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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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    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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    Alton Bay Ice Runway (B18) - What a great day.
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    Great flight down to S. Fla. We had the plane packed to the gills. Cargo compartment filled with cooler, tent, chairs, etc. My poor girlfriend was in the back seat and was practically squished against her window with blankets and pillows. At 9,500 it was cold enough she was snuggled against them. We averaged 145KTAS, so I'm happy with it. We were about 100lbs under gross on takeoff, I could've brimmed the tanks (tookoff at 90% fuel) and still had more weight. She was asleep once we reached 9,500ft. Passing Lakeland. Such a fitting name. There were probably 100 people and maybe 30 aircraft that showed up. Most of the pilots there were my age, but a lot more experienced career-types. Most of which were Riddle CFIs, etc,etc. There was a spot landing contest, pancake breakfast, BBQ lunch and dinner, and on both nights, a nice campfire and dubious amounts of alcohol involved. The 8-hour bottle to throttle rule was strictly adhered to. It was mainly a frat-party, so not my type of thing, but its has brought my appreciation to older pilots and the wisdom they share. I can't say I am thrilled with my generation of pilots, at least the ones that didn't "earn their keep" and grow up to respect it. But overall, a fun camping experience. She really does love sleeping Total time: 182.8 hrs, total time in type: 70.1
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    What happens is the rod from the sampling cup nicks the o-ring around the piston as it's used to push the piston up. Once nicked, you have a leak and many of have found themselves grounded till they replace that small o-ring in the gascolator. You might get away with it a 100 times without damaging the o-ring and then when you have an important departure time to meet end up grounding yourself nicking the o-ring. I live in CA were we have the most stringent rules but I continue to drain the gascolator the first flight of the day and sump the tanks before every flight - regardless whether or not I take on gas. I am just not going to be that pilot that took off and missed the last chance to catch an issue with his fuel whether it be water or contamination from vandalism. It take all of a couple minutes and enables me to be checking the security of the gear, brakes and landing gear doors etc. while I do it. Yes the chances are very slim, but the consequences are to severe IMO to pass up the final opportunity to prevent a power loss on departure.
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    I don't fear hot starts. Taught by transition instructor. Shut down at 1100 rpm by pulling mixture. On start up. Do nothing except crank. Then add mixture when fires. How do you know it is flooded? When you add mixture and it dies. When flooded. Open throttle full open, closed mixture. Crank. When fires, do the two handed dance on mixture and throttle to keep running.
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    A good avionics shop should know. On my panel upgrade all old wiring was removed and replaced. This is the hardware in the back of my plane and how a good avionics shop's work should look like.
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    Yesterday, I had the pleasure of transitioning a Southwest Captain in his new to him 84 J that he got for 85K. This plane was beautiful inside and out, good avionics, everything worked, flew wonderfully. He told me the seller had 4 offers for MORE than the 85K he contracted with after he made the deal. The real takeaway is to "prebuy" the owner and his philosophy of aircraft maintenance with as much scrutiny as you do the plane if you want to avoid really nasty surprises. Get your $$ in order and be ready to fly to BFE on a moments notice to check out a plane and owner, and take the plunge if your expectations are met.
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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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    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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    This is the perfect plane for someone who is willing to put in a little sweat. paint some polygone gel on and wipe off the polyseal the next day, then reseal the one tank... .. fly home and do the rest. If I were retired and had nothing else to do with enough hangar space, I would give it a new life.
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    I did a touch and go today and the plane did not come apart or otherwise seem to incur harm. Internet discussion forums are wrong.
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    Grabbing excellent tacos in Ukiah, CA with my Mooney bro, Ron. His MS name is M20D6607U
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    Just returned from Longview with new paint by Aerosmith Aviation. Scheme was done by Scheme Designers and is a combination of the 2009 Acclaim and the 2009 Piper Mirage tail. Very professionally done and great customer service.
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    Here's a very simple and maybe counterintuitive formula for getting a good deal on an airplane. Choose a model that you like. Buy the most expensive example of that model. If you can't afford the most expensive example, choose a different model. While overly simplistic, it is somewhat true. I'd fine tune this formula by saying to buy the best condition, best equipped, best panel, best engine, etc that you can find in the model you're after. Do that and 2 years down the road, you'll realize you got the best deal.
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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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    The short answer is the Mooney will handle it better than it's captain [emoji68]‍[emoji574]️.
