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  1. I thought a pair of G5's could drive a KFC or KAP 150 since Garmin's introduction of the GAD 29B. It's an old article but there are several avionics shops that advertises a G5, GMU 11, and GAD 29B DG/HSI combo that supports many third party autopilots. BK's KAP/KFC 150 autopilots are on the list. What am I missing?
  2. Let me know when listed. Maybe you'll get a sell. I'm specifically interested in the flight computer, as mine was repaired not too long ago but is still a little buggy.
  3. @Shawn26, What are you doing with the KAP-150 once removed? I might be interested in some of the components.
  4. Replaced my Turn Coordinator with one G5. Do you have your Turn Coordinator running an autopilot? If not, I don't see why you can't remove it.
  5. Short answer is yes it can be installed but you need an A&P to sign it off and make a log book entry, as tools are required. You may be able to install it under an A&P's supervision if you can find one willing.
  6. I have the 11" 512MB iPad Pro cellular version and it sits on the yoke via a magnet mount. The iPad is primarily used in my flight bag but I use it for considerably more than that, hence the pro version. I don't have the iPad on a cellular plan but the cellular version comes with a GPS sensor, which comes in helpful. I use my Verizon Galaxy S105g Android phone as a hotspot and run Avare on it, so I have the best of both worlds with a completely independent flight chart backup that is 100% FREE. With Verizon, I've never been without connectivity and that includes hotspot services. My J has a Flight Stream 510 and GTX345, so database concierge works to keep the GTN610 up to date and I have traffic and weather on my yoke, which is very informative. With my old eyes, I would have a tough time using smaller devices.
  7. @Vance Harral, great conversation starter. I fuel my J and continually find myself carefully putting my fuel caps on the wing next to the hole, which I am sure is damaging paint on the wing and cap. Off-topic but I stumbled onto a post regarding protecting wings during annual with carpet. That prompted me to buy several 9' carpet runners to place on each wing and elevator during annual to keep tools, screws, and other annual related items in a convenient location while protecting the paint. Back on topic, my first thoughts after reading your first post was about using grill mats-- as this. I have smaller mats at home and they are thin, temperature stable and resilient to grease. They are light, easy to clean and roll up for easy storage. Thanks to @carusoam, I'll have to investigate the grill mats electrical and fuel absorption properties but they sure look like an electrical insulator to me. @gsxrpilot and @MooneyMitch, nice pictures of products you find valuable. Wouldn't rotating your mats 180° also help with spillage? It's been my accidental over exuberance in getting every last drop in the tank that I've observed that fuel flows towards the tail when the tank is overfilled.
  8. Although you are looking for pre-J's, don't count out the J or K. I was looking at F's before I adhered to advice to go after the most plane I could afford, that meets my mission. My mission is less than 300NM, 1 soul, fast... occasional 2 maybe 3 souls greater than 500NM... which led me to my J. Happy to demo, although the plane is configured for two and may be a touch dirty. Paul @kortopates mentioned an F is not too far away from a J and can even come close with speed mods, so a demo will show you what an F would look/feel like on the ground. The difference would be speed mod related and you could start from a J demo. Currently I'm tied down at French Valley--F70--which is closed until Thursday for runway improvements, hence the dirtiness. I'm planning on a flight to and from Gillespie Field--KSEE--on Friday and can stop in KCRQ on the way back if y'all are interested. Send me a PM to coordinate and let me know if I need to put a back seat in to accommodate three. Also, don't freak out if I show up with a face mask, rubber gloves and a grip of sanitizer.
  9. How about sharing links to those studies, so the pro's can digest the content... The good thing about academia, is that studies are submitted for peer review. If they survive that, they can be pretty much taken as fact even though the research may be funded by an undesirable source, just like JHU was easily dismissed earlier in this lively discussion.
  10. Great Idea @Ross Taylor. Why not take pictures while you are probing the voids of M20E inner-space... It's also a great tool to take pictures of valves when the spark plugs are out. Better than an compression test from what I've been told. Have fun, Jon
  11. Today 57557 had to come out of its hangar quarantine because its pilot is quarantined at home close to French Valley Airport (F70). She will have to endure the harsh outdoor elements but at least she can count on more frequent love and attention in the form of operation. She is comforted in the fact that she has her own spot, is 6' apart from other aviation contaminated souls, and is wearing a custom fitted mask.
