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  1. Thanks to MilitaryAV8R for additional information on the St. Augustine crash. Was looking for anything more the hapless media didn't report.
  2. This Veteran's Day weekend, an M20J went down in the marsh short of the runway at Northeast Florida Regional Airport (KSGJ). Two were on board, the pilot and a nineteen year old passenger. Reports of "mechanical failure" from the pilot to first responders and the media were conveyed. The mishap occurred Sunday morning, November 10th, 2019, shortly before ten o'clock A.M. There were mild to moderate injuries to the occupants. Just a heads-up for the community and spot to add any additional information that might trickle in over the next few days... Important to learn from others misfortunes. Best wishes to pilot and passenger.
  3. Hey guys, I've been getting mixed message about CiES Fuel Senders, and after contacting them, I'm more confused than before. I'm reading both here and on the CiES website, that these fuel senders can be configured to send information to gauges that read resistance 0-280 Ohms, which is consistent with what our vintage, Mooney gauges do. CiES says that a gauge map and tank map is required to use them with such. When I contacted CiES about how I create/obtain such a map (which I assume is just a plot of the resistance and the reading or level), the woman I was communicating with tells me that I'll need to install a new fuel gauge--their FL202D. $660 plus install. However, when you read their installation manuals, it appears that this is not necessary. When I questioned them about this, she replied that they've had a lot of problems getting the senders and vintage gauges to read reliably and consistently and I really need to upgrade the gauge??? So I'm reaching out to folks that may have installed CiES fuel senders and have attempted to link them to the vintage resistive gauges Mooney originally place. Any horror stories? Any success? Any ideas? I'd considered refurbishing my existing senders, but so many guys has said, go with CiES. Now that I'm ready to bite that bullet, I'm finding out I need to get into the panel and install new fuel gauges. Like everything...its always more than you bargained for! UGH! Are the new gauges a must or a way to sell me more? And for you JPI guys, no, I don't want a glass engine monitoring system... Any insight would be appreciated...
  4. I'm really trying to get this issue corrected. I do want fuel senders I can rely on. Perhaps I'll have to do the CiES senders---what's a thousand bucks amongst friends? I'm just a little confused about their ability to work with current gauges. They say they work with resistive gauges, but you need a "tank and gauge map." What? That put me off, as I'd like to use those gauges that are currently in the panel. Any ideas as to what that means? No A&P here...
  5. Thanks guys... One tank is showing F all the time. One is about 3/4 F and never goes above that. We keep the bladders full, so I'm not sure if it'll go lower, since we've not done many long treks to burn a quarter tank of fuel. I'll check if there's any impingement preventing movement of the sender arm. Now I'm trying to pick up a set of used senders to have them refurbished and I'm a little puzzled about the P/N on the device. My parts catalog is showing two different part numbers--one for the R tank and one for the L tank. All the senders I'm finding online for Mooney aircraft don't match the P/N listed. Any guidance here? P/N called out in parts catalog are: Right: 5641991 and Left: 5642354 Those online are P/N 610242-003. Is there a L and R that are distinct from each other? Is one a Mooney number and the other a manufacturer's P/N? I'm lost...
  6. My plane is having fuel gauge issues. One tank is always reading full. The other seems unreliable as it doesn't seem to change during a fuel burn. I'm thinking its time to have the fuel senders refurbished. I'd like to pick up a set for my M20C and get them serviced--if need be--so that I'm not grounded while their off and being redone. I'm a bit puzzled about part numbers. My parts catalog that came with the plane, shows a R fuel sender with part number 5641991 and a L fuel sender with part number 5642354. The only ones I can find online are part number 610242-003, and the seller say they're fuel senders for Mooney M20 series aircraft. The electrical schematic details two different fuel senders with different call out numbers that reference two distinct part numbers in the following list. I'm lost here guys and could really use some guidance as to what I'm looking for. Is there actually a L unit that is distinct from the R unit? Are they the same? Is a 610242-003 the correct part for my M20C S/N 2303? Hope the community can provide some guidance... I'm sure someone has some answers for me.
  7. Just bought an M20C that had fuel bladders installed, and I'm finding that one of the fuel gauges (R tank) are not showing changes during a fuel burn. Are the original type of fuel senders reused with this STC, or have they've been changed out with something more modern. Of course any sort of mod is possible, but just wondering if its a common practice to reuse the original fuel sender once bladders are installed.
  8. Thanks guys...suspected this would be a good fix (going with LED) and have already been looking at replacement options. Didn't realized these switches were able to trip due to heat. Knowing LED's pull so much less current, my first thought was going that route. Now settling the question as to whether a LED replacement is a minor alteration that needs A&P sign off or if its just a PPL action with a log-book entry is the question. Viewed countless posts on this topic and seems like its splint down the middle as to how such a change is handled. UGH!
  9. Just purchased a '63 M20C and on the ferry flight for delivery, pilot reported that after a few minutes of operation the switches for both the navigation lights and the landing light flick off. Navigation lights were on for much longer before having the switch tripped. Is this likely an overload/short? Are there breakers built within these switches? Is it a sign of aging switches? Anyone have insight to this problem? Leads on replacement switches anyone? Any help would be great guys... Seems like an an overload situation and not an actual short, or a faulty breaker--if there is in fact one built into the switch itself. Looking for info on these vintage switches before I consult an A&P on the issue. Maybe its the excuse I need to update the lighting.
  10. Sure looks sweet in the pixs... Nice job!