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About mccdeuce

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    78 M20J

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  1. Unfortunately there isn’t much AOPA can do. Its a private airport and they did not take FAA funding. (I looked into that when they would not allow me to open a monthly tie down or hangar contract) it is going to be left to the state legislature. I would love the opportunity to help rebuild this airport so I am trying to keep hope.
  2. What do you think of this crazy J??

    @BodyshopDave also I may be willing to sell my J. The Navy has some different plans for me and I don’t want her to sit. So PM me and we can chat. I don’t have the avionics there but I also don’t have that price tag.
  3. What do you think of this crazy J??

    Another item that really stands out to me is the useful load. I have close to 1000# in my 78 J and I like knowing I could put that much in even though I don’t usually. Also as PTK says there is currently noupgrade for the Aspens and the avionics world is not very clear at the moment. There is nothing to say that with Dynon getting their STC that Garmin won’t follow suit with G3 and Aspens will be worth only half their current value. At the end of the day the value the plane is worth is only what you are willing to spend on her.
  4. The university has been trying to close it for quite some time. In fact I believe they actually voted to close it 2005. So they drove away almost all of the base customers. Their effort is to drive people away so they can say it’s not being used therefore why keep it open. On game day/night it’s often hard to find parking - but a lot of those planes don’t buy fuel. So simply saying “hey there’s a small landing fee waived with fuel purchase, all proceeds go back to improving airport infrastructure” - it would go a long way. Alas the university leadership would rather use the space for something else. To me there is a lot of potential to inspire and work with students but non aviators just done see it. Thanks for for those that have signed. I’m not sure there’s much we can do at this point but here is to keeping a positive attitude.
  6. Cirrus pilots...

    I really like the idea of a hangar roomba!
  7. Electronic Ignition

    Hmmm. I have had a completely different experience with mine installed Feb 2017 and I have over a 100 hours on it. My point I have made before if we start with electronic ignition as is and continue to develop we can get better. We need to improve the ignition. Just like we needed to improve from my vacuum powered gyro. Development must go on.
  8. Electronic Ignition

    The FAA first and foremost says there has to be a magneto for certified setups. So there is not currently a setup to build a half mag half electronic ignition. I personally think the electronic ignition is far superior to a magneto and the mentality of "magnetos are reliable because they don't require electricity" has kept aviation engine configuration stalled. But not everyone agrees. And that to me is why we have experimental aircraft and certified aircraft. I just wish there was a way to take a certified airframe and put experimental engine and avionics into it and call it good (for more than a year). I could do some pretty cool stuff with a M20 frame.
  9. Electronic Ignition

    I have an electroair on my J. Previous owner had the engine reman from Lycoming and therefore had the magnetos split. You cannot legally do a Dual Mag electronic ignition on a certified aircraft right now. Pretty much you don't have options unless you are willing to redo he case and split your mag.
  10. Electroair ordered for M20C

    Issue with a few of my friends experimental sites with E-mags is heat. The "all in one" gets quite hot. They have had to pipe fresh air over the system to keep it operating right. Easy for experimental. Not easy for certified. As for OP I really like my electro air.
  11. AGL wide open!!

    I have used AGL twice and plan to drop my Mooney in for Annual again this year. Great people, excellent work and priced fairly.
  12. New Klixon switch covers

    Any movement on this? Broke my strobe cover on my last flight...
  13. Still got this? Broke my strobe rocker on last flight.
  14. The Golden Shower Case for LOP

    I have never been able to get my J setup to run smooth LOP. With both magnetos and with one electric. Bigger issue I have is I seem to get a fuel smell in cockpit when LOP. Which makes no sense to me on why LOP vs ROP would create this smell. I do really like the idea of extended flight with only a few knot loss.
  15. Family pressures?

    I fly all over with my fiancé. She loves it. In fact she hates it when we have to drive now. Her father was nervous for sure when we first started. I am a professional pilot - but I chose much ore conservative numbers for everything to build his confidence as well as mine (while I have 2000 hours total I only had 10 in Mooney when I started). I also recommend removing additional stressors. Thanksgiving is a stressor for them - and you. Get there itis - even if you don't think it does it does. So I recommend you start small. Use the in laws as "flight Plan" filing with lots of short trips. if you have any big trips just give them a call and let them know of some risks you have identified and how you plan to mitigate (that one may sound counter intuitive but knowing that you have thought of these things will help them keep their mind at peace). as for your last question - just because it forecasts cavu in mountains doesn't mean it stays cavu. (Even short mountains can cause weird weather systems) and finally some people may not be familiar with Mooneys. You say they are pilots of old. They may be thinking of some other aircraft that would really struggle to climb as needed above 4000 AGL. it will get better.