jaylw314

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About jaylw314

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    M20J
  1. State Registration

    In Oregon, they cite costs for state-run public use airports as the main use for aircraft registration fees of $65 per year. In addition, they used to require a pilot registration fee to cover SAR costs, but they are now rolling that up into the aircraft registration fees I don't know about Ohio, but in Oregon we have some fantastic state public use airports, and there are several that become fire-season bases for firefighting. I'm okay with that
  2. Looking at a 1988 M20J 201

    I purchased a similar plane ('86 M20J) and it worked out okay. Mine sat for 4 years with only 50 hours after a remanufactured engine was put in. It only was run for 12 hours in those 4 years. The difference was that it was kept in annual and it was a remanufactured engine. Also, having the engine start up and ground run regularly is potentially worse than not running it at all--each run can add some water to the engine, and it's not long enough or hot enough to boil it off. Still, if it last flew in 2016, that's not terrible. Regardless, a good pre-purchase is exam is in order, particularly around the engine. Make sure cylinders are borescoped. If it's an IO-360A3B6D with the single Bendix dual mag, you can't look at the camshaft, so that's an unknown. Being hangared means routine risk of corrosion, but don't assume the owner's being truthful. In any case, I wouldn't say sitting for 5 years with no activity is an automatic no-go, it just means you need to be more cautious. OTOH, I can tell you with certain it WILL be a money pit--these sort of things always are!
  3. Ready for new batteries...again...

    +1 My Concord was already 6 years old when I bought the plane, and still seems okay. I remember one day last year where I had to make a start in 40 degF weather and hadn't really figured things out yet. I cranked for the better part of 10-15 minutes before giving up. I put on the battery charger afterwards, and the voltage was only down to about 60% of full capacity, so I know it has enough juice to do that. In theory, AGM batteries lose charge more slowly than liquid electrolyte batteries. My experience seems to back that up, as I went 4 months between flights waiting for the new prop, and the capacity was only down to about 85%. Less worry about electrolyte leakage is another plus
  4. Ok who did this?

    I'm not sure why the image of a seat-shaped fuel tank freaks me out, but it does!
  5. Engine Monitors

    The accuracy of fuel flow meters is based on the fuel pressure in the fuel metering system, which is supposed to accurately reflect the fuel flow. I suppose there are ways this can fail, but practically it is very accurate. My refueling technique is probably off by +/- 1.5 gallons, which is greater than the error from the fuel flow. Of course, getting the K-factor dialed in takes a few tries, but if you do it like Bob's post, it should just take a few flights to be very accurate. I didn't, I just adjusted it halfway each time over a few refuels (If my current K-factor is 72.0k and I calculate 73k from a refuel, I adjust it to 72.5k), and I'd estimate I'm within +/- 1 gallons now.
  6. Ok who did this?

    The CG is right about where the front seats are, so putting big guys in front shouldn't really help, and I'm guessing they did not have the seats all the way forwards. OTOH, putting any big weight in the baggage area would have a much larger effect.
  7. Holy smokes, I didn't realize there was such a thing. @Marauder 's numbers make it look kind of scary!
  8. Interesting, so not all standby vacuum pumps have a valve like that? I forget what kind of standby vacuum pump I have, but there is certainly no diverter valve or anything...
  9. Ok who did this?

    Also remember most Mooney's have a weight limit in the baggage compartment.
  10. Ok who did this?

    The news articles don't rule out one of the "passengers" being a CFI. That could have made it "legal" for the student to fly with passengers. Journalists usually don't realize the pilot many no be the PIC on board. Nevertheless, not a smart move on somebody's part. That looks like between 900-1000 lbs of people
  11. Wait, what's the knob for? I have a switch that turns on the standby vacuum pump. Does that knob turn on the pump?
  12. So whats too cold for the plane

    IIRC, isopropyl alcohol cannot be distilled past 88%, so any higher grades have to be made by some other method of removing water (like passing over a dessicant). That being the case, any IPA greater than 88% will actually slowly pick up water from any source (including humidity in the air). It's not clear to me how much IPA s needed to dissolve how much water in gas I found this reference online but did not fact check it: Adding about 3% by volume of anhydrous iso propyl alcohol will provide a water tolerance of about 0.35% at 15C and about 0.2% at 0C, thus it's ability as a cosolvent is superior on a volume basis, and far less temperature sensitive than methanol. That suggests that at 0degC, if you put in something like 93% IPA, you won't help because you'll be putting as much water in as gasoline can tolerate. Of course, we don't put in 3% by volume of IPA in our tanks, so I don't know how applicable that number is. TLDR; I figure 99% IPA at about $20-25/gallon is probably reasonable.
  13. Only one Whelen strobe not working

    CPC's should connect and disconnect easily with almost no effort. I think there is a detent in the twist section to lock it in place. That sure looks like something got in there and shorted out the pins. There is also a sealed weatherproof CPC but it is proportionately more expensive. Connectors and pins I've found to be cheaper at Steinair. They also sell the little tool you need to disconnect the pins from the plugs, and the crimper you need to set new pins.
  14. Pre-purchase near Los Angeles?

    I think it was Dave I was talking to. Bill must have been the guy half-in and half-out of the tailcone door. I agree on the whole seller-pay-for-annual thing. It's a complication and it definitely will result in further uncomfortable negotiations. It could also expose you to liability, since if you ask the seller to spend money as "consideration" for a sale, once he spends money it could be a binding verbal contract and you could be sued if you back out. I'm not saying that's likely to happen or be successful, but worth thinking about. Consider asking the mechanic if you could convert it to an annual after the sale (or give a discount on the annual), and ask the seller for a reasonable price reduction for the annual cost and expected repair fees before the sale is complete (since you will have some information from the pre-purchase).
  15. Pre-purchase near Los Angeles?

    I used CrownAir in San Diego MYF for one of my PPI's. They are a Mooney Service Center, and they have a flat fee around $940 if I remember right. They took care of me when I dropped by during the inspection, and spent 90 minutes walking me around a plane with a lot of squawks. The mechanic (whose name I'm banging my head to recall) took the time to answer a ton of questions, and was willing to opine that for the price, this was probably not my plane.