Diesel 10

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  1. Diesel 10

    Catching fuel from gascolator drain

    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.
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    Catching fuel from gascolator drain

    Ha ... picture taken in Seattle.
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    Catching fuel from gascolator drain

    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.
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    KAP150 Autopilot/servo repair

    ++ 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!
  5. 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.
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    GFC500 Update

    Sorry, no.
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    GFC500 Update

    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"
  8. 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.
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    M20J all-weather covers

    ++ 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.
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    GFC500 Update

    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?
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    Pacific NW BBQ Saturday 8/18

    I hope this went well today! Sadly M20J is still in the shop getting a new engine. Hopefully it will be complete soon. I look forward to joining the next one. I have done a few formation clinics with Cessnas2Oshkosh in the past and really enjoyed it. Looking forward to doing it in the Mooney. Trevor
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    A friend has an SR22 at a BFI hangar and is paying $980/month all in. This is more typical of what I've heard from others. $1500 seems high but perhaps there are some. Of course either is expensive. Tie downs range from $125-250 depending on location. Putting cost aside, I would give BFI consideration. It is hugely convenient if you are living in Seattle and don't forget that Seattle road traffic can really ruin your plans sometimes. I've been at BFI for about 10 years. I know some have the view that it is not GA friendly but I haven't experienced that. There is some GA training and it is certainly busy but I can't think of a single bad experience I've had with the controllers there. I live in North Seattle near the UW. If I wasn't at BFI, I would probably be at PAE. Less convenient but definitely cheaper. Let us know if there is anything else we can help with you settling into the PNW Aviation community. If you happen to be on FB, there is a huge GA group called FATPNW (Flights Above the Pacific North West) that is very social and organizes a lot of events. Trevor
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    Mooney down in Washington

    So sad and very close to home. KBLI is very popular destination for Pacific Northwest pilots. The mountain is very visible in the day but certainly is a real risk for CFIT at night. One the the reports had ATC saying that the pilot said "the plane was going down". At first reading I thought this meant there was an engine problem but I wonder if it just meant that the pilot was on descent into KBLI? RIP
  14. This was announced a couple of weeks ago so apologies if this was mentioned already. I'm excited to see that Garmin has at least said that Mooney is on the Certification list. As an owner struggling to keep my KFC150 alive, this is good news. https://buy.garmin.com/en-US/US/p/604257#additional GFC 500 Certification Programs Planned to Begin in the Next 12-months: (Not currently under development and subject to change.) Beechcraft Bonanza/Debonair Models: C33, C33A, E33, E33A, E33C, F33, F33A, F33C, G33 Cessna 210 Models: 210L, T210L, 210M, T210M, 210N, T210N Mooney M20 Models: To be determined Piper PA-32 Model: 301T
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    Suggestions/Thoughts on Mooney Purchase

    It does look nice. As Robert says, there will be a new engine/overhaul in your future. So think of it as a $100-$110k plane (it would be good to put $30k or so mentally or really in a separate account when you make the purchase!). It might be worth looking around to see what you could buy for that amount just to make sure it still feels like a good deal. Good to see that it has a 430 and an Stec ap (which model?). I assume that means the owner replaced whatever was in there before. This likely avoids an expensive repair you might have had to make ... I can tell you why I know this ;-). Trevor