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  1. kevinw

    Tint and carpet

    Better late than never. A little sloppy; it will be much easier next time around. Thanks for posting your instructions! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. They increase the gross takeoff weight significantly but not sure why. In a Bonanza the UL increases by over 200 lbs if I”m not mistaken, making it a very popular mod. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Normally aspirated vs turbo model?

    I've toyed with the idea of buying a turbocharged airplane but the only real reason is to fly west over the Rockies and for the few time I would do that, I decided I will fly commercial. I'm also not a fan of taking an unpressurized aircraft into the flight levels. One little issue with the O2 system at FL250 and you have maybe 30 seconds before you lose consciousness. While it's unlikely to happen, it's a chance I'm not willing to take. Remember the anesthesiologist who was lost in his SR22T over the Gulf of Mexico? And if I recall, he was at FL180. Just something to consider...
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    I have a Global Aerospace policy written through Mid Continent in Hayti, MO. Been very happy and just renewed. $130K hull, no deducible. $1,296. I have about 650 TT, 250 complex and IR. I attended the MAPA PPP last July and was hoping my premium would go down but the renewal was the same as the previous year.
  5. kevinw

    Quick Question Re Mx Charges

    Not sure on the hours you were billed but $61 per O-ring is crazy. Have you seen this post?
  6. kevinw

    Aspen / Autopilot issues

    I have the EA100 adapter as well and it failed in flight about two years ago. I hand flew the plane the rest of the trip and after shutdown I fired it back up again and the light was off. I flew the plane the following day to troubleshoot and it worked perfectly and never failed since. It would be interesting to know if others have had problems with this adapter.
  7. I did not know this and it will be a problem for me.
  8. Great news is right. For $5K this comes with a “straight and level” button, gpss and more importantly altitude preselect. Sounds like the Mooney STC is right around the corner and I am very interested in it for my J; especially because I have an Aspen. Curious what the labor to install will be. Hoping the all in cost is less than $10K Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. I stumbled across this youtube video today. Looks like Tru Trak is currently working on adding Mooney to the approved STC list and for those of us with Aspens this AP will interface with it at no charge. Here's a link to the video.
  10. kevinw

    Was this 231 flown enough?

    If there is an engine monitor in the panel I would download the data and have a look at how the engine was operated. Look specifically at CHTs and TIT. Sharing the data here would be wise as well; there's a lot of knowledge here that will help you interpret the data. Good luck and hope it works out for you.
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    Bravo Conversion

    Another option would be to use a label machine with the white letters on black tape. I've done this for placards in the past. This way the letters are any size you want.
  12. kevinw

    Electroair ordered for M20C

    I see you went with the upgraded red plug wires; good move, I replaced the standard blue ones last year due to radio interference. You'll like the the Electroair system. I'm considering the panel switch at a picture of it if it's not too much trouble. I'd like to see how it looks installed.
  13. kevinw

    Should I grab this abandoned Mooney?

    Interesting that it wound up in Wyoming. I'm sure Jesse will chime in shortly to tell us what he knows about this.
  14. kevinw

    Rosen Visors G1000/DX Aircraft

    I have Rosens in my J as well. Really like them as far as functionality but my only complaints are 1. The co-pilot visor sometimes get hit when getting in and out so I push in as far as it will go but it still sticks out a few inches. 2. When used to block sunlight from the side window the visor loosens too much so I just keep one of those short 3" phillips head screwdrivers in my side storage pocket to tighten it up. These are obviously small gripes and overall I'm very happy with them; I wouldn't go back to factory visors.
  15. I remember in my initial Mooney training my CFII pulled the gear breaker while I was distracted to see if I would proceed to land. I lowered the gear and noticed there was no gear down light so I cycled the gear again but nothing. I then noticed the breaker. I look at my CFI a little perplexed and he just smiled; he was pleased that I caught it. Lesson #1: just because the gear handle is down doesn't mean the gear actually is. Lesson #2: always trust the gear horn!