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About kevinw

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    82 M20J

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  1. Personally I would get both top and bottom. Just be sure you order the correct barrel size. That can be an expensive mistake. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. One person on board and fortunately no one hurt on the ground. A house caught fire but the family was at church at the time. Here's some raw footage.
  3. You make a very good point. There's lots of value and peace of mind knowing what you have and how it's been treated.
  4. In 2013 I had a factory remanned IO-360 A3B6 installed with Champion massives. For the longest time I had starting issues; even had a mag replaced under warranty. After installing Tempest fine wire plugs the starting is night and day. It also runs smoother at idle. I'm convinced I had a set of the problem plugs that Raptor is talking about. In any case I'll never go back to Champion. Tempest fine wires are far and away the best choice in my opinion.
  5. Thanks for the input guys. Weird situation. The FBO operator is a good guy and customer of mine but fuel elsewhere is anywhere from $.50 to $1.05 less; and within 20-40 miles. Anyway, I had heard from a few other pilots that most FBO's at smaller airports give locals a discount. He use to give us a nickel and recently took that away. I'm going to avoid an awkward conversation and start buying fuel elsewhere. He will notice and jump me this summer about it I'm sure. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I was just wondering if any of you receive a discount on fuel at your home airport. No one at my airport receives anything and I was curious if this is the norm. 100LL is currently $4.80. Thanks
  7. Beautiful panel. That pic never gets old. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Here's a pic of the winterization plate that was made for me. The mechanic also put a placard on the panel that reads "Remove Winterization Plate at 50oF OAT". I pull it at about 30o or so.
  9. Congrats on the new bird! Looks great! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. It's pretty slick. I'll take a pic the next time I'm out to the airport and post it here. What's nice is you can fine tune it. At first it the oil temp was a little high so he drill one or two more holes and the oil temp holds at 180 in the freezing cold. If it's too cool you can cover a hole with tape, but I've never had to.
  11. My mechanic cut a piece of aluminum and drilled about 6 one inch holes in it. It slides right in front of the oil cooler and held in place with two screws. Works well and fits perfectly but the guys up in Minnesota where I bought my J just do as jlunseth said and just use a piece of taped up foam.
  12. Congratulations! Just a thought on continued training. On October 6-8, 2017 the MAPA pilot proficiency program will be held in Dubuque, IA. It's a great opportunity for you and anyone else up here in the Midwest to get Mooney specific training close to home. With a freshly inked IR, you should really consider attending. I live in Iowa and have already signed up. I've heard nothing but good things about it here on MS and this will be my first one.
  13. After some avionics upgrading someone will have a great looking, low engine time cross country machine. New interior would finish it off. Can't imagine you'll sit on this airplane for long. Good luck with the sale.
  14. Wow! That is a work of art. You definitely picked the right shop. Congrats! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. I went to Katheryn's Report and followed up on this story. Here are a few excerpts: A cafe owner near the airport was the last person to see the pilot alive. She said he appeared worried and attempted to take off three times. "I was so worried even the last moment they left," said Delmy Pennington. "I said, 'Why are they leaving?'" Delmy Pennington was working at her cafe at Riverside Municipal Airport on Monday afternoon when she noticed a small plane struggling to take off amid heavy rain. “It looked like the airplane didn’t start right, something was wrong,” said Pennington, co-owner of the D&D Airport Cafe. After it stopped raining, the group returned to the plane, this time finally taking off. But Pennington said she was concerned about what she saw: The back of the plane shaking. “It looked to me like it was hitting the floor,” Pennington said of the airplane’s tail. She said she had never seen that happen before, even though she has watched “thousands of airplanes” take off from the airport. Based on this information it would seem very unlikely the pilot was unaware of a problem but decided to takeoff anyway. Hope we can all learn a little from this.