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About redcatcher27

  • Birthday 08/14/1962

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    1968 M20F

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  1. Well, at the previous oil change I'm sure it was visible. Before that, at its annual, about 11 months prior. And I know where you're going with this - it should not have happened it everyone was being attentive to details.
  2. So, there are many great restaurants and local dives to choose from in Apalachicola. I keep a car parked there at KAAF, so I'm not 100% certain, but I believe the FBO there has a courtesy car. and Apalachicola is only about 4 miles away. The Owl Cafe is perhaps my favorite for a full dinner, but below that is "The Tap Room" and it has more of a bar room ambience. Both place's serve "Duck Fries", which are pulled duck confit fries with crispy prosciutto and duck cracklins. So good! The one place I think you probably must see is "Hole In the Wall". Go at an off time, when its not so crowded, or you'll never get a seat - the place is TINY. Sit at the bar and have some raw oysters. You won't be disappointed by the show put on by the three main characters/owners/operators there - Dwayne, Barbara, and Danny. Its their crazy, country, and continuous banter back and forth between them and their patrons that will leave you in stitches. Something between Seinfeld's soup nazi and a slap stick sideshow. Many other places in between, but they all serve great seafood. If you need a place to stay, and you're not a CB (I know, wrong website, right?) there's the historic Gibson Hotel. For a quick breakfast the next morning before you get back in the air, Cafe Con Leche. Enjoy!
  3. Thanks so much for your response, Clarence. Funny, but that is precisely what was reported to me this morning from the repair facility doing my annual - they said they had replaced the castellated nut with one that incorporated a nylon insert, along with a stainless steel cotter pin (at no charge!) - they didn't give me part numbers, but I'm confident its the one you indicated. As you said, with the nyloc nut, along with a stainless steel cotter pin, you essentially end up with a double safety there. Given what happened to me - I would highly recommend that EVERYONE have this done at their next annual.
  4. If you have the money lying around to buy a cirrus, you have enough to buy a really nice mooney.
  5. 1968 M20F The other day, I was reminded once again that when it comes to aviation, you always need to be ready for anything. My throttle cable became disconnected at the throttle arm. My wife and I had landed a few days prior at KAAF (a great place for raw oysters and seafood!). It had been a great IMC/IFR flight, and we flew almost down to the circling minimums before we broke out and circled, landed, taxied in, and shutdown. A few days later, we were to depart. But allow me to back up - like many of you, I suspect, I normally set about 1100 RPM just before I pull the mixture when shutting down. And generally use the Don Maxwell "How to start a Lycoming fuel injected engine" methodology for starting. And that's exactly what I had done. The approach and landing was fine. Taxing was fine. Setting 1100 RPM was fine. Normal shutdown. But two days later, as soon as I cranked up, I knew we had a problem. The throttle was completely unresponsive. I shut her down and asked Jim, Centric Aviation's mechanic to take a look. After removing the cowlings, he found that the linkage was disconnected at the throttle arm. Still on the arm, held by a thin layer of engine oil/residue, was the washer. The bolt was found nearby in the lower cowling. But both the cotter pin and the castellated nut were missing. Gone. Vanished. Jim got us fixed up and going in no time at all. By the way, all the people at Centric Aviation/KAAF are great, great folks. They treat us like royalty every time we go there. I'm so thankful/lucky/blessed that it didn't happen when we were airborne, and in the clouds. At WOT. Or worse yet, near idle, in the clouds, while slowing down to configure. Our planes back home now, at KFFC, and in its annual, and I'm having them look closely at that particular linkage for any signs of anything in the proximity that could cause a cotter pin to fall out. Of course, I've asked them to look closely at all my other linkages for condition and security. So now this is to you, gentle reader. What else can we, this awesome community of Mooney enthusiasts, learn from this incident? I'm all ears.
  6. Congratulations on a great outcome! And great to know information - that it can sucessfully be put back together in flight. Another option not listed, and possibly the best option, (considering safety concepts such as "error chain" and "stabilized approach") would be to ask for vectors to a holding position to sort out the problem. Continuing an approach with unresolved problems is a recipe for disaster, IMHO. But please, don't confuse my opinion for judgement - I'm only trying to add alternative ideas to the discussion. Again - congratulations and thanks for sharing!
  7. I don't have a picture handy with them on, but I have the chrome ones from LASAR on my 1968 M20F. I love them! The line guys really love them too - I've lost count of the number of compliments I have gotten on them. I'm sure they love my tips too.
  8. +1 on cruise climb above 1k’agl... 120 IAS... In addition to better engine cooling, it also provides a lower deck angle, which gives better surveillance out front, to see and avoid. Good luck on solving your problems.
  9. I'd rather not say here, but if you pm me, I'll be glad to tell you.
  10. I think that manufacturers added the hashed lines to highlight that the aircraft is at a low altitude, in a way that's much easier and quicker for the pilot than 'parsing' multiple hands on the altimeter face. Different widths - the hashed area gets bigger as you get lower.
  11. No, that's it! That's what they indicated to me - that I needed one with 20 foot tick marks! But perhaps there's an internal issue too? I don't know.
  12. So, for clarity, the top one was the OLD one. T he bottom one, with the 20' tick marks is my NEW one.
  13. Welp. I guess you learn something new every day. I took my 1968 M20F in for an oil change, installation of a new (to me) vacuum step actuator, and 24 month IFR certification of the static, transponder, altimeter. Mind you, I had been flying for almost three years of ownership with the old altimeter... Aircraft logs showed that it had been IFR certified roughly every 2 years since it was installed in 2004. Came home with a new altimeter, after I was told my old one wasn't certified for IFR flight. They told me why they thought it wasn't, but do you know or can you guess? BTW, the old altimeter was p/n 5934P-A56 and the new one is p/n 5934A-1. Or maybe I just got bamboozled? Anyway, the cert along with the new altimeter cost me less than .5 AMU, so I suppose I am happy.
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