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Everything posted by gsxrpilot

  1. The whole argument of "we've been flying these airplanes this way for years" seems to be misplaced with Mooneys. I can understand if you're flying a rag and tube tail dragger around the pattern on sunny days. But most of us fly Mooneys because they get us across the country and are excellent traveling airplanes. Can you fly your Mooney across the country with a dip stick and a stopwatch? Sure you can. And I can drive the '57 Chevy from here to Chicago as well. But why? In the grand scheme of things, upgrading the fuel management system in a Mooney is relatively inexpensive. A good engine monitor (which pays so many dividends is so many other areas) and modern fuel senders. I flew my first Mooney all over the country with a dip stick, watch, and spreadsheet to note gallons used at regular intervals. With the second Mooney I knew the mission was cross country travel and so the first upgrades were an EDM900 and CiES senders. The result was an increase in range and decrease in stress equalling an overall increase in enjoyment... and speed. After all, the best speed mod is the ability to skip a fuel stop.
  2. The way to fly to Oshkosh without flying in formation, is to fly the Fisk arrival as detailed in the NOTAM. But either meet us in Madison, or at Oshkosh, and let's talk about the process and procedures for joining the Caravan next year. It starts with attending a formation flying clinic put on by the Caravan at numerous locations around the country each spring. The training is intense, but any competent Mooney pilot can be successful and learn to fly formation. It's also very safe and will ultimately help you become a much better pilot. Look me up in Madison or at Oshkosh and we'll talk about it.
  3. I'm pretty sure this has contributed to 1600 hours of trouble free LOP flying with my 252. Original cylinders, original turbo.
  4. I really like this post. You make some excellent points. I say "inaccurate and unreliable because of both analog and old. The needles are about 3 gallons wide so not very good fidelity in the reading of them. And typically after 50+ years of service in a typical M20C, they are sticky and jumpy. If you're serious about knowing how accurate your gauges and/or totalizer is, you have to run each tank dry a few times. Don't be afraid, it's a safety thing. Know your tanks and your engine. I think your method here is spot on. I'd just say that with say, EDM900 gauges and the CiES senders, you'd be accurate to +/- 0.5 gal per side. And while its not required, it is achievable. And for our airplanes that are truly champions when it comes to range, I like to maximize that capability and have the best fuel information possible. Regarding the differences between a totalizer and fuel gauge... I couldn't say it any better. This is a great explanation. Thanks.
  5. This! And this! I spent $1200 on a pre-buy for my first Mooney. The second one I pretty much did the pre-buy myself. But by then I knew what I was looking for. And I don't think a list of things to look for is all that helpful. Because if you haven't seen it before, you really can't know what good vs. bad looks like. $1000 or $2000 for a pre-buy is cheap compared to the cost of owning one of the Mooneys on my infamous list. Someone here once said, "There's nothing quite as expensive as a cheap Mooney."
  6. I'm with @KSMooniac on this. The only thing certain about the release of anything new and STC'd for our Mooneys, or any certificated airplane, it that it will take a lot longer than forecast. I'm of the opinion that the autopilot is the most important piece here. For example, if Dynon had announced the release of a full featured 2 or 3 axis autopilot today, and said stay tuned for a glass panel coming in the future, but for now you can drive the autopilot with your steam gauges/GPS. They'd have sold 100 of them by the end of today. As it is, I'm not interested unless it fully drives my KFC150 today, or until the autopilot is approved/released.
  7. Reliable and accurate fuel information requires two parts, senders and gauges. It sounds like you want the digital state of the art senders but to still use the old, inaccurate and unreliable gauges. It makes sense that it's not gonna work very well.
  8. A friend of mine bought a home with a 60 x 60 hangar attached to it. Since he's single, he spent "several thousand" on a BigAss Fan for the hangar instead of furniture for the house.
  9. I use the QT Halos, so they're very light already. I made a hanger for my headset from a single paper clip. Part of it is hooked over the trim above the left side window and the other part provides a really nice hook to hold the Halo's up and out of the way.
  10. I'll bet a black or brightly colored zip tie would work. Just leave the end sticking out an inch as the pointer. I"ll have to look next time I'm at the plane.
  11. One of the advantages of written communication, is the ability to edit, proofread, spellcheck, etc. before hitting Submit Reply. But obviously it's not mandatory and not everyone takes advantage of that ability.
  12. Hmmmm... I've only been in Texas 20 year, but neither I nor Apple Maps, nor Google, can seem to find a Fort Wayne in Texas.
  13. Have you thought of spending the money to air-condition the hangar instead of the airplane? I hate the though of spending good money to equip an airplane for more comfortable ground operations. It's not meant to be on the ground.
  14. At SWTA, Laura applies a fresh coat of bright red nail polish to the tow limits indicator, at every annual. I always park with the cowl flaps retracted so nothing obscures the view of the tow limits indicator. I'm always sure to point it out to the line guys.
  15. Is this Fort Wayne, Indiana or Fort Worth, Texas?
  16. Early model Mooneys with the squared off wing tips have a large piece of the aileron outboard, that contains the counter weight. LASAR has made wingtips that can fit this type of wing without modification to the aileron. Later model Mooneys moved the counter weight inside the wing. These Mooneys can accommodate the later factory faired wingtips. As @kpaul said, even with the later model Mooneys, the counter weights inside the wing are different sizes. I had to modify the inside of my wingtips (designed for a 201) to accommodate the larger counterweights on my 252.
  17. That would be a legit cross country coming from San Diego!
  18. Wow! I'm pretty sure HD has them cheaper.
  19. One of the first things I did with my 252 was to placard the Recog lights, In Op. Problem solved, no more melted lenses. Then I went and put Aveo wingtips on, which don't have recog lights anyway.
  20. I installed the CYA-100 in my M20C. Worked beautifully. I installed the AV20S in my M20K. Piece of junk.
  21. I bought mine on the aviation isle at HomeDepot.