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  1. Great photos and explanation of what and how you are doing this. Just an aside, I have an unheated hangar with drafty doors and no insulation. I found it economical to use a "Salamander" kerosene heater. It is an old one without a thermostat, so I found a separate thermostat to plug into it. Only run it for the 3 or 4 hours every few days I am at the hanger. I buy Jet-A from the airport "for cleaning parts". When it is the right line guy, he just gives me "sump" fuel for free. I have a Blue 5 gal tank at the hanger. Taking the chill off makes such a difference when working on stubborn
  2. Thanks Eric, When I do install it, I'll go poking around but I want to hear from Avidyne first so I reduce the likelihood that I fry the unit when I first power it up. I do think it is a case of electronic infant mortality since it has under 40 hours on it, but they should be able to shed some light on this for me.
  3. Update: I now have both the Audio Panel and IFD550 back. The audio panel was returned from my "new" avionics shop after they ran some tests on it and said it was good to go, and the IFD came back from Avidyne a few days ago. I am doing a deep dive into the wiring under my panel to look for chaffing or loose wires, anything that could cause a problem with ship voltage. I have also put in a request to Avidyne to give me a report as to what they found as the problem. I don't want to just stick the equipment back in the trays and hope for the best, even though my new avionics dude told me to d
  4. Update: Per my last update around 8/6/20, I did call Avidyne the next day and connected with someone on the first attempt. I explained my problem, the status of my IFD and audio panel and what I had been told by my avionics dealer. I received calls throughout the day from 3 people. Each assured me this was not normal, and that they would help me get this resolved. They assured me that my equipment WAS covered under warranty and that it should be sent to them on a RMA. This was all accomplished in a single day. I decided that I no longer wanted my original dealer involved going forward.
  5. No time to press the Enter button, the video is in real time not compressed. The unit and audio panel was pulled by the avionics shop tech when he stopped by and is at his shop now. He has been trying to reformat with Avidyne's email support. He has told me that Avidyne is not answering their phone and that is why the email back and forth. I called Avidyne yesterday and got right through. Avidyne says it is covered under warranty and wants me to return the hardware to them for repair. I will be going to FWA tomorrow to pick it all up and send to Avidyne. -mark
  6. I spoke with the avionics installer today. He said he was having a tough time getting anyone at Avidyne to answer the phone, but that he had 5 email exchanges with them. They told him not to send the unit to them at this time and that he was being couched via email to reformat and reinstall firmware, but without any success. I plan to try a call to Avidyne support tomorrow. My experience with my avionics shop has not been very good, with the original install/ panel build quoted at 2 weeks, then being told it would be 4 weeks when I dropped the plane off. The actual time was 5 months, and m
  7. Update: Sort of??? The tech manager from the avionics shop that installed my IFD and did a complete new panel for me is located only 40 miles away. He had an appointment with another customer scheduled near by and stopped on his way back to his shop. I was out of town visiting my daughter who has been self isolated, and he had told me Not to pull the IFD out to bring over to him for a bench test because it acted differently if the engine was running or not. He said he really thought it was a power issue in the avionics buss. I got home late Thursday, two days after he stopped by. I calle
  8. Hi guys, Here is an update. My M20E is down for annual so I can't take it to the avionics shop that did the install. They have someone already scheduled for a visit to a nearby airport next Tuesday, and he is going to then come down to look at my problem. Unfortunately I am out of town for a few days to visit my self isolated daughter so I will not be there to ask questions and watch. Overall, I am very happy with the IFD550 and would choose it again over the Garmin. My only issue is that my Stec 60-2 doesn't work well with it, and that is very frustrating. I'd like to yank the Stec
  9. A couple years ago I installed an Avidyne IFD550 and an overall panel upgrade. I have been very happy with the IFD550, although I have only used it for VFR since I have never gotten it to work correctly with the Stec 60-2 AutoPilot. That's another subject we can discuss some time. My problem now is that the IFD has simply failed. I have attached two short videos. I last flew the plane on 5/29/2020 since my annual expired at the end of May, but I go out every couple weeks and run the engine for about 15 to 20 minutes. I have delayed starting on my annual because my long time AP had a stro
  10. Aryan, just got to check my email and so I sent you all the docs I used. Best of luck, -mark
  11. Hi, if you can send me your email address, I can forward to you all the docs I used to order my EDM 900 just over a year ago. I have a 1964 M20E S/N 143. I love the JPI monitor. One of the best investments I ever made in aviation. I have a RayJay Turbo and can provide that documentation also, which they needed in my case. My email is markfox942@gmail.com Let me know if I can help, -mark
  12. You said "The 3100 would be nice" with emphasis on "would" correct. As far as I know the 3100 is not yet approved for our Mooney's at least not the "E" and the reps at Airventure 2019 told me that they had pushed Mooney down on the list. I have a Stec 60-2 that I know I would be very happy with if I could find an avionics shop that was actually willing to work on it's quirks, and not just go through the motions and tell me all is working perfectly while handing me another bill for two or three AMUs. It's happened to me 3 times now, and I just use it as is. I have a new panel with a IFD 55
  13. I bought an "E" 3 years ago, having never sat in a Mooney in my life. I had owned two airplanes earlier in my life (a Cherokee 140 and then a Beech Sundowner). The Mooney is nothing like these planes. I feel like I am "One with with my Mooney" not just a passenger in the plane. I bought it as a Project plane. I have spent twice as much on it, as I did to buy it. I love working on it, and it is my retirement project. I was a workaholic and my wife insisted that I have something to focus on when I actually retired. Even though it is an expensive "Hobby", it is also so interesting to lea
  14. Hello Gentlemen, I know I was the one that drove this thread off on a tangent about flight aerodynamics when I mentioned that my E's slow flight characteristics made me queasy, with regard to in-flight calibration of my newly installed AOA. I think the discussion taking place is a very important topic and I would love to follow along as more information, opinions and hopefully data are shared with us all. I would suggest Ron, that you start a new thread with a title of something like "Mooney Flight Characteristics" or just "Aerodynamics of a Mooney" or something logical, so that it is e
  15. Thanks for the feedback on Mooney stalls. I am always looking for ways to learn about my plane, and how to be a better and safer pilot. So, I for one, would love to attend an Oshkosh Mooney aerodynamics presentation. I'm an engineer so I love "Data" to go with opinion. I will go out and try playing with the Rudder more during slow flight. The ailerons just don't seem to have much authority. -mark
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