Caribbean Mooney Pilot

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About Caribbean Mooney Pilot

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  • Birthday 09/17/1985

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  • Gender
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  • Location
    Aguadilla, Puerto Rico
  • Reg #
    N9689M
  • Model
    M20C

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  1. Yea I agree it is a good feeling. It is even more work down in the Caribbean getting it done. The IA came and inspected my airplane said plane looked good but suggested some parts so I figured I wouldn't mess around due to the overwater flying I do and this being my first year of owning the plane. I Currently am waiting over a week to get some parts for the plane, shipping is not efficient down here. I repaired the battery box thanks @kortopatesand did the gear swing a few days ago. I installed the new uplock from Lasar which went smoothly and I checked the preloads. I purchased new Hose kits for the engine (oil/fuel lines) and airframe (brake, hydraulic, and wing fuel lines) from PHT hoses. Figured I would take care of replacing all aging hoses in the airplanes with nice new ones. Going to replace the generator belt along with a new overhauled Delco Generator, Zeftronics Volt Meter, and Concorde battery. New intake gaskets, intakes hoses, and exhaust gaskets Finally rebuilt the rat socks from@larrynimmo on Mooneyspace thanks! Appreciate everyones help on here and looking forward to flying again soon.
  2. Thanks for the info on the battery box repair it is appreciated. I have a Concorde battery installed in the box now. Looks like it was from a while ago before the Concorde and never repaired with the new battery.
  3. Today marked day four of my owner assisted annual on my 1966 Mooney M20C. Everything has been pretty straightforward thus far with this being my first year owning N9689M and a Mooney. I have turned wrenches on airplanes growing up but never on a Mooney. My friend (A&P) and I have been knocking out about a section of the Mooney Annual Maintenance Inspection Guide a day and hoping to have the IA on the field sign her off at the end of next week. The engine section went well with compressions 78/78/78/80, new Aeroshell W100 Plus with Camguard, and a nice and clean visually inspected oil filter. Spark plugs were cleaned and regapped without incident and the engine was repainted with a nice Lycoming Gray along with the baffling. New air filter was installed and the carb bowl was drained and wire main inlet screen cleaned. The only concern that needed repair was the removal of the battery box for sheet metal repair on the bottom of the box and repainting of the firewall. My Hartzell Propellor was inspected and lubricated per the Hartzell Maintenance manual. All access panels required for the annual inspection were removed which took a while and I plan on fogging with ACF-50 before closing her up . We are now treating surface corrosion in the wheel wells and will be repainting the wheel wells and landing gear. Still have to start lubrication of airframe after paint and perform gear swing, repack bearings, and inspect brakes. I will be installing a new uplock from Lasar which I am looking forward to finally getting done. I dissembled the rudder bungee assembly due to surface corrosion, regreased, reassembled, and reinstalled (picture is before all work was completed). Cleaned and treated surface corrosion on brake master cylinders, and the electric fuel boost pump. I purchased an ADLog for this airplane several months back and spent my time researching all of the logbook entries from back to factory new. It took me a long time and was exhausting filling out the entire book to ensure compliance with ADs but I am sure glad I have that with me now to present to the IA (it makes it so easy to show proof of compliance). I still can't understand some things however after researching logs of maintenance performed in last annuals, propellor entries, and also powerplant logs (and I mean thoroughly reading every log entry since new). I have followed the Mooney Annual Maintenance Inspection Guide exactly and have used the Mooney Maintenance manual and parts catalog throughout the annual for reference. I feel like the IA in previous years has been liberal on his sign offs after thoroughly inspecting my airplane this annual. For example the Propellor required much AeroShell #6 grease on the top blade and was extremely black coming out of the hub. I am no A&P but am very mechanically inclined and there is no way in less than a year with less than 50 hours on the bird this year as the new owner (thanks Corona Virus) that some of these items have formed. I have a hangared airplane and wash it almost twice a month. However, its good to see and find these discrepancies firsthand, fix, and have a sense of security in the hard work you have put in to preserve this great machine. I feel as though I have been more thorough in my annual inspection than dropping it off at a local airport maintenance facility. This annual has been a lot of work, and living in the Caribbean I can't drive down the road to my local Mooney Service Center for parts but I planned ahead and had most of the parts needed to perform a thorough annual to take good care of the old girl. I can almost see the light at the end of the tunnel as this had been a great learning experience. I feel much more confident in performing owner preventative maintenance in my Mooney. Look forward to hearing other Mooney owners experiences in performing owner assisted annuals. Let me know if any of you guys are ever down in the Caribbean and want a flight around the islands. Keep Flying
  4. For anyone that is interested in Caribbean Flying and taking a trip to San Juan, Isla Grande Airport is a great stop to check out old San Juan. IMG_3526.MOV
  5. Hey guys just had a quick question? Wanted to get some suggestions on what spare parts you keep around in the hangar for your airplane (tires,tubes,brake pads,etc...). Living down in the Caribbean it's hard to find parts at times. I have an annual coming up soon and would like to have some spare parts available on hand if I needed to change/replace. Your suggestions would be appreciated. Thanks!
  6. Hey guys just received my new Lasar Manual gear down lock block. I have read the instructions thoroughly and wanted to ask MS members if they have had experience installing this or any new down lock block? My friend (A&P) and I were going to install this sometime this week and was curious the level of difficulty, time, (other than jacking up the plane) and if you guys had any issues or advice? Look forward to hearing from your experiences. Thanks!
  7. Yea trying to have the service done here in the Caribbean. If I have to take to Florida ok go to the MSC at Venice, Florida.
  8. Thank you for everyones help. Look forward to speaking with you all in the future.
  9. Yes I have flown into the Daytona area alot actually. Use to teach at Embry Riddle from time to time. I am from the Sarasota, Florida area.
  10. Hello Everyone, I am new to MooneySpace and wanted to introduce myself. My name is Casey and I currently live in Aguadilla, Puerto Rico. I have been searching throughout Puerto Rico over the past few weeks for a Mooney mechanic that could assist in performing an annual. The annual is due at the end of July on a 1966 Mooney M20C. If I have to I will fly the plane back to Florida but it would be nice to have someone either in Puerto Rico or the Caribbean that I could use from time to time. Thank you for for all of your guys help! Respectfully, Casey