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  1. Thankful we didn't fly back into this wind! 701KTS ...... YeeHaw!!!
  2. Done.... A wealth of Mooney related information! Thanks!!
  3. I agree that Class C is a little different than Class B. With Class C I would call the TRACON and advise of the transponder malfunction to give them a heads up what my intentions are. Class C airspace deals with General Aviation traffic much more than the Class B folks. With Class B and my home field being on the edge of the airspace I personally am more cognizant of local traffic around several small airfields in close proximity rather than diverting my attention to talk to the big city approach control when they could care less if I'm under the floor of their airspace. Thanks for the qualifier of what you would do. The reason I brought this up is that we are always thinking of the what if scenarios and look to our fellow MS community to get different viewpoints and advice. Let's hope that none of us have this kind of transponder failure where you are certain that you cannot XMIT Mode C and / or ADS-B when in rule airspace.
  4. The "declare an emergency" statement was made facetiously. In my 45 years of flying civilian, military, and 33 years of airline flying I like common sense. So just being a primary target with a non transmitting transponder you would call ATC on an already congested frequency and high workload area just to tell them your transponder failed and your heading to your home base airport? I disagree, I think I'll announce my position and intentions on CTAF at my home field and get the transponder taken care of. If an explanation is requested from the FAA then my actions as PIC would be submitted along with the maintenance actions taken annotated in the logbook. If I have to fly to another avionics shop off the field I'll go to the web site and follow the procedure for flying under the Class B veil to get the transponder fixed.
  5. Do I have to declare an emergency when returning to my home airport under the edge of Class B airspace when my transponder failed enroute? Personally I'm staying underneath the floors and not bothering anyone to get home and figure out what happened to my transponder. What would you do?
  6. Go to: www.TheMooneyFlyer.com to download and read your December Edition of The Mooney Flyer in either PDF or FlipBook versions. Great information!
  7. Have you guys had any issues with the 660 not auto connecting to the GTX 345 transponder ? Every time I start up I have to go to the setup page and manually connect the bluetooth to my transponder. BTW, I have enabled the BT reconnect function on the 345 but no joy to date. Any nuggets of wisdom would be appreciated...
  8. Congratulations Bob and Mrs. Belville! When you look back you probably remember that solo flight like it was yesterday! Glad I got to meet you at this year's Mooney Caravan. Well done sir! Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award The Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award is the most prestigious award the FAA issues to pilots certified under Title 14 of the Code of Federal Regulations (14 CFR) part 61. This award is named after the Wright Brothers, the first US pilots, to recognize individuals who have exhibited professionalism, skill, and aviation expertise for at least 50 years while piloting aircraft as "Master Pilots". A distinctive certificate and lapel pin is issued after application review and eligibility requirements have been met. Upon request, a stickpin similar in design to the lapel pin is also provided to the award recipient's spouse in recognition of his or her support to the recipient's aviation career. Once the award has been issued, the recipient's name, city and state will be added to a published "Roll of Honor" located at https://www.faasafety.gov/content/MasterPilot/RecipientList.aspx.
  9. This is my favorite oil refill spout. https://www.amazon.com/Hopkins-10107B-12-FloTool-No-Spill/dp/B0000AXRH0/ref=sr_1_2?crid=2LULDZ2O5HYQK&keywords=oil+spout+for+motor+oil&qid=1568987991&sprefix=oil+spout%2Caps%2C160&sr=8-2
  10. Very nice! Garrison is a class act. How did you like flying into and out of Kestrel Airpark? You have a great platform to create your forever airplane! Thanks for the updates and have fun!! That is one traveling machine!!
  11. This is what I carry. Fits well between the front seats of my Ranger. https://www.aircraftspruce.com/pages/ps/fire_yh3r/a344tc.php My Check Airman told me aircraft fire extinguishers are for people fires, not aircraft fires!
  12. Tell us more about your "K" model. Which engine, avionics? Pictures please!! Inquiring minds
  13. This the closest I'm getting to Burning Man!! Thx Rocket @gsxrpilot for the video!!!