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  1. My "new" Mooney

    Don't tell him your fuel burn, it'll ruin his whole week! If you run the same 170 mph true that I do; and if the Lance next door burns 15 gph; then we get 42% more speed using 40% less fuel than him . . . .
  2. I'm back!

    This is what I thought of: ****************************** Nimrod (/ˈnɪm.rɒd/;[1]Hebrew: נִמְרוֹדֿ‬, Modern Nímród, Tiberian Nímrōth, Aramaic: ܢܡܪܘܕ‎, Arabic: النمرود‎ an-Namrūd), a biblical figure described as a king in the land of Shinar (Assyria/Mesopotamia), was, according to the Book of Genesis and Books of Chronicles, the son of Cush, therefore the great-grandson of Noah. The Bible states that he was "a mighty hunter before the Lord [and] .... began to be mighty in the earth".[ However, things changed over the millennia . . . In modern American English, the term is often used sarcastically to mean a dimwitted or a stupid person, a usage first recorded in 1932 and popularized by the cartoon character Bugs Bunny, who sarcastically refers to the hunter Elmer Fudd as "nimrod",[36][37] as an ironic connection between "mighty hunter" and "poor little Nimrod", i.e. Fudd. ******************************* But Gus, do you mean that there large and very ugly) alleged aircraft is called a Nimrod? Officially or unofficially? Hopefully not many were built . . . .
  3. Please excuse my poor grammar, I'm just an engineer . . . midlife expressed the concept with more clarity. If you provide both pilot and airplane, you're in 135 territory. Fly someone else's plane that you didn't arrange / pay for, and a Commercial cert should suffice for moving other people around.
  4. My "new" Mooney

    Glad to see you're getting the new plane figured out. Hangaring can be interesting sometimes. I had one hangar with 18" clearance on each wingtip, and learned to be precise. It helps if you have an aiming spot on the back wall to point the tail at.
  5. Skin surface corrosion?

    If you sand, be careful of the rivet heads!!
  6. If the pilot doesn't own the plane, yes. If you provide both pilot and plane, my understanding is that you are now Part 135. Provide the pilot and rent an airplane, should be good to go with a Commercial certificate. But don't quote me, I moved before starting on the Commercial, and down here they both want too much money, and for me to rent their glass-panel Skyhawks, which don't apply much to my steam gauge Mooney. Why learn maneuvers twice, once in the Cessna and again in my Mooney [which they won't teach in]? Similarities in flight between the two approach zero, other than the basics that airspeed keeps them off the ground, and they obtain airspeed from a piston-engine-driven propeller.
  7. White vehicles attract dark-colored dirt. Black vehicles attract light-colored dirt. Pick you poison . . . . . you can't avoid all of it. I'm not sure that an "exhaust colored" fuselage would look good with avgas-blue wings!
  8. Mooney spar design

    Newer Mooney were, and new one are, built with a layer of something [different sealant?] between the spar and ribs in the fuel tank area. This change occurred in the 90s, I think, well after my C left the factory.
  9. Mooney spar design

    It's aggravating, and a very simple fix. What really annoys me is three way switches (like in the hallway and kitchen) where with the light off, one switch is up and one is down. That's just a lazy electrician. I've gotten good enough, being in my fifth house (and over 40 abodes) that I can remove the switch from the wall, turn it over and put it back together with only the occasional tingle.
  10. Help finding the right 201

    Scroll down to the 205 for sale here. Looks like the seller is ready. It's just the marketing name for a newer 201, both are J models.
  11. Got my renewal insurance quote today...

    Anyone else get this in the mail? Ever heard of "BWIFLY"? Pireps, good, bad or indifferent? I will renew in July so no rush.
  12. Today's flight for 2018

    You've done it now! @aviatoreb has been waiting for this, he'll be down anyday now to get him some!
  13. Empennage Fairing Order

    I put teflon washers under the screw heads, so they don't dig into the metal. Tried putting a second one under the metal trim, but it's quite difficult to install them, then they roll around the hangar floor when taking the trim panels off.
  14. Good photos, Richard. But screw length is measured from below the head. Also, don't push things onto the recessed part of the calipers, the outside is the calibrated zero position (the part of the jaws that touch when reading zero). Nice calipers though. I've just recently converted from vernier to digital myself (despite being near sighted, my closeup visual acuity is waning . . . Getting old isn't easy, but it does beat the alternative.). 8-32 is the important part, length looks about 3/4". Don't forget the nut.
  15. These are the classic cases for the PIC to have a commercial license. Using your own plane would be psuedo-135 . . . .
  16. Really makes me glad that my wing isn't just bolted together!
  17. Is this a hard limit in 121 ops? It is not for us in Part 91, it's just the most the plane saw in certification and must be a certain minimum fraction of stall speed (20%?).
  18. Failure was caused by corrosion in the cracks. But the cracks could have been caused by multiple overstress cycles. The NTSB will figure it out. Unlike the 737 fan failure, no one is calling for widespread Piper wing inspection, as this is apparently viewed as an isolated event not indicative of systemic design issues.
  19. The only other way to check it is with the plane on jacks. But that makes the switch hard to see with gear up. Raise the gear then do a partial Emergency Gear Extension and check the switch position. Electrical contact cleaner is about $10 at your auto parts store; soak it down good, exercise the gear a couple of times, soak it down again. Spray liberally. Beyond that, I'm out of ideas other than checking with an ohm meter or getting professional help.
  20. Empennage Fairing Order

    Huh. Wonder why they "improved" the design of this part? There's no possible confusion on my C. crazy sideways pictures . . . .
  21. Let's Talk Lubrication

    Just be careful with that ckean bkack grease. Molybdenum disulfide does not wash out of clothes. I had a workshirt with some on the shoulder, washed it 2-3 times a week for almost 3 years, but it was still quite visible. It is great grease, though.
  22. M20E sump part needed

    The threaded portion pointing into the "cap" in the drawing is broken off, notice how short that tbreaded section is compared to the other two. One other option is "owner produced parts", where you give the broken one to a machinist, with your best estimate of how long the broken threads need to be.
  23. TAX DAY-$$$

    In that case, I did it right this year.
  24. Today's flight for 2018

    Dang good looking spinner, Dave! And a most un-C-like nise behind it, too. Now keep her looking sharp like this . . . .
  25. In late 1989, I bought a loaded 1988 Honda Accord for $10,000. A one-year old model now would be in the low-to-mid-20s, while the engine is almost three times that much.