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  1. Thanks! Once my bird is back in action...definitely will be looking for Mooney gatherings. Cheers,
  2. A new question for the SA TX area Mooney folks...Any recommendations on an A&P? My bird experienced a little electrical issue...believe it to be a chaffed wire that then provided the wonderful smell of burnt insulation and even more exciting view of smoke. Appears to be limited to the #2 Comm/Nav (CB pulled). Fortunately, this occurred prior to taxi. Unfortunately, a nice day of flying went out the door...I'm not complaining though. 135JC lives at Castroville. I'd love to do as much of the work as able...under supervision. Greatly appreciate any feedback. Cheers
  3. Thanks folks...was away from my computer for a bit...just got caught up. Appreciate the feedback. Will look to get in touch with Bob. Cheers,
  4. I've maintained currency in the LV area but I'm not kidding myself...going to minimums would not be a planned event at this point. simply don't have the experience...read as zero actual time. For the short term, I'm looking to be able to punch through a layer in order to head to other locales...I'll stick with my short term goal for now.
  5. Folks, Just transferred to the SA TX area...my bird is out at Castroville. Looking to find a CFII in the area as I moved from LV NV (you know, clear and $1,000,000 territory). Time to look at becoming more proficient (not simply current) with my IFR. Cheers, Matt
  6. Will be in San Antonio eventually. While I absolutely would love to fly out to TX to a reputable shop for annual, it's likely not in the cards this year...simply don't time in my schedule and am ok with the shop here in LV. Seems SWTA gets pretty good reviews...perhaps next years annual.
  7. Agreed on building relationship...only issue is we're going to be moving out of state (to TX) late summer, so this will be a one and done in this area. Place I found is 1950 just for inspection...seems high as my last one in Avon Park during my purchase (it was a full annual) was 1200 for inspection. Simply looking to save a buck if able to find a highly recommended shop that has availability.
  8. Folks, My new (to me) Mooney is coming up on it's first annual and while I have a shop that can do the work (and several vintage Mooney annuals each year), they seem a bit pricey for just the annual. So, I figured I'd seek input on A&P/IA / Shops that get high marks. I'm in Las Vegas NV and don't mind hitting SoCal or AZ (just more reason to fly). 1967 M20F / N135JC Any assistance is greatly appreciated. Cheers,
  9. What about simply disabling the step in the up position? I rarely use it anyway and it recently decided to stop working (stays down).
  10. Appreciate the comments from all. As a Mooney 'nube', I have many questions but am glad to have this kind of information at my disposal.
  11. Quick question vintage Mooney officianado's, I've put roughly 35 hours on my new to me 67 M20F since taking ownership and finally was able to download the EDM 700 data. The engine is a Lyc remanufactured IO-360-A1A installed in Feb of this year by prior owners. Normal cowl but it does have the lower cowl cover. I'm seeing a consistent temp split between my #2 (hottest) and #1 (coolest) cylinder of ~70-80 deg F. (attached pic of data from one flight). Engine now running Aeroshell 100+...max fuel flow indicated during takeoff ~15-16 gph She runs smooth, during runup with the JPI Norm mode, all appears to respond as expected. Figured I'd ask if there is a 'normal' or expected temp differential between hottest and coldest cylinder...thoughts ?
  12. Folks, Quick follow-up. Phil was fantastic. Very helpful and never complained about my off hour calls due to our time zone differences. Thanks,
  13. Any local Las Vegas Mooney A&P's willing to provide a little advice only...regarding my issue. I'm talking with Top Gun (Stockton), and Advanced Aviation in Troutdale OR but would really appreciate a local eyeball. Greg @ Advanced was great...long flight for a looksee. I've gone over the MM and my issue doesn't end in a drip but it does spread a bit from the from the drain hole before it evaporates. Again, it seems to be with left fuel tank greater than 23-24 gal...at least I noticed it in that state and now that the tank is down around 22-23 gal, it's dry at the drain. Favorite cocktail(s) on me. Thanks to all that have replied. Advanced in Troutdale not able to do a full reseal (if req'd) until early - mid July. They can do a patch if assessed as sufficient though.
  14. Folks, Looking for some advice regarding a weep that has developed in my left fuel tank. Appears to occur when the tank is full. weeps from the hole on the lower area of the leading edge near the wing root. Plane is based at KVGT (North Las Vegas)...recent arrival there. Searching logs to find out when the last reseal occurred. Basically looking for either a local A&P that would be willing to help me do the work to fix this or a local shop capable of taking care of the issue (prefer the prior, not the latter). Haven't noticed any fuel smells in the cabin but also don't like things that leak. Seems to only occur when tank is full. Right side does not exhibit this behavior. Regards,