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  1. $55/case at Oshkosh, includes free ride back to your campsite with the purchase of 3 or more. I bought 6 ;-) Wound up selling 2 cases to the neighbors and have enough left to make it to Oshkosh to restock.
  2. you will be spoiled with the Avidyne 550. makes flying IFR seem like cheating. If you haven't done so already, check out the free IFD intro video at avidynetraining.com. Gary Reeves does a nice job explaining the basics of the Avidyne interface. Also download the IFD trainer and IFD1000 app for your ipad. You can start to chair fly the new radio while your shop is busy wiring the real one.
  3. Niko, I'd happily fly with a "Youngster". I PM'd a reply to you as well. I'll check in once we get closer to the 15th in case plans change.
  4. replace the 530 with an Avidyne 550. The Avidyne is a drop in replacement for the 530 which will save you a fortune in install charges and put that money towards the Aspen.
  5. I have to be in LA for business December 13-16. Any chance one of you would be up for a a $100 hamburger run on Saturday 12/15 if I cover the gas (@Chrixxer)? Having never flown in the LA airspace, I'd love to ride along with an experienced local to see it first hand. Thanks in Advance -Dennis
  6. The MooneySpace hive mind solved it. I have a Hobbs, and used to have a KR87 (before the Avidyne upgrade). It could have been connected to either device, my hobbs has always run from the time the master was turned on, so maybe that is default behavior with a missing vane. I never used the ADF, except for AM radio so I don't remember if I ever saw the flight timer increment. either way, looks like more useful load is available, or I will talk to Mark at AlphaSystems AOA and put something more useful in it's place. Thanks for the help team!
  7. I have the Tanis system in my J hooked up to an internet enabled plug. can you say "Alexa, turn on the Tanis"? I use an LTE hotspot for internet at the hangar. The Tanis is a great system. Mine is setup with 4 intake bolt heaters for the cylinder heads, and a oil sump pad heater. This kept the CHT wells free for the Insight engine monitor. Tanis now has an LED status light available so you know you have the cord plugged in securely. I toss a couple blankets over the cowl and prop and makes sure the cowl flaps are closed. The Tanis needs about 2 hrs to warm up a cold soaked engine, or if I plan ahead I will turn it on the night before.
  8. This weekend I took advantage of the last of the warm weather and cleaned the airplane. While I was working on the underside of the wing I noticed one of the inspection panels has a slot in the middle where something is/was installed. Since I don't have an HSI or slaved compass I ruled out a flux gate. Any ideas. It is on the left wing about three feet outboard from the fuselage near the leading edge. Before I get out the screwdriver I figured I would ask the smart people first. Note: the photo of the belly was taken before I cleaned it :-)
  9. 0.119 AMU plus miscellaneous paint and supplies
  10. I wound up buying the DIY interior repair kit from Bruce Jaeger and it included 100 #6 1/2 screws with tan painted heads, you can probably get them at the aviation section of home depot and hit the heads with a rattle can. https://www.jaegeraviation.com/Do-It_Yourself_Plastic_Repair_Kit-2b.pdf
  11. Carpet kits are available. Call Mike at SCS Interiors and he can even send you paper patterns to make sure they fit. Or as suggested call Bruce Jaeger. I did both. I bought new floor carpets from SCS, but I replaced the sidewall carpet with 1/8" Kydex sheet. No more cardboard backing and sun faded shag carpeting.
  12. I use Sheltair at Pompano Beach (KPMP). Close to the beach, dive boats, etc. Besides, you might be able to share the pattern with a Goodyear Blimp.
  13. Since you plan to pull the panels anyway, contact Bruce Jaeger and get his DIY interior repair kit. The kit contains self adhesive .016 aluminum to reinforce any panel cracks or loose screw holes. He has a very detailed step by step process to restore the panels to near new. I repaired several panels in my 1982 J this winter since I had the interior out to install the Avidyne and Stratus radios. I also replaced the lower sidewall panels with 1/16" kaidex plastic (Bruce's recommendation). http://justplaneradio.com/2018/02/the-mooney-avionics-upgrade-of-captain-dennis/
  14. This is a great shot, Mav. I should be a photographer.
  15. LotsOfGadgets +1 My son, Austin will be joining me