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David Lloyd

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    1975 M20C

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  1. Oddly enough, someone just posted video about this in the last week: SB M20-289A aileron center link clearance before and after videos - Vintage Mooneys (pre-J models) - Mooneyspace.com - A community for Mooney aircraft owners and enthusiasts At least I think this is what you're describing.
  2. Had a missed called at CLT early one morning in LIFR conditions due to a car on the runway. I was less than 500' above ground. Another early morning approach, inbound from the Happy Hill NDB to W98 (now FCI) and Richmond approach asked, "You do know the runway is closed, don't you? Uh, no. " It was notamed, they are using the taxiway." That was way before the do it yourself briefings. Flight service told me about the 200' towers 5 miles from the airport but not a word about a closed runway.
  3. Primary vacuum actually drives the remote gyro, sequenced vacuum is divided proportionally according to what the remote gyro sees. There is a lever at the base of the remote gyro unit for more adjustment than the knob on the yoke can give. Split boot, split line are the best bets after 56 years.
  4. Shop told me it was not needed if you have another GPS source (your 650Xi).
  5. Yes, bolt heads up and forward are the preferred aviation standard. However, it is permissible to be reverse for clearance from other parts, necessary for assembly, etc. Always check the book for proper assembly.
  6. Turning downwind, right after I reduce power that will result in less than 120 MPH indicated, I put my hand on the gear switch and keep it there until the speed decreases and the switch is moved. Gear locked, flaps 1, turn base, flaps 2. So, speed is usually constantly bleeding off on downwind. Pick a pattern and stick with it, really helps out on shorter runways, especially at night.
  7. And don't forget the latest, RV14, like the RV7 only larger, Bubba 7.
  8. No, never fly into a thunderstorm. We did in 1984 just north of San Angelo, Texas. Embedded, back then ATC radar wasn't as good as it is today, at least in that area. Shook us like two rocks in an empty beer can. Kept the shiny side up but it wasn't fun for a couple minutes. When we got home, wife said we weren't going to do that again. I agreed. Bought a 3M Stormscope the next month. Next 5000 hours, never took a weather vector from ATC. I always initiated a deviation. I often declined a vector from ATC as straight ahead looked better than their turn. I did fly through some heavy ra
  9. It's common enough that a lot of airplanes have a starter engaged light to alert of such a problem. The cause is usually a starter relay whose contacts have welded themselves together. Root cause is low voltage from cranking the engine quite a bit, running down the battery to the point of the relay beginning to drop out under load. Big arc as the contacts move apart under load. Good you caught it right after start, the new starter may be okay.
  10. I have had airplanes with and without a separate field switch but if having the option, always started the engine with the field switch on. I've had alternators fail due to worn brushes twice (1 was new, a factory assembly error), a failed bearing, a failed coupler (geared), an internal short (replaced under warranty). One I exchanged due to old age. None failed due to having the field switch on during start. Broken wires, improperly crimped terminals, and corroded fuse holder, none failed due to having the field switch on during start. One regulator due to a bad overvoltage relay, one rep
  11. Back in 1980, seemed like either Flying or AOPA had a writeup about the record flight. Was part of the flight at FL290? 250 or 290 for 8 hours, he must have been in great shape and practiced in the art of using O2 at those levels.
  12. My original equipment list shows dual controls listed at 3.5 pounds. Wonder if any were produced with single controls. Dual brakes are on a different line.
  13. Yes, I agree that for many years my insurance rates seemed lower than most others. Global for several years. The RV7 had low insurance for the...well, for the 10 years I had it. Prop strike in 2014 and the next year the premium went down by $200. Figure that one out!
  14. Bought the Mooney in May 2019. Insurance $946. May 2020, $1562. Got a letter about 6 weeks ago warning of a substantial increase this year (no warning last year?). Just got the invoice for this year, $1866. Same coverage each year, same broker, same company. Of the $1866, about 250 was liability.
  15. I had a Bonanza with the KCS 55 and same with the Mooney. RV had a Dynon and the GS indicator on the HSI was tiny. Next month getting the 275s installed and expect the same adjustment. I never did really get used to the little GS indication. Some things are easy to adapt, others not so much.
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