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  1. Since there are several inspection panels to chose from on the Mooney, I'm curious which ones people are choosing, why and if there were any issues with the selection. (I'd love to see post-instal pics if so inclined ) Thanks Roger
  2. I don't unfortunately, It's a 2006 w/ G1000, The engine monitor was how we could tell where to start since #1 cylinder did not rise. I had just started it and it ran rough from the beginning (it wasn't just a first start roughness that smoothes out in 30 sec) - So I taxiied it nervously over to the A&P cause I wanted him to witness it , I didn't dare increase RPM over 1000. I don't know how to harvest data from the my G1000 or if it's even possible with that year software setup? But prior to annual - No problem. Thanks Roger
  3. I just got my plane back from Annual, It ran perfectly beforehand and no squawks going in. (A little history ... Converted the engine to Ovation 3 (310hp) at last annual – Only engine change required is increasing prop governor speed and increasing fuel flow. Anyway as I said it ran perfectly for a whole year.) Nothing was found to be an issue during annual except the Spark plugs were apparently out of tolerance and replaced. They ran engine afterwards and everything was OK. Went down today to fly it for the first time since signed off a couple days ago. Engine running rough. #1 cylinder not making power. They checked it out and thought fuel injector nozzle to cylinder #1 was getting plugged (as part of the annual they ultrasonically cleaned all injectors). Recleaned the injector put back together. The issue then changed to Cylinder #2, Repeated the process, Recleaned put back together. The issue change to Cylinder #3, Repeated the process, Recleaned put back together. The issue changed back to Cylinder #1, - They tried with the old plugs back in; They rechecked magneto timing - no change. (BTW The Magneto is hundreds of hours away from it’s 500hr overhaul) They disconnected and checked the fuel going to each cylinder using the fuel pump and reported has debris?? They think a gasket or something might be disintegrating in the Fuel manifold that sits atop the engine. That’s as far as they got today. (BTW The spark plugs were changed from Champion fine wire to Tempest, but they’re convinced it’s the fuel side of combustion that’s causing the problem.) Questions: 1) Is this just incredibly bad and coincidental timing – (first time check out after annual – running fine beforehand) or could it be related to annual. To my knowledge the only part of the annual that involves the fuel system is cleaning the fuel screens and Injectors. 2) Does it make sense to jump from Cylinder to cylinder? 3) Any other thoughts as to cause, or what’s gone on would be appreciated Thanks in advance Roger
  4. +1 for going toTroutdale...... Advanced Aircraft Services....... a Mooney Service Center.
  5. I have a 2006 Ovation 2 converted to 3, I was just told the O2 bottle has a useful life of @ 15 yrs. I've not heard of that before or seen it listed anywhere. I know it needs to be Hydro tested every 5 yrs. Is this correct? Anyone know if/when it needs mandatory replacement; and typical costs for the built in O2 bottle in a 2006 M20R? Thanks in advance Roger
  6. +1 form switching after shutdown. I've found on my G1000, that switching while engine running can play havoc with the MFD/PFD displays briefly (which doesn't seem good for them or at least bothers me more so I don't)
  7. I just recently installed a GTX 345R in my G1000 equipped Ovation. I'm not sure I'm getting traffic voice alerts. What parameters Distance trajectory , altitude ?) set off a traffic aural warning? And are they different from visual traffic alerts (I've had a visual traffic alert but not a clear voice alert yet) Trying to discern if I have a settings issue or an expectations issue. What have others experienced? Thanks for your input Roger
  8. Just updated my G1000 to ADSB - replaced GTX33 - in perfect shape. Make offer
  9. For the IFR experts, When do you use Alternate Air and / or Alternate Static on IFR flights? In any visible moisture at +/-10 C Freezing? In heavy rain conditions? (in all rain conditions?) What determines your decision of when to use or not? Thanks Roger
  10. Thanks, I just now found that also - I'll probably order them since I'll need to replace in next 6 mo and worried about continued availability (and these are TSO'd specifically for the AK-451). It says neither are stocked in either Spruce location , so hopefully they are available.
  11. I have an Ameri-King AK-451 ELT, I have never had a problem with it - but the FAA has, and it is subject to AD inspection yearly (which is done normally with annual anyway and has always passed) and then replaced when it doesn't pass. The batteries are 5-yr which will be expired this year. 1) Does anyone know of replacement batteries? 2) With no batteries available, the unit will no longer pass and needs replacement. Kannad makes a replacement Ameri-King Retrofit ELT. Does anyone have any experience with this unit? or what have others used. Thanks in advance for all your collective wisdom Roger
  12. Just Curious, What's actually required to become a Mooney Service Center?
  13. I Have a small part that needs to be painted (Replaced Cracked Gear Door) It is removable and is not a flight surface. No paint shops at my field and I've Called, talked to, but not received follow up from the nearest and widely recommended shops (I'm guessing too small a job to be bothered with) In any case - I was thinking of taking to local auto painter , Any thoughts on whether this would be an appropriate solution? Thanks Roger
  14. I'm due for an annual in a few months. I've always used my Local A&P who does a good job and is quite knowledgeable about Mooneys, But I'm considering every few annuals going to a MSC. First, any thought s on that approach ? Second, Any experiences (Good and BAD) with the MSC's on the west coast? (California/Oregon maybe?) or other recommendations. (Thanks in advance for all your collective wisdoms) Roger
  15. I get mine done at a Fire Equipment Distribution company - If there is something similar in your area - worth a call - Dramatically less expensive than thru an A&P.
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