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  1. So I'm not an expert on avionics software by any stretch, but what I have gleaned is that Garmin and Mooney did the work to certify the G1000/55x combo, utilizing the known specs of the 55x. A lot of the 55x behavior is really driven by the G1000, especially in terms of the VNAV signals sent to the A/P. So that is one source of the conflict with the new 3100, which has its own VNAV algorithms which could conflict with the G1000's. Again, there are potential solutions for this (you can write code for anything), but Genesys has decided to pursue other business opportunities for now.
  2. Hello Everyone, I had a nice conversation with Barry this morning. He called me up to let me know that due to a lack of perceived demand (only 8 confirmed POs according to Barry) they have decided to push off the Mooney STC indefinitely. He went through the count of interested parties as he knew it, and said that of the original 22 POs that came in, many of these have dwindled off due to airplane sale, selecting Garmin instead, death of owner, etc. Genesys has determined that with bigger demand from other airframes in their pipeline, they have to focus on those instead. As a software business person, I can't argue that point. Most of my time was spent working with Genesys on the G1000 interface elements, and this is problematic for those of us with the G1000/55x combo. The short form of the story is that Genesys could implement many of the 3100 features on the G1000, but two areas were problematic. The first was getting annunciation from the 3100 to the G1000, and given all the new modes in the 3100 that the 55x didn't have, they pretty much decided to NOT annunciate any modes on the G1000. That was probably a livable solution. However, the (potential) inability to utilize altitude preselect from the G1000 to drive 3100 behavior has proven to be a much stickier wicket. My comments to them were that if G1000 couldn't drive altitude behavior in the A/P, for manual preselect as well as the programmed altitudes in the approaches, then this would be an unacceptable user interface and I would not pursue installation. I think they agreed. And the time/cost of further exploring this solution is one of the reasons they decided to hold off for now. Barry did say there may still be light on the horizon vis a vis the G1000. The exercise they've gone through so far has furthered their general knowledge of the G1000 interfaces, and they have other groups (including one training firm that has 50+ Pipers with G1000/55x) that they are still talking with. There may still be a solution, but for now it is on the back burner. Barry asked that I share this with the group, so I have discharged that duty. I am somewhat disappointed with the current resolution, but on the other hand, the 55x still works well and Barry said they expect to be supporting it for 20+ years. In the meantime, none of this impacts the ability of my beautiful Conti IO-550 from aggressively purring through the sky! Cheers, Jeff
  3. I appreciate everyone’s comments. I’ve learned a lot in my investigation, especially the difference between CAT-CEET-SCAT-SCEET! I hadn’t realized there are four different types of this stuff. From studying the damaged duct I’ve determined it is CAT tubing, where CEET (or SCEET) may be preferable with double lining to prevent the wires from being exposed to moisture. I had hoped I could use some good old fashioned duct tape for a temporary repair whilst waiting for something permanent, but in attempting this I caused the very brittle material to break all the way in two. Time to spend a bit of money!
  4. I wanted to start a new thread focused on the issues interfacing the S-TEC 3100 with the G1000, for those 100+ Mooneys that are still flying around with the 55x. There's no doubt that the 3100 would add significant new features over the 55x and it would be a nice replacement. And Genesys's offer of the $9995 upgrade is quite reasonable. However, there are challenges with getting it to interface with the G1000 that are not adequately described in recent posts on this topic, so I'm trying to get a more complete story out there. I apologize if this is somewhat lengthy...I'll try to summarize as best I can. Contrary to what has been written recently, Genesys has NOT gotten the 3100 to work with the G1000 in any airplane model. I know this because I spoke directly with one of the lead engineers on the project. I won't mention his name, but I will say that he is very forthright and not afraid to "tell it like it is". He also really wants to get this working as best they can, so perhaps as a group we can help. The problem presented by the G1000 is the tight level of integration between it and the A/P at several layers of the software stack. Unlike other avionics components, which are generally designed with a singular set of common interfaces, the G1000 evolved to support different hardware elements before Garmin finally standardized around their own components. So when you are setting up the G1000, config settings tell it whether it is interfaced with a Garmin A/P (the GFC700), the 55x, or w/o any autopilot. This config setting drives other behavior throughout the user interface. So the overall behavior of the G1000 is heavily influenced by these settings and not something that is easily modified. One conflict is the types of information that can pass between the G1000 and the 3100. Aside from the main flight control data, which is used for navigation purposes, the G1000 also manages altitude preselect. The 55x does not know its altitude...it merely takes instruction from the G1000 to either climb or descend to the altitude selected in the G1000. But the vertical speed is selected at the 55x, and it passes this