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  1. The POH and TCM specify a minimum oil level of 5 quarts for the K. I let the oil level get to 6 then add a qt. I get better than 10 hours per qt and measure the oil at least 2-3 days after the flight, otherwise, per above discussion, you will end up putting more oil in the plane than you want.
  2. A few more tips: - When you fly over the mountains at 2000 feet or better, cross ridges at a 45 degree angle if possible. this allows a shorter way out if there are adverse winds on the other side of the ridge. - by all means take the lower ground to pass over, but stay above 2000 feet above the surrounding terrain since winds will still be present and lower ground will have more, focused, stronger winds. - stay well away from lenticular clouds since they indicate strong winds above the terrain. - Be aware that in windy conditions, not only lenticular winds are a threat, but that the wind sets up waves that can affect you in clear air, miles downwind as the wind undulate on their way. - as you cross the mountains be sensitive to what is happening on the other side of the ridge. Is the granite on the other side of the ridge growing (you are staying above the terrain) or is the other side getting smaller (you're sinking in respect to altitude.) - When flying up slope terrain, don't fly beyond the "point of no return". I.e. the point beyond which, if the engine power is off, the plane can still turn around, - corollary of the last point, always enter canyons on one side, not the middle. This gives you more room to turn, and never fly so far up a canyon that you don't have enough room to turn back and escape down slope. If you can find a copy of Sparky Imeson's excellent book "Mountain Flying Bible and Flight Operations Handbook" you will have the best source of info out there.
  3. Flight Aware has a flight for N30EV from SAF to a point "near" Peoria this morning. It lasted almost 5 hours at approximately 15,000 feet and total flight miles was indicated to be 967 miles. That's a long haul for a K. The track looks normal until the last portion of flight when ADSB data shows substantial fluctuation in airspeed as it descended. Fuel and/or Carbon Monoxide come immediately to mind. There was also some cumulus buildup and potentially T-Storm weather just north of the area. Maybe sometime in 2023 we'll know what happened. Beautiful plane. Sad.
  4. Send it to Bevans in Kansas. 316-946-4870.
  5. Donkaye: I dont suppose you have the Speeds, Checklist for the K (231) too? You had to see this request coming.
  6. Just to come full circle on the KY 197, Bevin did the repair and the com is now working great. Static gone, knob turns sweetly and they even found a new faceplate screen. I can highly recommend Bevin. G
  7. Flight following out of KRAL is easy. When I have ATIS and I call ready to taxi, I request FF to KFLG and in 5 secs they come back with clearance to taxi to active runway and a freq, altitude, and squawk. When they turn me loose after take off, So Cal is ready for me and I'm on my way. Couldn't be easier. Nice being able to get FF before I get in the air. Return trip from KFLG, not as easy. The tower tells me to pick it up in the air and after cleared to take off, I never hear from them again.
  8. Thanks. I went through the manuals again and I decided to start there too. I thought that the tanks extended further, but the outboard rib from the filler would be a logical place to start.
  9. Sort of related to the fuel sender lines of inquiry, (didn't want to start a new line) I am looking for some guidance as to under which panel I'll find the wiring to the outboard fuel sender. I need to check the wiring to the outboard sender (looking for a broken wire) and didn't want to guess. I have a K 231 and there's a whole lotta panels in its wings. Appreciate any help. G
  10. A couple things to check before you start pulling cylinders... On my C, I had excessive oil consumption that turned out to originate from a hole in the engine mounted fuel pump diaphragm. Also, I reduced some oil consumption by making sure the oil blow-by wasn't sticking too far out the into the slip-stream where the hose terminated.
  11. Seth: Its been a while since your KFC 200 started acting up (5 years!), but I was wondering (and hoping) that things ended up well. I didn't see a final resolution in the string above. Did you get the problem resolved? I have a KFC 200 so I am interested in how/if things got resolved. Thanks G
  12. Thanks a bunch for the offer. Unfortunately, I think the 197A is not a plug in replacement for the 197. So If I had to do a complete reinstall, anyway I would probably go with a new radio. Issue is mute however because I sent it to Bevan last week for R & R. I talked to them and they seemed to be very helpful, so I'm hopeful things will work out all right and repair will be easiest for ease of reinstallation. G
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