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  1. Hurricane Irma

    Thanks for the offer. They've got to get somewhere that has a hub like CLT or further north. They were just able to get a rental car, so worst case they have a few day drive.
  2. Hurricane Irma

    Anyone in the Orlando area taking their plane north out of harms way? If so, two friends of ours are going to be stranded there because SW cancelled their flights for Saturday and there isn't anything available. They are going to PVD, but honestly anywhere north where they could get to a commercial hub would probably work.
  3. Mag Timing ...300RPM drop now won't start

    Of course as luck would have it, I jammed my heal into the corner of a jack stand while working with the mechanic, brused the bone and ACL. So, I am in a walking boot for several weeks. I guess we have time to figure this out. ...well except the other two owners would like to fly.
  4. Mag Timing ...300RPM drop now won't start

    Got the plugs out spark on any of them. Since the mags are new and they should send a spark even if miss timed....ideas?
  5. During our annual we replaced or mags on our M20C. Once we got everything tougher we checked the timing using a tone box. Looked good. Started, did a run up test and there was a 300RPM drop on both sides. Turned it off and the plugs which had been cleaned were dirty. Cleaned them again, checked timing, and tried starting... Will not start. Ideas? Mechanic thinks the timing might be off and wants to pull the mags off to check the gear alignment. Or, a fuel supply issue.
  6. Camera Mounts / Location?????

    I mounted my Garmin Virb about 8 inches to the top left of the center of the windshield. I'll try to get a pic.
  7. Flying to see the Eclipse

    Yup, but no NOTAM or controllers to keep it organized.
  8. Flying to see the Eclipse

    Planning to orbit with 20nm legs over the Kentucky and Illinois border.
  9. Clear AvGas?

    There is an ATSM standard for 100LL. If what you buy does not comply, the supplier is liable for misrepresentation and damages. Just be sure the damages are a drain, cleaning, and refuel and not bent metal...because one can also argue that the PIC is responsible for ensuring the fuel complies with the systems on the airplane.
  10. Transition Training: 172 to M20C

    #1 Sight Picture is significantly different. Low wing, closer to the ground, more reclined seat position, etc. #2 Energy management. The plane is harder to slow down...dumping the flaps won't slow you down nearly as much as the 172. And all that has been said here before. #3 While your floating (if it happens) be patient. We have a 5000 foot runway, while you may use up too much of the runway for a touch and go, that's fine. Just let her settle, be careful not to balloon or bounce! #4 Porpoise. You may flare too high (or balloon) causing a big bounce and cause a porpoise. If you do, GO AROUND...Smoothly add throttle (otherwise she'll cough), don't climb yet, just level her out just over the ground, get some speed, begin your climb, put the gear up, and collect your self. #5 Control inputs are smaller than a 172. #6 As she settles release most of your crosswind input. If you don't the nose wheel will touch down at an angle and you'll veer off towards the edge of the runway. If that happens, release the correction and then gently correct, if you over correct you'll have a bad day. #7 Retrac. Normal stuff about retrac, but the manual gear on the Mooney is intended to be raised around 80mph. So, don't dilly dally about putting them up as it takes more force at higher speeds. When you move the bar, move it firmly and smoothly in one motion from the verticle to the floor and push the sleeve back to lock. If you can slide your thumbnail in the floor block, or the block when it is "down and locked" it is NOT locked. Push the sleeve a bit and you should not be able to put your thumbnail in-between the sleeve and the block. #8 Cloud Ahoy is a humbling tool. I recommend Cloud Ahoy. Look it up, you can export the GPS track logs from the Stratus/Foreflight into it and look at your airspeeds, track, etc. It's very helpful in finding out why something happened or seeing how consistent you are. #9 Your co-owners love pilot stories, beer, and wine...but always after flying. That's all that comes to mind, I only transitioned 50 hrs (6 months) ago from C172/182s. It took about 10hrs to get it nailed.
  11. Not the best landing

    I'm sure none of them fly in areas where deer run out on runways then. Touch and goes should be a part of training.
  12. Not the best landing

    Centerline alignment is to the left, but otherwise, this is what I aim for. Also be careful in a crosswind when the nose wheel comes down that you have released most of the rudder correction. Since that controls the nosewheel steering you can find your self suddenly veering towards the edge of the runway. Release the correction, let her nose touch and then find the new correction.
  13. Cowl Flaps Closure M20C

    Hmm the saga continues....
  14. Cowl Flaps Closure M20C

    What about when it is retracted?
  15. Pattern Work at KHFY M20C

    I believe the Garmin Virb Ultra 30 has an atmospheric altimeter. They have a different case for external and internal. The internal one has a hole in the case to allow the pressure to equalize.