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  1. Releew

    Flap Extension Speeds

    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....
  2. 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
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    New to forum, re-starting my PPL

    Nothing at all against CFI's so please do not take this negatively. I respect their level of training and what it took to get to that position. Personally I've found some of them, not all qualified to teach, but in all honesty not having the knowledge or the precision to dive into the Mooney's details. I suggest you look for a person with some significant Mooney PIC time to mentor you on the nuances, most likely not known by a CFI with a 100 or so hours in type. So..... just saying this person (your CFI) can teach maybe a long-shot. He can get you comfortable and hopefully and past the insurance company! Although I do not find the Mooney to be a difficult to fly airplane it is a Numbers machine. Respect the numbers!
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    preciseflight speed brakes

    Speed brakes work great to descend with MP.... Other than that, they're an expensive novelty..... Pull the nose back.... It will slow down! Rick
  5. Releew

    100 low lead prices

    In my neck of the woods, premium goes for $2.75/gallon. We have been running $4.25-$4.50 for 100LL Rick
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    100 low lead prices

    I can remember 100LL was generally speaking about $1.00 more than 93 Octane Premium in the 80's and 90's. Is it fair to say there is less general aviation interest, lowering the usage, thus changing the refining priority? I see such a decrease in South Louisiana in GA its concerning. Airports that had several aircraft on the ramp are now down to few. Hope GA picks up in this area...... Rick
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    Repaint Cost

    I have painted a few aircraft over my time.... Do not kid yourself, a quality job on a small plane, single engine aircraft is 15K. If its not, question the shop on what products they will use and exactly what steps they will follow before topcoat. If your preference is red, hold on tight as its the most expensive on the color chart. If you want a modern polyurethane, with a brand name like Imron brace yourself. If would want an elaborate paint scheme, sit down before you see the estimate. I am responding to this because so many people ask me to paint or to do blend work who do not understand how time consuming and labor intensive it is to do a complete paint job on an aircraft. Just try getting the paint off yourself and the 15K will seem cheap! This is not like wet sanding a car with a color coat clear coat! Rick
  8. Releew

    Spruced up my wingtips!

    Very nice! I would love to see a step by step process on how the film is applied. Rick
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    Honestly, how bad is this?

    I feel your pain!!!! I caused a Flap Rash and couldn't sleep for three days! It's as bad as you want it to be in your head. I replaced the entire flap..... needed to eventually sleep! Rick
  10. Our 6th annual Wings and Wheels event is this Saturday, October 27th from 10:00AM to 4:00PM at (L31) St. Tammany Regional Airport. 3000' runway in good condition with plenty of parking. Great Southern Hospitality. Clean air condition rest rooms, great music, lots of door prizes and a 50/50 raffle. We are expecting a crowd! We have several Mooney's in the area and three on the field. If your flying over to KJKA to the AOPA event stop by and see us.
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    Nashville Recommendations

    John Tune work for me on several hops. There is a lot of private jet traffic and be sure to review the approach procedures. Right downwind landing south. Really nice people at the FBO (under green tin roof) and Hertz will drop of a car there. Rick
  12. Releew

    Touch Up Painting

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    Touch Up Painting

    For dime size leading edge opportunities I have successfully taped the surrounding area and filled the void with multiple coats of paint. When you have enough build up (chip filled) remove the tape, wet sand with 800 Grit then cut and buff. This ONLY works with solid colors, NO Metallics! A little trick I learned was to activate the paint and allow it to start to thicken. If you wait long enough you can use a plastic or rubber squeegee and literally spread it on. Remember you are trying to get the surfaces even. Don't worry too much about what it looks like because you are going to sand, cut and buff it...... Like I mentioned earlier, before making the decision to fill a lot of Dime Size chips it may be a good idea to paint to a panel. On my Mooney I had a lot of paint splintering. Too much flying in the rain!!! I taped a hard line to the second row of rivets and painted the entire leading edge. This worked very well. Almost looks like protective wing tape. I will look for some pictures.... Rick
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    Touch Up Painting

    Use a Harbor Freight HVLP feed. OK for a few jobs. By far not a good solution for multiple uses or to paint an entire plane Set for 40 PSI at the tip Use a filter at the gun Quarter size chip can be feathered and blended Removing the paint completely from the belly takes care, as it is fiberglass. Solvent stripping is not recommended. Remember painting on aluminum takes additional prep steps as in an etching primer on the raw aluminum then followed by a build primer for filling. Rick
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    Touch Up Painting

    I've been painting for a while.... Lacquers, Acrylics, Epoxy, Poly.....Color Coat/Clear Coat so you can take my advise or go to the next guy. First determine what is a touch up and what is a panel spray out. Sometime enough of the dings = painting the panel! For a novice you will be more successful painting a panel with a hard stop (a panel line or a separate part like a cowl. Remember a control surface requires balancing on a full spray out. I do not recommend color coating a control surface. Too heavy! On a chip, the paint needs to be feather edged. Meaning there is no HARD STOP to the edge of the paint. The can be done by water sanding with 320 Grit paper in a circular motion using a rubber sanding block. Once feathered, spray some primer to build the surface back and lightly sand again. If you do not see a dimple, chances are you did it correctly. With the chip feathered and filled with primer, wet sand the entire area with 600 Grit paper. Wipe the are clean with PrepSol to eliminate painting atop of any oil residue. Apply one light tack coat , wait 5 minutes followed but two additional consecutive coats sprayed in different directions. Why still tacky, lightly spray a chemical called Blend or FADE. This is a HIGH level reducer that will melt the edge of the new paint and the old paint together. Try to apply this product on the spray line between the wet and dry paint. If you apply too much too fast your new paint will run off the surface. When dry for 24 hours, wet sand again with 800 Grit paper then use a cutting compound and buffer to polish the entire surface. I recommend you use a polypropylene based two part paint. If you screw up it will be hard enough to sand smooth in 24 hours. If you need a verbal explanation you can email me and I will give you my contact information. Rick