Lance Link

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    1989 M20J

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  1. I have a friend who did this for an Archer. Do you worry about these things scratching the plastic? I trust the companies that make these for aircraft to sell me stuff that won't scratch, but I don't know about the hardware store material.
  2. Thanks everyone for the feedback. I suspected a turn coordinator could not possibly be required for IFR instruction, if the plane is IFR legal without it. That would not make any sense at all. But, even though I don't really need it, and have three other back-ups, given how much money this machine has costs and continues to cost, not putting in the TC while doing the other humble panel work is probably just too nickel and dime, even for me. Unless I can find a better use for that 2" hole. An AV-20 maybe? Darn, something else to obsess about.
  3. I posted a while back about the need and/or desirability of having a turn coordinator in addition to a Castleberry. I understand now that the turn coordinator is not necessary for flight, and may not add much benefit in that regard. But....I am now being told that a turn coordinator is required for IFR training, and that it is something I will want just the same for IFR training. (I find this hard to believe). Is it true? Thanks for any help!
  4. Thanks for the report Don. Glad you had a good experience. My plane goes to Mario in August for ADS-B in, a JPI 700 upgrade to an 830, a new audio panel, an AOA indicator and some panel reorganization.
  5. Thanks all for the good feedback. Strong preference for the PS Engineering here, and that says a lot. I can't go remote as I only have a lowly 430 WAAS. The current audio panel is serviceable, but has some bad habits, so since things are going to be apart I can't resist replacing it. In for a nickel, in for a dime, as they say.
  6. I have a J at Concord KCCR. I'll be happy to take you for a ride.
  7. The 231 was at Advantage, yes. It was listed just a few months ago. You may want to call them on the phone and ask if they can set you up with a CFI who can give you an hour or two of dual. As I understand it, it almost never flew, either by the owner or anybody else. It's possible a flight could be arranged as an "off the menu" item if you ask.
  8. There is a flight school at Palo Alto that rents a 231. They will hook you up with an instructor for a test flight. I flew the plane to be sure I wanted to buy a Mooney, and, well, it worked. All American Aircraft has what looks like a very nice M20J coming in for $129k, if that is a model you might be looking for.
  9. Thank you all very much for your clear and definitive responses. This has helped a lot!
  10. The prior owner of my plane removed the turn and bank and put a Castleberry in it's place. A guy who flies the plane a lot, including in IFR, and who is used to the typical turn rate indicator, thinks we should have both instruments. (There is a good space for it). I don't have any IFR experience yet, so I don't know. Will I want the turn rate indicator AND the Castleberry for IFR? The panel will be coming apart in August. Cost will probably be about 1 AMU. Would I be pennywise and pound foolish to cheap out and not do it? Thanks!
  11. Thanks all for the good feedback. It seems like the PS Engineering is the way to go. I don't see the percentage in the Garmin, it seems like it's just more money without any more features. It just has the same name as some other stuff in the panel.
  12. As part of a fairly economical panel upgrade I'm going to replace a KMA 24H. I think I've narrowed the choice down to the two audio panels above. Any feedback or opinions that might help me decide which one to choose will be greatly appreciated! Thanks!
  13. I plan to use a 660 in a panel dock to address just this issue and it seems like it will be the easiest and most economical solution.
  14. I had really good luck with Executive Autopilots at KSAC. Got me in in a week and repaired in two hours.