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    So I spoke with the shop where my plane is currently located at KARR. Their shop rate is $99/HR so I asked them to change the oil with straight 50W oil and have it ready for me to fly out tomorrow. I think I'm going to take it to Poplar Grove Airmotive 20 mins to the north. They are a good overhaul shop, and their shop rate is $70/hr. I'm going to have them pull two cylinders and we'll see where we go from there. I'll post the photos when I get them. Thanks everyone for you input, very helpful! Brian Locascio N9550M @ C56
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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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    If I told you how much money I spent in 26 years of owning my Mooney I'd be answering this thread from my Island retreat in the Bahamas instead of a traffic jam in Delaware Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    Operation 'Cool Cylinders' was a success. 5 hours of work has netted me about a 20-30 degree cooler reading per the stock #3 CHT gauge. At 120MIAS, it was barely below 400 whereas before, it would be about 420. In cruise, it's down to 350 whereas it used to be at 380. Awesome! 350-360*F cruise. This used to be 380*+ 120MIAS climb. This value used to be 420*F
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    Rule of thumb is tach time is for maintenance, hobbs time is for renters.
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    The FAA does not recognize the term Total Time so I assume asking about Time in Service for maintenance purposes. Such as in the perspective of the Mooney Hour Meter discussed in the another thread. See FAR 1.1 definitions, Time in service, with respect to maintenance time records, means the time from the moment an aircraft leaves the surface of the earth until it touches it at the next point of landing. Although more expensive aircraft actually have meters that read time in service per the definition above, Tach time is the most common proxy for measuring it. But of course its not truly 1:1 with time you would more accurately measure per the definition with the proper device. But for purposes of recording time in service its very common method. But we're actually counting more than the time intended with a simpler device. But wheels up to wheels down is all that we would actually want to record. Idling and taxing don't count.
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    True, but he's still a youngster at 74 and a very active busy guy. But as you say, there are way to many examples of early onset of dementia even under 40. David Cassidy was just in the news yesterday for going public with it at age 66 which sadly isn't uncommon. I am hoping I'll be more like Bennett here on MS! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Some shots I took in memoriam of N6XM: Now she's in pieces... [emoji31] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    One of the best things about the carbureted O-360 is that it starts easily, quickly and reliably using various techniques. I'm always happy to abstain from all the threads about IO-360 starting problems. Oh! I mostly abstain from LOP discussions, too.
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    You don't mention anything about voltages on each battery? Can you check via engine monitor or put a digital multimeter on them? Could be just the connection from bat 2 to avionics buss is bad, check circuit breakers, relays in the path. I would not call Concord until you are sure the battery is bad (pull it and charge it and see it holds charge disconnected from the plane).
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    My CFI told me of a mooney driver who ran out of fuel and crashed. He took off with plenty of fuel, slumped the tanks, pulled the gascolator and evidently one thing or the other didn't stop leaking and he lost his fuel. Since I heard this the first thing I do is to sump both, pull the gascolator then push the plane back a few feet. Next I do the exterior preflight and before I get in the plane I look at the ground under the plane if something is leakin it is easy to see.
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    With the cowls off, carefully put your finger into the alternator housing and hold the cooling fan with your finger tip. With your other hand carefully turn the propeller, if you can hold the fan and turn the engine the drive coupling is slipping and requires replacement. Clarence
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    Here's my girls. Cupid is the big white fuzzy white samoyed, and she is an old lady now - 10. She's about 75lbs. Strava is the little one - she's about 9 months and 14 lbs so she will stay a little dog. I'm thinking of getting Strava one of those doggy co-pilot faux aviator jackets and bringing her along.
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    Got mine a couple of days ago. Velcro'd above the intercom and below the glare shield. Taking it out for a test flight today. I never use the heater here in Florida so it does not get much use but I'll check it out today. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Ask not how the plane handles rough air....ask how your wife handles rough air.
