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    M20K 252 TSE

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  1. M20K 252 with "black" instrument panel?

    I always turn #2 off once in flight.
  2. need help with Foreflight

    Yep, I was going to suggest this as well... but if only removing Alaska and a few other states it takes a while to download everything again.
  3. need help with Foreflight

    Go to Downloads and at the top of the screen on the right tap United States. Scroll down and you'll see a list of the States each with a Blue check mark next to them. Tap the states you want to remove. The State will still be there in the list but the blue check mark will go away. Make sure that only the states you want have the blue check mark next to them. Now go back to Downloads and scroll down to the list where the Green check marks are by the states. Notice that the States are listed multiple times. First there is the Taxi Diagrams and A/FD and the list of States, but if you scroll down further you'll see Terminal Procedures and the States listed again. And so on, and so on. On these lists go through and swipe and delete any of the States with the green check mark that you want to delete. They should be States that you previously tapped to remove the blue check mark from the States list under United States. Hope that helps.
  4. Finally a tailwind

    You're obviously not flying enough in the last 9 months.
  5. need help with Foreflight

    Hey... are you saying @lamont337 and I don't know what we're talking about?
  6. need help with Foreflight

    You need to make sure to unselect the states so they don't download again as soon as you delete them.
  7. I've used a four wheeler, a lawn tractor, and a pickup truck to tow my plane around. I found the longer the tow bar, the easier it is to steer the plane. Then two years ago helping JD & Laura move into Russel's old hangar, we came across one of these tugs. It wouldn't start and the tire was split open and falling off the wheel. After a bit of work, it's great running little tug and by far the easiest I've ever used to move the Mooney and steer it forwards or backwards.
  8. Flight lead carries the squawk code. The rest of the flight has transponders off. You should really come fly formation with us. Come to Oshkosh and fly the Caravan arrival with us.
  9. Yep, just got back home from 1.5 hours formation time this morning I've never been IMC in formation, but we have filed IFR for a flight of three and ATC didn't have any questions. We started up, picked up our clearance as usual, taxied out to wait for release, and took off. Lead was the only one talking to ATC but 2 and 3 could hear the clearance was for the "flight of 3". About two hours into the flight we started getting into IMC conditions and since we had three separate destinations we asked ATC to split us up. It was easy and very straight forward, as if they'd done it many times. I'm sure I'd be fine descending through a layer while in "close trail" as we call it. This morning we went into close trail to climb out through a broken layer. It allows for freedom of maneuvering to get up through a hole and out on top. We were in class Golf, so "clear of clouds" was the requirement.
  10. How important is Nav2 to you?

    It's pretty easy to see, especially here in Texas where the ground is flat, the difference between stable clouds and unstable clouds. When we get low clouds and solid overcast, it's usually very stable. There might be some light rain or just fog/low clouds. You can be confident that there is no convective activity anywhere within range of full tanks. And likewise it's also easy to see when it's unstable and therefore convective. Texas thunderstorms are legendary and we give them a wide berth. Here's an example. It doesn't look like we gave it much room, because it was filling in behind us pretty quickly. We had plenty of room and stayed out of the turbulence. But these are easy to see. An IFR flight but VMC the whole way. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N252AD/history/20180403/1630Z/KGTU/KADS
  11. Hmmm... if the primary engine gauges died, the 830 doesn't seem like a legal back up anyway as it's not certified Primary for anything. Sure it will get you to the ground, but I don't imagine you'd actually need one just to get on the ground. What am I missing here?
  12. M20C turbo

    Wow! I do think values are going up. But that one on craigslist is missing a few things. Is it even IFR certified? Also he lists 165 kts and 8 gph? Maybe in a dive. ;-) I do like to see the values going up. And as the years go by, the good C's will get rarer and harder to find. So I'd expect the values to go up.
  13. M20C turbo

    I'd disagree. Someone's spent a lot of money on a C, but in my opinion, all in the wrong places. The paint, interior, panel, and turbo have all been done, but no WAAS GPS, autopilot, graphical engine monitor or ADSB. And the radios are all antiques. It needs at least $40K to bring it to a point it would be enjoyable to fly as a cross country machine. With original paint, interior, and no turbo... but with an Stec30/alt, GNS530W, GEM G2, and ADSB, this would be a $50K M20C.
  14. EI CGR-30P/B/C ANY GOOD

    It is frankly a bit mis-leading. But careful reading will show that the CGR-30P can be Primary for MP, RPM, CHT, EGT, and only three other options. The Mooney cluster in your E has six gauges. They are Fuel L, Fuel R, Amps, Oil Temp, Oil Pressure, CHT. CHT is done, so pick any other three. But since fuel quantity is required equipment and in our Mooney's it is part of the cluster. This means keeping the entire cluster in the panel even though four out of the six gauges will be "inop". Eventually you'll want to have fuel gauges that are accurate. Many of us here have installed the CiES digital senders with the EDM900 and are enjoying extremely accurate fuel quantity information. (It's amazing how much more useful a cross country machine like the Mooney is with accurate fuel data). The bottom line is that the CGR-30P is a half step in the direction you ultimately will want to go. You're probably not ready for a full panel make-over yet, but one day you'll want to take the next step. And at that point, the CGR will have to be replaced or the second CGR added. It's a good instrument, but it just fails the "do it right the first time" test. The difference in cost between the install of the EDM-900 and the install of the CGR might be $200 for a fabricated bracket to hold it in place of the current stock cluster. Or just stick it in the 3" hole for no difference in cost of installation. But then you're done. You might later do a full panel overhaul and move the instrument, but you won't be replacing it. It might look like I just throw money at my Mooney, but those who know, realize I've done my panel for less than 50% of retail cost. And that does include taking small steps, but only steps that I won't have to backtrack and redo.
  15. EI CGR-30P/B/C ANY GOOD

    I'm sure it's a great product, and EI customer support always gets high reviews. Actually much better than JPI support. But having said that it just doesn't seem to me to be a good buy. Engine monitors can either replace your factory EGT and CHT gauges or can replace ALL engine gauges. The CGR-30 units do neither economically ($$$ or panel space). If you're just looking for a replacement for EGT/CHT, then the CGR-30 is too expensive and the GEM G2 is a much better buy for the same functionality. If you're looking to replace all engine gauges then you'd need two CGR-30 units and two 3 inch holes. And in that case the JPI EDM-900 will do the same in less panel space and for less $$$.