gsxrpilot

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    N252AD
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    M20K 252 TSE

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  1. gsxrpilot

    500 Hour past TBO Rocket gets OH

    Looking forward to the Pirep on Jewell. They are at the top of my list to do the engine in my 252. I'm at 1500 hours and hoping to go another year or two.
  2. gsxrpilot

    Today's flight for 2018

    Very nice @Yooper Rocketman paying it forward in the best way possible!
  3. gsxrpilot

    Instrument practical today...

    Well done Lance! A quick anecdote from today. I've been in Dallas this week for work. I flew the Mooney up and parked at Dallas Love. We (my boss and I) were planning to leave Dallas at noon today to fly home to Austin (Smithville 84R). Today was a very convective day over much of Texas but we headed to the airport anyway. Just about the time I completed the pre-flight, a big cell moved right over the field and opened up. It was raining so hard we couldn't see any of the Southwest jets from where we were on the ramp. So we waited about 20 minutes in the FBO. Once it cleared enough to get out to the airplane without getting soaked, we climbed in, called for our clearance, fired up and called ready to taxi. Ground control said it might be awhile to get us out as Southwest jets were lined up everywhere. We were offered 13R even though we had a south departure and I quickly accepted. They might get us out quicker. We taxied to 13R and were lined up on Bravo behind two of those 737's. And the rain had picked back up to the point the prop couldn't keep the windshield clear. I called tower and said we were ready to go. Tower asked if we could get around the 73's. I said I thought I could. The next question was could we accept an immediate turn south on take off, terrain permitting. Again, yes. N252AD cleared for take off right turn as soon as able. We rolled past the Southwest jets and I swear I could see one of the First Officers saying, "hell we don't want to be flying today, what the hell is that Mooney doing?" We took off, made our quick right turn to cross the 13L at mid-field, climbed through several layers, in and out of rain, got one vector from ATC around a cell building in front of us, leveled off at 10K ft in the clear and flew home in the sunshine for a standard VFR approach into home. Without the IR, we'd have left the plane in Dallas, driven the rental car 3 hours to Austin only to drive back the next day to get the plane. And in spite of what it looked like to observers on the ground, it was safe, easy, and an enjoyable flight home. Go get that IR wet, and make sure it gets regular watering. When it's useful, it's very useful.
  4. gsxrpilot

    Do you like your Aspen MFD?

    And it just looks so much better.
  5. gsxrpilot

    Do you like your Aspen MFD?

    I can't imagine spending the kind of money it takes to go glass... and then not flush mounting? An extra grand seems like not much since you're already $40K into it.
  6. gsxrpilot

    Do you like your Aspen MFD?

    You can see the cut out here. This panel was custom cut for the flush mount aspen kit. It's never had a round instrument in this position. It's how the aspen is removed.
  7. gsxrpilot

    Do you like your Aspen MFD?

    Yeah and just when I thought I had the only panel I'd ever need... Upgrade the PFD - $3 AMU Add the MFD - $9 AMU Stec 3100 - $20 AMU Then get it all installed.
  8. gsxrpilot

    Do you like your Aspen MFD?

    I'm familiar... but that only works with the KFC200 not the 150.
  9. gsxrpilot

    Do you like your Aspen MFD?

    Yeah... the Stec 3100 looks pretty good... its only $$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$$
  10. gsxrpilot

    Do you like your Aspen MFD?

    The only fly in the ointment right now is that Aspen doesn't support the Altitude pre-select with my KFC-150.
  11. gsxrpilot

    EI CGR-30P/B/C ANY GOOD

    Interesting... what was the cost comparison between the EDM900 and the CGR30 p/c combo?
  12. gsxrpilot

    Do you like your Aspen MFD?

    I'm not really qualified to speak on this matter... but when has that stopped me before? With the previous Aspen units I couldn't justify the second unit (MFD). Mainly because I have the very same information, data, charts, traffic, etc. on the IFD540 just a few inches over. I know it could back up the PFD, but there was still the requirement to have an AI backup regardless. With the new Aspen Max screens, (I saw them at OSH and they look great!) the additional AI backup isn't needed, so two Aspen screens and I could remove ALL other instruments? That's a bit more compelling.
  13. gsxrpilot

    WANTED FT-101

    That will more than cover it. Pay-pal works as well.