Sven

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    Santa Rosa, California KSTS
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    M20D

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  1. It was announced in July and the day is here. Technically it costs 99 cents but that is donated to charity. The app is for VFR only and has a lot of the functionality of WingX available. I'm downloading it now. My subscription to Jeppesen's VFR product is about to expire so this will be a great alternative. We use Foreflight for the big stuff but I like to have a basic alternative on my iPad, just because.
  2. Santa Rosa Fire & Mooney Folks

    Ron actually works for Sonoma Jet Center. The Red Cross is not out hat STS as they are in the city. However, if you drop anything off at KSTS use Sonoma Jet Center and they as they have strong contacts with us and we be very good stewards of what you bring in. The big thing is gift cards, especially Target. Kmart burned down as did Kohl's so no gift cards from there, please. We don't need bottled water. I have 45,000 bottles and another truck is on the way. Most of the shelters and distribution centers are receiving goods from Convoy of Hope and other organizations. -Scott
  3. Just to let you know, there's a couple of us Mooney folks here in Santa Rosa. We have all had a horrific week in Sonoma County. The unthinkable happened in the early hours of Monday evening as a firestorm sped from Calistoga over the mountain into the heart of northern Santa Rosa. My wife and I were awakened by a neighbor for an immediate evacuation with a firestorm raging on the hill just above our neighborhood. The smoke, flames, explosions, severe wind and the roar were unbelievable and what I would describe as evil. My wife was injured trying to wake an elderly neighbor and required an ER visit but our hospital seemed to be on fire as did all of Santa Rosa. We left with the clothes on our back and our cat. We were certain we would lose our house. As we became refugees our day was filled with anxiety as we grasped the reality of losing "our stuff." Remembering that I had webcams it was late morning when I saw that, unbelievably, our home had been somehow spared. We actually felt guilty about that as so many of our friends narrowly escaped with just their lives in Fountain Grove, Coffey Park, and Larkfield/Wikiup where we live. One of our Mooney brothers, M20D6607U, lost his home as did many members of his family. So many families had multiple members in these neighborhoods. You would think when something like this happens you could stay with relatives but when every family member loses their home it creates a real dilemma. I am helping to run an evacuation and disaster relief distribution center and I connected with Ron personally today, getting him and his family some relief supplies, loading him up with everything I could from sleeping bags to Gatorade to toothbrushes and socks. He also knows and is helping several other families who lost their homes and we are supplying them as well. I know he's going to be upset with me for telling you all this but I thought it would be great if you left him some words of encouragement. I'm not sure when he'll see this but at some point I'll tell him what I did unless he busts me sooner. He's a great guy with a heart of gold. All of our Mooneys are safe. The airport was about 2 miles from the fire and has been a base for Cal Fire, National Guard, and several GA relief efforts as have the smaller airports near us like Healdsburg, Cloverdale, and Petaluma. There is a sizable TFR overhead of which a small chunk was left open for KSTS in case you're flying in here. When faced with the possibility of losing your home and everything in it, you often wonder what you would take with you. When the evacuation is immediate and dangerous there is no time or decision making. You leave it all. We snuck in past the barricades the second day as the fires were still raging next to us, expecting our home to be destroyed. My wife and I looked around and wondered what we'd pack into our van. All we took were our important papers, old video tape of our daughters, and a couple extra changes of clothing. We left everything else. The night before, when we were convinced we lost everything, we let it all go. It was just stuff at that point. We had each other, our friends, and we were safe. What we used to think was so important now made us feel embarrassed. The new sofa we took so long to find, the perfect giant HDTV, the piano, and on and on and on. It was just stuff. It wasn't important anymore and it seemed a hinderance. On this second trip in all we brought out was a laundry basket with very few things. The van was empty as we headed back to the shelter and we walked away from our home with no regrets. Lean-of-peak vs. rich-of-peak didn't matter anymore (hahaha). Neither did politics, sports, or any other argument or opinion. It all seems so petty now. I drive through the burn area on my way to work every day. There's no way around it. The familiar landmarks that defined my neighborhood are gone, obliterated. I'm hoping that visible scar on our community will be a constant reminder to not get caught up in the "stuff" trap again. Family and friendships are what's important. Giving to others and serving your community, being generous and grateful and all that good stuff, that's what's important. -Scott
  4. Camera Mounts / Location?????

    Just need a couple of salvage access panels from Kenny Faeth in Sacramento. Put a 1/4-20 rivnut in the middle and you can move the camera wherever you want it. The camera ball mount is from Amazon. It costs $15.
  5. LASAR FLY IN

    If you want to see a real fixed-gear Mooney, ours will be there. I won't be flying it but one of the partners will be and is looking forward to attending. It's only a 15 minute hop over the hill. Lasar always puts on a great event.
  6. Here, hold my Maker's Mark.
  7. #OSH17 It's a wrap

    Love the pics and the video, Jolie. Wow! What was the lead ship they were shooting from?
  8. Mooney Professional Model Shoot

    I have a friend who asked me if she could use the Mooney as a backdrop for a professional model shoot for a new clothing line at a high-end clothing store. Always for up for an adventure I obliged. It was an interesting process. I felt sorry for the model shooting winter clothing on a very hot day. He heels kept sticking in the tar. They were all great people to work with and these shots appeared in a clothing magazine.
  9. Oshkosh 2017

    Here's our tie downs. I have a great friend who is a metal guy who helped me with this.. Heavy gauge aluminum and the recommended rope. We didn't like the hammer and so during a rainy winter we spent way too much time making a matching set. We even custom embroidered a bag.
  10. Oshkosh 2017

    Wow, those shots are amazing, Jolie!
  11. Glide ratio M20D

    So if Ron's is 10:3:1 with the gear up, what's your guess on a fixed-gear bird? I'll probably take her up to altitude and give it a try but then I'd have to do math. Any bets on the ratio? Nice picture, Ron. I need you to take one of me!
  12. Wing Walk Strip and Refresh

    The only reason we stripped it was that we needed to work in the tank and so we had to remove the top panel. I would consider refreshing it once, but I would strip it before doing it a third time. If you look at my original photos you'll see half was stripped and half was refreshed.
  13. Wing Walk Strip and Refresh

    Thanks for the props. I've never had an issue with the fuel tank. The stripper does not seep in and did not cause any issues. I neglected to say to drop your flaps and cover well with plastic. The big tricks learned are the aluminum tape and especially putting the can upside down until the grit releases from the bottom. I left mine in the warm hangar and a week seemed to do the trick. It makes mixing it up so much easier. I've painted this onto a few non-aviation surfaces and the mixing has been the most frustrating thing. I even tried using one of those mixer that goes on the end of a drill. Don't try it. Trust me. Make sure the aluminum tape edges stay on the paint and not on the wing walk. You cannot press down a good clean edge if it's on the walk. Get your reading glasses and get in close if you have to. It will pay off. The directions say it's dry after 6 hours but I would not trust walking on it for a few days. Already made that mistake. Let it cure and be patient. Here's another picture of the clean edge that aluminum tape leaves. -Sven