Chris K

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  1. Chris K

    Soft Field Procedure in a Long Body

    Good point. When I was shopping for a long body I came across numerous planes that were begging for tank re-seals or had substandard seal repairs that started leaking not soon after. After owning a J model with bladders, seems market is overdue to come out with bladders for the long bodies.
  2. Chris K

    Soft Field Procedure in a Long Body

    Hi Niko, Did you pick up N9152Q from Kenosha, WI? I went up to see that plane and missed buying it by a few minutes. Really nice airframe when I saw it. Let us know how the soft field works out.
  3. Chris K

    Soft Field Procedure in a Long Body

    Yikes - my tanks were just done a couple years ago - think I'll stick to only smooth runways in that case. The nice thing about my J model was that it had worry-free fuel bladders.
  4. Chris K

    Soft Field Procedure in a Long Body

    Good tips - thank you.
  5. Chris K

    Soft Field Procedure in a Long Body

    I would never fly into a soft field in a Mooney without closely checking conditions. A call to the airport manager for current conditions is a must in addition to everything you need to do for paved runways. Also check and follow weather for prior several days to monitor potential for a soggy runway. Lastly, personal familiarity of the runway and conditions could help make a go/no go decision to use that field. I was once under the false impression a Mooney had no business in a soft field until I was convinced to give it a try in my J model. The result was it not only made me a better pilot but also opened up more airport options I had never thought possible.
  6. Chris K

    Soft Field Procedure in a Long Body

    Yes, getting closer. Since POH is silent, seems trim should be set to standard takeoff. Full elevator or partial to avoid over-rotation?
  7. Chris K

    Soft Field Procedure in a Long Body

    Only thing listed in POH is to expect to up to 15% longer takeoff distance when operating from a grass field. Nothing as far as recommended procedures other than for a gravel surface, throttle should be applied slowly. I can always try a few different procedures, but asking what others may have tried and what worked and what did not.
  8. Tried searching soft field here and mostly finding feedback for mid and short body planes. POH for long body is silent so just wondering what procedures other long body pilots use? In my J model, this is what I used to do: 1) Trim slightly high (attitude); 2) Set approach/takeoff flaps; 3) Full aft elevator during taxi and takeoff roll; 4) On takeoff roll - Ease into throttle OR full right away depending on field length and runway conditions; 5) Typically would slightly relax the elevator around 50 kts to avoid launching at minimum flyable speed; 6) As soon as aircraft breaks ground, push forward as necessary to remain in ground effect and gain airspeed; 7) Retract gear as soon as safe to do so; 8) Climb at Vx or Vy as necessary; 9) Retract flaps. Did I miss anything of importance that would apply to the long body (especially regarding amount of backpressure due to the long/low tail)? Any other long body pilots actually fly out of a soft field? Obviously I would only plan on flying into fields with very short grass and good conditions due to the low prop clearance but wondering what other characteristics other pilots have found on these models?
  9. Ok, thank you. Just another good reason to work on getting a new edm 900.
  10. I'm getting accustomed to my 2000 Eagle with Mortiz gauges. Until today, all runways I've taken off from have been between 600 and 800 MSL on hot/humid days (high density altitude) and MP on take off was typically between 26 and 27 inches, so I assumed the low MP was due to the high density altitude days. Today was a nice temp of 19C, low humidity and pressure just over 30". I was expecting at least 28.5 MP to show on my Moritz gauge on takeoff but was barely registering over 27. Does anyone else ever see this issue on an Eagle or Ovation? The air filter is not that old and looks pretty clean. Is this typical on Ovations/Eagles due to something with the intake design or should I have my mechanic re-check the throttle cable? Long term plan is I will be ditching the Moritz gauges in favor of an EDM, however in the meantime want to make sure I'm making full power on takeoff so wondering if anyone else has experienced this issue.
  11. Chris K

    Hard mounting a tablet vs a MFD?

    Really good info,thanks to all for sharing. It's been about 15 years since I owned my last plane and it's really incredible the amount of technology and redundancy available to us at a relatively cheap price. Fly safe!
  12. Chris K

    Hard mounting a tablet vs a MFD?

    Wonderful - thanks for the information. 128 G with cell service it is
  13. Chris K

    Hard mounting a tablet vs a MFD?

    I was leaning toward the mini. What minimum memory space would I need to be able to run everything smoothly?
  14. Yes, looks very much like the 2700 series from Mil Spec. Looks like the numbers 2 and 3 on the head of the stud. Would that make is part MS 27S3-2S? or -3S?