Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

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  1. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    ATC Professionalism

    Actually, it has been better around here lately. The local approach and tower personnel use lots of trainees, since it is never that busy here. Without the students, the pros are the only ones working.
  2. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    Ownership costs

    My first airplane was a 1/3 share of a Cessna P-172. I sold my share for what I paid for it after 2 years. My family of four could fly it to the Midwest once a year to visit families, including all the fixed costs, for the price of four airline tickets to the vicinity. Any other flying I did was the price of auto gas, (STC for that), and a modest sum we chipped in per hour. These days, unfortunately, the price is somewhat higher than that. For my 1/2 share of my 201, this year was about $4000 plus gas for around 125 hours of flying.
  3. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    JPI Fuel Flow Accuracy

    I have not installed a JPI, yet, but I have the same transducer they use and a totalizer. After running several hundred gallons through it, I can say the flow meter is, (was, unfortunately, see my latest thread), within 1% accuracy.
  4. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    Fuel Flow Gauge

    My Mooney just finished its annual, but when I started it, the Fuel Flow read zero. I took it back to my mechanic, but we could not find anything obviously wrong, (i.e. loose wire, plug not attached, etc.). He said it was fine during their last test run. Has this ever happened to you? Any suggestions?
  5. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    ETA switch cover

    If someone can send me a CAD file of the E-T-A switch cover, and if there is enough interest, I can/will make them.
  6. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    When should I change the oil?

    I take a somewhat opposite view: If the manufacturer recommends changing the oil at 50 hours, it means you can easily go 100 hours without ill effects. I therefore go with 50 and will not worry if I go 55 hours before doing the oil change.
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    Mooney J Performance Info

    Theoretically, you cannot. Going from 2500 rpm to 2700 rpm will result in a TAS of 159.9 kts and fuel flow of 10.8 gph. (All else being equal.) What really surprises me is the difference in your EGT. I usually get a maximum of about 1430 with those conditions.
  8. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    New Klixon switch covers

    I wanted to give everybody one last chance to get switch covers. I still have quite a few left. PM me if you are interested.
  9. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    Fuel efficiency in headwinds

  10. The conventional wisdom on this is to always top-off, because by leaving room in the tanks for water vapor to condense would result in water in the bottom of your tanks. I am not sure how accurate the theory is and am open to arguments.
  11. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    What did you pay and what did you sell it for?

    Why haven't you replaced those ugly-assed switch covers, yet?
  12. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    New Klixon switch covers

    Every time I think I am done, people keep asking for more... I will be making a bunch more this week, so let me know if you want switch covers. Let me know if you want anything custom; I have recently had a request for PROP HEAT.
  13. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    Hit by prop

    Tell us more. How many hours on your engine? Compressions? etc.
  14. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    New Klixon switch covers

    FDM, with paint and laser engraving.
  15. Ah-1 Cobra Pilot

    New Klixon switch covers

    Last Friday, I shipped all the covers that people PMed me about, and I still have some left. Let me know if you want any of these.