Ross Taylor

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    Flagstaff, AZ
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    M20E

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  1. So, we just returned from our trip to Truckee-Tahoe yesterday evening. While on this trip, I wasn't keeping up with the thread and am just now seeing a question about our high altitude leaning. I lean to max RPM during run-up, then dial in (richer) two turns.... but that's just me, for starters. I watch my JPI and richen as needed from there, but have found that seems about right for us. Maybe 2 turns is more than needed, but I'd rather run a bit rich (here) than be too lean during take off. I do aggressively lean during taxi and in cruise. As far as this trip goes, we took off from Truckee-Tahoe at about 1pm yesterday and the DA was a bit over 7000' - which is the actual physical elevation of our home field. We requested a southeast departure and, after take off, tower asked if we wanted to climb over the airport to clear the ridges. I appreciate that they offered, but with the two of us and full fuel and about 85 pounds in baggage it wasn't needed.
  2. We've got a '66 E and I'm super impressed with the performance out of high-density-altitude fields. We're in Flagstaff, which is 7000' actual and routinely has density altitudes of 9500-10000 in the summer. Our actual base is KCMR, with 6000 feet of runway and we're off well before the halfway point even with full tanks and luggage.... granted I weigh 165 and my wife's 110. If anything, our "issue" is aft CG because of our lighter weight up front. Anyway, we're flying to Truckee-Tahoe tomorrow and don't even have to think about it. Don't get me wrong... I'm not lax about DA and we calculate/check it, but it's nice to know the E does so well.
  3. Thanks for all this good info! We need to fly to Austin next week for a conference and were thinking of KAUS and Atlantic (yeah, I know... but I like them). But I looked into KEDC and just got off the phone with Henriksen Jet Center... they were very nice, so it looks like that's where we'll be headed.
  4. Haha! Indeed. I've used both a length of orange vinyl-coated chain from Home Depot, with a padlock, and (more recently) a nice Kryptonite chain lock. In retrospect, I don't really know what I gained by spending the extra money on the Kryptonite lock... except, maybe, a nice padded cover. Ross
  5. I did a very similar thing not too many months ago, when I picked up our '66 E in Lynchburg VA and flew it to Flagstaff AZ. I really enjoyed the opportunity to cruise and get to know the plane very well. It was a great trip. Bottles or Travel Johns are a must! As a couple people have mentioned, be cautious about getting fatigued or distracted. I had a bonus landing opportunity... extra practice... when I took off without having latched the baggage door and it popped open, forcing me to do a slow lap in the pattern. No harm done, but it added a learning moment in a new plane. Ross
  6. And while I'm no expert... I had a white Diamond DA-40 on which we had some vinyl graphics applied, and it turned out great and held up well in the Arizona sun.
  7. After reading that, now I want to use my newly-learned word in random conversation. Snarge...
  8. You can order a CD-ROM disc with all of their 337 records. We got ours after buying a '66 E, so I could compare the 337s I have to what the FAA has. In this particular case, the recommendation is to order that disc pre-purchase... a good idea that I didn't even know about until recently. https://www.faa.gov/licenses_certificates/aircraft_certification/aircraft_registry/copies_aircraft_records/ Edit to add a note: I had to hunt our PCs at work to find one with a working CD drive, so I could move the files to a flash drive. If you really want to be nostalgic, you can fax them your request. Considering what went into making and mailing the disc, $10 is a bargain.
  9. Just keep in mind that it takes a while. I just got my disc, ordered 4 weeks prior.
  10. Nicely put. Like Schrodinger's cat, maybe? You can't measure the voltage with a meter powered by the master or avionics bus without impacting the voltage measurement. (Huge apologies to Scrodinger, for both butchering his thought experiment and for not knowing how to type an umlaut on my phone.)
  11. Hi @mickey, Are you getting the battery/system voltage off a JPI, by any chance? Or, where are you measuring that? I only ask because I heard Mike Busch explain how the JPIs indicate voltage a bit lower than actual... but I may be very wrong and dreamt that. We have a JPI EDM-700 and ours reads about 13.5-13.6. Ross
  12. This thread has so much good information, I've read through it twice. I have downloaded the Stability Augmentation Systems installation manual (so fun to see the great hand drawn details) and all the manuals I can find on the B6 we have. I also looked at the 60 or so photos on the Brittain site. But, in all of this, I'm not clear on what the altitude sense chamber looks like. Because of the symptoms we have, I'm guessing diaphram i stretched out... and I have read that it can be either inside the cockpit or in the tail. Does anyone have a photo of that chamber, please? Maybe @211ยบ ? Thanks!
  13. Fantastic and helpful photos, sir! Thank you. I'll need to check ours, because actuating them is a two-handed affair right now. These photos will help me know what to look for... much appreciated!
  14. We voted for July, as well. I've landed there with the potholes and it was pretty rough - so, this is good news! The shuttle/cab down to Avalon is pretty spendy, but I'd definitely plan to take Kara down there to stroll and eat. This will be her first time there.
  15. We've had some issues with this, too. It's not opened in flight, and seems to secure just fine if latched, but it does take some finesse to get the upper latch into the right spot. If you aren't careful, it can actually slide up onto the top of the frame instead of into the slot. Once in place, though, pushing the handle forward sucks that in tightly. From the outside, it's easy peasy by placing my hand on the top of the door when closing it. But from the inside, not so easy... and that explains why some have added an upper pull... and why I was thinking the same thing. On a side note, I have the interior door panel off right now to fix/reinforce a few cracks in the plastic. I'm glad I removed this, because it forced me to remove the interior door handle which I found to be quite cracked near the base around the through holes. I expect that at some point pretty soon that would have failed and led me to crawl over the back seat to get the vice grips.