Jerry 5TJ

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  1. Don’t have an EDM (a what?) & I don’t watch the engine Moriz gauges enroute often. (As long as the fuel flow is above 30 GPH it is running)
  2. Oxygen ... need a little help

    If you will be flying at all high (above 12000 IMO) I think putting it on the floor in aft baggage area is a poor choice. It is cold back there and the plastic hoses can freeze up with condensation. Plus, as others noted, you can’t reach it or see the pressure gauge. In addition to cannula and hoses you want a flow meter/needle valve and a flow indicator (red/green in-line types are good). Forgetting to turn on the (unreachable) O2 bottle before takeoff could be more than just a nuisance. I keep the bottle and mask close to hand so all parts can be checked in flight. If you’re above about 18000’ I recommend carrying a second system for your copilot. I carried two portable O2 systems in my T210. (Heck, I have two in my PA46 & it is pressurized.)
  3. HSI? I do not often include the HSI needles in my scan while enroute. My scan is mostly horizontal on the G500: Attitude then right to altitude cursor then further right on MFD to compare actual track (dotted line arrow) with desired track (magenta). Then back leftwards. In this image everything is so well centered that George must have the controls...
  4. Gravity is overrated

    Well, Pelicans have been practicing for millions of years.
  5. My E came with one of those flapping pitot covers, too. Like yours, one day it stuck. I removed it for good.
  6. I removed the Precise Flight system from my C. It didn’t work well enough to retain & the SVS valve can leak, disabling the sole vacuum pump. An AHRS from a portable (Stratus, etc) is far more likely to help you out. IMO. If you do want to keep it how about putting a soft rubber ball over the knob to cushion your knee?
  7. This IFR Pilot’s Progression to Glass: I get a tablet & subscription. Instantly realize that’s way better than lugging around charts and plates. And they update themselves! Gleefully throw away the Jepp binders. Also get a portable GPS with an XM antenna. Carefully mount it on yoke. Wow! Graphic view of surroundings. Weather, winds aloft, lightning. Ground track, distances, ground speed, and I can “see” what’s ahead even in IMC. That’s transformational. Then I add a portable ADS-B with AHRS. Soon realize the tablet is now prime reference for weather, traffic, navigation. And I tend to use the attitude reference on tablet. Occasionally I sneak a peek at the old vacuum AI to confirm. I tell folks I still have steam gauges but I’m mostly using my glass— because the amount of information and the clarity of presentation they give are far superior. Next in disgust over intermittent audio in my C model one day I start ripping out stuff. I’m an EE, I can fix this.... All the avionics and all wiring go out. A used 530W snared from eBay goes in. Now I can fly RNAV LPV into my home ‘drome instead of the usually worthless VOR approach. The precision is astonishing—if I never see the runway at least the debris field will be down the centerline. Up to this point it’s been fairly inexpensive. Then I buy a plane that’s glass from left to right. As the motorcycle guys say, never look back.
  8. Mooney and TBM History

    Claimed 263 knots speed for the Mooney 301 seems suspect, too. The similar sized Mirage is about 40 knots slower using the same rated power. A PT6A version Mirage will go that fast but it takes about 900 ft-lbs torque to do so, about 380 hp at the propeller.
  9. What if...

    We’re just lucky Mooney built so many planes before 1980. The remnants of that large fleet provided many or most of us a discounted route to 150 knot airplanes.
  10. Mooney and TBM History

    The hagiographic story of how the 4000 pound piston Mooney 301 prototype directly became the 7000 pound turboshaft TBM700 isn’t fully plausible. The Socata team started by redefining the plane’s mission. Then they redesigned virtually every part anew using their own CAD tools and went on to create production fixtures well beyond anything Kerrville possessed. I was only peripherally involved—Bendix King provided the entire avionics suite for the TBM700A. Speaking of missed opportunities— King seemed confident its Silver Crown line would remain dominant and that those upstarts across town in Olathe were never going to amount to much.
  11. low priced flying m20c

    1963 Mooney C-FESN is still missing. Departed B.C. on November 25.
  12. Dang. You’re right, it could be. I’ll have to untangle the mental wiring. I have four different displays of traffic each configured it’s own way. I’ll set one GTN750 to show only ADS-B & watch some more.
  13. I still have the antique screen that only shows active replies so I can tell at a glance if it’s a Skywatch target.
  14. Hanger FIRE!!!!!

    I was based at Petaluma for two decades. It rarely freezes there but the hangars can be humid & a bit of heat in the cabin helps keep condensation off. I’ve flown in that Twinkie ...