  12. Hmm. Some of @PT20J's sources are media but most aren't. Leaving out CNN and Wired as media sources, why are you discounting other sources of information? Snopes - When misinformation obscures the truth and readers don’t know what to trust,’s fact checking and original, investigative reporting lights the way to evidence-based and contextualized analysis. We always document our sources so readers are empowered to do independent research and make up their own minds. Johns Hopkins University - “The encouragement of research . . . and the advancement of individual scholars, who by their excellence will advance the sciences they pursue, and the society where they dwell.” - Center for Disease Control - The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) serves as the national focus for developing and applying disease prevention and control, environmental health, and health promotion and health education activities designed to improve the health of the people of the United States. SSRN Journal - is devoted to the rapid worldwide dissemination of research and is composed of a number of specialized research networks. The data is out there, one just has to look for it.
  13. +1 - Holds my 11" iPad Pro well in portrait mode. I do have to remove the iPad from its case but that takes less than 10 seconds.
  14. What avionics does your 252 have? Garmin? Avidyne? That may help steer the conversation. As others have mentioned Garmin Pilot works great with Garmin but not so much with other products other than ForeFlight. +1 on the quote above from Amelia. I also got back into flying after a long hiatus and used Avare for FREE using a cheap Android tablet that I bought for $128 at Costco. I subsequently purchased my J that had a GTN-650. I tried both ForeFlight and Garmin Pilot via free trials on an iPad and they were both good but were not as intuitive in my opinion as Avare, so I went back to Avare. I am now flying behind Garmin Pilot--I personally find it more intuitive than FF--on an iPad Pro because I now have a FlightStream 510 and GTX-345 for flight plan transfer, database concierge, traffic and weather; all slick features and account for a tremendous amount of SA and capability on the yoke. I can push flight plan updates from either the 650 or iPad. In turbulence, I can pull the iPad off the yoke, modify the flight plan and push it back to the 650. From what I understand, both GP and FF can do this with Garmin avionics. I've heard that Avidyne works with both apps as well but I have no experience with an IFD navigator or Aspen PFD/MFD. BTW, I still fly with Avare as a backup on my Android phone and tablet. Avare is free except for the cost of a device and also has geo-referenced taxi diagrams and approach plates, which FF and GP will up charge for. My four year old 9" Android tablet running Avare is a great backup and it's more than paid for itself in FF and GP upgrades for geo-referenced plates and diagrams. Just my 2¢
  15. Good article @Eight8Victor, I can say this... What is one's sanity worth! I live in La Mesa, CA and my wife resides in Winchester CA. We don't cohabitate because of work, commute times, and retirement plans. It's 77SM door to door. On average it's well over two hours of stressful SOCAL driving. Going north it is consistently over two and a half hours of sitting in traffic. Flying is so much more relaxing. When I start the commute north via Mooney travel, it's--a stress induced--45 minutes to the J from work, which is the same as my drive home. It is 5-20 minutes from preflight to liftoff. My average wheels up to down is 24 minutes. It takes us 10 minutes to button up the J and travel to her residence, for an average of 98 to 110 minutes of Mooney travel. With my fuzzy math I save between 40 to 50 minutes of time but I also save my/our sanity. Her commute is a lot less stressful because she is driving opposite the normal SOCAL commute but it's still longer than it is when I pick her up in our Mooney. I estimate that I save her between 15 to 20 minutes each way and I GET TO FLY! I hate driving in SOCAL and can't wait for fully autonomous cars, although I hate to think what they will do to my driving experience when he roads open up on the weekends and the subsequent impact on flying in the future. Everyone in SOCAL drives/speeds either bumper to bumper and cut-throat or they are the dumb-a$$' in the passing lane driving side-by-side with the vehicle they are supposed to be passing. The dumb-a$$'s are usually driving side-by side under the speed limit, while everyone around them is road raging and driving recklessly trying to get around them. Regards, Jon
  16. Condolences to you and Steve's family! You have my thoughts and well wishes.
  17. Paul @kortopates, I signed up for Friday at 1330. The below screen capture illustrates the FAAST registration specifically precludes Basic Med, which I have. I registered and selected Third Class medical based upon your above post that Basic Med is allowed. Please confirm... I'd hate to take an opportunity away from someone with a non-basic med certificate.
