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  1. There's been a lot of controversy in Australia over CVD pilots, with our CASA being difficult and pedantic on the issue. The rights of CVD pilots has long been championed by Dr Arthur Pape with some success, but CASA keep pushing back. http://www.cvdpa.com/about/dr-arthur-pape-s-story My story: At age 15 I was diagnosed as red/green colorblind during a pre-employment medical examination, which at that time in Australia it was a disqualifier from flying period. 20 years later the rules changed to allow daytime only flight carrying radio, and I failed both the confetti test and the Farnsworth lantern (light) test, and my student licence was endorsed accordingly. Without going into endless detail, I eventually undertook the Farnsworth lantern test under controlled light conditions and told I had a practice run first, then the proper test. The examiner stopped the test after the practice run because I got a 100% correct score and the restriction on my licence was lifted forthwith. In my opinion the variability of my test outcomes was affected by the prevailing artificial and ambient light sources.
  2. Ovation book speeds

    My experience as owner of 2005 Ovation GX2 29-0363 based in Adelaide South Australia, and former owner of a 1998 Ovation, both fitted with A/C and O2. Always plan with the GX2 for: 9,000 Eastbound WOT 2,400 rpm 175 kts TAS 8,000 Westbound WOT 2,400 rpm 177 kts TAS Subtract 6-7 kts if operating LOP The Hartzell prop delivers about 7 kts more compared to my earlier Ovation with the McCauley prop.
  3. Falsifying engine log book

    Way back in around 2003 a friend of mine here in Australia purchased a 1996 TLS (27-0214) with around 750 TTIS sight unseen through a broker, somewhere in the North East United States. He relied entirely on the advertised description and images, and through the broker arranged for a pre-buy inspection, which came up clean. He then had it flown to Las Vegas to fit ferry tanks, and then the same ferry pilot (Bill Cox if I recall) flew it across the Pacific to Australia. It takes about 50 hrs and an excellent reliability test for the engine. Some months after it arrived Down Under I got to see it, and thought from the condition of paint and interior that it didn’t compare well with my then Ovation 29-0156 (formerly N60FW) which was also a 1996 build with just a hundred less hours. I felt something was wrong there, so I compared the then Hobbs reading (+800) to the KLN 90B GPS (+1300). I’m sure there’s a plausible explanation for the disagree between TTIS, but until somebody can show me, I keep thinking this was the equivalent of winding back the speedometer in a car. SO, if you’re buying a used airplane, always inspect it yourself, even if it means an air ticket, accommodation and a week away from work. Whatever the cost, it will be way cheaper than the cost of rectifying faults, or for the rest of the time you own it having that awful feeling that you were scammed on what was supposed to be your pride and joy. Remember - not all Mooney sellers are your friends - CAVEAT EMPTOR
  4. Wtb: stall switch

    I have a brand new switch for sale. It was purchased for 29-0363 but never fitted.
  5. Mooney down off Myrtle Beach

    Glad the pilot got out without any apparent injury. Does anyone know whether he ditched with landing gear UP or DOWN?
  6. If you switch to ALT STATIC while airborne the airplane will quickly tell you.
  7. I checked the website too. I did notice the price has increased by 47% since 2008 however.
  8. Thanks Carusoam. Because there's another end to the wire on an insulated connection (see image) I guess it could be related to grounding the spark plug at idle-shut-off, but I can't find where it belongs. Maybe something has fallen off?
  9. My Supertow 1 has always worked perfectly since I got it in 2008. I know the electric start works fine but the battery is always flat, so I've only ever used the pull start and if not the first pull, it's away on the second. I recently went to start it up and it felt like the pull start cord had jammed, so I fiddled around a bit, yanked it a lot harder and it seemed to free up. Now it refuses to start. I've used a jumper supply to the electric start and turns over freely and puffing a little bit of blue smoke out the exhaust but it won't run. I've replaced the spark plug, checked the carburettor, cleaned the bowl and metering needle but it still refuses. The engine has now been removed and is in a repair shop, and I suspect somehow the timing is the issue, but they'll tell me soon enough. My questions to anyone with a Supertow 1, (1) has anyone had a similar problem and if so, what was the fix and, (2) what is the purpose of the cable and white connector (see image), and where does it belong? There's no mating part that I can see. There's a related cable that's connected to the insulated mounting plate. I think it's always been loose as in the image.
  10. Navigation database card from Apollo GX-55 - part #138-0426 including clear case. NOTE: Database subscription is not included and requires current cycle update prior to use. $45:00 including postage to US address. New Doc 2017-01-27 (1).pdf
  11. Filling o2 tanks

    Just a word of CAUTION when handling pressurised oxygen cylinders and filling apparatus. NEVER LUBRICATE or allow fittings to come into contact with grease or oil. There is a SERIOUS RISK OF FIRE OR EXPLOSION. http://www.megamedical.com.au/_literature_54771/Cylinder_Safety_Information
  12. Mooney Drink Holder - $50

    The newer Ovations have cup holders moulded into the console, but in my 2005 model they're an attached projection waiting to be damaged, and I broke one of mine with an awkward slide across into the left hand seat. I searched on Ebay where they're around AUD$15.00 (with free postage), and here in Australia I found them at a Marine Store (Whitworths) for about AUD$7.95. But if you buy them as a spare part......... Folding Drink Holder
  13. What are you asking for the unit? 

    1. 29-0363

      29-0363

      Haven't quite figured it out yet, but the prices I'm seeing on http://www.avionicslist.com/ for the GLD-69A are all above $2,350.00.  I'm still researching prices on other sites, but for a quick sale I'm thinking $2,000 would sway me.

       

      Interested?

       

      Cheers,

      29-0363

       

  14. GARMIN GDL-69 receiver

    I've just installed ADSB in 29-0363, and while the avionics guys were at it I had the GDL-69 A removed, only because in Australia there is no satellite reception. I'm about to list it here, and open to reasonable offers.