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  1. BaldEagle

    Gear retract issue today - M20J

    I'm currently tied-down at El Cajon Flying Services, south of SAA. Will go shopping for a hangar after my first annual. By the way, we did have an email exchange a few months ago for Mooney transition training: I'm getting back into aviation after a 13-year hiatus and was expecting some 10 hour transition training requirement from the insurance company, but in the end they just wanted a check-out so I did that with the ferry pilot, who was also a CFI (in case you're wondering why you never heard back from me!).
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    Gear retract issue today - M20J

    Just to follow up on this thread, my J does has the airspeed safety switch as opposed to a squat switch. After digesting the POH, I took the airplane up and the gear retracted as normal. I think the issue was with the pilot: hot day, high density altitude, obstacles at the departure end of the runway and bringing the gear up earlier than I normally would to clean up the airframe; airspeed was likely below what the airspeed safety switch is set to (no mention of what that number is in the POH).
  3. Hi all, Departing a high density altitude this morning, 85KIAS bring the gear up and the Gear Down and Gear Unsafe annunciator lights illuminated with an audible alarm sounding. Recycled the gear, and on the second attempt the gear retracted and we continued to our destination without incident. Anyway, I mention it here because I must have north of 1,000 hours retract time in various singles and twins without a single issue until today. I only have about 12 hours on my "new" '78 J, and was under the impression that the gear systems on these flying machines are generally very robust. Anything I should be concerned about? Take it to the shop, or something I can investigate initially myself?
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    Marine battery for GPU

    I have one of these on the way: To power up the avionics without running the engine (to learn my Aspen / GNS430, etc.), is it acceptable to hang a marine battery off this? Spruce, etc., have portable GPUs but they are pricey, and as I only want to power up the avionics I'm guessing I only need something like 12 volt 25 amp power source to feed the panel. Airplane is a '78 J (14 volt system). Airplane is tied down (waiting for a hangar to free up) so no power outlet and a portable solution required.
  5. I used to own an E, and recently purchased a J. Handling characteristics are nearly identical, and just to prove the point I purchased my J with 0 time in type but the insurance company took my E time in lieu of any J time* and only asked for a checkout with a Mooney CFI when I picked it up. (I was expecting 10 hours transition training). * My insurance agent did point out that this was unusual, so I'm guessing the underwriter must know Mooneys.
  6. So I let my CFI-I expire about 12 years ago, and deeply regret it now that my wife is showing an interest in learning to fly. My (our) M20J has toe brakes on the pilot side, so I'm thinking this could be done economically, i.e. in our own airplane. There doesn't seem to be much in the way of recent info on how to get this done however. Anyone been down this road recently? As I understand it (correct me if I'm wrong) I don't have to do the written exams again, but I need to do a practical test with a DPE (or FAA examiner). The DPE / examiner chooses whether the test will be using CFI or CFI-I practical test standards, but in either case both the CFI and CFI-I are re-instated. Alternatively I go and get my MEI, which would also re-instate the CFI/I, but I'm loathed to spend $$$ on a Duchess or similar. At least that's my understanding of options, but any advice / corrections would be gratefully received.
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    Aspen / Autopilot issues

    The avionics shop has determined that the issue is a faulty Aspen EA100, which is being swapped out under warranty. After less than a month of ownership of my "new" J, this has persuaded me to extend the extended warranty...
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    Aspen / Autopilot issues

    Prior to yesterday, pressing HDG and enabling the autopilot I could then twist the heading bug on the Aspen and the autopilot would behave as expected. I've been reading the EA100 documentation and if the A/P AHRS FAIL light is illuminated it will disconnect the autopilot so the symptoms point to the EA100. When I'm at the airport next I'm going to try an AHRS Reset on the Aspen, and pull the panel off and check the cables if it's still not resolved. I just spoke to the previous owner who confirmed that it's still under warrantee so I'm happy (relieved) about that.
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    Aspen / Autopilot issues

    Hi all, So I'm getting familiar with my "new" (1978) J and on my 3rd time flying the thing I'm having autopilot (and / or Aspen) issues. The autopilot is a KFC-200, GPS is a GNS430 and there is an Aspen Evolution Pro. The Aspen appears to be working fine and when pressing buttons on the autopilot (FD, HDG, etc.) the appropriate setting is illuminated on the autopilot annunciator panel but the autopilot will not engage for NAV, ALT, HDG or anything. It behaves in a manner as if I were holding my finger on the CWS button. If I press the GA button I no longer get command bars on the Aspen. Big clue: there is a red light on the panel that is now illuminated labelled, "A/P AHRS FAIL". I am guessing this airplane has an EA100 adapter and it is this that has failed. Anyway, thought I'd reach out here to see if there's anything I can do before taking it to the shop and spending $$$. (On a side note it looks like the previous owner took out an extended warrantee on the Aspen, which hopefully covers all components, so I'm not crying just yet).
  10. Hi all, Thought I'd post a quick intro. I recently started getting back into flying after a 12-year hiatus and took delivery of a '78 M20J yesterday. Insurance wanted a checkout so I did that yesterday. After landing I noticed it required a ridiculous amount of pressure on the toe brakes to bring the thing to a stop. It didn't need all that much toe pressure when doing the run-ups though. I've not looked at the condition of the pads and discs yet, but if they're okay should I get the brake system bled? Master brake cylinder was apparently replaced fairly recently but I can't find reference to that in the logs. I do see an entry showing that the brakes were last bled a little over 2 years ago, and after doing some cursory research on this forum someone did recommend that they should be bled every 2 or 3 years. The aircraft has toe brakes on co-pilot side if that is relevant. The ferry pilot also reported that the left toe brake was a bit more spongy that the right (I didn't notice) and suspected it could be air in the system. So with all that in mind, any recommendations for an A&P at KSEE...? I'm familiar with Crownair but someone who's familiar with Mooneys located on the field would be desirable.
  11. Hi all, Looking at a '78 J this weekend. It's based at KVDF and if all goes well I'll be needing a pre-purchase. It looks like there is only one maintenance shop on the field. Anyone have any experience / opinion on using Global Aero Maintenance for a pre-purchase inspection? They work on Mooneys, but are not an MSC. I'm also considering Daytona Aircraft, who are asking for less $$$ and are an MSC, but this would be disruptive for the seller as he'd have to fly it over there and camp out for a day.