vance.k

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    1979 M20K 231

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  1. vance.k

    Log Review - Knoxville/Crossville, TN

    I had the same problem when I was looking at a plane. Older seller who was unable/unwilling to scan them. I was pretty interested and traveled to the plane, bought a scanner and took a couple hours at the hotel room getting scans of everything. It had everything back to the beginning of time, so took a few hours. L It would have been impractical to get all of that with a phone (although not all was needed either). I’m glad I took the time to do real scans. I ended up buying that plane and I now refer to the scans more than the digging through the log books when looking for something. V—
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    1 Year Mooney-versary

    Thanks everyone! The hours did add up much more quickly than I expected and frankly, the utility of flying surprised me. The freedom of not worrying about missing a flight or what the security lines will be like, or unexpected delays, is huge! I know I'm preaching to the choir. In my mind, I expected some of that, but it surprised me nonetheless. I love when people ask 'what time is your flight' and I think, 'whenever I get there'. Of course, I usually give some time that works with the schedule as to not get into it. People's reactions and perceptions are funny, so sometimes it is best to keep my little hobby among family and friends. @carusoam - I'll work on the wife and see if she would do something like that. I'd say not too likely, but worth a try. Thanks again everyone, what a great community! Vance
  3. vance.k

    1 Year Mooney-versary

    Hello MS'ers, Wanted to take this time to commemorate the 1 year anniversary of my first flight in my Mooney. Picked up N231CK from the shop a year ago, after some post purchase work and upgrades, and have been flying every chance I get. I logged 276 hours with 160 landings in those 12 months and have enjoyed the heck out of it. I've learned that I don't like flying at night; it is really dark out there and any off airport landing will likely hit something very hard. And my night landings are usually my worst..but hey, I can usually get my night currency in one trip down the runway (3 bounces count, right?). Conversely, I got my IFR and really enjoy flying in IMC and the utility that it brings. It is still nerve racking and exciting. But, my actual IMC has all been departures and en route with no approaches yet. This past year, I traveled to Denver (~20x), Chicago Area (2x), Kansas (3x), Nebraska (2x), Arizona (3x), Nevada (4x), Texas (3x), and Utah (2x), as well as a host of other places across NM and CO too numerous to mention. I've scrubbed a couple flights, delayed a couple, but have benefited from a remarkably good dispatch record, considering. These Mooney's are travelling machines for sure. I have an opportunity to fly to Orlando (~1,400NM) for a conference in 2 weeks, but after my last trip back from Chicago where I was bucking headwinds the whole way, I'm rethinking that potential 10 hour (probably 2 day) return trip from Orlando. While I'd love to say I did it, I may sit in the back and have a drink for that trip. I've benefited tremendously from the knowledge and resources provided by the community here at MS and for that, I am very thankful. I hope to be able to collect enough in the experience bucket to be able to contribute meaningfully some day. Thanks again for everything! Vance ps. Attaching a photo of the panel and of the family. The family trip was last September on the way to Salt Lake City for labor day. My wife hates flying, but she was a trooper and the trip up was super smooth. Not so on the way back and it was the last time she's been in the plane. Glad a took a photo as proof.
  4. vance.k

    Got my renewal insurance quote today...

    I renewed 3/10 and switched from Starr to XL. 2017 - Starr - $2575: $120k hull / $1m/100k subs - New pilot w/ ~80 hours, 0 complex, 0 Mooney (required 5 hrs transition + 5 solo) 2018 - XL - $2,200: $120k hull / $1M smooth - ~250 hours w/ 160 Mooney time. I pushed really hard for a smooth policy and made that my number one ask for my broker. I had also been told an IR was required and it was my goal, but lost 2 months due to an AOG issue, so didn't get it done in time. XL was the only carrier that offered a smooth policy. BTW, did my IR checkride today, woot! On to commercial..
  5. vance.k

