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  1. He's out of Dallas if I remember right. The gentleman who runs it has had health issues for a long while now and more or less shutdown 2-3 years ago. My last correspondence was with him was January of last year when he said he wasn't able to help me due to illness. The email address he used was, which appears to be for sale now. The lack of renewal of both of these sites doesn't spell anything good. Really unfortunate, he was really nice to talk to when I spoke with him while renting his puck compressor.
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    REM3-4-2 == M34-14M rod end bearing?

    Here is the part of LASAR. They may know.
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    430W Data Download problem

    Green is non-WAAS. Silver (old) and Orange (new) are WAAS. Here are the orange card details.
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    430W Data Download problem

    Just to clarify things... It sounds like you're trying to use the Garmin reader for the NAV data. The Garmin (black) reader is for the Terrian, Jeppesen (blue card reader) for the NAV, which should say IFRW on the silver label, picture below. Plug card into reader and then plug it into the PC. Make sure everything is right side up (White Jeppesen letters and the IFRW label should be simultaneously visible). If it starts blinking the blue light you should be good to go. I've found this can take a couple tries sometimes. You can then open Jeppesen Distribution Manager (JDM) and program it.
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    self-service O2

    I try to avoid meddling with high pressure stuff. Also remember it's in your best interest to do the hydrostatic checks. Find yourself a welding supply shop. The one by me does $20 exchanges for my bottle. I've got an aluminum one, so they just tack on another $30 or so when it's due during the exchange.
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    Rough Engine M20C

    One of my worst rough running carb ice incidents was on a trip from Austin to HFY, actually, passing over Dyersburg, TN around this time of year. Not a cloud in the sky, but boy was it muggy on the ground. Being relatively green still, I used carb heat and made a precautionary landing. Plane was fine after that. I also added mixture, which is the opposite of what should be done with carb heat on. Given the troubles you've had, it's probably time for the 500 hour mag check if it's not been done and a carb exchange/overhaul. You'll also want your flapper and diverter checked that they're sealing well.
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    M20C carburetor overhaul

    I went there as well. I fly into HFY visiting the parents. Best of luck with your cold starts. I find mine needs a bit more fuel in the winter, but after my carb exchange (and mags and fine wire plugs) it's not much of an issue anymore.
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    M20C carburetor overhaul

    Purdue grad? Carb'd engines without primers rely on the accelerator pump to prime the engine. Over time they become less effective. Do you ever have issues with brisk applications of power on the ground? That would be another sign. I did a rebuilt exchange from A/C Spruce/Marvel. Pros and cons each way, but if it's been 30 years it might be time.
  9. Pretty cool tool, adding to my list. I use US AirNet for my rough estimation planning. Gives about 3 days.
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    Best Place to Put Customs Sticker

    On the back of the paper the sticker comes to attached to says: The User Fee decal for private aircraft and private vessels is to be affixed on the outside of the conveyance within 18 inches of the normal boarding area, where it is visible when doors/hatches are open. In my interpretation this means outside of the plane not covered by an door when opened within 18 inches of where people enter. I put mine at the front bottom of the window behind the door. I wanted to put mine where FoxMike's is, but I'm not sure if that's "inside" or "outside" of the conveyance. I'm sure there would be a 'fee' in Mexico to settle the debate. Other countries I suspect wouldn't be as picky.
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    LED for Tail

    I've heard this is visible for a long way, but this might be better though hasn't been tested yet. FARs on the rules for lights are pretty fuzzy so long as it doesn't require changing a ballast/function.
  12. I'm IFR and an hour away and wouldn't bother trying this week. Looking like sub 500' and sub 1 mile most of the week. Hopefully you can reschedule.
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    Got caught by the IA

    Totally read that wrong initially. Replaced my starter my 2nd week of ownership. Don't blame him one bit.
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    Got caught by the IA

    I believe he is saying he was replacing the tube of his nosewheel tire and the IA questioned what he was doing and he said that if wants the annual business the IA will allow him to continue with what he's doing. That said, tires/tubes are on the 'list' of what a PPL is allowed to do.
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    Crown Aviation v LASAR

    I did all the pucks (mains and nose), 2 of the shock links, the truss, bearings, and steering horn in a 6-7 hour day. "When in Rome." I'm far from a mechanic and just had my A&P sign off my work after his review. I probably had another couple hours in service manual reading prep. I felt the mains were much easier than the nose. 2.5-3 is pretty fair for the mains in my opinion. Once it's on the jacks... you're just rolling around getting it done.