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  1. One 100lb German Shepard and one 50lb chow. Usually fly 12k-14kft.....sleepy sleepy for the dogs but anything over 14 we will put their doggy O2 masks which are avail at airox. Average flight is about 4.5 My rear seats are pulled and I have the baggage compartment sectioned off. Put a yoga mat down with one or two large dog beds and they will live it In the summer at lower altitude they might get a little curious so always try and find smooth air usually in the teens. I expect a LOT of fun greetings when you park at the FBO.
  2. Hah! I guess I did. It was late last night. Apologies to the group Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Since we are having a fuel discussion I thought I’d also throw this out to the group as a fun flight activity next time your out.....most of you might already do this especially if you learned to fly back in the day before JPI’s and when fuel totalizers were sh*te.....I.e. the Tomcat.... i still push my wrist stop watch and cockpit timer before engine turn over....I know what start, taxi, takeoff and climb fuel should be to the mid-teens based off pre-flight calculations and just knowing my airplane. I also know what my fuel flow usually is based on MAP, RPM, TIT and CHT’s. So every half hour through a 4 to 5 hour flight when I switch tanks I do a mental calculation and add up where I think I should be for total fuel burn based on time of flight and subtract it from my 75gal useable. Then I take a look at the JPI and see how far off my mental calculation is from the JPI......just makes me feel better knowing if my gauges froze (or started swinging and were unreliable) and my JPI started acting up I still would have a pretty solid assumption of what my fuel state is. Plus the more you practice the more confident you’ll be if the situation ever occurred. Also makes me feel better not being dependent on technology.....kind of back to the days of clock to chart to ground/VOR. Maybe having experienced a total electrical failure in the middle of the Pacific has something to do with it also.... The last exercise is to also mentally calculate your total flight fuel burn (I usually do this during my turbo cool down) and see how it compares to the total fuel at the fuel pump when you top off......
  4. As Carusaom stated, check your connections inside the cockpit along the passenger side lower bulkhead. I had the same issue with my left wing. I pulled the connector and ground, cleaned with electrical cleaner and small wire brush and that fixed the issue. The JPI is great but remember the “total” isn’t the actual measured total in the wing rather the measured total based off your fuel burn and initial pilot totalizer setting. Plus your connection may result in the fuel total gauge swinging from full to empty and setting off your fuel low red light. Annoying and disturbing in flight and one should never get in a habit of flying with a red caution light as a normal practice .......just my two cents.....
  5. Tom, i am going to attempt to repair and replace all my plastic and carpet as well this February. Do you mind PM’ing me with how and what materials you used? Not to hijack this thread so to answer your question I am heading to the hanger this evening and will take some pics for you.
  6. Oh boy....these discussions are always fun to watch..... your mission definitely supports a J. I use my K for both J and K type flying. My original missions are for 600+ miles and enjoy flying in the high teens and don’t mind oxygen. If you think you might in the future start becoming a cross country Mooniac and experience some adventures outside 400+ miles then you would be happier with the K.
  7. Im with @kortopates ......but it sure is fun to hypothesize.......
  8. Hah! That was my initial thought or something like it.....but I’m thinking the state police needed more flight time in the 90’s and @jose hadn’t come out with his STC yet.
  9. Hmm, I’m guessing state police mod for extra loiter time.......anybody else? No logbook entry in the 90’s? I may have missed it but did you look under other wing? I bet there is another. I’m guessing they are two to three gallons approx time 20-30 minutes extra flight gravity fed with external pressure......pretty slick though......and before Jose’s fuel tank mod if it was in the 90’
  10. Hmmmm, only because I’ve been on the limited DOD enforcement side of things and have observed “weird” encounters I will ask this question .....uhh history of plane? Southwest plane, Florida? does look like a hanger elf fuel mod though....and you may have the makings of your own patent.....
  11. Pete, I pm’d you with a generic 231 manual. I also have a 262 (231 with MB 252 firewall forward). When he gets his plane host POH will have a couple pages for the STC. Basically it will have an updated performance chart and of course weight and balance . There should be an updated performance chart on the visor as well. I also attached an old version of the Mooney pilot proficiency manual. It’s a great source. I would especially look at the 252 operating section and the “Flying the numbers” for the 252.
  12. LAZAR.....always......that’s if someone here doesn’t have an extra on hand....... sorry about the mishap though......stinks going out for a quick attitude adjustment flight and then bam!....F!......especially up north in few and far between
  13. Wow! I thought “ehhh my Aspen is good enough as is”. But REALLY like the upgrade display quality. Also thought I could always get by without synthetic vision but jealous of that velocity vector. As an aside I did the stratus ADS-B solution with 3i to iPad for weather and ads-b in. Really happy with it and don’t feel like I am missing out not having it in an MFD. Being able to zoom into traffic, use the distance tool and selecting target off the iPad is nice.......BUT that is nice display on the upgrade!
  14. I can second SPG. Also Venice has great walking and sitting in marina restaurants. In addition Ft Lauderdale Exec has a great on site restaurant for breakfast. If your there stop in say hi to Edison (Wetwingologists) and it’s also the home of one of my Mooney hero’s Jose Monroy........
  15. Not sure what year J you have but you most probably have vacuum. Take out speed brake box and clear out lines. There is an SB for the speed brakes that suggest servicing at each annual.