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  1. triple8s

    Left mag check kills engine

    Just some thoughts: Single engine makes reliability of that one engine of utmost importance. Fuel, air, & ignition source are the 3 things it takes to make a fire. Because I only have one engine out there pulling me through the air I am going to do everything in my control to make sure it is as perfect as I can get it. My life is on the line as well as other innocent folks (passengers and people on the ground) Mags are cheap compared to radios and other aircraft expenses. I replace with new at 500hrs gets me new coils, new plastic gears, new condensers new everything not just parts that are "with in tolerances" new. Is that neccessary? Maybe not but just remember the engine will not run at all without a good magneto and the importance of that is very clear if the engine manufacturers put two of those on our engines. All aircraft engines have 2 mags, 2 plugs per cyl, 2 sets of wires 2 positions on key switch. Lots of expense by the manufacturer to facilitate 2 mags. This tells me something. Oh and dont think I am some wealthy guy who has money to burn I am cheap cheap cheap on lots of things but magneto and fuel system is not one of those things. My thoughts
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    Carb Ice Frequency for Mooneys

    Just want to say you can easily get carb ice when there is no visible moisture. If you are flying a carb engine use carb heat as instructed in the poh. I have seen many central heat and air units froze up and they weren't flying through visible moisture. Seriously follow the poh and I had a carb temp gauge so I could tell when the carb temp would get below freezing. You be surprised how cold a carb will get when throttle is anything but wide open. Once it gets iced up and quits you have zero heat for the carb heat function.
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    Luggage compartment door

    id call Morristown and get a used one unless my plane was like very new.
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    Ovation 280 HP Flat Rating

    The TCM IO-550G gets 280hp by turning 2500rpm and only getting 21.3 -22.1 gph of fuel. Power, horsepower is generated by burning fuel, limit fuel, limit horsepower generated. Don't misinterpret my saying limit fuel what we are limiting is fuel AND air, air being limited by turning the engine slower. Wouldn't be a good idea to limit the fuel with the red knob, the air and fuel together at the proper stichiometric ratio. The same engine turning 2700 rpm (more air flow) and a higher fuel flow 25.6-27.3 yields 310hp. Same engine different power output by different fuel/rpm settings.
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    Air conditioning options

    Better becareful with that crazy thing! Might get too much suction and stretch ........something
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    Air conditioning options

    Better becareful with that crazy thing! Might get too much suction and stretch ........something
  7. I heard from a friend who was there that he shut down and was out at the front and moved the prop after engine was shut down. The key was not turned off, supposedly he barely moved the prop and it popped once. I have moved the prop after shut down to give clearance with the tug and been fussed at by a few folks for touching the prop. I generally place the key in eye shot of the front of the plane so I know it is indeed out and off, however my mechanic always fusses anytime someone touches the prop on aircraft around his shop he says a broken p-lead is all it could take.
  9. Not all 310's have the BB TCM's a very few have A pair of Big turbo Lycs hangin on them. Think it was done by Riley.
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    Puff of smoke, electrical smell

    Had a similar occurrence with a C model and the glareshield could be removed along with a flat aluminum piece between 201 style windshield and padded glareshield. Removed those and took a copilot for a taxi test. He carried a mirror and had right front seat removed. With the mirror and the seat removed he found chaffing and a short after 30 or so minutes of taxing it was a wiring bundle which had sagged such that the yoke brushed it and caused a momentary short. Had avionics work done recently. Only shorted when yoke was in a certain position. So be sure to also move controls in all possible positions while stopped and someone observing. Good luck
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    Wife’s pic

    Here is one the my took but the pic doesn't do it justice.
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    Uh oh

    Bad day for someone at keqy.....on the bright side Mooney is a tough bird and I've seen many repaired and I the air again.
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    Summmer Leaning on Approach

    I was a C flier for several years, my previous CFI always said what a good plane it was but he always warned about what an ice maker that plane could be, so after his constant advice how I need an engine monitor I bought a UGB 16 and got it installed. One of the features is it can monitor carb temp, WELL, what an eye opener! I had always heard how carb ice could form at temps up to 70df but found it hard to believe, until the cab temp was displayed right in front of my eyes. If I still flew with a carb engine I would definitely have a carb temp monitor. If you think about it an ac unit works similar to a carb. They both evaporate a liquid turning it into a gas. This causes cooling, at any outside air temp it causes cooling. How much cooling? Get a carb temp probe and you will see.
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    Flaps Just a smidge less than 1600$ if you buy solder, solder gun, roll of masking tape, sharpie, wire cutters/strippers, heat shrink, and 300 Gal of 100LL for the test flying. Oh n still have change for a half gallon of milk n a box of chips ahoy for the hangar fairies.
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    If you call Mooney like I did when I had trouble with flap retraction on my 1996 M20R they may try to sell you a new board with new relays. Said they didn't sell the relays separately and they had a new p/n for the board with relays. The cost? A bit over 1600$ !