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L. Trotter

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About L. Trotter

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    : Rapid City, SD (KRAP) : Provo, UT (KPVU)
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    Planes of course, Family and all things extream
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    N 815T/ N64PZ
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    M20TN (Acclaim) / 8GCBC (Denali Scout)

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  1. You want the Scott connector. I had two separate problems in my Acclaim oxygen delivery. 1- I visited Precise Flight in Oregon. I took perhaps 20 green Scott connectors and found several that worked without a leak. I'm not not sure why some of the connectors leaked. The folks at Precise Flight felt it was a combination of manufacturing variances between both the connector and valve outlet-one a little small, the other a little big. I was about to replace the valve in the plane (not a small task) until I tried different Scott connectors. Of note, after talking with far too many people abou
  2. Now you are starting to sound like a back country bush/STOL pilot. Back side of the power curve.....
  3. Late to this party. Here is an article by Bob Kromer in regards to Slipping a Mooney. Also, if you have relatively full fuel tanks, you will see precious petro exit the low wing tank through the vent. SLIPPING A MOONEY.docx
  4. I am based in Rapid City (KRAP). Although it may not help, perhaps I can shed a little light. Ellsworth is a training place for controllers. Generally speaking, they are well supervised. However, you can get some young controllers who are still learning their trade. It is not unusual to receive some interesting instructions. On occasion, I have called them on a land line in efforts to help them help us more efficiently. They are happy to provide you a phone number should you ask. Additionally, some of the controllers in the Rapid City tower have worked at Ellsworth and are well acq
  5. Had a long discussion on this very topic with the TKS folks before installing the system on my Acclaim. They are quite certain the TKS fluid and system DO NOT cause corrosion. I guess I would expect nothing else from their perspective. However, the corrosion issue seems to be discussed primarily with in the Bonanza community. The area of corrosion is typically in the same place....the spar right behind the TKS panel. There is a "spar" seam unique to the Bonanza wing that Mooney's don't have . Not certain if it is a metal mis-match interface or trapped moisture with in the seam (favor) caused b
  6. What I learned about LED lights......... I had an interesting experience with my new Aero-Lites LED PAR 36 landing/taxi lights.They're mounted in the wing of my Acclaim. This past week I was traveling from Provo, Utah to Wausau, Wisconsin. I encountered icing in route and made good use of my TKS system (what a nice addition). For those not familiar with TKS, the entire wing leading edge is protected except the lenses of the landing lights. In the past, with my incandescent GE bulbs, I could turn the lights on and the heat produced would melt the ice on the lenses. The outside tempe
  7. I've got the answer for you… Just recently completed this project myself. Expect about 1-1.5 hrs to complete. Use your old lens and a black sharpie to mark a rough outline on the new lens. Put the old lens inside the new lens. Make sure you're a strong 1/4 inch too big. Then, use a belt sander flipped upside down to gradually sand away the excess lens material. The belt sander should be a relatively fine grit. Keep checking fit after removing small amounts of lens material. I repeatedly used the sharpie to mark material I needed removed. Just go back and forth between the fit on your plan
  8. I had the same thing....There are 2 round wire harnesses on the pilot side adjacent to the fire wall. They are easily accessed by removing just the top cowling. Disconnect and clean out both sides of the harness with an electronic cleaner. This will be a good first start. If no improvement trace wires to find break.
  9. Yes, they are factory. There is an aluminum bracket that fits on the back of the bulb that in return is attached to a more permanently mounted base. You can see this set up on the 4th picture down. On the left is the base with no bracket or bulb. On the right is the bulb with bracket holding bulb in place. The 5th picture down is the bracket coming off the bulb.
  10. Job completed...Here is how I replaced the landing/taxi lights within the wings of my Acclaim (replaced the GE bulb with LED-PAR36). I am NOT an A&P and make no claims that this is the best way. It worked for me. For starters -Really Mooney!, could you not have put a larger access panel (like the dozen other larger panels) at a location you actually work through. -If you are inclined to swear, you may want to learn how in a few different languages. There are not enough profane words in the english vocabulary to complete this job. -Plan to spend about 30-
  11. Getting ready to replace the std GE bulb with 100% compatible PAR 36 LED landing lights (two lights in each wing). It seems this is a relatively straight forward procedure accomplished through the access panel behind the lights. Any tips/advice before I get started?
  12. My personal opinion as well. However, I have a purist A&P/IA who wants paper on everything (not suggesting this is a bad thing). I think I'm going to just place and ask for forgiveness latter. I can check for radio interference on my own (a very low risk from what I've read).
  13. Those of you who are using Aero-Lites (Sunsetter), are you getting a field approval (337) or going with the idea that these bulbs are an equal replacement for the incandescence bulb?
  14. So, I was at FL 210 temp -27C when I experienced a primary alternator failure ( alt new 150 hrs ago). The back up alt worked fine. I had very little load on the alternator when it failed. No circuit breakers popped. I landed for fuel for about 1/2 hr, temp +5C. I was expecting the primary alt to remain non functional. However, after things presumably warmed up a bit, the primary alt started working just fine. No further issue past 75hrs in temps as low as -15C. I believe the cold combined with very little load caused some sort of alt disfunction. Could cold temps be an alt limitation? Or
  15. For those not familiar with reported runway conditions for landing or departing (particularly in the winter), here is the criteria airports use to report conditions. They will be given by NOTAM or verbally by the tower during approach. There will be 3 numbers provided correlating with the 1st 1/3rd, 2nd 1/3rd and last 1/3rd of the runway (example 5/5/5). Hope this is helpful. Runway Condition.pdf If interested in the entire FAA circular, from which the chart was extracted, here is the link: https://www.faa.gov/documentLibrary/media/Advisory_Circular/AC_91-79A.pdf
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