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  1. Eraaen

    How to install LED Strobes?

    Bryan, in a earlier quote you said this was "unshielded" is that correct? wouldn't it need to be a shielded line in order to prevent pulse interference with the radios? Maybe its so low power as a sync wire it doesn't
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    New Rocket Owner

    Triplets. Antares, I sat here staring at your plane attempting to figure out what that big "antenna" was on the top of your plane. I'm a little slow.
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    Ft Lauderdale trip

    I missed this before.. but, we go down all the time. Our youngest Daughter is attending Nova Southeastern. KHWO (North Perry) Hollywood aviation. Technically, there is a Tie Down Fee at Hollywood Aviation, right by the tower. But, Helga who is always there, can have a car waiting (any rental) will give you the after hours gate code. The self fuel tank is one of the cheapest in the state if you pay inside (the trick). She normally waives or deeply discounts the tie down of $25 per night. My only problem is that NO ONE on that field will do Oxy refills. I've found a couple airboat guys at another airport (?? FXE maybe) that can do it. But, it's expensive and they are never able to fill completely. Bring your own adaptor if you need it.
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    First Year Cost of Ownership

    I've spent a lot of money on big ticket purchases in my life. But, this is exactly why purchasing an aircraft was the MOST nerve wrenching purchase I have ever made. Up till my current aircraft I had only leased or been a silent member who just wrote checks. During thepre-buy that turned into an annual we only found a few things. Pito Tube was all rusted, clogged. And the turbo wastegate was leaking and needed to be overhauled. The owner and I split it. All was good until the Turbo was found cracked at first oil change (might have been that way all along and we just missed it on first attempt) Over the next 4 years: In no particular order, Mags, Plugs/wires, fuel pump, fuel controller, tach cable, cowl cable, brake lines/pads, tires (2) I think I had a bad right brake, kept flat spotting (or yes I could have had a heavy foot) Batteries, rebuilt compass, re--setting the pot for the ammeter low light on dash. Electrical short through the front cowl that kept popping the landing lights breaker. New landing lights, two new landing light covers. found alt air door stuck open and repaired the whole airbox. replaced cable for oxy cyl, replaced gauge for oxy. I have never kept a spread sheet (I don't want my wife to find it, as far as she knows, it's all gas!!) me writing it all down is scary enough and I know I haven't even got to the big stuff yet. The GPS database upgrades were one of my biggest shocks for ownership/sounds silly now. But, I spent more than I originally intended, hoping I wouldn't get caught up in attempting to "upgrade into" my plane. That worked out for me, the only thing I'm "planning on" is to upgrade the transponder to a GTX345 and flight stream 210 combo.. I just keep looking for more alternatives and waiting to see if the prices come down before the deadline.
  5. I've only had this problem in extreme cold temps at high altitude. It's only happened twice, and I mean COLD, and at 23/24k. Both times, if I just held/steadied the yolk the problem disappeared. I wrote it off to extreme cold air effecting the auto pilot combined with thin air. But, I'd love to hear if this is something else I need to be concerned about.
  6. I've purchased two. The first I purchased disintegrated on the second flight. The second one I purchased was WAY better quality. I just looked up my records. I purchased the whole package. LED Landing and Taxi lights along with the part number GLA2414 from the lens was $245.48 (I know, ouch) but fit like a glove and came with sticker to make it legal. The first one came with a warning saying.. well you know.. it's not legal.... don't tell anybody sort of thing. I can't remember who I got the first one from. GLAP does not ring a bell. Might have been LP Aero.. but, I can't be sure.
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    Lawn mower tow

    I bought a cheap Chinese 125cc kids 4 wheel ATV, electric start, reverse. I immediately smoked the first clutch. Then I had a monster rear sprocket made for it. Now I can tow it as far and as fast as I am comfortable with. I posted a link in here a while ago but, now I can't seem to find it.
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    Got my renewal insurance quote today...

    Similar exp. 1100tt 700'ish retract. IFR. 1,000,000/100,00 each. $5k med per person. 135K hull. 0 Deduct. No claims. Last 5 yrs it been creeping up approx. $100 per year. This year jumped almost $300 to $1,966 and that was switching to Old Republic from Star. They were another $100 higher yet.. the only benefit they had was less restrictions on hours/qualifications for "other pilots" nobody else fly's my plane anyway. I gasped, and asked the broker what was going on (I'm of the same thought that the more experience I get in the plane, the cheaper the insurance should be) She mentioned that the underwriters pretty much socked it to all retractables over the last few years. I hadn't thought of it at the time, but I keep $5k deductibles on all of my other vehicles. Does anyone have any experience with putting a larger deductible in place on aircraft? Might be a dumb idea.. a simple ding could cost thousands anyway.
  9. Eraaen

    ipad mini

    I was not familiar with avare until this string.. but it doesn't look like it will run plates and procedures. I'm still running Mini 3 with foreflight. As long as Apple will support downloads and Foreflight keeps adding all the cool stuff they do. I think I'll stick with my set up. I can't even justify moving to a Mini 4 (unless there is something I don't know?)??
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    I'm not sure who to believe

