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  1. Thanks all. To follow up, we confirmed that our flaps are retracting too quickly (5.5 s on the ground) which is causing the uncomfortable rapid pitching/climb-pause when flaps are raised at appropriate speed (80-90 mph). We have tested being prepared to rapidly counter the pitch (until we can get our flaps adjusted) and our experience seems to confirm that raising them sooner (80-90mph) allows you to accelerate to Vx and/or Vy quicker. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  2. Thanks for all the good thoughts. I hadnt considered that perhaps our flaps are retracting too quickly and need adjusted. It is slower on the ground, but in the air they seem to substantially retract in a second or less and completely retract in under two seconds. What should it be? Our Vfe is 125 mph so that isn't a concern. For the folks talking about keeping flaps until 1000' and not changing configuration low... Vx and By are specifically with no flaps and I need that performance. Our home base (at least until a hangar opens up at a nearby field) is 2600' grass surrounded by 500-700' hills. This is why I care about being able to accelerate to Vx as quickly as possible. We currently derate our max gross by 200 or 300 lbs in the dead of summer to maintain reasonable safety margins. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  3. For folks that have the manual/hydraulic pump flaps, I'm curious what speed you retract your flaps on take-off. We used to wait until reaching Vx (94 mph) because retracting at lower speeds seems to cause a breif drop (or perhaps it is just a pitch up that feels like a drop?). However, it does seem like the plane accelerates (to get to Vx or Vy as quickly as possible) much more quickly if you get the flaps up sooner. We just noticed (not sure how we'd missed it before) that the manual prescribes retracting between 80-90mph. Is this where most folks actually retract? Is there a noticable pitch or drop for you? Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  4. Carusoam has a good thougght regarding finding the pics from the parts catalogue. With that said, I think ours ('68 M20F) has the same parts here and ive included a pic below. I do not know nor have I verified that mine is original. But I think it is consistent with others comments. Bottom line... I think the bend in the tab IS original and you just need some fasteners on the wire to hold tight against the tab. I think if you tried to unbend the tab there is a good chance it would break. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  5. This is very valuable/important if doable. There are a lot of things worth a fair amount of money (AP, avionics are good example) that cant easily be well tested on the ground (at least not without specialized equipment your PPI mechanic likely won't have), but can readily run through their typical functions in flight. If you are new to Mooney's it is also a an opportunity for some introduction by the current owner (not a replacement for actual transition training). I think that the extended interaction during flight with the owner builds rappport and gets them to open up about (or attempt to cover up) little nits that would otherwise never even come up. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  6. That is a fine mission statement. I want that on a poster! Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  7. Good experience with Pilot Bank. We had 20% down and 15 yr term but I think they'll go longer. I cant speak to how competitive their rates are. Ours were set when rates were much higher and we were limited in lenders by the age of the aircraft. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  8. Thanks for the images folks. I have the frame welded attach points. I'm just trying to get a feel for the options. Wasnt sure if people liked the Rosens and how well they folded up against the ceiling. Are the Lasar wiser-visers still available? The are out of stock on Lasar's webpage and I've seen comments in a couple locations implying they aren't producing them anymore. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  9. I know there are some older posts on here about sunvisors, but I'm curious if there are any newer options? Also does anyone have any pics of the Rosen Mooney Sunvisors installed in a vintage Mooney? Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  10. Hah! Yeah, too many other things on the iWant list to get distracted with the G-candy. Next up is a left side panel re-org (not sure why mooneys were sold with a shotgun blast instead of an instrument panel). Then a right side panel re-org, pergaps including an EDM900. Then new interior... then new paint... Dang it, you got me a started! Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  11. So following up on a prior conversation ( we finally have GPS and ADS-B compliance in our bird! Everything went very smoothly and we are quite happy with the result, though we havent been able to fly in it much yet. We ended up going to XP Services in Tullahoma, TN. They are in a partnership of some sort with Sarasota Avionics such that you purchase through Sarasota and get access to their inventory, prices, and zero sales tax but then the install labor is done at and paid through XP Services (Much closer for us in North alabama!). When we were shopping around for avionics shops and requesting quotes, most shops were terrible at responding in a reasonable timeframe. Frank at XP was excellent! From quoting through install he was clear, knowledgable, thorough, and communicated often. Their install rate was competitive and we are quite satisfied with the work. This is admittedly a relatively simple job as far as gps installs go, and Frank was able to work our job into their schedule within a month of us committing. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  12. I'm no waxing expert. But I think Nu Finish is great! Very effective and easy to buff/wipe off. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  13. I feel like the trim behavior is nonlinear. It seems to take a large amount of trim wheel movement to go from climbout to approximately level cruise flight, but then highly sensitive around the cruise condition. (In my '68 M20F) Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  14. Send to Porter Strait in Tulsa. They have a former Brittain employee who services these and is VERY knowledgable/good. We just had this done this year. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk
  15. 50 ppm is the OSHA continual 8 hr continual exposure limit. Meaning it is acceptable for persons to work in an environment full time with CO levels that high (up to 8 continuous hours per day). Doesnt sound pleasant, but not unsafe. Sent from my LM-V405 using Tapatalk