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  1. I have looked at the abandoned airfield site for the airports near me. Strangely enough, one of them was Mustang field which was located on virtually the same site I now live on.
  2. To quote myself; I just reread my post and I seemed to have said I know several pilots who are better pilots than me. What I should have said is I know a bunch of pilots who are better pilots than me, and several or more of them may be VFR only.
  3. Wide open throttle
  4. I think this discussion (and all the other ones just like it), come about because of perceptions. Those of us who have instrument ratings, are (1) proud of our accomplishment (2) think it improves our flying and (3) think it would be of benefit to others. But it is really hard to express these thoughts without coming across as "I'm instrument rated and I'm better than you". I sure don't feel that way, and I suspect most every other IR pilot doesn't either; but it often comes across that way. You don't have to have an IR to be a good pilot. I know several (and probably a lot more that I am unaware of) who are VRF only and who are lot better pilot than me. But we still think it would be of benefit to all pilots and would encourage them to get the training.
  5. I don't know the Rocket engine. Is it clear from the drain plug down. If so, definitely use the straight one. If anything is in the way, you might need the 90 degree one to clear everything.
  6. Portability is a plus. I do like your idea of a rigid mount to hold the tail both down and up. Even with a floor ring, it would make sense to use a bar/tube rather than a chain.
  7. Maybe I should have added a smiley. I think full elegant is a ring embedded in the floor. But yours is nice. Do you have to polish your tub.
  8. And semi elegant.
  9. They make several types. Mine is wired only into the gear-down warning system and the stall warning system. That is, they are activated the same way as on a standard Mooney, but instead of hearing a horn in the ceiling of the cabin, I hear a female voice in my headset saying either "check landing gear, check landing gear" of "stall, stall, stall". The fact that it is transmitted in the headset is very good. The fact that you can't confuse the message (or wonder "what was that"), is even better. The downside is that the message is so good, there is a strong tendency to rely on it, rather than checking your landing three time on final.
  10. VFR, you don't have to talk to or deal with ATC, and you are free to deviate anywhere anytime you want or need to. IFR, you don't have to worry about entering hot MOAs, TFRs, or someone's airspace. If you get flight following, you get these benefits, but you can be dropped if ATC gets busy. If you are IFR, they can't drop you. To me it is also consoling to know that if you get into trouble, it is easier to tell someone, and get help, or the search people have a head start looking for you. I don't consider it a burden to file and deal with ATC. I almost always file unless I am just local or a short flight.
  11. I don't think there is any way to remove the sealant without physically scraping it off. You didn't say why you were trying to remove it. My opinion is that you are likely going to break them before you could get all the sealant off.
  12. But not as elegant
  13. I know that virtually all GB engines in K models have been converted to LBs, but apparently not all. Does anyone know what is involved in the conversion. Also, what kind of a hit is the owner of a 231 with a GB going to take at the time of sale, vs one which has been converted.
  14. Don't; it might make you tear out your eyeballs. Just hang around. He can't contain himself for long.
  15. No. Veterinarian in my first life, lawyer second, now a retired loafer. But I do enjoy developing answers to some minor problems.