Basic Member
  • Content Count

  • Joined

  • Last visited

  • Days Won


AlexLev last won the day on October 8 2018

AlexLev had the most liked content!

Community Reputation

158 Excellent

About AlexLev

  • Rank
    Senior Member

Profile Information

  • Gender
  • Location
    Buffalo, NY
  • Model

Recent Profile Visitors

1,302 profile views
  1. AlexLev

    Value of this Mooney?

    I would value the plane at 80-90K.
  2. AlexLev

    "SabreCowl" Update (part tres)

    Not to derail, but how do you plan to get the engine? I don't think there are any C models that have been converted to an E. I thought about converting my G to an F when it was overhaul time, but it would have cost pretty much what I paid for the plane to get it done, at minimum.
  3. AlexLev

    Flying in the rain...

    The problem with rain when you're VFR-only is that sometimes visibilities can get obscured. The rain itself isn't concerning, but the rain turning a VFR day into an un forecast IFR one is a real possibility. It could also be fine with the rain coming from a higher level stratus cloud and not obscuring visibilities significantly.
  4. Have you checked the obvious? Tightening the alternator belt? That was my culprit earlier. After tightening it, it was charging again, but my battery was discharged significantly so it fried a circuit the alternator circuit breaker in an attempt to charge the battery after the fix which I then had to source/replace (PITA).
  5. I think the 430W has an analog signal output.
  6. I think that's it. I found something that looks like a locking pin on the backseat floor after my flight a few days ago, I suspect it broke off. Thanks!
  7. Just noticed this yesterday, if I roll the seat back, the stop seems to have disappeared. Is this a simple pin somewhere? I can still lock it in place when moving it forward, but it just keeps moving back on the tracks until hitting the back seat behind it, no stop anymore. Ideas? Simple fix?
  8. AlexLev

    Pathfinder P3B Autopilot

    I recently had my turn coordinator for the P2A overhauled by Pacific Southwest Instruments (it was too bouncy causing erratic A/P inputs in climb, slight turbulence, etc). My problem now is that the A/P seems to want to overbank, the turn knobs on the turn coordinator just keep turning it instead of stopping at a 10degree bank like it used to. I reached out to my local avionics guy with the manual (that I found on Mooneyspace) and pleading for him to take a look at it. He said he'll get back to me next week after looking through the manual. I hope he can help me adjust the A/P a bit.
  9. About 1K. My total all-in price was about 13,500-13,700 (including R&R) if I recall correctly. I think they may have raised their prices slightly since then, but I'm not sure. This was with overhauling my current cylinders, no replacement of engine mounts or carb. Just a new engine driven fuel pump and oil pump casing as far as accessories go.
  10. Had my Jewell Overhaul in February, they did a great job so far. About 140 hours on the engine so far; consumption is currently about 1qt per 20 hours, on an O-360. I flew the plane to them for the OH and they did the R&R and stayed on budget and on time.
  11. @kerry - where is the controller? What happens now if I turn the knob is the aileron just fully deflects and keeps turning (uh oh), rather than a small controlled bank. Before I overhauled the TC, I didn't have this problem.
  12. I can take a look, I may have a supplement guide, but I am not sure how helpful it will be. It would take me a few weeks to dig it up though - won't be in the hangar for a while with the holidays. On a sidenote: I just got the astronaturics turn coordinator overhauled by Pacific Southwest Instruments. The good news is that the autopilot works better to hold heading, but the bad news is when I use the knobs on the TC to enter a standard rate turn, it seems to do a full deflection now vs the 8-10 degree bank it did before. Anyone have any ideas on how to troubleshoot?
  13. AlexLev

    Annual squawks & negotiation ettiquette

    Yeah, in retrospect I should have waited a little and maybe just approved the quote and had them start the work. Yesterday, I called and asked why 3.5 hours for the turn coordinator removal & reinstall. Asked if there was some increased complexity that I was not aware of that made it more difficult since a previous shop quoted me 1 hour to do the same thing. She said she would check with the mechanic and get back to me, but I've yet to hear back. I think it's a reasonable question, TBH and I hope it doesn't offend them too much.
  14. AlexLev

    Annual squawks & negotiation ettiquette

    Well thought out response, thank you. I am happy with them in general. Sometimes, I feel like some hours are tacked on, but their base price for the annual is $1200 which is on the lower side. They do let you help on the annual, but they only give you a price break if you tell them ahead of time that you want the annual to be hourly labor vs their fixed cost. Could also be higher if your "help" turns out to be more of a hinderance (which in my case sometimes it may be). They are pretty laid back and happy to let you do things/assist if you wish, not the most communicative, but they seem like solid people who have been in the business for a while. They often times help me out and work with me when something breaks and I have a trip coming up and are kind enough to let me get in their hangar and help troubleshoot, etc. With their estimate, annual + labor would come out to be about $2600, not counting the $900 I'll be spending to overhaul the turn coordinator and some of the misc parts. About the same as last year, but I'm the sort of guy who fixes stuff as it comes up and don't typically defer much to annual.
  15. AlexLev

    Annual squawks & negotiation ettiquette

    I wonder if it would take longer if the turn coordinator is driving the Pathfinder autopilot. I don't think it would. I am sure they are tacking on an hour or so for shipping it/packaging it, but it still seems suspiciously high to me.