  18. Thanks for the topic @ValkyrieRider. I too was curious to MooneySpacer's thoughts as I received an AirCrafty postcard at home and BlackBird has emailed me three times in the past week referencing my tail number. Both AirCrafty and BlackBird's websites are sparse with little to no information. Thanks for this post, would've hated to read a 10K word terms of service on a mobile device but this provided an excellent summary. Looks like I'll wait to see...
  19. Two years ago my prop starting throwing grease and I found myself in a similar situation. I had my prop removed and sent to American Propeller for IRAN and got the bad news that the blades were out of limits and the hub needed significant repairs. My options were new prop and hub with C214 blades at $13K and a 10 week wait or B rated blades and repaired/overhauled hub for $7k with a two week wait. I chose the latter while choking but was assured that I'd get at least two overhauls out of the used blades and hub repairs. Looking at this thread, there are other options if you can stand the lead time. If you can't may have used blades and a hub that you can purchase. My 2¢
  20. Negotiating with the Wife but definitely want to attend with the whole family. Once wife negotiations are complete, I still have to negotiate with Mother Nature, as unfortunately, I'm not yet IFR rated.
  21. I'm in the by and fly the Mooney now camp but considering your price point, if you have doubts, you can buy an old 152 and finish your PPL while you shop and acquire your Mooney. Then you could lease the 152 to your local flying club where it could / should pay for itself. Just my 2¢.
  22. I've been retired from the U.S. Navy for several years, however when deploying to Iraq in 2010, the term accidental discharges--of one's weapon--had been changed to negligent discharges, as it should. I carried a firearm on my side for 13 months, clearing it each and every time before entering a building-even when I had no access to ammo. I took my firearm seriously and only made two mistakes with it. The first was burying it in sand while using it as a foundation while throwing a grenade before clearing a room during training. Cleaning it after, was not fun. The other event was after returning to Iraq from leave. I received my weapon and magazines from the armory and promptly loaded it and chambered a round without even thinking about being inside a friendly building. Realizing my mistake before the armorer, I pulled the magazine and round out of the gun in front of him and walked over to the clearing barrel and pulled the trigger. Fortunately, the gun did not fire a round. Otherwise it would have been recorded as a negligent discharge. The armorer was caught off guard by my actions but my weapon's state was my responsibility and he could've reported me or worse. I've come to realize that accidents are not really accidents unless there are circumstances that are outside of any person's--human being--control. IMHO, the word accident is overused to the point of allowing people to make excuses. Have I made mistakes in anything I do, Yes. Do I learn from my mistakes, absolutely. Have I pointed out deficiencies in others, yes. Hopefully, I made a difference when I took time to discuss a deficiency. Just my 2¢.
  23. @jasona900, Welcome to San Diego! I asked my contacts at Gillespie with no luck. Hope you find something but @jaylw314 is right, Gillespie in the spring / early summer is not that hostile of an environment, so at least you have that going for you.
  24. Wow... I got the GTX-345 installed last year and installation took less than a week. I posted the GTX-345's installation labor cost on MS somewhere. I also just recently installed a G5 AI in the place of my T&B coordinator and multiple shops made sure that I knew that the G5 could not replace a KI-256. I had already read the STC but they confirmed what I already knew because of research on MS and other sources. I chose to install the G5 AI because I still wanted a full featured AI in lieu of a turn coordinator during vacuum pump failure. Best of luck with getting the installer to correct your issues. Personally, I would not let them off the hook until you have a fully functioning autopilot. The autopilot is the most expensive component of your airplane and the installer should've known better than to disable / make it inoperative. They may have even violated the STC by removing the KI-256, unless you authorized it's removal knowing it would make the autopilot inoperative.