Whiskey Charlie

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About Whiskey Charlie

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  • Birthday 07/24/1961

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    Wichita Kansas
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    Flying, Investing, Music, Antique Cars, Boating, Scuba, Treasure Hunting, My Two Daughters, Spending Time With Friends
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    N706WC
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    M20E

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  1. I have 76/80 on cylinders one thru three. Cylinder number four also reads 76/80 but when DMAX did my compression test, he tried to get the worst readings possible and found that number four dropped compression at the end of the stroke meaning the cylinder has a "step" in it. As a result of this step, I use one quart every 4.5 hours and I keep it at 7.5 quarts. My point is, make certain you're measuring compression through the stroke. I learned that most mechanics try and achieve the best compression reading when in reality, they should be looking for the worst compression reading. A "step" can result in high consumption.
  2. I only have two speed mods on my 65 E. The Lasar cowl closure and Lasar tie down rings. She still punches out an average of 152 kts though. I will be adding a few more mods like flap gap seals, and break rotation this year. I do however have 62 gallon long range bladders and I love them. Since I primarily use my E for long distance, having an extra hour cushion makes a big difference.
  3. What does the machines retail for?
  4. I use Simple Green Precision Aircraft Cleaner. Highly recommended! http://simplegreen.com/industrial/products/extreme-aircraft-precision-cleaner/
  5. I have the Stec 30 with GPSS in my M20E. It's been perfect. Altitude hold is merely a push of the yoke switch. I think you have to ask yourself how many IMC holds and approaches you'll be making to justify a 55.
  6. Welcome aboard jrheathjr! Please post some pictures of your new ride so we can see it!
  7. Thanks Bluehighwayflyer. That's what I'm leaning toward too.
  8. Yes, disassembly and lubrication are required but I'm told its not a big deal. I've talked to lots of people who have them but I'm still searching for the ones who have removed them. As of right now, I'm probably going to stay stock based on the advise of my shop.
  9. I've only heard great things about the Condors and told they are built by Michelin. Never heard of patches inside though. Could they be there for balance? Where did you order them from?
  10. D Max has informed me that my stock exhaust on my 65 M20E has passed away. In considering a replacement or repair, I've looked into a complete rebuild ($1800.00) or a Powerflow system ($4,000.00). I've been told by my shop that he has have removed as many of the Powerflow systems as he has installed (excessive noise seems to be a major complaint) I've read about the advantages of the Powerflow but I'd also like to hear from anyone who has had theirs removed and gone back to stock and why. I figure if the shops are removing 50% of the sysytems, someone will surely be able to chime in. Thanks in advance for your input!
  11. D Max has informed me that my stock exhaust on my 65 M20E has passed away. In considering a replacement or repair, I've looked into a complete rebuild ($1800.00) or a Powerflow system ($4,000.00). I've been told by my shop that he has have removed as many of the Powerflow systems as he has installed (excessive noise seems to be a major complaint) I've read about the advantages of the Powerflow but I'd also like to hear from anyone who has had theirs removed and gone back to stock and why. I figure if the shops are removing 50% of the sysytems, someone will surely be able to chime in. Thanks in advance for your input!
  12. I guess my point was I already have active traffic that shows tracking vectors. I'm just trying to avoid a lot of duplication.
  13. So given that I already have active traffic (TCAS) with the Avidyne TAS605 that is displayed on my Aspens with voice warnings, would the L3 option be redundant? Like I mentioned, I won't give up my current active traffic system after I become ADSB complaint. Given the fact that the L3 plays well with the Aspens, it still may be a better choice than the 345 but thinking forward, and knowing I my someday change out the 430W for a gtn650 or 750, keeping things standardized might be in my best interest. Your thoughts? Bart
  14. Marauder, What did you decide to do? Did you go with the L3 or the GTX345? I'm trying to decide between these two units as well. I currently have a GTX327, G430W, Aspen 2000 pro, and an active traffic system (Avidyne TAS605). I'm running XM weather on my Aspens and I probably will keep it as the quality of the free weather on ADSB that I've seen doesn't compare with the XM image. The Avidyne TCAS is great too and will remain regardless. Any suggestions you have or thoughts regarding what direction I should go would be appreciated. Plus, I'd really like to know what you decided and why. Thanks in advance! - Bart
  15. Like everyone before me has said, get all the avionics you can that are already installed. I LOVE my E as it fits my mission perfectly. I looked long and hard at a J model but finally decided that I didn't want to spend more and get less. I too was plowing the sky in a 172 sixteen months ago. Any Mooney model will spoil you quickly on speed and economy. Good luck with your search!