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  1. I like to run at 6 quarts. For flights longer than 2 hours I start with 7 quarts but believe it drops to 6 very quickly. I would love to see a level sensor that could show actual (proportional) level in 0-100% increments so you could see in real time what engine settings and conditions effect level consumption. Rick
  2. Thanks everyone! I have located one provided from this Site!! Great to have this network! Rick
  3. Looking for a used (working) Whelen power supply...... If anyone has one available please email me a Thanks, Rick
  4. I was ferrying the aircraft back that has sat outside for a while. Although Every attempt was made to sump the tanks it was not enough. I'll admit, I have never pulled the throttle back to null in a FLAT Position in the pattern, so what the aircraft does at a lower speed with complete loss of power is debatable at best. Basic aerodynamics tells me that Mooney wing will not like complete loss of power unless the nose is already pointed down when it happens..... Remain level on downwind, pull the power to Idle and see what happens. Any Cessna, Piper will pitch down but no where near a Mooney Laminar Flow wing. Not looking for a debate.... Everyone has their own opinion. Just had to say something when I read that comment. Not an Instructor but I have a few hours. Flying a wider than normal pattern to eliminate pulling back too hard in your pattern turns and maintaining a safe altitude and airspeed has worked well for me in the Mooney. Just an opinion, but its an aircraft you do not want to force into a position in the pattern. Take Care..... Rick
  5. Really...Come on! Don't think so! You say.... "The Mooney's glide ratio is way better than the Skyhawks or Warriors, you don't need to be right on top of the runway on downwind to be able to glide in, in the event of an engine failure. And engine failures on landing are far less common than stall/spin accidents." I have had an engine out in a M20C. It was like going over a hump on a roller coaster. It took instantaneous back pressure and trimming at the same time to get to a comfortable glide speed. Got the engine to restart after about 60 seconds... which felt like an eternity. Don't kid yourself.... They drop like a freaking ROCK . Stay high....stay alive. Rick
  6. Consider an Associates Degree at a minimum in Aviation Management. I've seen enthusiastic kids make it all the way to the interview then get pushed aside for not having any higher education to their name. If it were my Son, I would encourage both schools....Flight and College. Rick
  7. Agree..... electrically this can be done with Four Switches and no relays. Without a schematic its hard to tell what they are utilize for, but if I had to guess, its to latch and provide a permissive path to the secondary relay or other switch in the circuit.
  8. Correct..... The Potter Brumfield relays were $11.00 each. You need to know how to remove and replace as they are soldered in position. No Biggie..... I was just happy to find a Root Cause..... Mine chattered under a load, meaning when "in air." Rick
  9. A while ago, I published that my flaps would deploy and would not retract. After some extensive troubleshooting, it was linked to two sealed relays. Each micro switch in the circuit was methodically checked and found OK. The relays are hard soldered to a circuit board. Mouser electronics helped cross match the relays from the currently installed part. I looked in my service manual, but could not find any information on the relays. The new relays were installed and worked flawlessly until last week. Same problem occurred! I never found a "Smoking Gun" on the first replacement, so although the problem was solved, I could not conclude how these relays got their contacts fired. We use hundreds of relays in control panels at work and I have very seldom had relay failures. So why? It turns out the Flap Target was too close the the contact wheel of the micro switches. With the aircraft on the ground, and flaps at takeoff position (and Gravity doing its thing) the separation of the target and the switch contact was enough to drop the circuit. BUT...... when the flap were generating lift, it moved the target fractions closer to the switch contact and created relay chatter. Ill admit, this was discovered by accident when a friend in the hangar happen to lift up on the flap when I was staring up at the flap motor. Sure enough, the relays started humming and the motor started pulsing. Its a wonder they lasted as long as they did!!! Just wanted to pass this along. This site should be all about passing on information to solve problems! Rick
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    Thanks..... Steve has helped me in the past! Great advice...
  11. If you see visible cracking, cuts and or deterioration, OR if the plane is on Jacks with the wheels OFF the Ground and you can move the gear in a vertical position. If you have rear door fairings you mas see some rubbing (marks) too. Rent the tool to replace the donuts or have it done by someone who has a clue. The compression tool makes it effortless! Rick
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    My HSI suddenly stopped movement. Upon landing, I reset to the correct compass heading and locked to the caged position. The gyro is running in the avionics bay, but the Autopilot is not following the heading bug or NAV. Pressing the NAV button put the aircraft in a continuous 360 SRT. It will hold altitude. The HSI does follow the compass and seems to be accurate to magnetic heading after I reset it. Any input would be appreciated. Rick
  13. Look at the Mooney factory tour video. If you have any Engineering experience and or production manufacturing time, you can easily see there are simply too many manual complex operations that require more basic than off the street talent. That equals dollars. More dollars spent on complex building, eliminates margin for the investors. Reduced margin eventually leads to an operation, operating on a shoestring. Never a good outcome which we've seen happen this great product time after time. We all want to see this company successful, but from a business model point of view, I just do not see it happening. I cannot see how they could ever get the numbers to work even in a strong economy. Are their sales figures published anywhere? Rick
  14. If your speed is in the White Arc you're fine. Little Flap, Lots of Lift. A Lot of Flap, Lots of Drag....... With full Flaps, Mooney's do very well on a steep approach. If the approach is flat it will take 15in of MP Plus depending on Load to maintain Level Flight. As a common practice, I to land with the first flap (take off) position in case I need to exercise a go around. There are so may factors to consider.... Clearing and obstacle on a short strip is one..... If there is plenty of runway and the approach is unobstructed the first flap position is all that needed. If you have to execute that go around, with a load, you will be glad that's all the flap you had dialed in....
  15. You should not hesitate to make the transition to a Mooney. Personally I, as well as several others consider this aircraft to be one of the safest around. Based on the wing design you must respect the numbers in the POH. My belief is, if you can fly an airplane at controlled airspeeds the Mooney will land just like your land that 182. Obviously there is much more to manage in the Mooney and you need to learn to stay ahead of the aircraft but that comes with training and time in type. I have heard so many people speak about the Mooney as a Hard to Fly airplane...that's nonsense. As I suggest in the past, find an instructor that has a minimal of 100 hours in the Mooney. Use them to get past the insurance company then find a seasoned Mooney pilot that will fly with you as often as possible. There are several bits of information you can learn from a mentor with a lot of Mooney time! Good Luck and Welcome. You will find this site to be very helpful as there is a wealth of information on it by folks who are very fond of this aircraft!! Rick