info to the G1000. So the G1000 knows the current VS as set on the 55x, but as you climb or descend to reach the desired altitude, the G1000 sends instructions to the 55x to gradually decrease the VS vector and level off at the new altitude. In contrast, the 3100 does know its actual altitude, and it has a built-in capture mode and algorithm for modifying the VS vector as the desired altitude is reached to smooth the arrival. This is where one conflict arises. Which method should be used? The G1000 isn't designed to capture this mode output from the 3100, so if the 3100 is driving the behavior it won’t (can’t) send the target altitude to display on the G1000. But the G1000 method for altitude preselect uses a different algorithm and may create conflict when deployed on the 3100. This also points out the issue of what data the G1000 could even display. With the 55x, the G1000 displays the mode annunciations and the VS as displayed on the 55x. But the 3100 has several new modes that are not in the 55x interface (IAS climb, straight & level, altitude capture, VNAV). And while certain versions of the G1000 do have these annunciations as part of the GFC700 interface, it is highly unlikely that Genesys would be able to use them for the 3100--at least not without some programming help from Garmin. One option is to force the pilot to use the annunciators on the 3100 itself and not show them at all on the G1000. But this would be a significant human-factors change from current operations and could cause confusion among pilots…not a good thing when relying on such a significant tool as the A/P. As one example, suppose the decision is for all mode programming to be made and shown only on the A/P and not on the G1000. Now take a busy pilot in the soup who is used to the old method of operations—me, for example! If I’m in the clag and given the instruction to descend and maintain 4000’, I would have to enter this into two different boxes for everything to work. If I only enter the altitude into the G1000 and then the VS in the A/P (the current procedure), then the A/P will not stop at that target altitude and I'll bust my instruction. Or if I enter it only on the A/P, then the plane will descend and stop correctly but my SVT highway in the sky boxes will start getting smaller and higher in the screen, and the G1000 may even start beeping at me as I pass the 200’ mark because I’m not holding its programmed altitude. (Unless that feature is deactivated in the G1000 and the aural alert is provided by the 3100…another possibility, but further increasing the complexity.) This is just one example of the potential for confusion that can develop if the two devices are not allowed to communicate, at least to the same level that the G1000 and 55x can talk today. But it points out why the integration effort for the G1000 is significantly more complex than with other devices. Even what seems to be the simplest solution, i.e. replicating the existing functionality with the 55x on both units, and forcing the 3100 to handle and annunciate the rest, means that now pilots have different places to see and manage the functions of the A/P. This would require documentation and a learning curve. (And since the 3100 outputs only in digital format, it would require a digital-analog converter to output the same signals to the G1000 that the 55x currently does. This alone may be doable, but does it provide the best user experience?) Let’s get to the crux of the matter, which is that the Genesys sales representative has recently stated that they need 8-10 more “non-reversible” purchase orders to satisfy the business case internally for the STC to continue. While I understand the business rationale of balancing the costs of development with the potential revenue, as I stated to the Genesys engineer, there is no way I (or any reasonable G1000 owner) can commit to paying for this upgrade without a firm understanding of what the bare minimum integration will be and deciding whether or not that is satisfactory. The engineer understands and agrees with this point. So he has said that Genesys will study this issue in more detail and provide a better description of what the integration effort can provide. There should be a set of baseline integration features they can commit to, and then a list of others that might be possible as they pursue development. Then we can make an informed decision about an actual purchase order. Here is where we can all help. Any “customer input” that we can use to prod Garmin into working with Genesys on this project may help promote deeper integration. At the moment, Garmin has provided limited support, even though they don’t seem to be pursuing a competitive retro-fit option. Myself and @Deb would like to compile a list of similar G1000-55x owners and use this to lobby with Garmin for the project. We will do the best we can with the FAA registry, but if you would like to be on this list please drop me a PM and we’ll add you. In the meantime, any non-G1000 users who are considering the 3100, please keep your interest known to Genesys and heck, go ahead and make that deposit! You won’t face the same integration issues, and this may give Genesys enough of a demand forecast that they will proceed regardless. That is good for the entire Mooney fleet. I haven’t relayed all the details that I’ve learned about this, so if you want to ask me other questions I’m happy to tell you what I know. Thanks!
  5. @mike_elliottThanks Mike. I'm happy to support the factory as well and if it's really only $50 it would probably cost that much in my time and effort to get one fabricated. I did my normal MSC and they were the ones who suggested that any scat tubing would work, but again, the total cost seems like it would be close to the same. I'll give Don a call.
