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    Got my renewal insurance quote today...

    Lowering the hull does not work with the cheaper aircraft as it gets too close to a write off situation for a simple prop strike.
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    Got my renewal insurance quote today...

    I asked about this. The underwriters are unwilling to do this. I was trying for a 10k deductible but the highest I could get was $0. Thought really hard about going with liability only but just my luck I’d have a storm flipped Cessna on top of me the following summer at osh.
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    IFR Setup

    I’m going from memory but I think the 90b has some memory issues (lack of) and it is not easy to update the database. The only legal way to shoot approaches with the unit is to keep it updated. If I purchased a plane with it installed I’d run it till it failed for gps direct capabilities and forget about the approaches.
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    IFR Setup

    Don’t spend your hard earned cash on the install of an old panel mount gps. I’ve seen used 400w units sell in the mid 2’s which would allow a very cheap upgrade to a future 440 if you wanted to. The G5 / E5 (also an ifr unit) would be an investment well after a waas approach navigator was installed. It really is the heart of the panel.
  5. Looking for advice for keeping my current avionics when I upgrade planes down the road. I have to admit I’m torn with my current setup. I’d like to upgrade my 430w with a new 440 but feel I’m already over invested in my panel. Probably looking to sell in 3ish years to upgrade to an a36 with the growing family. Wondering how hard it would be to pull the Aspen/440/330es combo w/wiring and transplant it to a new plane. The C would be left with at least two nav/coms, a stec AP, EM, etc so it would be pretty average and probably not drop the value of the plane too bad. It appears that the majority of the work is in the wiring and configuration of the avionics not the actual mounting. I would think the swap could be cost effective if the wires were long enough to keep the harness intact. Thoughts? Don’t really like the thought of a 3.5k sunk cost upgrade.
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    Small GFC 500 Update

    That trip looks epic...only wish I could carve out the time this summer.
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    Small GFC 500 Update

    I totally get the reasons for waiting. But the 200 AP is a great system when working and IMO could add a lot of safety to certain types of flying. Months no problem but years? Its unfortunate for the used market that some AP manufacturers are reusing current servos for the new systems. It would provide a great source of parts for those trying to extend the life of current gear to have them overflowing on dealer shelves. Like the 256/525 components that can be purchased for a few $’s now.
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    Small GFC 500 Update

    I can’t believe you’d go without an AP for multiple years to save a few thousand (possibly split multiple ways) on a pitch servo. You might even find the working servo has some value if you switch down the road. If I had to pick between a G5 and a working AP the decision to spend on the old junk would be made before I finished typing this response.
  9. Is the MT included in the 2700 stc? probably looking at 20k including the rpm stc. The additional hp is worth far more than a few lbs of useful load imo. Not sure how you’re going to get another 50 lbs of useful. The eagle is already pretty empty. One seat and no interior?
  10. Should be plenty of room in the current clock location.
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    G500 TXi Upgrade

    This is from the Garmin site.
  12. I thought the clock would fit in the ammeter slot, hard to tell from the picture but I thought both were 2 and 1/4 inch.
  13. Swap the clock to the amp position and make a larger hole. I’d spend the money on a audio panel if changing out the nav/com and transponder. I wouldn’t be concerned about the 1600 hrs but the likely 40 year old engine would be a great reason monitor it more closely.
  14. Keep the C the way it is. If you desire a 430w in your new plane just buy / sell the used units should be a cheap exchange. However, if it was my plane I’d sell the non waas and replace it with a used ifd540 or 440.
  15. Interesting, I’ve been using golden grease for decades and was wondering about aircraft wheel bearings using the stuff. Sticks like crazy.
  16. I came across an article for Vans aircraft that said the IAS limitations could not be used at higher altitudes because the Vne is always decreasing as the air get thinner. I’m curious about this because I have been using middle of the yellow in smooth air when coming down. Should I be concerned with a let down from higher altitudes 16-18k? Vans Vne
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    Small GFC 500 Update

    I agree that it seems odd. However, they mentioned that a single G5 can drive the 500 AP so you could mount it over on the copilot side. Curious if the other functions (heading bug, etc) could feed over from the g500 display?
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    The Mooney has a hanger-mate

    Great story, I can tell you actually care about the PO and all those involved. Wished that was more common as I think many are out for blood during the process.
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    Oshkosh 2018 - Who's going?

    I’ll be inbound for the normal thurs-sat north 40 layover. Missing all the fun events again...
  20. The 225 is a little unique. You need to push approach on the 225 when cleared, the 530 message will blink and you need to enable APR on the gps, lastly you need to push approach two more times on the 225. The above is for the waas enabled unit.
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    Recommendations on Selling Mooney

    No question IMO, AAA will be able to move the plane for top dollar. I’d be taking it back to them.
  22. I have not read the Install manual lately but this is my recommendation. Set the max fuel (via the totalizer) to the total capacity. For the tank gauges carefully collect and graph the sensor resistance to fuel added data (both senders are wired in series in each tank-meaning the two tank jpi works great). The sensors will probably work well above the stock fuel quantity. Note on your graph/data where the resistance levels peak, use the lower gallon quantity (at peak) tank value for both tanks, and set the gallons and respective resistance levels for each side. Look carefully at the rest of the data and put the middle three points where they are needed and the first point at zero gallons usable.
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    Never a good question to ask on this site. Many of the members already have a plane so it’s easy to put low values on a sale. The perspective buyers normally have limited funds and big aspirations. Because everyone is so proud of the CB status we are looking for recent insurance funded major maintenance being completed.
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    Installation Costs

    I think the kma24 has a slide in retrofit from PS that might reduce the install slightly? Personally I’d forgo the compass card.
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    LED lighting Poll

    I have the older Whelen light as well. I leave it on all the time which is nice but I find the output and night very marginal. Came close to buying an aeroled sunspot at S&F but the unit I want (4580) is 28 v only. I hope they make a 14v version of that light soon. I don’t mind paying the long price for an aviation unit but I’m never buying a low output unit again.