John Mininger

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    Quakertown PA USA
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    N201PK
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  1. John Mininger

    How do you mount your ipad

    Jonathon, I use an iPad Mini now, but I used an Air 2 for over a year with the same setup. So with the same mount set-up, on a longer trip I have the Mini on the left yoke and the full size Air 2 or the right yoke. John
  2. John Mininger

    How do you mount your ipad

    After many tries, and a lot of extra RAM parts, I've settled on the following:
  3. Thanks Brian. I’ll plan on making the long taxi up from hangar 14.
  4. John Mininger

    Richard Collins - Flies West

    I remember hearing about, not reading but hearing about, a piece that he wrote on the Global Swift that was not very complementary. Does anyone remember anything about that, or know where one might find that article? RIP Mr. Collins.
  5. John Mininger

    Mooney stuck in Carlisle PA

    Hmm. Thanks Clarence. I attached the most recent Blackstone report:Blackstone report.pdf
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    Mooney stuck in Carlisle PA

    I don’t think the flight home will be all that risky, it’s about 85 miles. The way I look at it, I will have a #3 cylinder that’s in better shape than the other 3. And in my experience, an engine change always takes longer than everyone expects.
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    Mooney stuck in Carlisle PA

    No, there really isn’t any reason not to just keep flying it. The last oil change I did, didn’t show any abnormal amounts of medal in the filter. The oil analysis from Blackstone did show elevated levels of copper. Valve guide? I am anxious to take a good look at the failed valve. The cylinders were borescoped about 100 hours ago and no green areas on the faces.
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    Mooney stuck in Carlisle PA

    We were happily flying along at 7500' eastbound, when suddenly, the engine started running rough. It sounded like it was running on 3 cylinders. Which turned out it was the case. Number 3 cylinder was producing barely any heat. I was able to hold altitude with the power that I had left, but since I didn’t know exactly what was wrong, and we were within easy glide distance of Carlisle, I decided that discretion was the better part of valor and landed at N94. When we got on the ground and tied down, I pulled the prop through and there was only compression in 3 cylinders. This was Sunday a week ago and there was no A&P around. Last week I had an A&P who had a plane on the field bore scope the #3 cylinder. He said a valve had failed and that the inside of the cylinder, plugs, and top of the piston were “beat up”, but it didn’t look like any piece of the valve went through the top of the piston. There didn’t seem to be any visible damage to the outside of the cylinder and the push rod tubes were not bent. The A&P said that a cylinder kit should get me home, but to make sure the exhaust system was checked for any debris from the broken valve. So, my thoughts are to get a serviceable cylinder for under $1000, have it installed out there, get the plane home, and likely replace the engine with reman IO360A3B6.
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    Mooney stuck in Carlisle PA

    A3B6D to A3B6 John
  10. John Mininger

    Mooney stuck in Carlisle PA

    We landed safe and sound in Carlisle.
  11. John Mininger

    Mooney stuck in Carlisle PA

    Thank you very much. I may take you up on that. There are about 4 of us based at Quakertown who operate sort of an impromptu rescue service; a kind of mutual aid society so to speak for those of us who get stranded off the field. But again, thank you very much.
  12. John Mininger

    Mooney stuck in Carlisle PA

    I think that there was a series of Slicks that were "throwaways". There may be some of them still out in the field.
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    Mooney stuck in Carlisle PA

    Thanks bradp. I'm going with the IO-360 A3B6 mainly because I don't want to replace the prob. The price of the 390 cylinders are a lot less than they used to be. In my deliberations over which way to go, I got a quote of $1728 for 390 cylinders from Air-Power. I have a hypothesis, and it’s only a hypothesis, that Lycoming is “incentivizing” us to convert to the IO-390 because they’re concerned about the detonation margins of the IO-360 with the new UL fuel.
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    Mooney stuck in Carlisle PA

    Thanks Byron. That's kind of the way I'm leaning. But I have no idea what the cost of the new Continental cylinders is. If it's $950 for a serviceable cylinder kit vs. $1500 for a new one; I don't know. The $950 serviceable wins hands down over a $2200 Lycoming! By the way, would you recommend replacing the Slicks on the A3B6 with 1200 series Bendix mags ASAP? Or wait until the first overhaul on the Slicks? John
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    Mooney stuck in Carlisle PA

    While flying back home to (KUKT) from Bedford PA (KHMZ) last Sunday after visiting friends, we had to make a semi emergency landing in Carlisle PA (N94). Turns out we lost the #3 cylinder. The engine has about 2200 hours on it, so I’ve pretty much decided to overhaul it, and I’ve pretty much decided to replace it with a factory reman I0-360 A3B6. (Roller lifters and two mags.) I would have considered the IO-390 conversion, but my McCauley only has about 200 hours since overhaul. I don’t really feel like spending another $10,000-$11,000 on a Hartzell. My priority though is to get the plane back home. Does anyone know the price and have any experience with the new Continental cylinders for angle valve Lycomings? Last I saw, Lycoming angle valve cylinder kits were still around $2200. Strangely enough, Lycoming cylinder kits for the IO-390 are now around $1750 from Air-Power. Thanks John