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  1. KSMooniac

    Long Body Market?

    No...I think electrical system redundancy is required for FIKI status. There are some J's with TKS but I believe FIKI is not possible. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    69-77 engine control quadrant

    I did make the conversion. I'm glad I did it, but it was a metric crapton of effort. I had my salvage plane to scavenge for parts and patterns, which made it possible. It would have been even more difficult if I just had a pile of parts and the parts manual. I didn't log my hours, but I estimate it was in the neighborhood of 150 hours of labor. Much of that in difficult contortions to replace the nose wheel well pieces up by the firewall... Everything between the instrument panel and the floor was swapped. To make it more difficult, the 77 nose wheel opening is larger than the 78+ openings, so I had to make a doubler to shrink the opening slightly to fit the newer nose wheel well parts. Did I mention this was a ton of work? Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    Paint Shops around Kansas City/Midwest

    I live not far from you and wish I would've known about Hawk 9 years ago when I painted. I would go there if this is a forever plane. Spend some money on your scheme design too. It makes a difference. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    BB/VREF/Value Guide - My Idea

    I love this idea. Bundling such a guide with your business details/sales history stats might be enough to get a lender to disregard the blue book/vref data when you can specifically point out their deficiencies in this market. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    PIREP Milwaukee Power Ratchet

    I love the 1/4" drive Milwaukee m12 ratchet...it is lower profile than air ratchets I've used in the past, and of course easier to use in some places since you don't need to wrestle the air hose with you, inside the cabin for example. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    Laminar Flow Wing and disturbed flow

    I'm not trying to be snarky but if you flew headings you can't use that data for an accurate TAS calc. As experienced as you are with your current and past E models I believe that if you think it is slow, then it likely is. I do not believe the paint stripes on the wing would give you a measurable speed loss like you're describing, though. If you're convinced your rigging, especially flaps and gear doors, is perfect, then your next step should be to smear some oil with colored powder on to your leading edge and go fly. If you have an early transition to turbulent flow you'll see it in the pattern on the wing. You might put a gopro looking out the window to record it as it flows in case the pattern dissipates before landing too. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    Laminar Flow Wing and disturbed flow

    I'd follow Jose's list, and also fly a 3 TRACK airspeed calibration test flight for a couple different power settings in smooth air, noting your indicated airspeed, altitude, barometric pressure, and temperature. On the ground, follow your POH corrections to get calibrated airspeed, then calculate true airspeed given the test conditions. Then use the 3 stabilized ground speeds from the three different tracks and an online TAS calculator to get your real TAS. Then you'll know if you have an indication problem or a real problem. Flying tracks is crucial here...not headings. Set OBS mode on your GPS and dial up the desired tracks 90 degrees or 120 degrees apart, and let the autopilot fly them. Hand trim to zero-out pitch input from the autopilot as well. If there really is a problem, I'd look at gear doors and flaps first. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    KFC 200 Auto Pilot - Servo issues

    The G5 does provide the AHRS input to the GFC500 so you need at least one of them. The Aspen also needs a backup AI, which now can be a G5. What I don't know currently is if the Aspen can connect as an HSI or not. If so, that would be optimal. There wouldn't be a flight director output on the Aspen, though. It would be silly to have an Aspen that can't interface to an autopilot, so if it can't talk to the GFC500 then trading the Aspen for a pair of G5's or a G500 TXi might be up for consideration, but at much higher cost. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    KFC 200 Auto Pilot - Servo issues

    I forgot to plug Bevan Rabell in Wichita...they still do bench repairs on those servos, so you might ask them for a second opinion. Maybe you can get back in business for far less than 3 AMU but I'd still plan for a GFC500. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    KFC 200 Auto Pilot - Servo issues

    Garmin GFC500 should be available for Mooneys very soon...like end of the year. I don't know how well it will integrate with the Aspen but I'd check before spending any money on old king repairs. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  11. I went last year and will return this year on Sunday, 11/11. They did a great job in a quick amount of time by putting 5-10 students on the plane at once! You can bring your own cleaner or wax too if you wish. Lemme know if anyone else might join on Sunday morning, perhaps we can fly out to lunch at K81 or other. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    Roller tappets

    3800 SMOH??? Very nice. They are mandated replacement items when the case is split, right? I think I'm remembering that correctly. Guaranteed revenue stream for Lycoming... Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    While the interior is out, I'd do a deep clean and look at everything...look for corrosion/rust, old wires breaking down, old insulation or sound proofing, etc. If there are electrical connectors, take them apart and spray contact cleaner on the pins, then put them together/take them apart a few times before final assembly. If there are any taped seams, consider replacing the tape. Remove obsolete wires and antennas. All of this is good practice that you wouldn't want to pay shop labor to do. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    Fuel bladder values

    Don's swimming pool analogy is perfect! My last house hunting op looked over all houses with pools as I didn't want to maintain one, nor pay extra to remove one. Bladders are exactly like that to me, but not others. They add 35-45 lbs of useless weight, so that hurts range and payload possibilities. And yes, I have flown 4-up trips with bags, and I'm very protective of my good useful load. I've also flown 1100 NM non-stop, so I wouldn't want to give up capacity like the original bladders do. Bladders run counter to my needs, so if I were shopping again I'd assign a substantial penalty to a plane with bladders. I already wrote the check for an expert reseal and don't expect issues again. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
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    Rat socks

    Even easier...just buy new socks from LASAR that have a Velcro seam! Installs easily. The originals were designed become Velcro was invented! Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk