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  1. OK, I'm gonna ask a stupid question, and probably stir this up even more, but I'm new to my Mooney and just getting to the point where I can consider this kind of stuff... I just finished my "insurance required" checkout, and while I occasionally looked at temps, I was a lot more obsessed with altitude, airspeed, etc. Now that I have a little breathing space, I've started doing some reading and research. From what I've read, it APPEARS that LOP was originally discouraged for two reasons: older aircraft only had one CHT gauge, and the cylinders weren't "tuned" so that the temps were the same in all the cylinders. So in those cases, it would have been possible to lean the one cylinder you could see, but still have the other 5 running hot. My 231 has the JP gauge, so that I can see all 6 cylinders, and I have Gami injectors, so all of my cylinders are within a few degrees of each other. That being the case, I've been able to lean it out quite a bit, and keep all the cylinders "cool enough" but also achieving a considerable reduction in fuel burn. So, I'm quickly becoming a LOP guy. Am I missing anything? Apologies for stirring this up.
  2. Stunning aircraft, Congrats!
  3. Dogs are family. If anyone has more stories experience with the dog O2 masks, please add them. We will probably get to 170-210 this summer heading to Idaho, and I'm wondering if I'll need one for the dog...
  4. Couple of weeks for me
  5. I bought my 231 through All American. Couldn't be happier with the process...
  6. After I finished the installation, I had some routine cross-country flying to do before I would have a chance to do an "official" ADS B flight. So, I thought I'd try and see what the result was after the second flight. To my delight it PASSED! Check's in the mail! No maneuvers or special stuff. I was adjacent to the ATL Class B airspace, but that's it...
  7. IIRC, the 345 DOES have bluetooth to get WX and traffic, but it does NOT transmit info BACK to the Garmin (i.e. flightplan). I also (and don't quote me on this one) think it may not send AHRS data to the ipad, only WX and traffic... I ended up getting both, and now rarely touch my 430w. I send everything to it from the iPad.
  8. In the FWIW department, I thought I'd share some of the stuff I learned with my installation: I installed a Garmin GTX345 and a FlightStream 210 (not required for ADS B, but it makes it more useful). I had just purchased the aircraft, so it wasn't registered in my name. However, I was able to reserve a rebate, perform the installation, and make the flight, all before the FAA showed me as the owner. I just had to wait to CLAIM the rebate once the aircraft was in my name... As to the flight, I didn't do anything but fly through/near class B airspace (ATL). After the flight, I decided to have a look at the FAA website to see if that was good enough, and it was! No maneuvering or anything else out of the ordinary. One last note, if installing the 345 and the FS210, make sure the installer disconnects the Bluetooth from the 345, as the 210 becomes your Bluetooth device. I'm now able to see WX and traffic on my 430w, and it's epic in and around the pattern. Additionally, make sure the FS (if you get one) has the latest software version (2.40 or later) and you'll be able to see ADS B WX and traffic on either Foreflight or Garmin Pilot. Versions prior to 2.40 don't support those programs....
  9. 2 months, and about 10 hours!
  10. Panama City is really close for me. Can an uninvited stranger show up just to listen? :-)
  11. I've still heard nothing. It may be awhile...
  12. A lot of awesome ideas. I ordered the Redline Sidewinder on December 16th. Apparently they're WAY behind in production. I'm still considering getting an old lawn mower (and now maybe a wheelchair) to use, and then keeping whichever works best...
  13. Only qualified to learn. And this happened yesterday, near my home: I'd love to hear what happened, from the pilot.
  14. I'm late to the discussion, as I've been working. But I thought maybe I could throw in my 2 cents. Just as a point of reference, I just went over 20,000 total time, I'm type rated in the 727, L1011, 737, 757, 767, DC9/MD88, and the A319/320/321. Over 2000 hours in the F-15, 1200 in the T-37, and a master instructor in the USAF. USAF Flight Examiner, Designated FAA Examiner and Line Check Airman. I was an accident investigator for over 20 years, both military and civilian, and participated in over 2 dozen major mishaps with many fatalities. The things I know for a fact: I could have done what the OP did. NO ONE expects bad stuff to happen, and when it does, it catches you by surprise, as we all think we've planned and thought ahead. The ONE thing we've missed is the thing that happens. It takes a HUGE amount of guts to admit a mistake. I've learned more than I already knew by reading this thread. I truly respect the OP for coming on here and teaching me something. No matter how smart I am, I guarantee there is much I don't know, and more that I have to learn. Hopefully any time someone makes a mistake, they'll come on here and help me to avoid the same mistake. @carusoam Your post was extremely helpful to me, thanks for that. @kelty Good luck to you in the future, and thanks for sharing your experience. The Navy used to publish a series called "Grandpa Pettibone" wherein aviators shared their mistakes and mishaps. I think I learned as much from that as any other source. Your willingness to come on here, and do just that honors the service.
  15. Very cool. Literally AND figuratively.... Next time I head to Idaho, I may stop by. Will it fit in the baggage compartment? lol