smwash02

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About smwash02

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  • Birthday 09/14/1983

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    Austin, TX
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  1. This is really rough. We go there once a month and it's my favorite trip to take people who haven't been in a small aircraft before. A truly perfectly situated place. I wish them both the best, I presume they're retiring is the reason. It was always hopping when we went.
  2. You can read the ruling here from the FAA. Important bits: Those provisions, discussed further below, include requirements for the person to: • Possess a valid driver’s license; • Have held a medical certificate at any time after July 15, 2006; • Have not had the most recently held medical certificate revoked, suspended, or withdrawn • Have not had the most recent application for airman medical certification completed and denied; • Have taken a medical education course within the past 24 calendar months • Have completed a comprehensive medical examination within the past 48 months • Be under the care of a physician for certain medical conditions • Have been found eligible for special issuance of a medical certificate for certain specified mental health, neurological, or cardiovascular conditions • Consent to a National Driver Register check • Fly only certain small aircraft, at a limited altitude and speed, and only within the United States • Not fly for compensation or hire B. Operating Requirements of Section 2307 of FESSA Section 2307(a) (8) of FESSA requires that the individual operate in accordance with the following operating requirements: • The covered aircraft is carrying not more than 5 passengers. • The individual is operating the covered aircraft under visual flight rules or instrument flight rules. • The flight, including each portion of that flight, is not carried out • for compensation or hire, including that no passenger or property on the flight is being carried for compensation or hire; • at an altitude that is more than 18,000 feet above mean sea level; • outside the United States, unless authorized by the country in which the flight is conducted; or • at an indicated air speed exceeding 250 knots.
  3. Could be a failing door seal and wind blowing it the right direction. I don't recall the delay between exposure and when it registers on the dot. I picked up something like this for my cockpit. Pressing the 'peak detection' button will show you the level even if below 30ppm. Hopefully others have some ideas/more experience with the 'dot's.
  4. Both of my I.A.s gave me the following way to determine which book: Is it required for the engine to operate? If yes, engine, else airframe. Since the engine doesn't need an exhaust system to operate, I would (and have) put it in the airframe book. Same for your air filter.
  5. I ordered one yesterday since it was the last day of the special pricing and today it's cheaper than yesterday ($149.00). FYI - tigers2007, I will probably see if they'll match as any CB club member would and you might want to as well.
  6. Retard breakers are mags that have a second set of points to generate a spark at a retarded ignition timing. We have SoS.
  7. You'll need to check the schematics, but this can mean the left mag isn't working right. In the start position only the left mag is activated and when you let it slide to both the right picks up the slack. I had the same problem, only happened when hot.
  8. Unless you've got other issues mag wise, I'd write it off to abnormal fouling. Cylinder wise -- I've gone through 2 (technically 3) cylinders in the 300 hours I've owned mine. Both cylinders were in the 600-700 hour range. Both had cooked exhaust valves. Your camera shows it's starting to leak. It would be nice to see the whole valve for comparison if you have it, but bottom line is the leak will not get better. You are going to have to start planning to replace it. The last one I replaced gave me 30-40 lbs so I lapped it in place bringing it to 68 and put another 40-50 hours on it until it felt weak during my regular 'poor man's compression check'. It was back to 40 so I pulled it. You've caught yours early, if you do something with it now you can get more time than I got out of mine. Your plan to do a wobble test is what I'd do as well. As to how immediately you take real action... It's really the amount of risk you want to take on. You know it's 'bad' and on the bench wouldn't be airworthy. Personally, I'd do the wobble test, clean up the valve seat, and watch for the area to expand or compression to dip below 60 then replace it. Having a C I know the pain of replacing a jug. One of the ones I replaced had bad valves 30 hours after I installed it, so I got to do that one twice. I wish you the best.
  9. I run all PCs and Android devices, as that's my preference. I started using Garmin Pilot 2-3 years ago. Within 6 months I had an iPad. The reason is a tie between the better performance/reliability on iPad and the fact the Android development for Garmin Pilot was lagging by a year. I keep Garmin Pilot on my Android phone and the important things are caught up, but the iOS platform still seems to be their focus. No point in running against the grain.
  10. It's considered a minor alteration and doesn't require one. Click Here
  11. With ADS-B I now know what the winds will probably be like through my descent altitudes, so if I've got some good wind on the tail at my chosen altitude and I'll descend into some on the nose, I'm better off rushing down at the end. Additionally, here in Texas, once you're under 4-5k it can get rough and passengers don't enjoy that.
  12. I was going to post something similar to what -a- said. I like to do 500fpm keeping cruise RPM (2500 for me) and MP up to 25" adjusting to keep the ASI in an appropriate range (out of yellow if rough, healthy buffer from red line). This keeps the engine warm and my time in flight down, which is my goal most of the time. As what -a- said, it depends on your descent goals are what advice can be given.
  13. If you're going for 8 days, unless you're really really into hot air balloons you will tire of the scene and want to explore surrounding areas. In this case, I would advise a car. The Balloon fest fun starts at the break of dawn and last about 2 hours. After that all that's really left are a few stands with Balloon history and people selling stuff. It's truly a sight to behold watching it go down (up?). I just checked on my itinerary -- I was there for 3 days (more like 2 when you count travel time). I grabbed an AirBnB "Downtown". Looking back on my trip, I would've probably looked for a place that was within walking distance of a shuttle pick up and used uber for getting around and probably flown into ABQ. I forget what the fees were. I ran the numbers since the transit time is negligible and AEG was a cheaper when I booked it. There are some cool museums, cultural areas, a zoo, and nature areas that I didn't get to fully explore on my trip that you would have time for. It really depends what you're into. I enjoy all of those things, but I could've seen everything I wanted to in under 4-5 days had I planned better. I was also solo since my friend and his wife who were planning on joining ran into engine issues in Roswell and couldn't make it out.
  14. I flew in last year and it was a good time. I stayed for 3-4 days and felt I'd seen enough. I flew in to KAEG and rented a car. Not sure if I'll make it this year, but will post back if I do. The town 'filled up' so to speak in terms of transportation and lodging pretty quickly. I took the shuttles into the event and am very glad I did. It's a madhouse.
  15. Are you sure it's not your motor mounts? Not long after purchasing my Mooney my spinner started rubbing on my cowl enclosure! I put in new LORD mounts and that raised it up to spec.