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Everything posted by Hank

  1. Mooney tatoo

    I thought that's what you were doing on those marathon LOP flights! You did mean tattooing your butt into the plane, right?
  2. Their salesmen are worse, that's why I avoid buying cars as long as possible. Replaced our 95 Accord with a 2011 Altima. Thank God for kbb.com while the idiot was "seeing what his manager can do" about his lowest price ["only" $3500 higher than Kelly . . . ] For repairs, I shop around. The Nissan is getting new AC compressor right now, for $200 less than the Nissan dealer and $400 less than the first independent shop I called. Because it's hotter'n blue blazes and I don't have time to mess with it right now!
  3. Glide ratio M20D

    When you are on short final, call it 100 agl, what happens to your plane when you pull the throttle to idle? That's pretty much my SOP if I'm on speed [70-75 mph depending on weight], and I generally touch down on the 2nd or 3rd stripe past the numbers. The last Cherokee pilot I gave a ride to freaked out when I did this over the trees, but saved his words until after we landed. "If I'd done that, my plane would have gone down in the trees. But in your plane, nothing happened!" Basicly, whenever I know I have the runway made, throttle goes to idle. If I'm high and fast, it will be sooner.
  4. If you're going to that much trouble, go ahead and update COM2/NAV2 while you're at it . . . . . [says the man with full analog panel, plus G430W and G327. Love me some needles!]
  5. This is another area [along with Airspeed, Altitude and VSI] where needles are so much easier than numbers . . . My EGT gage has a redline. it is likely the gage it left the factory with in 1970.
  6. Glide ratio M20D

    This is from my 1970 C Owners Manual. I'd expect your D to do pretty similarly, unless you have one of the few (three?) D models that haven't been converted to retract. When I practice, I aim for 105 mph, which is right at my 90 knot instrument approach speed. P.S.--please don't try to land using the attitude shown at the top of the page!
  7. Cost is a major driver. If you sell 250,000 cars each year and can replace a machined metal part and a couple of fasteners with one molded plastic part, it can total a dollar per car easily [for a small part] or more [several dollars each for larger parts; don't forget to include labor savings during assembly]. This applies to just about all manufacturing operations. I've been in injection molding for 28 years . . . One molded TV case replaced seventeen metal parts plus fasteners, and saved beaucoup bucks for the manufacturer [we just supplied molded parts to everyone!]. A second driver for metal-to-plastic conversion in automobiles is weight. The lighter the car, the better the gas mileage, and that does two things for the manufacturer: 1) helps meet ever-increasing CAFE mileage requirements; 2) higher mileage cars tend to sell better, or at least gain advertising points against the competition. It's amazing how little weight reduction is required for a 1 mpg improvement in the test.
  8. Yes, speed control is key! Learn the MP / RPM settings for pattern entry (flaps up and flaps down), and if you are Instrument rated, for approach speed clean and dirty as well as standard climbs and descents. Every knot of extra speed over the numbers caused 100' of extra float before touchdown [source: Bob Kromer, former Mooney test pilot and President of Engineering, Mooney Aircraft Corp.]. Learn to control your airspeed within a couple of knots.
  9. Glide ratio M20D

    Our props won't feather, but they will move to a coarser pitch when you pull the knob. The full range is in the TCDS, and may be in your Owner's Manual.
  10. Today's flight for 2017

    I saw them yesterday, didn't think they had been there before. Proud daddy, nervous daughter finished with school and ready for the Real World!
  11. Galvanized fitting, hose clamps, and do I see a piece of ABS behind it all???? Or is that an OEM part that was cleaned up during your work?
  12. Doghouse Gap Seal Material

    Silly question, Richard: why do you remove the entire top of the doghouse? As in my photos, I only remove the outer panel on each side, perfect for plug access. Surely your top isn't all one piece???
  13. Looking for a Halo headset

    These are my silicone Halo tips, and the blue ones I wear at work. The Halo tips are actually more comfortable; neither makes my ears sweat, or slides out like foamies do.
  14. Doghouse Gap Seal Material

    No, there's nothing like that in mine . . . This is the only photo I can find right now, from when I replaced the ignition harness, so it's not really a doghouse photo (but it works).
  15. Fuel Tank Total Rehaul

    Total strip and reseal, Oct/Nov 2007 by Edison at Wet Wingologists in south Florida. He has a full page ad in the latest MAPALog. Count me a very happy Customer! Mooney tanks are his entire business; there were three others there when I dropped mine off. Finished on time and on budget, seven year warranty. Happy happy!
  16. Introduction! Future Mooney owner!

