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  1. sgrooves

    Rest stop NC to WI

    Last year I stopped at KBAK on my way to southern Wisconsin. Restaurant on the field. 2 long runways. Fuel isn’t super cheap but it was great with the girlfriend and dog. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Whelen Orion 650, and 500 LED lights

    Ended up finding a decent deal for a couple of them online. Aircraft Spruce matched the price and I avoided shipping and taxes. The lights all got installed at annual #2. Besides that and the aileron SB, everything is was standard. Got the plane back yesterday. See pics and video below. They did run the sync wires, fabricated the mounts, and repainted the wingtips. Video: Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
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    Today's flight for 2018

    Low clouds at takeoff dissipated up near KHKY. But had a great view flying nice and low for the short hop up to AGL at KMRN for annual #2.
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    N943RW at Hawk Aircraft Paint

    Looks really nice. I'll actually be up at MRN this weekend dropping the plane off at AGL for annual, too bad I won't be able to see it in person
  5. As someone who has never let my tanks run dry, or had an in-flight shutdown, is the procedure just switching the tank with the boost pump on? If you get to the tank late and the engine dies, is switching tanks with some boost enough to get it started again (assuming the prop is still windmilling)? Or do you need to get the mags back to start?
  6. Found this online here: ... probably the explanation for the temporary yellow x's. Hopefully they reverse this. "But the airport will remain in use for about a year by UNC Hospital Air Care for parking and refueling, under an agreement with the airport. The temporary arrangement will last as long as the hospital builds additional helipad space."
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    Whelen Orion 650, and 500 LED lights

    Appreciate the insight. The plane will be opened up for annual a month prior to Oshkosh so was hoping to get them installed then. Is the Oshkosh special from Whelen directly? I suppose I may be able to try the good ole credit card price protection if it is is pretty meaningful and advertised.
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    Whelen Orion 650, and 500 LED lights

    Both of my strobe power supplies have decided to call it quits. Guessing the 650's are still the preferred way to replace the nav/strobes with LED? Looking to make the upgrade at my coming annual. Anyone find any deals other than the 450/per side from aircraft spruce?
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    Fuel smell in cockpit

    Glad the issue is fixed. I actually just had a fuel smell that turned out to be a result of a leaking fuel injector. My concentration was on high EGT on one cylinder that I thought was a clogged injector. However, I let the mechanic know that I did smell a little raw fuel that seemed to start concurrently. They did a high power leak test and found the injector leak. Really value mooneyspace teaching me to listen to the plane. When something smells or looks weird, it deserves a better look.
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    Aspen / Autopilot issues

    Same exact thing happened to me with my "new" J in the first 6 months
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    Stec 55x

    Had a similar issue with my Stec55x. Turned out to be the ACU driving the Stec from my Aspen unit was bad. The ACU was replaced under warranty, labor wasn't cheap though.
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    Quick Question Re Mx Charges

    Well... this gives me something to look out for when I get my overhauled Wheldon fuel pump back from likely the same shop this week... I had caught it making some noise and sent it off preemptively. 38 hours seems like a lot. But then again everything seems to come back with more hours than I expect. For what its worth, my shop mentioned pull the pump only took "an hour". Who knows what the final bill will look like.
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    Mooney Pre Buy Video

    Great video and beautiful plane. I’m down at KAPF at least once a year now with my J. Would love to see yours in person sometime. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    65 M20E Pre-Buy Help! STAT!!

    PM-ed on a couple CFI's
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    Insurance renewal

    In NC they do short-rate on the insurance credit. Basically take a percentage off of what you would have received back in credit. Bought my M20J fresh off my PPL with about 50 hours, none in type in 2015. Only a couple insurance companies would quote me. Best I found, first year was about 2,200. Second year (2016), with more experience and based out of a towered airport actually went up to 2,300. The rationale was fear of retracts. Four months later, I had 160 hours, over 100 in type, and 85 in the last year. Also had recently gotten my IFR ticket. On a whim I rechecked quotes via the sporty’s promotion and found one (Global) at 1,350 with 10k in additional hull coverage. Did the short rate cancellation on my original policy, got ~1,400 back, to basically get a 4+ month extension and more protection at no cost. Didn’t get all of my money back by cancelling but it was more than worthwhile. Rough numbers based on memory but i think it shakes out right.