Little Dipper

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  • Birthday 11/24/1952

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  1. TKS Pumps and Filter & Iced up LED landing lamps

    I'm going to try it on my next trip to Chicago. I always hit shitty weather on that trip. I'm thinking Rain-X isn't going to be helpful after flying thru several hours of wet weather and would like to myself proved wrong. Thanks for sharing.
  2. I got the high pressure warning on a flight about a month ago. On the ground with the engine off I could also hear a bearing squealing on pump one. I figure if one was going the other one wasn't too far behind and had both my TKS pumps overhauled and the filter replaced. Cav Ice Protection gave me a quick turnaround on the rebuild and their service was excellent. I asked how often I should replace the filter and they suggested I change it every two annuals if I fly in actual conditions often. Last year I had LED landing and Taxi Lamps installed. They don't create enough heat to melt the ice of them. They were iced up upon arrival and landing and the reflections from the ice was highly annoying to the point where I almost decided to land without them. Pictures of last nights flight from KBCT to KCKZ Icing_Conditions_at_Night.MOV
  3. Mooney N94MR- Paint Project

    That is one beautiful paint job. BTW, What does CB stand for? ....Cheap Bastard???
  4. Mooney N94MR- Paint Project

    That is one beautiful paint job. What does CB stand for? Cheap Bastard?
  5. 2005 Ovation 2 - Oil leak

    Plus one on this ->After every flight unless i park on the ramp away from the home base i always open my oil filler/dipstick and leave it up a couple inches and the moisture can escape while the engine is warm this greatly reduces condesate in the CC and oil.
  6. Starting troubles, need tutorial

    I have a habit of doing the same thing.
  7. Seat belt Airbags

    Does anyone know if anyone produces seat belt mounted airbags for the Mooney Ovation?
  8. State Registration

    Just one more "Opinion Piece" for you.
  9. State Registration

    And has no state income tax which is why so many people with money live there six months and one day out of the year.
  10. State Registration

    Yes, I'm involved in the Moving and Storage Industry. California has turned into an out bound state.
  11. State Registration

    It is going to backfire in California. Your post goes a long way in explaining why many wealthy people who pay the taxes are moving out of California in record numbers. Back in Pennsylvania I often feel that so many people have their hands in my pockets that I can't even feel my own balls. This I one tax Pennsylvania hasn't thought of yet. Norm N995K
  12. That happens to me more often than I'd like to omit.
  13. So whats too cold for the plane

    Many years ago in a PA28R-200 I had a Lifeguard flight in the wee hours of the morning with a lung/liver transplant patient to Pittsburgh Pa. I flew at 7,000' and it was -25F at altitude I descended straight into AGC landed and the ambulance picked up the patient. It was early in the morning and I requested for fuel for a quick turn. It was somewhere around -5F on the ground. I checked the fuel and departed for home. I was IMC in the clouds/dry snow and my engine started sounding funny and I was losing fuel pressure and asked for the nearest airport. ATC cleared me direct to Johnstown and gave lower which I declined. I ended up circling the airport dead sticking it IMC. I broke out about 2500 AGL and landed at JST. When I landed and checked my fuel it looked like there was major amounts of dandruff floating in my tanks. Long story short the fuel truck was in a heated hanger prior to filling up my Arrow. It was first thing in the morning and the fuel was nice and warm. When they filled up my cold soaked air frame I believe it created steam which stuck to the linings on my tank. I did not see any sign of this when I checked my fuel sample. The frozen steam broke off in flight blocking my fuel filter. Six or so hours later sitting in a heated hangar after sumping and re-sumping my tanks I was back in the air safely on my way home. Ever since then I've been extremely sensitive at to the variances temperature of the air frame in the winter when I fuel.
  14. I am a CFI-I who has over 2,300 hours in an 1995 Ovation and over 4,200 hours total time. If you want to do some local work up here I might be able to help you. I don't think flying to Houston on auto-pilot to simply gain hours is in your or your our families best interests. Norm N995K M20R