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About bob865

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  1. bob865

    Introduction / Request

    My fiance is the same way. Wheels up, head down. I don't think she has ever made it through a whole flight without sleeping.
  2. bob865

    Best Cheap ADSB Solution

    I'm going to guess: The only part of the ADS-B that is pulled from the transponder is the squawk. The position, altitude, and all other info necessary(including aircraft info) is part of the ads-b out transponder itself and is broadcast once per second. I would assume that if the ADS-B transponder doesn't recieve a squawk from the on board transponder(it is off or malfunctioning), it would just broadcast 1200 as per a normal VFR flight. I'm basing this also on the fact that there are several ads-b transponders out there that will allow you to broadcast 'anonymously,' skybeacon included, meaning they still broadcast your position, but not your tail number. As cool and nice as ADS-B is, personally I don't see the old Mode C going anywhere in the near future. I expect RADAR to continue to be a major part of Terminal area survailence for the foreseeable future. A backup to the ADS-B system or vice versa. Enroute center areas however, I definintely can see them discontinuing RADAR service in those areas in favor of ADS-B recieving stations.
  3. bob865

    Fuels smell in cabin

    I had to google it. Upsidedown in the Weeds On Fire.
  4. bob865

    starting engine de-cowl'd

    Check your prop governor. Mine was leaking and directly below it is a little 'shelf' for lack of a better term that it would collect on. Once enough collected it would then show up as streaks on the NLG doors.
  5. bob865

    io360 prop strike value

    Guy on my field bought a 201 that had a gear up landing and repaired it. He was really proud of the fact that he only replaced the bolt and lock plate. Felt like anyone who did more than this was a sucker. This is also the same guy that less than a month after boasting how much he saved, had trouble on takeoff. When he got it back on the ground, found he hadn't sumped the tanks and he had sucked water into the engine. And then a month or two later he ran off the runway and trashed the plane at Myrtle Beach. A pattern of bad dicisions?
  6. bob865

    IO-550 Question

    I can echo your experience. Mine was an IO-360 that sat for almost a year and had only a couple of hours over the previous couple of years. We treated the engine as if it was a new engine, and flew it like we were breaking it in. We also changed the oil very often, 5-10 hrs, for the first few and sent all samples out for analysis. All analysis came back fine and the numbers actually improved with each oil change. Part of the oil's job in the engine is to clean, so we ran the engine and let it do its work and changed it often so we always had fresh "clearner" running in the engine. After all of that, no major work needed to be done. We are keeping an eye on one cylinder becuase it has slightly lower compression than the other 3, but still well within limits. We are at about 75hrs since purchase and have only had to clean an injector and replace the spark plugs. I'm knocking really hard on my wood desk as I type this though.
  7. bob865

    io360 prop strike value

    I'm no expert by any stretch, but per lycoming it now has to be torn down for inspection using the following breakdown: Recommended Action for sudden Engine Stoppage%2C Propeller_Rotor Strike or Loss of Propeller_Rotor Blade or Ti (1).pdf The plane I bought had a prop strike many years ago and reading the log books I believe the prop strike inspection/rebuilt was about 8k-10k and that had no damage to the case or major components after inspection. I saw Alan had an engine posted the other day for 12.5k. I don't remember the details to know how close a comparison is to your engine. But if the engine would sell for 12.5 and needs a 10k inspection that leaves you with 2.5k in value which is a gamble since if the case were to have been cracked that 2.5k is now gone and then some. Maybe someone with more experience will chime in, but to me it doesn't seem like it's worth anything. Seems like it would be worth more parting it out. On the other hand, I might be interested in the prop as a decorative piece.
  8. bob865

    Flying into AVL, Asheville NC

    Not questioning your or the mighty mooney's capabilities. I just know my limits, and that airport is outside of them. At least for now.
  9. bob865

    Well, I finally did it ...

    I keep checking back on this post for pictures and still have not seen any. Is @ValkyrieRider still around? Was this post just some scam for some internet attention?
  10. bob865

    Flying into AVL, Asheville NC

    You have to be careful with Hendersonville though. It is really narrow and short (3075 x 40). The runway is parallel and close, really close, to a line of trees. The remarks on AirNav reiterate this: - LANDING TRAFFIC USE CAUTION WHEN WINDS GREATER THAN 10 KTS. - NORTH SIDE OF RY HAS 60 FT TREES 80 FT FROM CENTERLINE. - NUMEROUS OBSTNS IN APCH AND PRIM SFCS. HANGAR 90 FT LEFT OF RY 33. ACFT PARKED 40 FT FM EDGE OF RY 33. The wind caution is becuase If the wind is anywhere from the north through southeast, you can expect bad turbulence over the runway caused by the trees. Personally, I'll pay the few extra dollars and not take that chance. I'm a hobby pilot and not a bush pilot. Plus my mooney is still pretty new to me. I don't trust my skills in those conditions.
  11. bob865

    Flying into AVL, Asheville NC

    I'm glad to hear this. I live in Greenville, about an hour southeast by car or 15 minutes by mooney. My fiance and I love visiting the area, but I usualy refuse to go by mooney because of the reputation. Mostly becuase if I go, the beer there is too good not to partake, so it means an overnight stay and I didn't want to handle the high fuel and ramp prices when a drive isn't too huge of a difference. And for difficulty, at least from the southeast, it's not bad. I flew in there as a 45 hr, recently licensed, pilot with no issues. But then again, I don't fly across the mountains to get there.
  12. bob865

    any help would be appreciated

    The same reason boats sit in yards and rot away and cars sit in yards/garages and rust away. I assume there are a few different types of reasons: Fear of the unknown - they don't know what to expect with selling something. So rather than figure it out, they just avoid the uncomfortable situation all together. It's easy to do if the asset is paid for you and it's not costing you anything, or very little. The "I will get back to it" attitude - People buy or hold on to things even when they don't have the ability to use them because they plan to use it again. Sometimes it's health (I'll get back to it when I get back on my feet), sometimes it work (When work slows and I have more time I'll finally get back to it), and sometimes it something else. Sentimental attachment - Pilots are an interesting breed. I've seen so many hanging out because "that's my plane" even though they may not have flown the plane, or any other plane, in years. Physically Incapable - Sometimes a person is literally not capable of selling an asset. They could be hospitilized or something of the like that physically prevents them from being able to go through the work of selling it. I got back to flying after a few year break because I found a guy who had lost his medical but didn't want to sell his plane. He knew that a plane sitting would become worthless so instead he took on partners. I'm with you, I wish more people would take some action with planes instead of letting them rot. There is a whole row of planes, twins included, that sit along the back row of the ramp at GMU that have been there over 10 years!
  13. bob865

    MilSpec Crimper

    An old thread, but I found it when I was searching. I ended up buying these: They actually work really well. I was extremely surprised. I have crimped only about 18 pins so far, but I haven't had a single failure. I assumed I was just going to be out $40, but they work as well as the little blue crimpers I used when I was in the marines. better actually considering I don't have to keep up with a buch of positioners etc. I will add, I'm crimping high density D-sub connector pins. I haven't tried it on non-high density pins.
  14. bob865

    New attitude indicator

    Looks like the G5 has some competition.