Bob - S50

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    1978 M20J

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  1. Bob - S50

    Flaps 15° for best rate of climb?

    Did you remember to lean during the climb?
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    Flaps 15° for best rate of climb?

    Ya, but that chart also says full rich mixture. If you are still full rich at 18,000' the engine probably wouldn't even be running.
  3. Bob - S50

    Pitch trim install

    There is also an STC to install the Manual Electric Trim portion of the KFC200.
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    1982 Mooney M20J for sale

    Ask him about the useful load too.
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    Prefer the Right Seat?

    I think the easiest solution is to sell the C and buy a J or newer that has electric gear!
  6. Sounds to me like your magneto has a little more advanced timing than it used to. If the EGT's rise and CHT's drop over time, to me that would indicate less advanced timing or as you put it ...more... retarded timing. Seems like that could happen due to wear on the cam or cam follower. If there is wear, the cam would have to rotate further to open the breakers which would cause the timing to become less advanced.
  7. Bob - S50

    IFR tricks

    It all depends on you and your plane. Try different speeds and configurations while VFR and see what you are comfortable with. Figure out what kind of descent gradient you can handle while clean, then anything steeper than that and you'll need to put down the gear. I'm very comfortable IMC at speeds between 75 and 120 KIAS on final depending on the situation. I'm comfortable VFR as slow as 62 KIAS on final when it's just me and 10 gallons on board.
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    There are two mechanics/businesses that I know of that work on Mooney's at Auburn. We go to Mike. I can give you his info when you get here if you are interested. He's a one man shop that occasionally has someone helping him. Nice guy. Not sure how much more work he wants though. His hangar is always full with planes. The other place I see quite a few Mooney's is Cornerstone Aviation. Located in the hangar next to Mike and they also have a couple more hangars they work out of. Several mechanics. Always busy. (253) 939-8750 32 degrees is just an arbitrary number we picked. Yes, it is to avoid pre-heating since we don't have an easy way to do that and it isn't cold often enough to justify adding it to the plane. I get my oil at Small & Sons. 112 Third NW, Auburn, WA 98071. That's less than a mile south of the airport. Since I live south of the airport, I usually stop on the way home and bring it with me the next time I come to the plane.
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    I recognize the spot. Used to be a C172 there that also had floats. The pilot had a problem on landing (blown tire?) and departed the hard surface. Collapsed the nose gear and did some other damage. It was eventually totaled so your spot became available. There are 4 of us that fly our plane: Artie (rarely), Chuck, Jeremy, and me (Bob). Look forward to meeting you. There are a couple mechanics on the field that work on quite a few Mooney's.
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    Typical dead of winter days are lows in the upper 20's to low 30's. Highs in the mid 30's to low 40's. We usually get a few days (less than 20) when the lows get down around 20 and the high's don't make it to 32. It usually snows about 4 or 5 days/year but is usually gone by noon. We don't pre-heat our plane, but then again our policy is to not fly unless the temperature at start is at least 32F. We also use Phillips 20W-50 X/C year round. And our mechanic told me where to get it for about $53/case locally.
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    We are north facing too. D13 if that is close to yours. Our LLC policies say the plane must not sit for more than 2 weeks. Somebody has to fly it before that happens. We've never had a problem doing that in 5 years. As others have said, going east over the mountains is often restricted by icing from about October thru May. However, heading south is usually do-able 4 or 5 days/week even in the dead of winter. If you need to go east, just head south to Portland, make a left and follow the Columbia to the other side. You can do that pretty comfortably at 2000'. However, it is not uncommon to have high winds and significant turbulence in the Columbia River gorge (which should be called the Columbia River gorgeous). If you want to go south to California in the winter, following the coast is often an option. Even in the dead of winter we'll usually get an average of 1 or 2 days/week when the weather is good enough to cross the mountains. However it may come in groups. Three nice days in a row followed by nothing but doom and gloom for 2 weeks. And remember. When the weather sucks, there is only about 8 hours of daylight. Good time to have the annual done (we have ours done in November). In the summer when the weather is nice, we have as much as 16 hours of daylight.
  12. To piggyback on that, if you come the southern route and go home the northern route (or in reverse) you can fly by Ship Rock, Monument Valley, Meteor Crater, and the Grand Canyon on the way to the west coast. You could even spend a day in Las Vegas and take in a show and the Dam tour if you like. Go to San Lois Obispo or Paso Robles and rent a car. Take her to see Hearst Castle. That will be an all day event. If you feel up to it, go to the Fresno or Stockton area, rent a car and visit Yosemite and maybe Sequoia National Parks. You could land in the San Francisco area and spend a day riding the cable cars, driving down Lombard street, see the wharf, golden gate park, and take a tour of Alcatraz. On the way north fly by the Golden Gate Bridge and then Crater Lake in Oregon. On the way north you'll see several impressive mountains including Mt. Shasta, Mt. Jefferson, Mt. Hood, Mt Adams, Mt St. Helens, and Mt Rainier. On the way home, if you feel up to it, you could stop and see Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. You could fly by the Devil's Tower and Mt. Rushmore. That's a lot of sight seeing in just a week or two.
  13. Bob - S50

    Draining fuel for weight & balance?

    I just used two screw drivers. Put one through the hoop on the gascolator pull pin and used the other to prop the handle up to keep it pulled. Caught the fuel in plastic containers. Took a long time to drain 35 gallons, but it was free and I didn't have to disconnect anything.
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    Draining fuel for weight & balance?

    I doubt it is significant. Otherwise all our tanks would eventually fill with water and that isn't happening. If it did we could solve the water shortage problem by giving everybody an empty tank that could breath. We've been filling to 30-35 gallons since we got the plane 5 years ago and I am yet to find any water in the tanks.
  15. Bob - S50

    CiES Fuel Senders Resource Thread

    Sort of a combination of what they said above. On the J you have two senders that you replace from inside the cabin and two senders in the end of the tank that are accessed through an inspection panel on the bottom of the wing just outboard of the fuel tank. Do not remove ANY panels from the tank itself. If you don't see a weep hole in the panel, don't take it off. Also, you'll need to remove several inspection panels along the leading edge of the wing to snake a power wire out to the outboard float.