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  1. what is your purpose to come here and make this your first post. ? Perhaps you can introduce yourself, tell us a little about your flying and why you are on the Mooney forum if you have a Cessna. thanks,
  2. It is all about MPG.......... efficiency. I can go 180 KTAS into a headwind and I can go 160KTAS with a tailwind. The Mooney makes it easy to choose, I like speed but I like to fly too............ what's the hurry ?
  3. the formula for calculating the FF multiplier is based on EGTrend Inc. Inc. 2004 test data. FF Multiplier = 1.1604 * Compression Ratio + 5.030 The formula is based on a best fit line on the known values of 14.9 for 8.5 CR, 13.7 for 7.5 CR and 13.53 for 7.3 CR the actual calculations are a little more complicated using BSFC values
  4. I do not suggest anyone follow what I have done but I will share my experiences for information only. I still have some TKS fluid from a 55 gallon drum that was purchased in 2014. I tried some of this fluid in icing conditions under very minimum risk conditions. I descended through a thin layer of known icing on approach. The results were good. The TKS system worked normally and the fluid kept the surfaces clear of an ice while the unprotected surfaces collected about 3/8" of ice. The landing light and taxi light lens in the middle of the wing and the wing tips were noticeably coated. It mixed some of this old fluid with new fluid and it also worked as expected. Ice is a serious problem not to be played with. I do not suggest, support or encourage anyone to do what I have posted. I am only sharing my observations. I still have some old fluid and plan to use it during the summer to keep the system primed and cycled regularly.
  5. Originally I was with you on the larger screen size. I wanted the MFD to cover four holes to allow for the larger screen display BUT having an Ipad does this job and I have one mounted on the copilot side of the panel. While the Garmin products have much larger units, it appears that much of that extra display space is wasted. Can someone with a G500 or a G3X measure the actual size of the HSI display and calculate the wasted (blue background with nothing in it) that these units appear to have. ? I would suggest that the usable display is not much different than the Aspen screens. Aspen is just much more efficient in utilizing what is available.
  6. I would suggest any new money should be spent on new technology. It will defray the future cost and you get the benefit now. Look forward. Best solution today is to replace the aged Garmin 430 with a new Avidyne IFD440. If your 430 is a (W), then it is a no install cost slide in replacement. All you need is paperwork.
  7. The annual inspection should run around $2,000 in addition you will have maintenance items and wear and tear replacement costs that from my experience will add about $3,000 a year.
  8. I assume that the light did work properly at some time. Was any other work done since the lights were installed ? Do you have a drawing of the Aero-Lites installation ? Or the installation instructions ? I can't believe there is no breaker or fuse in the power line. How do you turn off the left nav light now?
  9. the main reason for certified A&P/IA requirement (shop must do the update) is the FAA considers these updates as modifications to the installed equipment and they must be documented in your logbooks as such.
  10. one thing to consider is that just because it worked (before) does not mean it was wired correctly
  11. sounds like it is a dealer/installer problem to solve and you let them off the hook.
  12. MSB09-1B Continental continues to be plagued with these kind of problems. It is a well know issue and many have suffered the same as you.
  13. The K would be a waste of resource. you don't need the turbo and it is a handicap down low (<15000') you won't see any value. Burning six cylinders vs four cylinders is adding 1/3 the fuel. The J will be more efficient. How are you dealing with ice in that region of the country. ?
  14. so my boat acts like an airplane and has aerodynamic features. ..... cool if I understand this, the fast moving air stream "grabs" at the stagnant air molecules in the cabin and "pulls" at them in the boundary between the moving air and the still air (friction?). As the molecules are pulled apart the air pressure is decreased and creates the unbalance which allows the "thicker" air under the towels to lift them. close ?
  15. Ok someone explain why the paper towels in my boat fly............. seriously. I will try to explain. I have small rectangular windows that open at the bottom of the windshield. These let air into the cockpit when cruising. Mounted on the bulkhead just below the chart deck which the windshield mounts to is a bracket to hold a roll of paper towels. When the roll of paper towels is put on the spindle with the sheet coming off the top of the roll it is located just slightly below the stream of air rushing through the open window. With just the right movement of air in the cabin the trailing end of the paper towel roll will suddenly lift into the air and remain suspended horizontally from the roll in the air stream. It ungulates up and down until it finally falls out of the air stream to be lifted again later. It can remain in the lifted state for some time and will actually pull the paper off the roll extending the length of the paper towel in the air stream. Is this Newton, Bernoulli or something else