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  1. From "Prince of Darkness" Lucas Industries...
  2. From one of the manuals, all pumps are 2000hrs TBO, filter every two years If the seals are currently good, leave them alone! If one starts leak you will soon see it Pipes are teflon, so on condition. I think just about all twins are noisy when the ice starts coming off the props - and I never like sitting in the prop arc line - icing conditions or not!
  3. I've got the TKS prop, and had just had an IRAN on it after 10 years and 700hours (previous O/H done by a previous owner). The boots were starting to look a little tired after that time, and were €125 each inc fitting with the IRAN (3 blader on a Bravo). I don't do anything special with them, but guess some ICEX (as used by the folks with de-ice boots) or similar might help stop them degrading
  4. Heading up - that way the map reflects what is out of the window
  5. m20m

    I've got TKS and no A/C, useful is about 960 after a good dung out, thorough interior clean of the whole airframe, and a re-weigh. I think most of the model specific points have been highlighted above, and if you can't get LOP, GAMIs are worth a try (they'll pay for themselves if they work, not so much to lose if they don't). I have them, and can run LOP (normally 13-14GPH at 30"/22000 for me), but appreciate that seems to be the minority.position. TKS panels are around 2k each, and probably similar for removal/replacement, so definitely worth a check. Some exhaust components are equally effective wallet-destroyers too! Heated stall switch is another one, and the Mooney problem of leaky tanks can also be a nuisance. TIT probe should be replaced frequently, and some sort of engine monitor is essential in my personal view - get all the functions you can in your preferred vendor (I would suggest at least EGT/CHT/TIT/FF/MP/IAT) Good luck!
  6. I try to avoid switching batteries when in flight or when there is significant load, but if the conditions demand it then I will do so (not happened yet) My SOP is to prepare to start (inc prime), swap the battery, start (followed by alternators, one on, both on, first off, both on - can check they are both working that way, and avoids larger voltage swings on the bus), and then maintain the same battery for the flight. If the previous sector was short (say less than 30 mins) and the same day then I'll skip the battery swap before start. Switching a high current will cause some arcing, and I don't see the point in wearing out the relays unnecessarily
  7. I'd never had thought this possible before if using 100LL, but last weekend after having been parked for a couple of hours in over 40C (and a large part of my tanks are painted black), I couldn't get a stable idle, and during taxi when I tried to open the throttle it stumbled badly unless I used the electric pump or opened the throttle much more than I wanted. To make it harder for the mechanical fuel pump, it was down to the last 10 gallons in he selected tank. The giveaway was the fuel pressure fluctuating down to barely readable. After refuelling with fuel from an underground tank, all back to normal!
  8. With lots of regret I'm selling my GNS480. I love the unit, but the bureaucrats in EASA-land can't organise a piss up in a brewery radio frequencies, hence I had to get 8.33kHz kit and went Avidyne IFD. I doubt anyone would specifically want an MX20 as they're pretty old, but I'll throw it in to make the deal - it has Chartview (and currently EU charts), so maybe handy for someone who wants a spare All removed serviceable with racks and connectors and a WAAS GPS aerial, looking for USD5500 plus the shipping of your choice. If no takers here in a week or two, I'll put it up on the GNS480 users mail list Maybe also a GNS430 (non-W) and GTX330 with racks and connectors - open to offers!
  9. Not sure how the installer did it, but on mine, plugging in a mic. to the dedicated socket cuts out the Lemo connected mic. - that works perfectly for me, as plugging a mask in then takes over from the headset, and taking off the mask and unplugging it returns it to the headset I do wish Mooney put the oxygen sockets in the same area as the headsets though - when everything plugged in I have to things to tangle and restrict my head movement
  10. What's wrong with going to Mooney? They can replace it with the improved 940070-503 at the same time!
  11. The Avidyne ADS-B option is a very sore point - when I bought the unit in 2012 it was 'just around the corner' and currently they are saying 'Fall 2016'. Last year it was 'coming soon' too, and on that basis I left the pre-purchased IFDs on the shelf so I could do both installs at once (without an aircraft, it takes me 8 hours to get between home and Straubing, add another 2 hours if I want my car back in the interim, so I don't want to do any more trips than absolutely necessary). Apparently the hardware is available now, but it is waiting on software. When I enquired at Friedrichshafen, I was told that the software was field upgradeable, and that the hardware could be shipped in advance so the installation could be done, and then a quick day trip to Straubing for the software. When I got to Straubing though, they told me the unit would have to go back to the US for the software, so doing the hardware now made no sense! You can see some of the history at With the deadline approaching for 8.33 I had to bite the bullet and get the IFDs installed, as with the number of delays to the -A upgrade, I don't have any confidence in the 'Fall 2016' date now either. Consequently I'll have to use up more holiday or write off weekends to go back again :-( The majority of times I get bearing errors is when on the ground, maybe because the lower aerial is so close to the ground and gets reflections from the ground/under-wing surface. Typically I might get this whilst waiting at the holding point at right angles to the runway direction, when an aircraft on downwind may jump between left and right, but on the whole when airborne it is fine
  12. I had Avionik Straubing install my TAS605. Top antenna is between the Com antennas, bottom antenna is in the centre section of the belly panel with a big ground plane sheet. My GPS antennas are in the baggage door area. All seems to work!
  13. Thanks for starting this thread. '25K is in with Avionik Straubing at the moment getting 540/440/340 fitted and I've been spending some time with the sim getting used to it, although of course the sim is a bit different to handle! I'm in the process of putting myself a spreadsheet together with all the user options I need to get set up which I'll transfer into the unit when I get back to home base - for the trip back home I'll see how I get on with the defaults. Of course this is all going to change a bit when 10.2 comes along, but we've got to play the waiting game until the FAA extracts the digit - looking forward to the SynVis although I don't know how well and old f*rt like me will get on with it! Roll on the 5th Aug when the install should be complete :-)
  14. Can I fit one of those in the baggage nay of a long-body?
  15. Do you like complying with SB's? If it is cold, there's no way you should be up at 37.3" Check the engine PoH!