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  1. They are antennas/antennae, VOR/Glide Slope, sometimes both! Ron
  2. Poorly made + Rare = many AMUs, nope, doesn't sound the least bit insane to me. I've heard the same words/amounts put together far too often in aviation.
  3. I was in this camp also, waiting for the prices on ADS-B equipment to drop until an article I read somewhere talked about "time to market" for new solutions. If you look at how long it takes to develop, manufacture, then certify a new product then I highly doubt that there is any new technology or huge changes in manufacturing coming out for ADS-B prior to the mandate. I would love to be wrong about this but I dove in head first after reading this article (sucker) and purchased the equipment to upgrade. if no new technolgy or devices come out between now and Jan 1 2020 and the lines at the avionics shops keep getting longer then I can only see device prices and labor charges starting to increase. Who Knows! Sorry for the thread drift. The ADS-B upgrade was not on this years aviation budget so this years hourly rate had to be adjusted. Ron
  4. Correct, No vertical speed coupling, set the auto pilot trim to climb or descend and I will get the 1k alert and then auto level at pre-selected altitude. That' the best the KFC200 will offer as far as I'm aware. Ron
  5. I am in the process of addng Alt pre-select and GPSS to my K's KFC200 right now, along with ADS-B KEA-130A = 1 AMU KAS-297B = .8 AMU DAC GDC31 = 1.2 AMU Installation, paired with Lynx NGT-9000 and GNS530w is 3-4 AMU The addition of the altitude pre-select to my KFC200 will only give me the 1000' to altitude alert (climbing or descending), and automatic level off once at the preset altitude. Ron
  6. No need to go round and round, its reallty quite simple. 1) if you're a good, safe VFR pilot you'll probably be a good, safe IFR pilot. We all know what the other option looks like, The instrument rating does not make a good pilot out of a bad one. 2) If you've ever wished you had the intrument rating to get to or into a destination when the weather was IFR doable and you were VFR only rated, or you were already in the air and the IR would let you descend where you wanted to (this is the situation that promted me to start the training). Then figure out if equiping the plane (if needed) taking the time and paying for the training is all worth the 1 or 2 or more situations you've been in where the IR might help and either sell yourself on it or don't. To the OP, I don't think there are any surprises here. if you were looking for an epiphany on why to get the rating, unfortunately you'll probably have to fly into it on your own, I did. I mean no offense to either side of the argument, just my 3 cents. Currently in the middle of IFR training and I know why I am doing it, but my reason may not drive the argument for some one else. Ron
  7. I believe the panel pictured is the panel just outside the gear and it is usually where the Magnetic Azimuth Transmitter is located and it is usually revited as opposed to screwes. Ron
  8. Got mine in the mail yesterday, nice unit for the price in my opinion, made all the more appropriate with Dan's work on the discount. Thank You Dan! Ron
  9. Am I the only one that has a problem with his CHT temp at 460 during climb? Not sure what model this is but I don't think it matters in this case. Aluminum and Steel tend to separate at temperatures close to this, and we are assuming his gauge(s) are accurate.
  10. Last I saw was the factory issued set were now water jet cut aluminum and they run ~$2800.00
  11. Tabor, from the offset of the turbine wheel in the picture it looks like the turbine housing V-clamp was either left loose or not tightened until after the turbo was mounted to the exhaust manifold. If the turbine v-clamp is left loose while the exhaust manifold v-clamp is tightened it could change the alignment of the turbine wheel within the turbine housing.
  12. so NA = Normally Affordable? and Normally Aspirated, sounds about right!
  13. Meerja, I am based at KIPJ (Lincolnton, near Charlotte) and I travel to KMRN where AGL aviation is based several times a month. If I can help with any transportation logistics just let me know. Ron
  14. FlyHigh, I absolutely get what you're saying about the mechanic and trust, and I'm in no way trying to get you to waiver on that trust, but maybe he's not thinking this whole situation through with you. He has to clean out the entire fuel system from the tanks to the cylinders anyways, putting in a ferry tank after that cleaning process and using it to run the engine so he can finish the anual, minus the tank work, shouldn't cause him too much hesitation. Then you are able to apply for the ferry permit and get resolution, whatever it is and wherever it is. Please make the calls to MSCs, tank repair stations, and Griggs, if your mechanic has issues with you making phone calls then I certainly may question him. Ron
  15. Sfurr, I am also based near Charlotte (Lincolnton, but live in Mooresville) and I travel to KMRN (Foothills AGL Aviation) 2 to 3 times or more a month. If you decide to take your J there (and I think it would be a good starting point) let me know if you need any travel assistance. Taking your Plane to Lynn at AGL or any other Mooney specialist could be the best first step as showing up at an engine shop looking for speed might get you more than you bargained for. If it is in fact an engine issue or you just want to start there then I agree with DrBill and recommend Triad up in Burlington. Lynn at AGL works with and has a very good relationship with Triad should he find the need to involve them or require their services. Using a Mooney specialist to check the normal things, rigging, mag timing, compression, cam wear, etc may save you a bundle over an engine shop. I took my K to Lynn for a rigging check (just to see, no speed complaints) and he found one aileron and the elevators out of spec, couple of knots...maybe, but having the full up travel of the elevators has definitely changed the feel of my landings. Again, whatever you decide to do, if you need any assistance please don't hesitate to reach out, even if its just to meet up for a burger. Ron