    Clarence. I was just looking at this schematic yesterday with the guys at the shop. So, what happened is, the Aneroid Adjustment as it is pictured, controls the high pressure. The locking nut doesn't actually thread onto the screw as I imagined. It threads into the housing. In my case, the replacement housing threads were jacked. It felt like it tightened, but wasn't going in far enough. It was loose enough that the adjustment screw could still be turned by hand. That's the issue that wasn't caught the first time.
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    I'm not sure who to believe

    From my understanding, it was the high pressure screw. As described to me, this screw screws out to increase pressure (contrary to my common sense anyway) and then a lock nut tightens in to hold it in place. (I haven't actually seen it) To me it sounds like the "screw" threads must be messed up. But, the company who rebuilt it says it's a problem with the housing and it's already been sent back. I am not an expert on Rocket conversions, I just like to go fast. It is my understanding that these are 340/414 engines that have been detuned to 305HP vs what I think are normally 310HP. It's turbo'd, book says 32-33 gph at full power.
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    I'm not sure who to believe

    Honestly, I have no idea, these same group of guys have been wrenching for me since I purchased. Over time, we have found our sources. But, now that I know there is a "latest pump configuration" I'll be sure to ask.. thank you!!
  13. I have owned my 80 231K/Rocket for about 5 years now. I have NEVER seen Fuel Flows at the level they should be. Maxed out around 27gph on full power. I have mentioned this every oil change/annual. I was always told it was within specs. Well, the last few flights it never came above 23gph. I mentioned this again. Time to send fuel pump out (fine) a new/rebuilt one comes back. Now fuel controller is dumping gas. It goes out (fine). All put back together and log notes state totalizer is showing 5GPH high. I scratch my head.. NO WAY. It's been spot on for 5 years (even had a conversation about it with maint. manager) I was shown the certified gauge they used to set it up. He says, "keep an eye on it and let me know." I decide it's best for me to go solo on this one. I enter the runway and slowly push up the manifold pressure.. the fuel flow keeps climbing and climbing at gets to around 39gph. (they did say it was showing 5 gph high) But, I am hauling A** and by this point very far behind the aircraft and decide its time to stop watching and start flying. Well, I'm well down the runway and moving fast, so when I rotate I blast off!! and that's when the motor just went BLAAAAHH. I made the immediate decision that I was not ending up on the other side of the fence. In one swoop I had pulled the power, put out airbrakes, and put the plane into one of the wildest slips you would ever see this close to the ground, while at the same time dropping flaps. I hit the ground just as I rolled out of the slip. Had to commit to another decision. If I went off the end of the runway, into the grass/downhill, I'd loose all braking force and still be in the fence. So I got as far to the right as possible and cut the left corner off the runway with tires screaming. I fully expected to hear metal crunching as wing hit or gear collapsed. I got it stopped in the staging area. Then realized the motor was running fine. So, obviously. My gauge is fine and I totally flooded the motor on takeoff. After some extremely direct "conversation" with the Maint. Manager. He offered to purchase a new gauge and look at it. Just got a phone call. The rebuilt core housing is bad and wont let the set screw hold the adjustment screw in place. So, it was backing out and increasing the pressure. They had it set correctly in the hanger but, when they buttoned everything up and did a final run the totalizer showed 5 high, because.. it was after the adjuster backed out. I'm not really sure what the moral of this story is. It should NEVER have left the rebuild company like this. My guys SHOULD have caught the problem. I SHOULD have insisted on more follow through/testing before attempting to fly. Just sharing a story, because it was scary.
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    M20k rear bench seat

    My 1980 231k looks likes bolts.. they are, but they are into "J" hooks that swivel up to the side. Instead of needing to completely remove them, its just a loosen and spin up. I have two seat cushions that are Velcro'd down. they come up easily enough. But, I also unclick the seatbelts because they might damage the rear when folded down. Also the rear seat is held in on the bottom by a round .(???). thing on either side that slides into a track making removal real easy.. However, a total pain in the A** to slide back in. I stopped removing it and just fold it down when needed.
  15. According to Don Maxwell these are 130285-003 and about $43 each from mooney.