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  1. jaylw314

    Tempest oil filters

    I've only used a box wrench (1") and crescent wrench on the oil filters. I imagine the thick paint may get in the way of a socket wrench. Of course, there's no way you'd fit a socket wrench behind my IO-360 anyway...
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    Old Mooney on the Flight Line

    I had a safety pilot during my IFR training who said she heard my number the first time a week before we first met. Her immediate reaction was "What kind of idiot gives themselves a number like that?"
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    Mooney down @ Baker City, OR

    Presumably no, but an implied question came up earlier if spin recovery could be automated.
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    Mooney down @ Baker City, OR

    It'd be interesting to see what the results are. I assume there is good data on the use of envelope protection in commercial aircraft (like stick shakers), but if this type of equipment only gets installed in 1% of GA aircraft, it's not really going to make a dent in loss of control type accidents. At least reading about them, it sounds like they could recover from unusual attitudes, but they say nothing about spin recovery.
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    Improved speed documented

    If you think about it, though, the rudder trim is only precisely correct at one particular airspeed. If you're faster or slower, it's going to be off in one direction or another. Trying to calculate TAS is always going to be a little suspect. Aside from the whole calibrated airspeed issue, there are other environmental variables. I fly one of the slower J's out there, but I was feeling pretty good last weekend when I calculated a KTAS of 155. Until I realized I was flying near the Cascades and was probably in a mild mountain wave updraft. When I came out of it and my KTAS dropped to 135, then I was feeling not-so-good... I think a round-trip GPS groundspeed is probably the better way of recording performance, e.g. fly a triangle or square round trip and average the speed from each leg.
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    Mooney instruction in WA or OR

    There a bunch of us up in the Pacific NW, and I hope they chime in with CFI's who are part of the Mooney community. I can give you the name of my instructor, but we're all the way down south of Portland. PM me if your interested
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    wow one after another, whats next?

    Or as the old psychiatry joke goes, they say one in 5 people has some sort of mental disorder, so if you have 4 normal friends, you're it.
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    Introduction / Request

    I'd also suggest getting started on hood time now. You can learn your airplane while getting comfortable heads-down, let someone else keep a lookout for traffic. Offer free rides to other pilots you trust as safety pilots, you'll find there's little shortage of pilots who'll do it for a ride in a Mooney.
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    wow one after another, whats next?

    @MyNameIsNobody, I believe @ilovecornfields was talking about us, as a pilot community, keeping an eye out for each other and taking care of each other. The only way we do that is if we find the things we have in common and bring us together. Opinions and beliefs aside, our shared love of flying and Mooney's should make that easy.
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    Mooney down @ Baker City, OR

    Here's the link to there article, but they don't seem to have the dang video on their website anymore. I'll see if I can find it elsewhere... https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2010/june/03/spin-myths Can't find the original video, but here's someone who tested 3 different spin recovery techniques against each other in a Pitts. The method above is referred to in the video as "Finagin" (the instructor in the article above)
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    Mooney down @ Baker City, OR

    There was an AOPA video a few years ago (I can't get to there video page at work, so I don't have the link), where someone suggested caution with using the rudder during spin recovery. He demonstrated an eye-popping example where full opposite rudder converted a normal spin to an inverted spin in a half second. He recommended starting out with only 3 steps-- Cut throttle to idle immediately Neutralize elevators and ailerons Recover once the spin stops Of course, I recall he was an aerobatic instructor, so this might be better if you have plenty of altitude, but if you spin down low, I'm not sure you shouldn't do everything possible to get out the spin in the minimum altitude. I suppose if it puts you in an inverted spin your not any less in trouble than you were to start. Conversely, I think autopilots are good at managing fine adjustments to the controls over time, but not so good at aggressive movements. You could pre-program in an aggressive recovery maneuver, but what if you set it off in the wrong situation? That's like having an automatic emergency brake on your car. If it goes off accidentally while you're on the highway, you're in a world of hurt. I've had it set off in my car by oncoming traffic around curves, and it's dangerous at worst, absolutely terrifying at best. TL;DR -- autopilot might not need the rudder to recover, but I'm not sure there's a safe way to program the autopilot to make an aggressive maneuver.
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    wow one after another, whats next?

    Well, technically he didn't manage to, he hit the street in front of the house. If you look on the Google Maps view, his home looked like it was on the edge of a developed area adjacent to a field, so that might have been easier to pick out at night than if it were in the middle of a sea of lights.
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    wow one after another, whats next?

    FYI the link to the Wikipedia is incorrect, but I found what you were pointing at One of the problems in mental health is that we still lack information to predict suicide even if we know the risk factors. It ends making risk factor analysis after the fact more of an academic exercise than anything helpful. We have even less medical knowledge about people who commit homicide or suicide-homicide. There's still plenty of debate (or just flat-out lack of information) about whether this is distinct from the information about textbook suicide. I have my own opinions on the differences, but those are almost, but not quite, complete wild-assed guesses.
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    Smoke tops

    I just flew with @xcrmckenna over to John Day from Corvallis. I couldn't find any forecast information or PIREPs about smoke tops either, but we smoke blown up all the way to 12k and higher. I will sadly admit that I failed to submit a PIREP about the smoke...
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    wow one after another, whats next?

    Here's an old "Flying" magazine article reprinted by NPR on "Suicide by Airplane" An interesting quote from the article (dated 2005): "Some end their lives with a kamikaze attack on their own home or an estranged wife or girlfriend's. (In the past 15 years all the pilots who have committed suicide by flying into buildings have been men.)" I should also point out that I think GA pilots are more likely to commit suicide than the average population, since they consist disproportionately of white males over the age of 65 (one of the highest risk groups). Obviously, suicide by airplane is not the most common method in that group--that would be suicide by gun.