Lance Keve

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  1. Sincerest thank you for all your comments. I found one more picture this morning. Fitting it's the Mooney again. OK, that's enough before I short out my keyboard.
  2. Hello All, I'm really too gutted to write anything of substance at the moment, but I wanted to share a few pictures of my father, the first one of him sitting in his Mooney Mite sometime between '69 and '71, when he owned the Mite. We laid him to rest yesterday far ahead of when it should have been. For the past two years he'd battled a brain injury from a freak accident. I had been searching for a Mooney when the accident occurred. He and I had been talking multiple times a week, planning all the trips we'd take, including Oshkosh. After the accident I could no longer call him and to visit meant a 5 hour drive, which I did many times until I found the Mooney. That helped shorten that trip to 1.5 hours which meant I could see him more frequently. He was so thrilled to hear of the plane and tried his best to overcome his challenges so he could go flying. It just wasn't meant to be. However, trying to make the most of the situation and give him some good days back, I managed, with the help of some good friends, to take a field trip away from the facility he was in and get him into my E this past November for a flight. He had a great day. To the staff at the facility, or anyone that visited, he talked about it for weeks and weeks afterwards. Throughout his life, he was so humble, quiet and kind. And so incredible. He did so much for me, I could never repay. Although he was a home builder by trade, his love of aviation was immense. He owned an Aeronca and a Mooney Mite, built a Rotorway Scorpion Too (II) in our garage when I was a kid, and was a Hot Air Balloon pilot flying second balloon for two of his friends businesses (I chased as a new teenage driver). He earned his Private, Instrument, Multi, Commercial and was hired by Eastern Airlines two seconds before they put a freeze on the incoming hires and it never materialized after that. He had a host of other incredible hobbies too, but this is an aviation forum and I've gone on long enough. Thanks Dad for, everything. Everything! Thanks MS'ers for letting me share this.
  3. Thanks Bob. I was going to say "who's bouncing on their landings? " I'll probably give it a try dialing it back to the lower pressure and enjoy the extra cushion. Hey, at least you got "Mooney, excellent job" from the controller.
  4. Hi Folks - Just to clear it out, apologies for misleading info, there is no documentation saying the mains should be other than 30 on the short bodies, however, the MSC got back to me and confirmed they run there's at 40 on the mains and 49 on the nose. When I inquired as to why then, if the POH says 30 mains, 30 nose for short bodies, and 30 mains, 49 nose for F, J...etc., the highly technical answer was: "30 is to squishy". Above I mentioned they had told me 42 for mains, which they might have, just spitting it out one day. I'm not OCD about it and generally if they are in the mid-upper 30's I'm not adding and feel that is a good compromise for helping the roll without being too firm to jostle fillings.
  5. Rang the MSC but A/P was offsite and in the middle of something. Will check in with me tomorrow. If I'm high on the mains, I'll concede. Don't want any misleading info out there.
  6. Hi Bob - I'll have to do some digging. As I recall, I'd seen it on MS from earlier discussions (few years back). I checked with Air-Mods (MSC) and they said that was correct. The reason I began thinking about it was my tires looked quite flat at 30. Turned out they were 6-ply and required the newer, higher, psi pressure. It doesn't bother me if it is a few lbs. less but down at 30 and they are really soft and noticeably don't roll as well.
  7. And I believe 6-ply mains would be 42psi, up from 30. Mine are 6-ply all around and I run 42 mains, 49, nose.
  8. I had meetings for a week in Overland Park, KS last June so called KOJC (Johnson County Executive) ahead and asked about hangar space as I was worried about storms. They laughed and said the storms/tornadoes are all in the Western part of the state. I went and although there were no storms, it was 95-102 degree for daytime high temperatures.
  9. Just ordered. Thanks for this! Can't wait to switch out my card dot type, which was due to be changed in April anyway.
  10. Landing is easy. You just have to feel comfortable using whatever is at your disposal for slowing you down. Like this first fellow very skillfully using......well.... Sorry, I was just at Alton Bay this past weekend and then someone sent this to me.
  11. Alton Bay Ice Runway (B18) - What a great day.
  12. I'll share a parking brake scare. I was at an away airport and pulled to a pump that had a slight decline leaving my nose pointing to the up side as the pump was off to my left. I pushed the toe brakes, pulled the parking brake, got out and proceeded to get things ready to refuel. It was a very windy day....and there was nobody around. Just as I was pulling the fuel line out I noticed the plane starting to creep backwards. There was maybe 120 feet before the tail would strike a line of parked aircraft. It was picking up speed and there was no way I could get to a loose chock and back to throw it under a wheel before it would be too late. If there was an Olympic sport for speed of starting at the front of your plane, while it is rolling backwards, and getting into the left seat and with feet to brakes, I would have earned the gold. Launched up on to the wing front, pirouetted around the door, and shot myself into the cockpit like a Duke boy expeditiously getting into the General Lee as if Rosco P. Coltrane was coming. Full force on the brakes slowed the plane to a stop over 10 more feet leaving roughly 25 feet before impact with another plane. Phew. Started plane, pulled up to the pumps a bit further, brakes, parking brake, got out and chocked immediately. Was all fine after that. The plane had new brake pads at annual and they seemed stiffer in actuation but didn't hold as well as before replacement. Re-bleeding was the cure. Parking brake had always worked well before that. Got lucky that day.
  13. Exactly. I went through a lot of flurries and heard and saw the icing reports too.
  14. Thanks. He handled the flight like a champ. Only whined a couple times. He's a GSP. Nine weeks old. I'll look to get him some Mutt Muffs as I'd like to fly with him more.
  15. Yesterdays flight was horrible. KBVY (Beverly, MA) to 39N (Princeton, NJ). Normally about 1:25, it took just over 2 hours due to a direct headwind of 30mph+. The turbulence was also quite bad so I had pulled the power back a bit too. Had the seatbelt so tight yet still managed smacking my head off the ceiling, knocking headset off and hurting my neck. Today's first flight was a short one from 39N to KMIV (Millville, NJ) to pick up a new puppy and have my own little pilots n paws flight. Flew right over KVAY, where the NJ Mooney lunch was supposed to be today. Did anyone go? I didn't have time as I was on a strict mission from the wife and kids to get the puppy home asap. Solid overcast so had to remain low for the whole trip. KMIV to KBVY (2 hours). Some turbulence but less than yesterday. Pup handled it like a champ. Here he is right before I put him in crate and departed Millville.