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Everything posted by gsxrpilot

  1. I've done touch and goes with an M20C and a M20K252 in all possible configurations including full flaps with full up trim and speed brakes deployed. It's a non-event. It helps to be comfortable flying the airplane in all different configurations, not just what's detailed in the POH, though.
  2. Took it up for a 2 hour shake down post maintenance flight today with @"Chocks". Flying Austin to Minneapolis tomorrow. I'm glad we were able to flush mount everything including the G5. There are still a few squawks, but it goes in for Annual on August 1st. I'm going to put as many hours on it as possible between now and then. The pard of the panel not yet done is the right side with the holes covered and the breakers. That will all get redone in August. I'm also still waiting on back order Kalixon switches from Mooney so a few are non-standard right now.
  3. In process... I'm looking forward to taking it out for a flight. Panel by @"Chocks".
  4. Correct. BTW... I flew it today for the first time in I forgot how many months. We hope the entire process is done and it's fully airworthy tomorrow. Today we were still missing a couple of probes/connectors, only one seat in the plane, and no interior.
  5. I think on the F, it's at the panel end of the throttle cable. There's a picture of one somewhere on this forum. It almost looks like it's part of the cable housing.
  6. Yep, there is a switch on the throttle cable. Sometimes it's in the cabin just behind where the throttle cable comes through the panel and sometimes it's at the carb end of the throttle cable. It's very easy to adjust. And surprisingly easy to test. You'd think you need to go fly to see when it comes on, but if you get a good view of the switch, you can seen when in activates. So you can see it activate while running on the ground and adjust accordingly. Then go verify in flight. I had mine set to come on at about 12" as well. 18 is way to high and would be annoying and dangerous. If the warning horn comes on before you're ready to lower the gear, you'll get use to ignoring it, which you really don't want to do.
  7. That is unbelievable. I really need to look at that O2D2 system. I've got the 115 cu tank built in and it only lasts about a 6 hour trip.
  8. Captain James Cook - April 1770 "discovered" Australia. Of course there were people there already, but he was the first European.
  9. I follow the manufacturer's recommendations that have not been disproven with more modern testing and recent data. Full disclosure, I've attended the APS class at GAMI and have seen their test facility and watched as tests have been run. I've also studied their data and the conclusions they've drawn from it. It was very convincing. But even before attending the class, I'd learned that the consensus from this forum and the BeechTalk forum, that pilots who get involved and study the data, consider shock cooling to be a myth. Whereas the defense for the issue of shock cooling comes from a simple, "it's the manufacturer's recommendation". I'm sorry, I shouldn't have been condescending about it. But its difficult not to see this as silly, when it has been so thoroughly debunked as a myth by the data.
  10. I was demonstrating once to a CFI, that my M20C would almost land itself with full flaps, full up trim, and power off. When just a few feet off the runway, the CFI asked what I would do if I had to make an emergency go around. I immediately demonstrated it. Full power, hold the yoke forward with left hand, trim furiously with the right, get the gear, and finally the flaps, climb back into the pattern. It's not real easy, but is plenty doable. The electric trim in the new one makes it easier.
  11. I would never advocate takeoff with full flaps as normal, but it's good to know it will work in the event I'm all set to land with full flaps and the runway is unexpectedly fouled in some way and I have to go around. It's important to already know what will happen and what to expect. Therefore it is good to try it once or twice in a very controlled environment, i.e. long runway.
  12. Here in Texas, once the engine has warmed to operating temperature, it's unlikely to completely cool down for a couple of days, so cycling once per day is more than enough But yes, I generally only cycle once per day. But if the engine was shutdown for most of the day after an early flight and then starting again for an evening flight, I'd cycle once again. But shutting down for up to two or three hours, I wouldn't see the need to cycle it again.
  13. I expect it's very useful to know how the aircraft performs in all flap conditions. Then use the setting that makes most sense for the conditions when able, and be unafraid when conditions and settings are inappropriate in an unexpected situation.
  14. As a fan of science and therefore Deakin, one quick cycle and only the first flight of the day.
  15. Have you ever tried taking of with no flaps? How about full flaps? Maybe it's time to move beyond the primary school method of do what teacher says, and learn about your airplane.
  16. I'll say it. shock cooling is not a problem at all in fact it's just one of those Old Wives Tales that seem to hang around forever. A lot of it probably has to do with Lycoming's lawyers not letting them change their documentation for liability reasons. It has nothing to do with what's in the documents, but any change invites liability. I think you'd find that most owner pilots that are very involved, studied, and keeping up with information and research, have let this myth die long ago.
  17. The link works fine from my Mac using Safari.
  18. I was just at AAA on Friday... I was there "helping" with the pre-buy walk around on a Rocket. It was a bit concerning that the buyer isn't on this site. And when I suggested, wasn't all that interested. I can say that AAA has some really nice airplanes in that hangar. There are a couple of really nice O's, among other's. But don't wait around. The market for nice Mooneys seems to be very strong right now. AAA delivered their 20th Mooney of 2017 over the weekend.
  19. I've spoken with the owner a few times. He's fine and uninjured but doesn't want to talk about it publicly right now. It is/was a very nice Missile.
  20. I've been into Durango four or five times over the last couple of years. I don't recall ever paying any fees there.
  21. I've only owned two Mooneys. The first thing I did with the M20C was to install an engine monitor with recording capability. The first thing I did with the M20K was to remove the base model engine monitor and upgrade it to something much more modern and capable. Unless you're in the tax bracket where engines are cheap, you can't afford not to have a good engine monitor. Step 2 is then learning how to use it and read it properly. Unfortunately most stop before getting to step 2. But fortunately there is plenty of free help on this forum like @kortopates and others to make up for it. Of course, it's even better to have the knowledge yourself so you can understand and know what's happening with the engine... WHEN it's happening.
  22. Call Jimmy or David at All American Aircraft. If there is one out there, they likely know about it.
  23. Between my iPad running the IFD100 app and the bluetooth keyboard, I might never actually have to touch the brand new IFD540 in my panel.
  24. I have the Avidyne IFD540 as well. I think it provides the most options. There is a touch screen and everything can be done there. There are knobs that can be used for almost everything. A bluetooth keyboard is provided that you can use for everything if you'd rather type on real keys. The IFD100 app is included as well which allows you to run everything on the IFD540 from a mirror image on your iPad in your lap. Something for everyone...
  25. No tax in Texas... but the heat will still kill you. It's not even July yet.