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Everything posted by Andy95W

  1. Sorry to be a buzz-kill, but by the time you drop a few thousand $ on repairing your Mitchell-orphaned autopilot, you could've had a TruTrak with vertical modes and GPSS. On the plus side, it'll probably take you the better part of a year to troubleshoot and repair the system, so by then the TruTrak will actually be STCed for your Mooney.
  2. I'm so sorry! Stupid Apple autocorrect strikes again, but my fault for not proofreading!
  3. About 1/3 the size and a little more laid back. OSH is run by volunteers, for the most part, so you get that vibe from it. Not so much at Sun n Fun.
  4. Sorry, dear sir, but I just can't let that statement lie unmolested. So my wife's first visit to Great Britain was after spending 2 days in Iceland. We flew into Gatwick and drove north to my brother's house in Nottinghamshire. Once we got to the Midlands, we stopped at a Little Chef for lunch. After ordering, she leaned over to me and said, "I think they spoke better English in Iceland." True story.
  5. Yvette, that's one of the prettiest M20Cs out there. Nice job!
  6. Skip, I'm still trying to get my mains to not go "thunk" when I land.
  7. Like everyone else here, I've been looking at these all day, too. Impressive, but cluttered, displays. I must be getting old, but the GI-275 displays I like the most are the standard, uncluttered AI and standard HSI- so in the end I'm probably better off with the G5s. I think the G5 upgrade I'm hoping for the most is a price reduction.
  8. It's STC'ed and sold over the counter (unlike the GTN series). But I'm an A&P/IA so i can do it myself. But with that said, if your mechanic is comfortable with avionics, they can do it. And since it's STCed, should be acceptable for Canada.
  9. Paul, I get what you're saying but don't agree- although I'd love to see the sales numbers for the GPS-175 and GNC-355. In my $40,000 M20C, I have a rock solid NAVCOM/ILS (KX-155) and a solid #2 COM. All I really need is a WAAS GPS. So my options are: -new GPS-175: $4300 -20 year old GNS-430W: $6500 -new GTN-650/Avidyne-440: $11,000 That's a no-brainer: new GPS-175 stand alone WAAS GPS. The kicker is, I can install the 175 myself and save an additional $2000. For your 252, I get it- I'd install 2 Aspens and 2 Avidyne GPS/NAV/COMs. And then I'd post pictures constantly just to piss off Peter Garmin.
  10. This almost kind of reminds me of an issue I had 25 years ago with my first M20C with electric gear. I called up Dugosh and spoke with the owner at that time, Ronnie. He said that the tensioner/friction springs inside the motor were old and no longer holding the motor from spinning when the motor wasn't energized. I took my motor to him, he disassembled it and installed 2 standard AN 960-10 washers as shims to make up for the springs that had lost some of their tension. Worked great. And he wouldn't let me pay him. He was a great guy, hope the new Dugosh owners are similar.
  11. I think it falls into the category of it's easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission. I might have done the same thing but probably wouldn't have told anyone about it.
  12. Alex, it's been a joy watching you make progress toward your goal. When you get about 1400 hours, start putting your applications in. You'll start getting interviews and job offers. Some of the regionals will give you a job at 1480 hours because it'll take 20 hours of sim time for you to finish up. Silver Airlines flies all around Florida in big turboprops, part 121. Relatively easy transition from where you are and a reasonably quick upgrade to Captain. Good luck, keep us posted.
  13. The greater the speed, the greater the drag produced by a slip, so the most altitude loss. That basically means if you have flaps out, Vfe. If no flaps, then you could certainly push that up to Va, and for a really steep descent, Vno/top of the green arc. At that speed you'd probably scare Evel Knievel (and he's been dead since 2007).
  14. And each side blames the other.
  15. Yes, smokers know that smoking is bad for their lungs, arteries, and heart. I'm glad of your research that shows just how extensive that damage is. And I truly do believe you have M20Fs best interests at heart. All I'm saying is that knowing all of those things didn't make it easier for me to quit. What made it easier was finally getting to an age where I was finally ready to put it behind me. (My 10K time is now about 53 minutes, but that's probably because I'm 20 years older and 30 pounds heavier. I'm working on it.) So, having been there, this is my tack for addressing a smoker: @M20F- I hope you consider quitting. And eventually, when you're ready, I really hope you're successful.
  16. Slut-shaming a smoker doesn't work, and usually has the opposite effect when it comes from a non-smoker (and especially someone who's never smoked). I know because I smoked for about 25 years, 10 years proudly and 10 years with embarrassment. M20F knows all the arguments against smoking. He'll succeed in quitting when he's ready, but not before. Trust me, I quit smoking 15-20 times before I was finally ready to really be a non-smoker. I also smoked like a chimney between 10-12,000 in my first Mooney. I was also under 35 years old, could run a 6:15 mile and a sub-44 minute 10K. And then I got old.
  17. My short body C flies like Rob's E- elevator trailing edge slightly up. It gets a little better at aft CG, but not much. I've tried flying with the trim set so the elevator is in trail and didn't notice a significant difference in speed. And the 1-2 knots I did notice were probably due to not holding altitude very well from the out-of-trim control force needed- just like Skip said.
  18. Hey, buy me that "How to Land a Plane" book. I'll pay you back.
  19. My suggestion- send it back to LASAR for IRAN. They’ll do it right at a reasonable price.
  20. If you go flying in a Mooney in order to feel how heavy the controls are, then you’ll feel how heavy the controls are. All I can add is that after a short while (like about 100 hours) all you have to do is think about where you want the Mooney to go and it just seems to do it. You don’t even notice the controls or that you’re even giving control inputs. And on the other hand, I’ve flown 4 different Beechcraft types and they were all sweet to fly.
  21. Thanks, Ron. To be clear about my picture, and to answer Skip's question, the springs in my picture were disconnected when I took the picture but I definitely did not fly the airplane that way. I was in the process of removing all of my pushrods for stripping/inspecting/painting, and I thought it would be a good idea to take a picture before I completely disassembled everything. This was simply one of those pictures. There is considerable pre-load on the springs when installed. Our Mooneys don’t really have very much control throw or pushrod movement, so even at full scale rudder deflection and opposite aileron, I doubt the opposing spring would get close to compression, simply because there just isn’t enough movement of the pushrods. It would be worthwhile to take a look sometime with the belly panel off and the controls simulating a full forward slip to see for sure.
  22. 2 springs, disconnected in this photo:
  23. José - @Gagarin- has flown extensively in that area and along that route. I'll bet he has a lot of good advice on the matter.