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About whiskytango

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    M20C, M20E, M20K (Current)

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  1. Insurance

  2. Congratulations! File IFR on every flight to help learn the fine points of IFR.
  3. FWIW a buddy has a <10 year old Cirrus and he routinely pays $15,000+ for annuals. He has had a few things happen to the fiberglass body over the years, and it seems that each time the Cirrus factory has to do an engineering study to determine how to make the repair. I am a big fan of the 4130 "roll cage" and sheet metal aluminum. I'll stick with Mooney.
  4. TruTrak Autopilot STC

    I just got an update email from TruTrak giving the status of the STC process for various aircraft. It seems they have completed or almost completed the paperwork for the Cessna singles and the PA-28, and are at a point where they will decide where to go next. The email specifically mentions Mooney (!!) and Bonanza, and the decision will be based on the level of interest. If you haven't done so already, please go to their website https://trutrakflightsystems.com and click on the STC survey box at the top of the page to let them know if you are interested in an STC for Mooney aircraft. Thanks!
  5. I just got word from my avionics shop that Century is returning the computer on my C31 autopilot un-repaired, due to a failed altitude sensor that is no longer available as a replacement part. I fly a lot of hard IFR and Altitude Hold / VS Select will be missed. Does anyone have suggestions for a replacement autopilot for a C31? I would put a G500 in (or TruTrak or Trio) as soon as the STC becomes available, but who knows when that will be.
  6. M20k 231 engine

    It is possible that baffles and / or fuel flows were the problem, but in my pre-Mooneyspace days I was following the POH, and operating at 40 inches and 2700 RPM on climb out. In retrospect, that is asking for an overheating problem with the stock -GB engine.
  7. Problems with new headset

    If you have had any recent work done at the factory on a Garmin 430, 530 or 480, they may have reset the audio Gain setting to a point that your transmissions are too weak to be heard by ATC. The problem may be in the radio instead of the headset. This can be a problem with Bose headsets in particular, according to my avionics shop.
  8. Off-yoke support for iPad mini?

    Thanks teejayevans and Mim20c! I am happy with the iPad yoke mount and wasn't looking forward to changing it.
  9. I bought the Stratus 2S so I could get the CB version of AHRS Backup Attitude feature and Synthetic Vision. I have always used a yoke-mount for the iPad Mini with my old Stratus 1, and that is not going to work for the AHRS feature. Does anyone have any suggestions for stationary mounting of the Mini without blocking the view of panel-mount instruments?
  10. We

    It's the Royal We, as in "We are not amused"
  11. M20k 231 engine

    I had a GB engine in my first 231. It did not have a Merlyn or intercooler. The biggest problem was the climb during summer months. At times 200 FPM was the most I could do without pushing CHTs above 400 F. The 231 I am flying now has an LB with a Merlyn, intercooler and GAMIs, and maintaining cool CHTs (below 380 F) in the climb is no problem, even in summer.
  12. Has anyone sent a Century 31 autopilot to Autopilots Central for repair? My avionics shop sent mine back to Century to correct a runaway pitch trim problem. It worked for a few hours, but now will not hold altitude. I want to keep it alive until a Trio or TruTrak STC arrives and I can get rid of it, but I am losing confidence in the Century factory for repairs.
  13. Full Fuel Tanks

    Does anyone have a suggestion for telling line personnel how to fill the tanks completely on a K model with Monroy auxiliary tanks? I have told them to top off all 4 tanks, and routinely find that the level in the auxiliary tanks is about 3 or 4 inches below the cap. This is a real annoyance when I am trying to plan a long flight without an intermediate stop for fuel.