    Albuquerque

    Hi @Randy A, I'm based at Double Eagle and not aware of an MSC around here either. I have a '79 K model that I would be happy to provide some exposure. I believe the F and K are substantially similar from a length/cabin perspective. Shoot me a PM with your details and we can find a time to get together. A couple pieces of unsolicited advice. 1) I would second @carusoam's advice that if you want to see a bunch of them, make a trip down to San Antonio and visit with All American. I did that and sat in at least a dozen different planes; small, mid and long body as well as a Piper 6 and a few others. Probably as close to a car dealership as you can get with their inventory of for sale planes all in one place. And David and Jimmy are super knowledgeable and friendly. No pressure, just good guys and happy to help. 2) I ended up buying a 'good deal' that had been sitting basically idle for the previous 4-5 years. As you've no doubt read by now, be careful of those. Nothing harder on a plane than one that has been sitting, even if in a hangar. If I do the math where I sit today (I don't really want to do the math, though..), I'm probably still ahead, slightly, as some of the issues I had could happen on any plane. The biggie is we found spalled lifters while replacing the push rod gaskets. Luckily, the cam was still within tolerance, so only cost me 12 new lifters. A lot of the rest were just deferred maintenance type things and stuff that could break on any plane. If I were to do it over, I would insist on getting a plane that was flown regularly. I don't know what the bottom limit would be, but it needs to be getting some real flight time regularly. 3) I didn't find this forum until I was under contract and into the pre-buy. I'd recommend posting the details of what you are looking at and let the group here pick at it and provide some good feedback. The knowledge pool here and willingness to help is incredible. I'd highly recommend taking advantage of it. This was probably my biggest miss in the process...I wish I had found and utilized this group more during the process. Cheers! Vance
  6. Hey @DanM20C, Not sure if all C41s had an FD. Although, funny enough, when I was at Century, they had a large background banner system like you would see at a trade show back in the day. It had photos of their older systems, including the C21, C31 and C41 setup. I remember looking at that and thinking my AI doesn't look like the one with the C41 setup. It looks like the C31 AI, but with the C41 control unit and badges. So no, my AI doesn't have the FD button or the command bars. Perhaps it got swapped out somewhere along the way. Maybe I'll dig through the logs at some point, but I don't recall seeing anything about that, at least not in the recent past. Cheers! Vance
  7. Hey Dan, Yes, they were definitely great to work with. I'm unsure on whether the Aspen can fully drive the C41 for roll/pitch. Mine definitely isn't connected that way and maybe wasn't considered. I bought the plane with the Aspen already installed, so didn't do any of the research or design decisions on that install. I don't believe my plane has a flight director. Vacuum-less is intriguing. The AI is my only vacuum component at this point. Cheers! Vance
  8. Bringing back an oldie, but wanted to follow-up and close the loop as I FINALLY got it fixed after 8 months of not having a functional AP. I wasn't in a huge hurry, because I enjoy flying it and the ~180 hours or so of hand flying in that time period has probably been good for me. But, I'm getting ready for my IFR checkride and wanted to have it functional and get some experience with it, in case I really need it some day. After months of trying to get the local avionics shop at my field to troubleshoot it in earnest as well as trying to even get a return call/email from a shop at Centennial where I travel frequently, I finally threw in the towel. I called Century directly on Tuesday and asked if I could just bring the plane to them and get it fixed. They said come on down. I went to Mineral Wells Wed evening and they pulled it into their hangar first thing Thurs while I hung out in their lounge with another gentleman who did the same thing. They spent a few minutes troubleshooting, then pulled the AI and walked it across the street to the factory. A couple hours later, it came back, rebuilt and with a clean bill of health. One of their techs went up with me, calibrated it in the air, then gave me a tutorial on how to use all the functions, followed by programming up and letting the plane fly a full RNAV/LPV approach down to minimums (practice approach) and it worked flawlessly. Left Mineral Wells and was back home in Abq on Thurs night. In my 10 short months of airplane ownership, I seem to have had a pretty constant string of maintenance/repair experiences that were, let's say, 'meh'. Mostly over-promise and under-deliver with a few that just flat out lie to get you off the phone with no intention of actually following through on their promises. This experience, however, was as good as it gets! Truly great people at Century (Matt, the service manager, especially) and the super friendly folks at the FBO, etc. Wish I had done it sooner and for anyone in a similar situation (unable to get qualified local help to fix it), I'd highly recommend this option. Cheers! Vance
  9. vance.k

