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About blakealbers

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  • Birthday 03/08/1990

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    Flying, Cattle and Futures Markets
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    M20M Bravo

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  1. I think I’m in a weird camp on this cooking and descent topic. I reduce power slowly and throw the speed brakes but but that’s just because that’s how I enjoy flying the airplane, the inch a minute is more of a relaxing tick to get ready for the business end of the flight more so than a religious belief in shock cooling. I am unlike @gsxpilot as I do sit there and let the prop spin on the ramp for a few minutes....not because of anything anyone taught me flying but Our heavy diesel Cat Pay loaders on the farm will leave the engine run even after removing key if the turbo is hot. I figure if some engineer at Cat thinks it might help I can stare awkwardly at the ramp guy for a minute and a half. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. Just in case any of you wanted to feel better about your experiences. My aircraft is STILL down @ Silverhawk at KLNK until at least next Tuesday’s made it home for one night since the end of February. What a nightmare, pretty sure they can build a Mooney faster. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Ok, flew today KI256 back in place... now LH alt light on, probably a separate issue but yet another squawk they “fixed” With new voltage regulator that was not an issue when I dropped the plane off (in February)...but I digress. KFC150 tracked GPSS, caught preselected altitudes so they didn’t break that functionality and we gained GPSS...and the airplane didn’t try to do a barrel roll when we clicked the auto pilot on this time which was a win compared to our last flight. Now Approach mode doesn’t work. Tracking RNAV 32 in @ KLNK in. Switched from heading to approach mode after established and plane just drifted left of course every time we tried. No vertical tracking either. GPSS was switched off. Any thoughts appreciated. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. Kind of my thoughts, especially considering the downtime and rudeness. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. 29k with LED lights they said were necessary to pass EMI standards for new magnetometer Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Silverhawk @ LNK, they are a garmin dealer. Lots of bad stories lately. I actually thought I had spent a decent amount of time on here and I just kept reading flight director and lack there of on the G5 so when they said they could do it I assumed that we were just losing the command bars, not autopilot functionality. But yes, should have done more due diligence. Certainly won’t happen again Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. Hey folks, hope no one has any advice on how to handle this because I hope none of you have gone through it. Airplane has been down since February, went in for a landing light switch and came out with a nightmare. Should have thrown a red flag when they charged $550 in labor for the landing light switch install. They offered to move up my shop date for ADSB install GTX345 and I took them up on it. On the flight down my old king digital HSI was blurring in and out of focus. I figured I would do the g5 with GadB and magnetometer as a stepping stone to doing the G500 Txi down the road and I could have more confidence in pursuing instrument rating without wondering when the old digital HSI was going to blink out of existence. They seemed to think this was a non issue and alotted for about a week for the initial install. They then quoted me with dual G5’s to replace the KI 256 and I took them up on it, which was unfortunate since had I spent another 10 minutes on the forum I may have discovered on my own that this wasn’t going to work. They proceeded to promise week after week the airplane would be done. Finally we go for a test flight yesterday (long awaited since I landed in February) Of corse most of you probably already have guessed, the KFC150 needs the KI256. So now I don’t have an autopilot that functions. They have offered to eat the labor on putting the old unit back in and buying the G5 back (Which I cant believe even needed said) But where do we go from here? They get it back functioning but all of this has been borderline criminal with the lack of knowledge of anything except how to make a big bill get bigger. I’ve already paid $8200 which would be half of the parts only with ADSB equipment and HSI . Any advice on how to handle the bill appreciated Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. That brings me to next question, what power settings are you running as you enter and y approach Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Where at in Florida ? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hello all, been trying to get my instrument rating for quite some time. Lost our 182 RG in a tornado @ KLCG, and the years following that either life or equipment got in the way. Anyone know a Mooney specific CFII that is a reasonable distance from me that I could link up with to try and finish up...I meet all requirements it’s a proficiency and comfort thing. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Fuel drain in cockpit could be weeping. I noticed slight stain years ago but didn’t seem to bother couldn’t find any actual leak. Finally last week I saw fuel welling up right next to the pull tab. Flew no further had it fixed at the shop where I landed. Reseal kit on gascolater, flew home today and realized my plane smelled weird, or rather that I have been smelling fumes a lot longer than I thought! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Thanks for the reply! If all goes well I might take suggestions for other locations....always looking for more reasons to use the mooney [emoji6] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Hello Gentlemen, My passions are Mooney's and Great Beef! I'm always trying to combine my obsessions. My family and I are launching a beef brand, cattle sourced from our farm, hand cut at a family owned processor. I'm wondering what would the interest be in a fly in at KLCG (cheap fuel and common stop for oshkosh traffic) or KMLE (Omaha). Not looking to sell anything just wanna talk Mooney's and Feed ya some good beef. Exposure and a few pics of some good looking planes would be excellent. Let me know if there is interest out there! Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. I routinely fly VFR from KLCG to KOLV which is about 540 nm VFR only but got to canceling too many flights. Working on IFR now. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. What do you all like using for power settings in the approach Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk