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Everything posted by DonMuncy

  1. Gee, I guess all the really old guys aren't willing to fess up openly. At 78, I appear to be the second oldest one to admit it.
  2. You are getting a lot of good advice here. My opinion, anything under 100 to 150 miles is better (except for the enjoyment) by driving. Redo your financial calculations by assuming 50% of your trips won't work out. This is to cover weather and mechanical cancellations. If it works using these parameters, you are probably good, as you are likely to beat that %. If is close, and you enjoy flying, go for it. If it doesn't work, you would be doing it because you want to. And that is alright too.
  3. I agree in theory. (Assuming the only value of a closed loop is to alleviate the necessity of continually drying the ambient air.) If I were having to regenerate the desiccant frequently, I might go to the effort to design a way to suck the air back out of the engine and run it through the compressor again. But having to cook the beads with about the frequency of oil changes, doesn't seem worth it to me. Incidentally, if I can offer any other information about my system, feel free to PM me.
  4. Come on all the rest of you old guys. Speak up, so I don't feel so old.
  5. I built my own. Almost certainly overkill with this size compressor. I run it on a timer, 5 minutes per day, and after every flight for about 5 to 10 minutes. I have to regenerate my desiccant every 4 months or so. (Dallas humidity level.) Is it necessary? Is it helpful? But it makes me feel better.
  6. Oops, most of the things I am wrong about are things I "just knew" are true without checking.
  7. One of the terrible problems is that no one will (or can) guarantee a patch. So you are rolling the dice with a patch. It may work well, or it can have another leak next week. From Colorado, The Tankman near Houston is closer than Weep No More or Florida.
  8. Even with direct cross winds you still lose. (presuming you are going both ways with the same winds). No wind is the only time you don't lose. And I think I can count on one hand, the number of flights where I caught tail winds both ways.
  9. That is going to be a long day. The first couple of times I flew from Dallas to San Diego, I did it in one day, and it was pretty tough. I switched to starting at mid day and stopping in El Paso or Las Cruces, and finishing the next day. Much less tiring.
  10. Yes, it is tough to get out and in. Yes, masking tape will help some. And absolutely, opening up the cut-out will make it much easier to deal with. And yes a filler piece is easy and necessary.
  11. The K does not recommend the use of a boost pump except in the event of a failure. (I think). It is my understanding that the boost pump puts fuel into one area of the induction system and the primer into another (not sure where, or which is which). Someone told me about the use of both, and I have good luck starting with that method.
  12. I had the full size IPad to start, and it would fit between the K yoke horns in "portrait" mode. I switched to a mini, and like it much better.
  13. It is to provide fuel in the event of a failure of the mechanical fuel pump. It is actually only one pump for both low, high and prime. I use high boost and primer for starting, but have never used it in flight.
  14. +1 for Aerocomfort
  15. Back in the dark ages, the story was that the Oklahoma turnpike (Tulsa to Ok City) did that, presumably by giving you a ticket when you handed them your "ticket" at the end of the route. I never knew of it happening to anyone, but the hot-shots in the know allegedly threw away their tickets and claimed they lost them when exiting.
  16. That is the difference between auto insurance an aircraft. Cars only pay for the actual (ie. book value) loss. Airplanes pay the agreed value.
  17. You need someone more knowledgeable than me to properly explain it, but my understanding is that the electric boost pump is used to furnish fuel during the starting process, and feeds both the "primer" and the "boost function". The pump pushes the fuel to the diverter valve. Electric power is furnished to the diverter valve and when activated, it "directs" the fuel to one spot in the induction system. When not activated, it goes to a different area. (I don't know which is which, nor where exactly these two areas are.) So in theory, if the diverter valve was removed, it would have to be plumbed to push fuel to one or the other "places". I presume it would be directed to the area ordinarily serviced by the boost function. (since the primer is only used to aid in starting). I further assume that if this was plumbed correctly, it would have no effect on the functioning of the engine during flight. And I think the Continental engines start pretty well during hot, cold and normal times, so the lack of priming would not be a terribly bad situation. This priming system is not used on most planes using this engine, and in the K manual, it notes: The priming system is optional on the E, F, KB and LTSIO-360-E. Standard equipment on the TSIO-360F model engine.
  18. Yep, that is the diverter valve. Why did he remove it.
  19. Subrogation is the right of someone (usually insurance company) to recover the money it paid on a claim from someone else who was at fault. A waiver of that right in your favor, means the insurance company gives up that right, as to you.
  20. As I understand it, it is just AIG.
  21. Congratulations. We know how proud you are.
  22. They don't remove the center structural bar. They replace the two piece windshield with a single piece windshield, but leave the bar in place (just like all Mooneys). A K model is some more expensive, but not a lot. Two extra cylinders and a turbocharger, none of which fail very often, but have to be maintained and overhauled, etc. at overhaul time. They do burn a little more fuel, but if you fly high, you get some of that back.
  23. The late "Mooney Miser", Norm Smith, sold them or the parts to convert yours, or some such. I think his family still sells some of his stuff.
  24. Congrats. Now work to stay current and proficient.
  25. Nope, I'm not that old.