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  1. Thanks Oldguy, that’s a great help seeing the drawing.....is this a piece that comes with the kit for eligible planes?

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    Gross weight for a 1989 J MSE

    Here you go, Anthony....
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    Gross weight for a 1989 J MSE

    https://cdn2.hubspot.net/hubfs/4147179/technical_documents/AFM Supplements/SL92-1_SN24_3057-3078.pdf On the Mooney website under Support/Technical Publications. Choose M20J under "Select Model" and these are about halfway down the page.
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    How do you use your Speed Brakes?

    Fortunately/unfortunately, my switch is mounted on the panel right in front of me. I have been looking for the yoke mount for the switch with no success as its current position requires removing a hand from the yoke for deployment and retraction.
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    How do you use your Speed Brakes?

    On my post-engine start checklist...
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    How do you use your Speed Brakes?

    The only addition to the comments above is my use of speed brakes when asked to expedite a descent for a portion of it and when I was not IR and had flight following tell me to immediately descend as someone popped up on their screen on a converging path with me.
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    Vacuum failure

    Instead of "partial panel" should we call this "glass half full"?
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    Vacuum failure

    The instructor who taught me for my IR does partial panel for a (B)FR and will also throw one in for an IPC. And when my Aspen and autopilot got into a disagreement last year when I was in the middle of a 5,000' cloud deck, I was glad he did.
  9. Thanks for the info. I will try this on the weekend as the weather looks like crud. If it does not improve the battery life, it appears Sporty's sells the replacement battery kit for $85. Either way, a whole lot less than buying a replacement.
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    From my experience at KPLR, the maturity and professionalism of the drop plane pilot and jump master can make or break the relationship with pilots. We had jumpers who should not have been allowed to jump and the result ranged from them being dragged across an active runway with planes on short final to one lady having both of her legs broken when she landed on top of a hangar. When we had the January fly-in for lunch at Cullman, the jumpers were essentially fine with minimal impact. One item I would insist on would be the jump plane at least using their transponder (appeared to be an option at the KPLR group) and communicate with other planes in the air around the airport. During the PPP in Lakeland a couple of weeks ago, we spent about an hour at an airport where they had several drops while we were flying around there. No problems with them as he kept communicating and the jumpers seemed competent enough to land in their landing zone. Another item is the airworthiness of the plane should not be a question. The jump plane in KPLR dropped a wheel and bellied in on the active runway. Seems they had had to crank the gear down on the King Air for a couple of weeks and had not taken the time to get it fixed. The only other item would depend on the activity at the airport. It seems jump plane pilots like to take off and land on opposite ends of the runway. Might not be a problem with limited activity, but with a significant number of planes in the pattern it raises the opportunity for the "big sky" to shrink dramatically. To sum up my thoughts: Adhere to active runway usage Use the radio and transponder every flight (even better if they are ADS-B Out compliant) Having a mature pilot and jump master are exceptionally valuable Have a plane that is safe and airworthy and keep it that way
  11. Flying home from KLAL this past weekend, my Stratus 2S shut down about 15 minutes from the home field. At first, I thought I had not charged it after the weekend's PPP before I left, but this week I fully charged it, and it ran down after a little less than 3 hours. Several questions from this: Is this what others have seen as the battery life from their Stratus boxes? I bought this at Sun-n-Fun in 2017 and had expected another year or so before the battery would start dying. Is the battery replacement from Sporty's worth the $85 price? Has anyone out in MS done the replacement? Is the Sentry from Sporty's worth skipping the battery replacement and spending the $499 to buy it? I already have a Sensorcon CO detector and this 2S. Does the Sentry give me anything additional worth $499? TIA for your thoughts.
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    Today's flight in 2019

    After attending the PPP in Lakeland this past weekend, Sunday morning's departure let us put to use the instrument work we did while we were there. By about noon, the weather had improved enough it looked like this: And after a brief 15-20 minutes in solid IMC, I was greeted by this view:
  13. Would like to know if calibrating would fix my unit as I get this about every hour of use. It will clear with turning it off and back on, but it makes me question its usefulness. Started doing this about 10 months after I bought it. Any thoughts or suggestions? Out of warranty.
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    What should I look on buying a Mooney?

    The closest MSC according to Mooney.com: 4 - Foothill Aircraft Sales & Service, Inc. Address 1749 W. 13th St. Upland, CALIFORNIA 91786 United States Phone: 909.985.1977 Fax: 909.920.0066 Website: foothillaircraft.com
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    Is it ever too cold to fly?

    The Catholic Diocese in Buffalo was a client of mile and they related some of the folks had to walk a few blocks to get to their house. The said it was not a real problem, as they just climbed out the window onto the snow and left. But they were on the third floor.