yesterday and found that lifters are like a surface of the moon. I could see some scars of the cam lobes too. After I have removed the engine I found metal in the governor screen and oil suction screen. Nothing crazy but it was there. So the governor and prop needs to be check ( both overhauled last annual). Engine is 973hrs since new in 1999 but previous owner put little hours for last 15 years. I have flown 500hrs last 3 years when it finally gave up. I will wait for the report from the shop and we will decide next steps.
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    I have been in contact with the folks at Sensorcon working out a generous discount for pilots. I believe it will all come together tomorrow! They will be offering 20℅ off of any of their products by way of a discount code. I should get the code tomorrow, I'll post on a new thread here on MS when I get it. Cheers, Dan
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    I answered a PM about these but figured Id put it here as well. yep the plate is almost the same thickness as the original and is black aluminum. The etching is the black burned away by laser. Its maybe a few thousands thicker than the original plate. I was going to use a bandsaw to cut it out but a dremel will work. My plan is to trace the old one, tape off the face so I dont scratch it up and then cut it out. I am going to hit mine with a few coats of clear coat rattle can just to keep it from scratching longer. I also am planning on using glue or 3M 300LSE double sided transfer tape instead of the brad. Wasnt sure really where to get the brad.
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    Alex take a small (like 3/4 in by 1/2 in) piece of your left over bafeling material and jam it behind the back fins of #3 and the doghouse aluminum. It creates additional airflow along the back wall and brings down number 3 by and additional 10-20F. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Aluminum loses half its strength at 400 deg F. 380 is not that far from 400. 20 degrees seems like a safe margin of error on uncalibrated instruments. CHT is a direct indication of internal cylinder pressure. Lower ICP is better for the engine as far as longevity is concerned. Cooler and cleaner is better. Those are two of the key concepts taught at the APS seminars and also covered quite well by Mike Busch in his Savvy Aviator series.
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    Not sure..I think he has a Garmin 330/345 and prob was working with prior Garmin 430. I think...anyway he replaced that for IFD 440 and is unhappy he has lost adsB function.He thinks he gets better ATC service with ADSB,Anyway ..because of 10.20 delay...he now wants to sale his airplane I guess.Personally ,he sounds like a complete idiot!
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    I would never consider tearing down an engine based on oil analysis.. Filter contents, yes. The report shows filter contents to be within normal limits.. I would change the oil and filter frequently and have a good engine mechanic examine the filter contents. Cam and lifter wear/ corrosion would not be expected to result in catastrophic failure if in fact you have that..
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    $2500 is a damn good price for a G5 installed IMHO (G5 included). I wouldn't say is only does 1/6th of what the Aspen does, I don't think that's a fair assessment. It provides airspeed, ground track, GS, VS, AI, altimeter slip/skid, turn rate and configurable v-speeds. The added redundancy means a lot to me and my safety.
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    I read that as a total cost of $12,000 ? My Lynx was just over $6,000 installed. Every day you wait, you are losing use of it no matter which you pick. I can't imagine having a capable airplane like a Mooney and staying away from class B/C
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    I love my Lynx 9000 but now or in the future don't bet your life on "only" the traffic it sees. I have the + antenna and need to proceed with the active traffic. Also still have my Zaon too but it will not show 1080 out transponders. Not sure if it has been mentioned but a 9000 can be upgraded to a 9000+ by purchasing the code to punch in. So a later upgrade is easy. I would do the Lynx again tomorrow !
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    .. And this all started with me wanting to simply upgrade my EDM 800! .... Ok .. with help of the suggestions and comments here, I went a little nuts and went for the full Monty panel upgrade. I was thinking of going glass with my steam gauges, but I really like them, and their redundancy so I kept them all and added one that had been previously removed. So now I have my *PERFECT* panel for me! Lots of things are behind the panel, but here's what I had installed... (I swapped out my MX20. EDM 800, Ryan 9900BX active traffic, ADF.. kept my 430W) and added the following stuff since the before pic: GTN 750 Garmin GDL 88 ADSB Tranceiver Garmin GMA 35 Remote audio panel Flightstream 210 TI 102 USB charging ports DAC international GDC 31 roll steering adapter (Don Kaye talked me into this one.. love it) Guardian CO detector Avidyne TAS 620 Active traffic EDM 830 (in landscape! long story on a different thread) Avidyne AXP 340 1090 Transponder EJC turn coordinator Eagle systems AOA (Valkyrie HUD) Here's some before and after pics. Absolutely love the integration of my ipad though the flightstream that feeds nav data from my ipad to my GTN which cross fills my 430 and reverse also. Guardian CO already paid for itself in picking up an exhaust clamp that was beginning to leak nearing failure. And I could be imagining this, but I think now that I am fully ADSB compliant, the controllers seem to handle you a little better. Got everything I want in my Mooney Panel... for now!! imgCA8XS4VW.pdf