Whiskey Charlie

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About Whiskey Charlie

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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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  1. Whiskey Charlie

    Gravity is overrated

    Loved this! Thanks for sharing!!
  2. Whiskey Charlie

    Yoke badge fabrication

    I would do that in a heart beat! I love the 660! My only reservation is that I use the 496 strictly for Sirius XM stereo in the head sets and the 660 isn’t capable of that.
  3. Whiskey Charlie

    Yoke badge fabrication

    Thank you very much. I love flying behind it. It also has synthetic on both the PFD and MFD as well as Avidyne active traffic (TCAS) on the MFD. GPSS with the 430W and a STEC30 auto Pilot. It’s all I’ll ever want although I’d love to upgrade the 430W to a GTN650.
  4. Whiskey Charlie

    Yoke badge fabrication

    LOL, YES, and that completely blank right yoke badge! Ha ha ha
  5. Whiskey Charlie

    Yoke badge fabrication

    I’m in for a laser/ powder coated one. Please count me in. My 65 E had gold accents rather than silver but nearly all of the logo is gone. I wonder why some were silver and some gold?
  6. Whiskey Charlie

    Thoughts on this M20C?

    Actually paint is the least expensive (barring any corrosion). . A world class paint job runs around 16K + . An overhaul, 25K, a new engine for my E (IO360 - $50K,) Avionics can easily exceed $80K with autopilot and a little glass. Ideally an aircraft that has ALL the things done to it by the previous owner represents the best value. But since avionics depreciate faster than anything else in this world, I think it’s wise to put a priority on that over polish and take advantage of someone else’s depreciation loss, followed closely by a low time, proven engine. But hey, thankfully we dont all buy on the same premises. What one person values in an aircraft may be of no value to another buyer. Such as IFR capabilities may have zero value to a VFR Pilot and so on.
  7. Whiskey Charlie

    Thoughts on this M20C?

    I've learned that aircraft are sort of like women. There are three primary things to look for. Paint is like lip stick, its superficial and might attract you, but paint and lipstick fade over time. Try and look beyond just the eye appeal. A great engine is like a good heart, it will always be there for you and never let you down as long as you take care of it. Try and place more value on mechanical than cosmetic and you wont regret it. And lastly, a wonderful avionics panel is like a beautiful personality. Its a pleasure to be around and you'll love it more and more and wonder how you got along without it. $56,900 seems a little high for a C model but she is very pretty. Like others, I'd like it more south of $49K. Spend just a tad more and you'll likely find yourself with a really nice E or F with an amazing panel. One that you'll want to fly (date) for a very long time. Just my .02 cents.
  8. Whiskey Charlie

    Video PIREP On Aeroleds Sunspot PAR46 LX Landing Light.

    I may PM you when I get ready to add new position/strobes if you don't mind.
  9. Whiskey Charlie

    Annual Questions - ‘65 E

    I thought mine was tight too when it wasn’t. A lot of battery draining was occurring during taxi do to improper belt tension. Worth looking into. I almost bought a brand new starter because of this.
  10. Whiskey Charlie

    Annual Questions - ‘65 E

    I understand. I did find a great way to check belt tension without buying an expensive belt tensiometer. I used a dial type torque wrench from Snap-on and a socket on the pully bolt. If you hold the prop still and turn the alternator pully with the torque wrench, you can pretty precisely measure belt slippage. This is one of the methods Lycomong recommends and is pretty easy to do. I set mine at 130 inch lbs. A click type torque wrench really isn’t good for this but a dial type is perfect as it will show the amount of torque required to slip. The second needle on the dial stays at the highest torque achieved. The accuracy on this type of wrench is 2%.
  11. Whiskey Charlie

    Annual Questions - ‘65 E

    Tim, are you certain your battery is up to the job? I put a new Gil battery in my E and it did the same thing. It would stop on the compression stroke when starting. After more investigation, I found my alt belt needed tightening even though I was showing 14.1 V in flight. I also bought a battery maintainer specifically for the battery. After tightening the belt to proper tension and adding the battery minder, the issue cleared up.
  12. Whiskey Charlie

    Baggage door opens on departure

    Yes, actually a panel light is a great idea!
  13. Whiskey Charlie

    Baggage door opens on departure

    I’m using the ForeFlight Check List. You can completely customize it for different aircraft. It allows you to store checklists for multiple aircraft by their N number. You can also share your checklist. What I like about it is it shows me if I failed to check anything off and will immediately go to the unchecked item when I complete the list.
  14. Whiskey Charlie

    Lightweight Portable Generator Review

    I bought a Honda EX350. It puts out 300W or turned down to 150W with a switch. SUPER quiet and supplies just enough power to operate my engine preheater when I’m at a remote airport and can’t get near power. Weighs 19 lbs. I don’t believe Honda makes these any more but they can be found on the used market. I bought mine used. As I recall, I paid $250.00 for it. Well worth it!
  15. Whiskey Charlie

    Baggage door opens on departure

    I have it as part of my check list. I use an iPhone app checklist. When I touch an item on the list, it marks it complete. I actually have the baggage door at the beginning of my preflight and as the very last item.