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Everything posted by Andy95W

  1. Nearly always, it is the gasket that needs replacement. That part number is 610202-003. When installing, do not overtorque the screws.
  2. That top photo looks like KMCO. Just quieter than usual.
  3. I must be wrong about the GPS/COM version. The GPS/ADSB version (375) is dealer only, so I just assumed. Luckily I have a good COM 2, or I would've missed out!
  4. I'm doing it myself, so I had to get the 175. The others are only available for installation through a Garmin dealer. I'm so slow I'm not sure you can glean a good estimate of hours from me. I think for a competent avionics shop, 8-12 hours for the 175 installation would be a good number, and 30-40 hours for the dual G5/175 installation that I'm doing with interface to an STEC autopilot. My installation will probably end up being on the order of 70-80 hours. If I were to do another, it would probably be 40-50. But again, I'm slow.
  5. White. Like Phil said above, night vision isn't very critical. And we've got so many landing lights with so much candlepower even landing is almost like daytime. But in my Mooney I still use the old red lens torpedo lights. (But I haven't been single engine night current in years, and I'm okay with that.)
  6. I just did the same. Installation is going very well, most straightforward avionics installation I've ever done. Are you doing the work yourself/with an A&P/IA? If not, then the recommendation to get the GNC-355 GPS/COM is very good.
  7. Yes, a 1/2 ATI will fit in a 3 1/8" hole. Your avionics shop (or you, if you're handy) can fabricate one. I got one from Sandia, who makes a 1/2 ATI transponder. They might sell you one. I'll add this, since you're Canadian-
  8. MooneySpace- helping members spend money since 2008.
  9. Yes, ridiculous. You can always buy the Goodyear or Michelin tires. At least then the tube will cost less.
  10. I used to work at a maintenance shop attached to a flight school. We replaced a lot of tires, but we reused the tubes. After a few years, we'd replace the tubes also when they started to look fuggly. The difference with our (non-flight school) airplanes is that most tires are only replaced every 5, 10, or 15 years or so. By that point the tube might be in good shape, but the valve stem that is exposed to ozone, violet light, heat, etc. is what I don't trust. And like Rich said, it's embarrassing when you can't taxi your airplane. And if you have inner gear doors, you'll probably damage those, too.
  11. You're going to have to remove the top cowling, which means you'll have to remove the right side cowling. You may be able to get away with only removing the upper half of the screws for the right side and then finagle the top off enough to pull the battery. The battery box is held in with three fasteners that go through the firewall, but you have to remove the battery to get them out. The good news is that Mooney realized this, and redesigned the cowling for 1966. Doesn't help you or me, though. Lastly- the big orange booty looking thing should be slid onto the terminal that goes into the relay on the firewall, just above the battery box.
  12. I just saw a Garmin webinar about database updates two days ago (part of the whole "Spirit of Aviation" week done by EAA in lieu of Airventure). The Garmin webinar said all navigation data is unreachable after 180 days.
  13. I know a guy who had his iPad stolen out of his car. The thing is, he left his windows open and his car unlocked. Do I blame the thief for stealing? Yes. Do I think the guy was a dumbass? Also yes.
  14. Yes- it's all good as long as somebody takes responsibility for it. But thus far the G3X hasn't been added yet, and that was the original topic of the thread. I think it took 2-3 years for the IFD/G5 interface to be added to the approvals. Not sure if the G3X will be faster or slower.
  15. Same here. That's why I just invested in dual G5s and a Garmin GPS175, that I'm currently installing in my M20C. The biggest issue, technically/legally, is that the G3X and G5s are installed via STC, not TSO. The STC holder dictates the acceptable interfaces- and thus far, that doesn't include the IFD series. Even though the IFD should work, the installer (whether it be you, the avionics shop, or the IA that signs off your install) should not approve the installation because the interfaces are not approved under the STC. Personally I'm grateful for all the manufacturers. Garmin should be applauded for their innovation. Avidyne, Aspen, Trig, etc. should be applauded for keeping Garmin honest and not letting Big-G jack up their prices unnecessarily.
  16. No, but there are 2 goood reasons to keep it: 1.) redundancy in case either (or both) of your wingtip strobes fail, you'd still be legal to fly at night 2.) you can taxi around at night with only the belly strobe on, thus not annoying the crap out of the other pilots around you
  17. Agreed, but this method is much more difficult for the mechanic with the pressure pot.
  18. ⬆️⬆️⬆️ Mark, above, is right- it depends on what you have installed. But assuming you have a reasonably modern intercom, it should only be about 2-3 hours labor (less than 5). It will be more if you want it on the yoke, and even then may not be possible. My suggestion- don't put it on the yoke. Mount it straight on the instrument panel:
  19. The Mooney Mite had a windshield wiper that waved a flag right in front of the pilot's face if the gear was up and the throttle at idle. People still landed them gear up.
  20. "Dammit, Andy locked himself in the Holodeck again."
  21. They call themselves "Beliebers". And we now have photographic evidence that Hank is one.
  22. This leads to a good question for @Parker_Woodruff- at what point, if any, do yearly hours start to penalize an owner? More hours per year is generally good for competence and experience, but it also means increased exposure to an accident (or forgetting the gear.)
  23. Cliffy has been around the biz a lot longer than me, but it seems this has been said before: - post Vietnam, lots of military pilots -mid1980's through early 1990’s - post 9/11 - SARS - retirement age changing from 60 to 65 - 2008 economic downturn My guess for a new professional pilot like Alex- @Raptor05121 is that he's in a good spot- making money flying airplanes, building time. I bet he has a job at a regional airline sometime in 2022, which is only about 6 months off his expected timeline.
  24. Robert, I understand what you're saying about technology and I agree with its validity, but you completely missed the point of my post.