    79 231 -LB TIT Probe Question

    Just realized I hadn't followed up on this thread to close the loop. I ended up buying the PMA'd KSAvionics A002C-30 unit for a little over $200. Installed it and verified it worked correctly with the ship gauge. Then we paralleled the JPI and everything is working correctly. The JPI reads about 25F higher than the ship gauge, but I'm happy with that. So, I guess this is confirmation that there is some technical issue with the JPI probes not being able to drive this particular ship gauge, but the PMA'd units work just fine. And legal...so that's a bonus. Thanks again to all the MSers that pitched in to help with info and guidance. Vance
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    M20k 231 exhaust

    Hey @Northern Mooniac, Congrats on getting it fixed. I'm curious, what all was done for the repair? I basically ended up with a completely rebuilt exhaust. I know they are supposed to keep some portion of the original component in order to 'repair', but I swear each shop basically built a new system. Anyway, I'm back flying with what I would say is a 100% new exhaust, but it cost many multiples of $500 Canadian. Thanks! Vance
  11. Thanks everyone. I wasn't able to create any type of account via the portal, that I could figure out. I emailed ATP and they responded that they are no longer free. The cost is $330 for the Continental Engine Library, according to that same email. Vance
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    M20k 231 exhaust

    NM, I feel your pain. I'm in the throws of the same issue right now. Found a leak near the #6 (exhaust dust and blistered paint on the engine mount). We pulled the whole left side exhaust and sent it to Knisley. Was supposed to be 2 weeks, but took over 5. Ugh. Then, once we got it back, big leak on the crossover between the new and old. Our mistake for not taking everything off and sending it all together. Good advice above to do that...wish I had known. I actually didn't realize they basically just rebuild everything instead of patching. Works for me...I just didn't know. Knisley basically said it would be another 4+ weeks. Dawley said the same. It is killing me having the plane down (I fly quite a bit and hate taking the 'bus'), so I overnighted everything to Aerospace Welding in MN as they indicated 1-1.5 week turnaround. We will see. Check those v-bands while you have it apart. Found a crack on one of mine. Good luck! Vance
  13. Thanks everyone! That explains why I wasn't finding it in the quick search I did...there's good money to be made selling it. I'll give eflightmanuals a shot and see if that fills the need. If not, I'll sign up for ATP. Thanks again! Vance
  14. Hi MSers, My A&P is doing some work on my 231 today and asked for the Continental Maintenance Manual. I just realized I don't have that (only the one from Mooney). I found that what I need is X30571 and I can order it from spruce, but I'm curious if there is a legit source online where I can buy a digital copy...or perhaps if anyone has one handy they wouldn't mind sharing? Thanks for the help! Vance
  15. vance.k

    231 - AOG - Oil out the breather

    Hi everyone, Just wanted to follow up with the resolution. Went to the plane today with my mechanic and IA armed with the ideas above. Upon closer inspection, it was pretty clear that the breather hose was probably not well secured onto the o/a separator. The hose was extremely hard and the bulge for the barb was outside the clamp, and it was too short. Kind of seems like it was just butted up against the o/a and somehow finally became dislodged. I picked up the plane the very end of May and have flown about 140 hours before this happened. Hard to say why this time. We hadn't messed with the breather at any point. To answer some of the questions, no icing and there is an ice/whistle hole on the pipe pretty high up inside the cowl. We replaced the hose, cleaned it up and did a test flight, all good. Flew it home to abq without incident. Thanks again for the incredible support and ideas. Vance