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  1. Fuel flow calibration

    Can't comment specifically on your device but I have an EDM-830 with FF and adjusting it is a very simple process. My first fuel flow transducer malfunctioned and I had to replace it but it would show zero most of the time and erratic readings other times. A replacement unit fixed the issue. Changing the K-factor is a very simple process using the formula provided in the instruction book. It has been great so far and I will never fly another plane without it.
  2. I'm doing a rather long trip with my dad from Corpus Christi, TX to Hayward next month as well. I'll be keeping the mooney there for almost a month out on the ramp. I called last week to check their fees and they said it would cost $50/week. I'm going to see if I can get one week waived. Fuel prices are also very reasonable there compared to Oak. I'm really looking forward to this trip of a lifetime.
  3. Just happened to me

    Been though this already. I caught it on the outbound taxi when then the pedals went right down to the floor. FBO was good about it and got it all fixed up within a couple weeks and bought us southwest tickets instead.
  4. Flying the east coast

    Super easy to fly over or through the NY class B. I normally fly from viginia beach to KISP and start my descent over Sandy hook. I'll ask for an early turn direct to KISP and approach is usually accommodating. If they can't clear me for the descent there, they have me fly direct JFK to cross at 5500' and then direct KISP while descending. Very easy to deal with.
  5. Taking the rotor you see in the pictures and attempting to make it turn safely at up to 40k RPM. The goal is to get 30lbs to thrust out of it. The teeth you see on the spinner act as a retaining ring to hold the blades together and prevent any individual blade from departing the rotor hub above their rated RPM. I'm hopeful this electric fan will be a good replacement for small and very expensive turbines used on RC jets. the 5th pictures there is a tailcone that will go on the back of the brushless motor and clean up the high velocity airflow. It will also give the motor some support as it weighs over 2lbs while allowing me to route the motor wires out into the fuselage using one of the 3 spokes. Here is a video of what happens when a blade decides to leave the rotor:
  6. 3d printing is indeed amazing. I do a small amount of manufacturing using 3D printing via My latest project was a spinner that must be made from stainless steel pictured below both in 3D and also in stainless. The cost to do this is less than $50/piece. Compare that to $250/piece for a CNC prototype using a 5 axis machine which is the only way to make something this complicated. I also added some pictures of another part that I'm printing out of plastic. This part can not be made any other way due to some of the complex structure. 3D printing is definitely the future.
  7. o-360 overhaul

    I've been told worst case 25k by a shop out in Cali. You will most likely be around 20K+ depending on what needs replacing.
  8. Yes that's one way to do it. I should have clarified but my experience with foam backed airtex carpet was that it would stretch and shift wherever it was not secured by whatever method someone chooses. This was mostly because the foam backing provides zero structure to it. In comparison, a carpet with a harder backing will have a structure and it'll be less likely to move and shift as you enter and exit. The heavily trafficked parts of the airtex carpet were looking "stretched", if that makes any sense when compared to other areas.
  9. At $49/yard, there is no need to go with auto carpet IMO. The carpet I'm looking at is much better quality than the carpet in my cars. The material holding the carpet fibers together is a flexible plastic and will be very easy to secure to the floor without fear of it moving around. Theres no drama here as far as I can tell...just sharing information. To each his own though.
  10. Since several of you have asked for the pattern, here is my plan: I am going to order 2 yards of carpet and do all the cutting and fitting myself in order to ensure a near perfect fit. Once complete, I'm going to send it off to SCS and have them finish the binding. I will also make improvements to the pattern once I know the carpet is fitting well and make a good second copy of it. From there, I'll mail off the pattern to the first person who asked for it. We can just continue sharing it as needed. I will see if SCS can simply use the cut carpet that I will mail them as a pattern for future purposes.
  11. Good question. I can send a better picture and you might be able to compare.
  12. I am installing new carpet in my C because the carpet I bought from airtex about a year ago is absolute crap. I did not know any better at that point and thought I should warn all you looking to re-do your carpet. The carpet I bought was pre-cut, extremely poorly and the fit was absolutely atrocious to say the least. I also ended up with an oil leak in the cabin at one point which soaked into the carpet making my decision to remove it even easier. This time I'm taking a different approach with a different company. SCS interiors sent me some samples of their products a while back and I immediately noticed the much higher quality of their carpets. They have a flexible plastic backing rather than cheap foam and the carpet itself is very dense and feels much better than the garbage I purchased previously. Additionally, the price is very very fair at $49/yard. My C will require less than 2 yards. They can also cut any pattern we send and bind as needed. One big difference with the non-pre cut carpet is that a pattern has to be made and mailed off. So, that's what I did last weekend. The new carpet will fit so much better and look a 100 times better than what I had previously. I will be mailing the pattern out to them this week and should have the carpet next week. At this point, I think the total cost will be less than $250 for everything. This is a much better deal than airtex. I have attached a picture of the pattern that was made using large poster card stock. If anyone else needs it for their 63C, please let me know.
  13. Finally have this very important safety upgrade finished and I am very pleased with how it turned out. Like others have mentioned, the fuel selector is not reachable by those without monkey arms once all buckled in. However, it's not a big deal as you can either quickly loosen the shoulder strap or simply slide out from under the shoulder strap to take care of it. The same applies to CLOSING the door only. Opening is a right arm operation only. Everything else on the panel is easily reached.
  14. Almost done. Passenger side did not require window removal.
  15. Install started this week and unfortunately required the windows to be removed from the pilot side. There just wasn't enough room to get the clamp in there without it. Hopefully this will not hurt the wallet too much. Pictures are shown below.