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    '66 M20E Super 21

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  1. Yup, that's what it is. See @ragedracer1977 post with the POH excerpt.
  2. Well, Stick and Rudder by Wolfgang Langewiesche was mentioned earlier and I will just add that it is required reading for any pilot. My personal favorite is West with the Night by Beryl Markham. I frankly think she was the greatest female aviator of all time and when you read Lovell's biography of her (Straight on Till Morning) you get to really wishing you had known her--she slept with Denys Finch Hatton (who taught her to fly) as well as Antoine de Saint Exupéry (Wind, Sand and Stars and Night Flight.), but blew off Hemingway--not literally, who called her a bitch but grudgingly admitted that she was a great writer. She made Amelia look like a student pilot.
  3. M20E Fuel Starvation Accident

    Shortly after getting let loose for solo flight with The Mistress I decided to fly over to Liberty (TX, T78) to get some of their cheap, self-service Avgas. So I'm approaching the airport and the engine begins to cough. I panic. You know how people say that just before you die your life passes in front of you? Well, as I tried to figure out what was wrong I remembered reading an AOPA article a few days before where they explained that the FAA had determined that most accidents were caused by pilot error. Of the pilot error accidents, the number one error was fuel management! I looked down and saw that the fuel selector was pointing to what was now a near empty tank. Seriously, why fly to Liberty with full tanks? Anyway, I reached down and switched and the engine literally roared backed to life. The rest of the trip was uneventful excepting the chill from my soaked shirt. Thank gawd my luck bucket was as full as it was at the time. I take fuel management very, very seriously and all components that affect it now.
  4. 8 day clock

    It has a Breitling mechanism! Mine didn't work very well seven years ago when I bought my Mooney. I hunted for a place to have it serviced, no joy. One night the hangar fairies pulled it out and I believe they dropped it in a container filled with sewing machine oil and let it soak. It works like new now and will keep ticking faithfully for 8 days. I use it to time my tank switchover and the 6-second prime before start (IO-360).
  5. Tie down rings

    The only way to go. LASAR also has a very clean, 'Buck Rogers' stainless steel tail skid that is also the only way to go. One of the least expensive customizations you can add to an aging Mooney
  6. Yah gottah love MooneySpace!
  7. Well, about halfway through the mounts exchange. Extremely tricky to do. It was time though... ...and I am really looking forward to a cool engine again.
  8. Pilot maintenance signoff.

    Interesting thread. At the end of the day, the most expensive component in any enterprise is the human one. A 'certified aircraft' is just that, certified to be airworthy. What does that mean? Well, it means that a lot of very careful human scrutiny has been employed to reduce the probability that the plane is going to come crashing down. This is where all the money is, period. With experimental aircraft, there is a required placard staring the passenger in the face that reads: THIS AIRCRAFT IS AMATEUR-BUILT AND DOES NOT COMPLY WITH THE FEDERAL SAFETY REQUIREMENTS FOR "STANDARD AIRCRAFT”. Scary, huh? Not really. This is just a gov'mint CYA to allow people to fly with people that build aircraft on their own. It really speaks to hard won personal freedoms. You are completely free to build an airplane and kill yourself in it. You can even take others with you as long as they understand the risk. It is advisable that when you do this you try to put the fireball in an open field, away from schools and shopping malls. Ever notice how many 'vintage' Mooney owners are A&P's? There is a reason for this. The Mooney is a very expensive aircraft to maintain. Mike Busch wakes up in a cold sweat every so often over a Mooney annual. Terribly labor intensive. The killer to those A&P owners, however, is the fact that the parts are ludicrously expensive and they are duty-bound to use them (certified parts). When you build a plane you basically become an A&P/IA for that specific aircraft. Now you can do whatever your crazy little heart desires to it. You can even buy things at Autozone and Walmart and put them on it. You can Experiment to your heart's desire. The only thing you cannot do is use the thing for commercial purposes.
  9. Pilot maintenance signoff.

    It really speaks to the statistics surrounding AC maintenance, the whole A&P/IA thing and has nothing to do with the attainment of secret or arcane knowledge. You propose a good example though, four nuts, a wire connection and a starter. There are complexities to even the simple things--torques that no one would bother with on an automobile engine become critical on an airplane. Wire routing, vibration, things like that, not to mention W&B issues. If the FAA was to go through every airframe and engine available to the GA fleet and list what could and could not be done by the untrained, it would double the federal government bureaucracy and we don't want that. It's easier just to certify mechanics on blanket techniques under strict rules and thorough licensing and recurrent training procedures. Frankly, the PM-allowed list is almost overly generous in my opinion. The experimental aircraft category is where the FAA let's her hair down and you have girls gone wild; for example, take a walk on the wild side sometime and take a look at what RV owners do on their aircraft, mind boggling from the certified standpoint.
  10. No, the mythical spray would not have that property. The 'Leak Stopper' image was just an example of what might be. Here you go: ...and now someone is going to ask where to buy the above, just watch.
  11. Hank, you missed my point. This mythical spray would seal all the cracks in the existing sealant. If necessary, there would be two parts, one to prime and thus provide a surface for the sealing spray to adhere to. Jeez, if the current sealant is crumbling or peeling off in sheets, then this obviously would not work.
  12. I am still not understanding (well, yes, I am--FAA, economics, etc.) why there isn't a spray, in a can, that you just reach in there and spray all over the inside of the tank that lasts for say, 5 years. Even if there were two sprays--one to 'prime' the surface over the old sealant and the second to seal the leaks. Jeez lou-eez, just shoot me.
  13. Piper's had a pitot-static arrangement. Some RV guys have put a small, bent tube in the static port (hole at the bottom) and turned the thing into an AOA. Clever.