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  1. Thanks for the information. Cams are probably the problem. I will check on them them this weekend. The interior work will be done during my November 2019 annual. So I have some time to repair my cams or have new cams made. November 2019 annual will hopefully be a biggie with the install of a TT autopilot. Thanks, Eddie
  2. Hi All, I am planning recovering the seats in 1966 E. The incline of the seats even after adjusting the knob on the cam is too much. I find leaning back to be uncomfortable after several hours. The use of foam and additional padding might correct the problem but I think a seat frame that is less inclined would be a better starting place. I currently wedge plastic on top of the cam but it slips sometimes. Has anyone had the problem of too much incline and devised a good work around? Thanks for any good suggestions. Eddie
  3. NO I had an engine failure which resulted in an off airport landing. No structural damage but the company hired to retrieve the airplane by the insurance company finished it off. I was with Avemco then and ask the effects on my insurance due to the total loss. Avemco told me that I would only lose my no claims discount of 5% for 1 year. That was all. Except for collecting for my loss. Collecting was a pain, insurance investigation, faa investigation and 4 months to collect. My only experience with any insurance claim except medical. Eddie
  4. Interesting topic! I just did an owner assisted annual with our new very very thorough inspector. He not only checked ADs but also SBs. His suggestion was to get the SB kit#20-217 and do a preemptive. The kit apparently had a 16 week wait from Mooney, so I dropped that plan this year. Question: Is doing this SB preemptively a good idea? Next November at annual I plan to do interior and hopefully Trutrack install. The airplane will be apart and down for easily a month. Also, I must admit that the 100 mph flap speed can get exceeded in my modified E easily. The kit was about $400 but is now up to $800. We have very good sheet metal people at MCAS Cherry Point. If anyone has an old kit in stock at the non-inflated price contact me Thanks for your input and suggestions. Eddie
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    Stratus ESG Install

    Tailwind avionics did did my ESG install in November 2017. ESI kit with stratus ADSB in $2,695.31 Labor 18 hours $1530.00 to remove Narco AT150, Install Transponder and Stratus receiver, Waas from my 430W. Hardware $12.13 Shipping $20.00 North Carolina rip off tax on labor and parts $182.75 $4,440.19
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    Bolts Came Off/Sheared on #2 Cylinde

    Hi, I had the #2 cylinder on the right engine depart the airplane in flight on an Aztec. 3 bolts sheared and 3 backed off (narrow deck cylinders you have wide deck) The investigation found that the overhaul facility failed to remove the paint on the case where the cylinders mated. The paint cracked and the cylinder started working. 100 hours Something was not done right. Check the engine closely. You were lucky you were not inflight.
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    Likelihood of engine failure

    Yes, aircraft engines do quit. In 4,000 hours over 47 years (1)I had a fuel selector jam in a M20C resulting in an off airport landing, (2) a jug depart the engine in an Aztec, (3) an oil line failed in an Apache, (4) failure of a duel mag in a Cardinal RG. All 4 could have been prevented. The M20C was not serviced properly. The jug left the Aztec due to the overhauler not cleaning the mating surface properly. The Apache was old and had original oil lines. The RG mag just had problems.
  8. Some confusion exists about the Stratus transponder models for certificated aircraft. There are 2 models. (1)The ESi model which uses the position input from a certified waas navigator thus needs no other gps antenna. (2)The ESGi model has a built in gps and comes with an antenna for external mounting. All must use an antenna mounted externally for gps.
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    Ipad holder

    I have the same setup as Mike. Round plate, 1 inch Ram arm and Ram ball on iPad placed on right panel. I can see it Ok in most cases. I also use an aluminum bicycle mount to hold iPhone 6 plus on pilot yoke. I can see the iPhone better but it lack the functionality of the iPad. My mostly original panel and j bar limit placement of screens. IPad mini on pilot yoke covers instruments.
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    Prop Strike

    hi rpcc, Aviation insurance will pay the insured value not purchase price or valuation. As pointed out over insuring can get you an aircraft with long repair time and under insuring can get the airplane totaled. If you request an extremely high insured value the insurance company may not accept it.
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    Off field landing at KSGH

    I have read most of this post and have not commented till now. I too had an off airport landing in a Mooney due to fuel selector failure (jammed in the off position). No structural damage in the landing. However, the person hired by my insurance company to retrieve the airplane opted to increase his profit by lifting a wing over the airport fence. That did not work well. It would amaze you what dropping a Mooney wing on fence posts will do to the wing. Totaled the airplane. Your planning is a great deal better but be careful. Don't cheap out. Take down the fence unless you are absolutely sure you can get it over.
  12. I installed a Stratus ES transponder for compliance with the Mandate. I added the hard wired Stratus 2 for weather and traffic in. All well under 4K installed. The in"" added about 1K. The ES transponder used the WAAS signal from my G430W. No external antennae to install.
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    From retro to basic

    He is installing a Stratus ES not ESG (no internal gps,). I just got an ESI ( ES transponder and a wired Stratus 2i receiver). Easier install than the ESG . Labor ran about $1700 with other work done. After rebate under 4amu for out and in.
  14. Update: Discovered the software version in my 430W (430W was 2012 manufacture) needed an update. Install was delayed 1 week, then we left or 2 weeks of scheduled vacation at National Parks in Utah. Just returned and hope to do validation flight tomorrow. Costs: ESi Kit $2695.31, 18 hours labor= $1,530, NC sales tax on parts and labor $182.75, BNC 12.13, shipping $20.00. Total $4,440.19 Problems: 430W needed update. Labor seemed a little high but Install instructions were incorrect about the 430 software version Comments: Stratus receiver is mounted on pilot side of nose wheel cover where indicator lights are visible. Stratus TXP was mounted at bottom of radio stack in same location as the AT150 it replaced. Ground check good. Eddie
  15. My Stratus ESI (out and in to the iPad) should be finished this afternoon. The work is being done by Tailwind Avionics here in Beaufort. I will post details after validation flight and getting the bill. Hardware was under $3K. Labor should be a normal install. They used the existing antenna, cable and encoder, mounted the transponder and Stratus and ran a cable for WAAS to the G430. Eddie