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  • Birthday 07/31/1959

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  1. We bought a Sundowner four years ago. It’s a nice aircraft, and for some people it may be the ideal aircraft, but it didn’t suit our mission because it was simply too slow. The significant other in the right seat didn’t appreciate lagging behind freeway traffic with 40 knot headwinds. We recently bought a 1966 M20E and sold our 1983 Sundowner. Res ipsa loquitur. [Latin for “The thing speaks for itself.”]
  2. As anecdotal evidence, we recently put our Sundowner on the market (after buying our M20E), and within two or three days we had several serious buyers that devolved into a two-buyer bidding war. It is now under contract, and we got our asking price, which is more than we would have expected six months ago.
  3. Here are two videos that demonstrate my preferred tiedown knot: I’m not sure what the name of this knot is. I couldn’t find it in my copy of “The Ashley Book of Knots”, but it is a variant of the bowline knot. The method of tying while tensioning is as important as the knot itself. The West Valley Flying Club in Palo Alto calls its version "The West Valley Knot", so I guess it was invented in California. Most of the so-called “aircraft tiedown knots” I've seen are actually insecure “slip knots” and should be avoided. It’s also important to
  4. I was amused and bemused by the recent photograph of a "tripod" aircraft in a "tail-dragger" posture due to an ice storm. I guess it's OK to laugh (if it's not on your dime, and no one was hurt). From looking at the photo, I suspect that there was a tie-down failure related to a "slip-knot", a lack of "tensioning", or both. I have always been mystified by the myriad variety of tie-down knots that I see on the tarmac. When I first started in aviation, I thought to myself that there is surely a "best practices" of knot-tying for tie-down. Not so. I see many so-called knots that a
  5. I'm a little bit higher than Bob Belville, and he strongly recommended O2. We're in the mountains....
  6. I know, I know! This topic has reappeared on a regular basis, but in a partial perusal of previous posts, I have not found the answer to my question: What is the most cost-effective oxygen solution for a normally aspirated E? Bob Belville used a passive Aerox system with pendant cannulae and a 22 or 24 cu ft aluminum cylinder (not sure which, E or jumbo D), but that has been removed from his former aircraft that we inherited, The Gypsy Rose, or N943RW. I'm planning to install or share a hanger refill station at some point, but I'm not sure what hardware and plumbing I would need.
  7. Composite prop—done! Power flow exhaust—done! IO-390? Let’s not get ridiculous!
  8. Actually, the currently installed audio panel is the GMA 340, not the PMA 8000, if that makes any difference. I have a lot of experience with voice recognition, some good and some horrible. I’m intrigued by the possibility of voice commands. The panel already has built-in dual USB ports, OK, not USB-C but.... Bob also installed these cute little LED lights where the ash trays used to be.
  9. Wow! Thanks for all of the excellent input. OK, I paid a pretty penny for Gypsy Rose, so that may give you the false impression that I am profligate. Not at all true. I may even have the qualifications necessary to join the Cheap Bastards Club. I was strongly influenced by the Frugal Gourmet, I drove the same 1991 Honda Accord for 22 years, used 40-watt lightbulbs in my student apartment to save on the electric bill, etc. But at the same time, as my wife reminds me, “We are not rich enough to buy cheap stuff,” meaning poor quality crap that soon breaks and ends up costing more in the
  10. As my dad always said whenever I asked him how much this-or-that was worth, "Whatever somebody wants to pay for it." I look at it as a collector's item. I don't plan to sell it. It gives me joy! I only mentioned the purchase price because it is in the public domain, and I thought it might be interesting how I came up with this somewhat arbitrary number.
  11. I am temporarily grounded after hip replacement surgery, but dreaming of the future. Please don’t tell me to fly for a while and then see. That will only drive me crazy! I had the good fortune to acquire the late @Bob_Belville‘s beautiful 1966 M20E (N943RW) for the asking price of $110,000. My budget includes 25% ($27,500) for initial annual, repairs, and upgrades. Next annual is due April, 2021. The plan is to do any upgrades at that time. Current equipment: Auto pilot - STEC 50 w Alt Hld Stormscope - WX-900 Aspen PFD 1000 SV, AOA, ADS-B Aspen PFD 100
  12. Please add me and send a link to the map. Great job!
  13. Another $50 contribution in honor of Bob Belville, his family, and his beloved bird.
  14. The rumor is true! I am the proud new owner of N943RW, aka "Gypsy Rose". She has been relocated to KBLF. Transition training is soon to commence. Bob was obviously a very interesting and intelligent person with meticulous attention to detail. The logbooks comprise nine volumes with hand-written marginal notes. The gas caps themselves probably cost more than most small airplanes and have locks--why? To prevent the Oshkosh crowd from siphoning fuel?
  15. I recently purchased the late @Bob_Belville's beloved and bewitching bird, "The Gypsy Rose" (N943RW). Does anyone know how his quest turned out? Did Bob ever find the elusive five knots that he lost after the paint job?
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