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    Another opinion: Over the years years I have owned a Cessna 120, a Cessna 150, two Cessna 172s, a Piper Archer, a Piper Dakota, a factory new DOVA LSA, and three Mooneys (201, 231, 261). None were trouble free. I expect less than perfection at purchase, and considerable maintenance costs during the term of ownership. Even the factory new DOVA (beautifully built in the Czech Republic to the design of a masterful aerodynamicist) was not perfect, and I spent a great deal of money bringing it up to my standards - esthetics and safety. I decided that for my last aircraft (realistically based on my age) I wanted a solid 201 airframe, a decent autopilot, speed brakes, some speed mods, and a low to mid-time engine, and that I would have the interior rebuilt to my specifications, new paint in the exact scheme I wanted, and a brand new (literally) panel built exactly the way I want. The aircraft of choice would have to be flown to LASAR for a truly thorough pre-purchase inspection, and if I decided to purchase that airplane, LASAR was to deal with all squawks, and add the sone of the mods I wanted. Now to find the airplane- I read many adds in MAPA, Trade a Plane, Controller, and a few local magazines to see the state of the market for the size of availability, and asking price. I made a few phone calls, but then decided to hire an aviation broker to act in my behalf. I knew the gentleman as he handled the sale of my DOVA, and I found him knowledgeable and competent. Within a relatively short period of time he combed the dealer network, as well as his dealer friends across the country, and the usual advertisements in the sources above. In two weeks we had discussed and reviewed the merits and deficiencies in over a dozen aircraft, and settled on one that met my requirements, and then some. This 201 also had a LoPresti Cowl, a PowerFlow exhaust system, a Hartzel Top Prop. The logs showed a wheels up (the CFI owner "forgot" to lower the gear), a few years prior, but LASAR was involved in the repair. Up to that point I had a range of acceptable pricing depending on equipment and condition. The asked for price was a bit above this range, but i was willing to risk the cost of a LASAR pre-purchase to ascertain if this was the airplane for me. The LASAR pre-buy inspection produced 17 pages of discrepancies! None were fatal - most deferred maintenance. I was ready to have the aircraft flown back to the owner, when my broker representative said he would try to negotiate the price to the point that everything LASAR found could be done through the reduction in sales price. Since this was almost 30% of the asking price, I didn't think it could be accomplished, but my broker convinced the owner to sell the airplane to me at that price. The airplane stayed at LASAR for about four months, and the airframe was virtually rebuilt to new. In the meantime my broker cleared the title (there was a problem) and handled all the paper work. I could not have done it without him. I am not a great negotiator, and even after decades of ownership, I am not skilled in the title clearing process, nor did I have access to his dealer network. Bottom line: hiring an aviation broker worked well for me. His fee was well earned, and I had an excellent airframe to become the core of my aircraft plans. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Minor alteration. Simple logbook entry.
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    Kelly and Paul it's truly amazing how accurate the flying the green circle,pink boxes along with the command bars are in concert with each other. During a MAPA course Mark enlightened me on using the green circle during nasty crosswinds. How far we've come from timing and halving our course guidance using our trusty ADF's.
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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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    You can't kick the tyres on a Mooney, they are so low down you bang your shins on the wing.
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    If he's been looking for two years and hasn't found what he wants he either is a tire kicker or has unrealistic expectations. One of the guys I'm advising that just had the offer accepted on a K model first contacted me on January 4. On January 4 he had no idea what he wanted so we started with "what's your mission" followed by "what's your budget". On February 20 he had an offer accepted. It doesn't take two years to find a Mooney.
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    Then you look towards 250 knots and those planes are high six figures (used). Around 300 knots seems to be the 7 figure threshold. The old aviation saying is "How fast can you afford to go?"
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    4500'. 40-45 MPH on short final.
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    I have one thing to say to you nay-sayers: Here's George Jetson!
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    Sure wish I could fly to work with this morning's view...
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    "Total time: 182.8 hrs, total time in type: 70.1" It's amazing how quickly the hours start adding up when you own your own plane. :-)
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    Log book entry. "Complied with AD 75-09-08 by installation of engine mount gussets IAW Mooney SB M20-192A."
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    This was taken from the cockpit of a following BA plane. It shows the intercept on Monday of a Jet Airways B777 from Mumbai to London which was not answering radio calls. The intercept Typhoons talked on emergency frequencies to the B777 and allowed the plane on its way. Bet those passengers on the left hand side needed the loo afterwards! https://youtu.be/lZ113q0HOYQ Andrew
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    Yesterday I just worked on the "honey-do" list at home but I was able to get some flights in during the past week. I went out a couple of evenings to just do pattern work at night and work on landings. A week ago I took my youngest son up for a Sunday morning flight. It was fun, but the calm winds when we left were 040, 18G26 just 45 minutes later. It made it a little interesting landing on 07. Then I went and got in a little night XC last Wednesday, flying from Corona to Camarillo. Here's downtown LA on the way back. If you're interested I got around to writing them up. If you want to read about them they are over on my blog. Sunday flight with my son: "As long as it's not in that weather..." Night XC to Camarillo: Camarillo by Night
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    I did pick up our pup with the plane, about a 45 minute flight home. She is grown up now and loves the car. I should get her used to the plane too.
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    My impression having bought a couple of planes, is that deals are seldom to be had. The best bet for used aircraft is to find one that has been well loved, and don't try and find too much of a bargain. A bargain plane can really bite you later if things are missed on inspection... pay a fair price, and move forward. Some people overprice, make a fair offer and if they don't accept, just move on. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk