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  1. At least at one time, the RG Cessna's were excluded even though BRS didn't make it clear in the marketing materials. I asked a BRS person about this. They explained that since they could not ensure that the gear was down prior to impact (under the chute), they could not meet the G limits. If you have ever seen one of the videos of an aircraft hitting the ground when descending under a chute, it is eye opening. I've heard people say that it is not something you are going to want to repeat. At least up until recently I think, fixed gear was a required part of the force absorption at impact. The Cirrus Vision Jet has retractable gear and a parachute. I assume (but am just guessing) that the systems can ensure that the gear is extended when the parachute is deployed. I guess Mooney could do the same thing with a new design including the chute?
  2. That's great news! I am on the schedule with Pacific Coast Avionics for an install starting in October. Will be interested to hear any Pireps from folks who get installs done earlier in their J.
  3. Fingers crossed, I get my GFC500 installed in October. As you say this is an impressive upgrade in the meantime!
  4. I wanted to report on my early experience with the G5 HSI working with my legacy KFC-150. The backstory is that I am signed up with Pacific Coast Avionics to do a GFC-500 install with 2 G5s but that's not scheduled until October (too many ADS-B installs I guess)! Anyway earlier this year my old HSI started to die and I appealed to PCA. They offered to squeeze me in for the G5 HSI now ... so I wouldn't need to spend money on a legacy HSI that I would only use for a a few months. I've only had a couple of flights so far but I have been really impressed. The G5 and KFC-150 seem to play very well together. The G5's GPSS (GPS Steering) is a great bonus. It flies hold entries and holds. I've done about 6 practice approaches (ILS and RNAV) now. The first ones involved a couple of "learnings" but the later approaches were very smooth. I'm looking forward to the full setup later in the year but this is not bad.
  5. Skip - I had good experiences with Executive Autopilots at KSAC with a similar problem. I'm also in Seattle. It's not easy to keep these King autopilots alive but I think Executive gave me a little extra time with my KFC150. I am booked in to Pacific Coast Avionics in Oct to get a Garmin GFC500. Trevor
  6. The gascolator on my '92 M20J MSE doesn't work that way. I need to pull the ring on a cabin floor to get it to drain.
  7. I made this adjustable height stand out of scrap PVC pipe. It holds a GATS type sampler under the gascolator so you can pull the ring single handed.
  8. ++ on Autopilots Central. I have had my KFC150 down there a couple of times without the whole plane needing to be there. There don't seem to be many remaining places in the US (or the world!) that can still service this equipment!
  9. Another work around is to have traffic on Garmin Pilot (and perhaps other apps?) on a tablet. The GTX345 can connect to the tablet via Bluetooth and works well. I know its not the installed solution you are after though.
  10. A shop I am talking to about a quote got the following update from Garmin yesterday "Mooney M20M/R/S (Long body) may be complete before the EOY, but M20F/G/J/K (medium body) is scheduled for completion in Q1"
  11. I got the same mailer. Coincidentally I got a quote this week from a major west coast shop for a GFC500 install but they are scheduling out new starts to Aug 2019. Due to ADS-B backlog ... I'll ask them their view on the $500 discount.
  12. ++ on Bruce's. I've bought a couple of covers and accessories from them. They have always been very easy to work with and very attentive to ensuring good fit for the covers.
  13. That's great news. My KFC150 is now working well but after all the time and $$ put into keeping it going, it feels it could finally go up in a puff of smoke at any minute. 81X and JetLag, can you give us a pirep on the G5 setup (and any other new avionics) you are getting?