    @Parker_Woodruff should be know. He upgraded J-->K, then worked for Falcon.
  17. Let's talk about tires...

    I have a Condor on the nose. I'm about to replace it for the third time; I've replaced mains once, they still look pretty good. The tires were far from new when I bought my Mooney ten years ago . . . I attribute this to turning rather than Condors being bad tires.
  18. I guess I'm greedy

    Something's not right . . . At that altitude and 2500, my C generally indicates 145+ mph with lower Oil Temp and CHT. When traveling that far, I generally go to at least 7500 msl; no fuel flow, but I'm generally right on 9 gph block time. The first two things I'd check are baffle seals and rigging. Maybe an induction leak? Last week, I took off in mid-90s temp, higher on the asphalt, with heat index ~105°. Climbed at Vy from 326 msl to 7500, accelerated, set power (22/2400) and leaned out. I'll have to look for a picture, but Oil Temp was near the top of the green arc and CHT was lower. Do you climb WOT / 2700, or do you reduce power in the climb, reducing climb rate, increasing engine temps and time in the climb?
  19. On my C, the left mag is on the left side of the engine when sitting inside looking out the windshield. Right there behind the dad-blasted battery box . . . It makes strange sense for the Left key position to be closer to Start, since it cranks on the Left mag, but I won't swear that's how it is off the top of my head. And of course, your thoroughly modern R is probably different from my ancient C.
  20. Engine Time Considerations When Buying

    An Aviation Monetary Unit is $10^3. R&R for an engine is Remove and Reinstall; it is completely different for pilots . . .
  21. Let's talk about tires...

    That's what I have on my mains, on purpose. The big difference that I could see with Flight Special III is the speed rating is equal to my cruise speed, and I didn't see a benefit for the extra money. But Air Stop tubes are the way to go! I'll be replacing my nose tire soon, with all the turning it lasts about half as long as the mains.
  22. Pensacola Planes to See

    Come on over the Summit. There will be some open ramp time on Friday afternoon, a special bonus this year! Due to airline traffic at the airport, this has not been allowed at previous Summits, and I'm looking forward to seeing everyone's planes!!
  23. Oshkosh 2017

    When I flew in to what became Tornado n Fun, I had el cheapo dog tie down stakes from Harbor Freight, all of $4 or so each. I looked at the similar but much beefier ones for sale in the Registration booth, bought a set ($35?) and installed them. My left main tire rolled forward about 4", the right one didn't budge. The highwing plane on my right side ended up several feet forward, upside down and windshield-to-windshield with the Bonanza to his right, with the Bo's propeller sticking through his wing. Other planes in front and behind me were blown around and sitting sideways, backwards, in / on each other, tents flattened, coolers gone. It was a mess! I'm a big believer in the EAA "screw in the ground" tie downs! I also saw many planes with either The Claw or something similar dangling from their wings as they were all over the fields--parking, camping, taxiways, displays . . . Some of the Claws held, some did not, and I cannot say if it was soil difference, installation error or simply proximity to the tornadoes themselves.
  24. Doghouse Gap Seal Material

    Richard, the overwhelming majority of my doghouse resurrection was sheetmetal work. Good luck with yours!
  25. When my l eft mag failed in flight, my EGT went above redline when it had never been within 100º of it before. So I turned the key to L, it got real quiet and pitched down pretty hard [I was at 9500 msl]. When I turned it back to Both, everything was normal, so I clicked it over to Right and releaned. That's why we have two magnetos . . . It's also the "other" form of single mag operation (besides having the key turned wrong by accident).