  6. Thanks GEE-BEE. I'll send a PM to continue the dialogue.
  7. Hello all. This is in an Ovation but it's really a general Mooney question so I'll post here rather than in the Modern forum. Today I noticed an unusually strong breeze coming through my knees on takeoff, and traced the source to the scat tube that comes in off the right-side vent behind the firewall. One of the metal ribs has completely escaped, putting a rupture in the tube, and there are several other holes. I've attached the photo below. So the quick question is, can I just get the appropriate tubing from Aircraft Spruce and replace this, or do I need an official Mooney part? The tubing has special treatment on both ends, but I don't know how important that is. I actually tried to remove it myself but while I could undo the clamps, the tubing itself seemed to be stuck on there in some way and I didn't want to force it and break something else. I appreciate your thoughts. The photo is difficult to put into perspective, but you can tell on the right it's coming in from the sidewall and then connecting to a junction box up under the panel. The main rupture is closer to the junction box...you can see the wire the busted out of the tube if you zoom in. Thanks! Jeff
  8. I imagine each person's situation is unique. I have found that the Lightspeed ANRs (I'm on my third iteration, now Zulu3s) are great and provide noticeable protection. I don't have any feeling of hearing loss after even long flights, and to me they are the cat's meow. So to the OP, I suggest that rather than there being "something wrong with ANR," there is simply something in your specific situation which may lend itself to a different solution. Perhaps the PNR with an in-ear plug, or the in-ear type with or without ANR, will work better for you. Good luck figuring it out and keep us posted!
  9. I can see how the RB Air Races would be pretty boring for people in the stands, unless they are just die-hard aviation freaks. How interesting can it be to watch planes perform the same routine over and over again, after all? The TV coverage is what made the show, with the "shadow" plane so you could see how they were doing head-to-head and the quick access to times. It's too bad they cancelled the series, but not surprising. They never had much of a physical audience at the US events, although it seemed to draw well overseas.
  10. Boarding the Mooney can be a bit challenging, for sure. There has to be at least a modicum of arm and leg strength. It's easier to get them into the plane, where you can be there to stabilize them. Getting them out of the plane is more of a challenge, as it requires some strength to lift oneself out of the seat. If there is a line-person or some other helper present, that is best. However, I've also learned how to instruct passengers to just swing their legs out of the door and scoot along the front edge of the wing and just slide off there. It worked well for my 6'3" father when he could no longer get out of the seat, and it just worked last week for a burn patient who could not exert much strain on her legs or torso.
  11. ForeFlight is a great app and still my favorite. However, their continued inclusion of new features in the Performance Plus category seems mostly about the needs of the commercial or corporate pilot. I may finally have reached a quasi-CB status in this regard...I just haven't seen a strong enough need for these features to upgrade past my Pro Plus plan. For those of us who fly the same plane pretty much all the time, we should be well-enough versed in the general performance capabilities of the plane that we don't need a crutch such as this one. I can see a commercial pilot or someone who has to fly and keep track of multiple aircraft finding this very useful.
  12. This exact situation was just covered in an article in this month's IFR magazine. They went through the regs as noted above, and the summary was pretty much the same. IFR in Class G without a flight plan doesn't violate the regs per se, but it falls into the careless/reckless classification. They cited two pilot suspension cases that were adjudicated as such.
  13. Yes, good point...once the OP gets into Class D. But he made the call outside Class D (I hope!) and therefore I wonder, again, whether or not the Class G regs would allow descent to 1000' AGL and be legal, i.e. 1 mile viz and clear of clouds. Once inside the Class D, then he is in controlled airspace, and would have the clearance to operate at 1000'. I admit it's a situation that seems to skate the thin edge of several regulations...interesting dilemma to contemplate.
  14. Did anyone mention here that 1,000ft AGL is typically Class G and the instructions are simply 1 mile vis and clear of clouds? Seems like that's the operating principle on this original concept. As to SVFR, I also have used it to depart VFR when the airport was technically IFR but the patchy clouds clearly opened up in my direction of travel and the tower granted the request.
  15. To the OP, I would say that there are still one or two things you could try to increase that. You could try leaning a smidge to get slightly more power at 1,000' MSL. Also, did you have your vents closed? That's a racing technique that helps reduce drag and may give you a knot or so. And are you sure your gear doors and flaps are rigged for maximum drag reduction? As to gaining altitude, Bryan's advice would work for a turbo but not for us NA guys. The performance charts clearly show that TAS will decrease even with full power as altitude increases. Byron's racing techniques included things (as I recall) that take you close to the edge of the certification envelope, like advancing the mag timing, etc. Probably not something you want to mess with unless you're really trying eke out those knots. But from what I recall of my J-model, the OP is doing pretty well compared to the absolute book values...which as we all know are just for marketing!