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    Looks like this is a great place for self inflicted financial wounds.
  2. I don't know about any stats or studies on it but my race car engine spontaneously disassembled after I let up on the power in quarter mile run. Also a sign on the door to the flight line at McKinley Aviation in the 80's stated "Most engine failures occur when powering back from takeoff...be ready if it happens" I don't know if the A&P there put that one up or not but it always stuck with me.
  3. Welcome aboard JB, this is good group to belong to. Bill at MKG
  4. Thanks for the great article. I often monitor 121.5 when flying, in my "J" and know that CAP aircraft are directed to monitor 121.5 on the DF homing and Comm radios. It isn't unusual to pickup chit chat on this frequency by GA pilots, something we shouldn't be doing unless in distress of some kind. I also monitor the 121.5 freq. when in the CAP vehicle on (Ground Team or Urban Direction Find team) training missions with my hand held aviation radio while my trainees are concentrating on locating a hidden training beacon on it's assigned training frequency. I ask our trainees to get used to ev
  5. Does the male ends plug into the bottom of the Control yoke holes then you just would slide the bar on the floor the vertical position to lock the wheel? Just a guess but it looks like the width is about right.
  6. Yep that is the ratio I used also. I kept the narrow tire to keep the ground pressure higher because the tug is so light. Sometimes I have to push down on the handle to pre-load the tire to keep it from slipping to start the plane rolling. Don, it was your original design you generously supplied me and I worked off of it, thank you again. Bill
  7. Another Mooneyspacer had some plans he shared with us 4 or so years ago. I modified them a bit but the result is below. A search on Mooneyspace might get you the original designers plans. I looked and don't have them any more.
  8. I just asked my current AEM if he would do the Basicmed and he said NO. He continues to do the Class 1,2, and 3's. The reason he does not do the Basicmed is additional prohibitive (for Him) liability insurance.
  9. Just a thought, what if we share with our members which Doctors have already done or will do the BasicMed that we know of, and maybe include a location and name? Mine has not confirmed to me one way or the other yet. Probably to early but is there a data base somewhere anyone knows of?
  10. After owning a Cherokee Challenger-180 for around 18 months my wife and I was on a typical Sunday breakfast run to LDM from MKG plugging away at a blistering 115 knots. About half way there flight following called out that I was being overtaken by Cirrus traffic 1 mile off my 8 o'clock same altitude. My wife said to me why is that plane passing us, we were first!! I explained it's a Cirrus and it's much faster than us, so much like driving on a highway airplanes can pass too. She quickly replied “well that's just not right” so after about 30 seconds of a stewing silence from her I hear “can't
  11. Always sad to hear about any loss. Rest assured Civil Air Patrol (CAP) still does these searches, I was on one that turned out to be an inadvertent triggering of a PLB last Thursday. Air Force Search and Rescue gave us initial GPS search coordinates of a 406 Mhz beacon that turned out to be about 1.9 miles to the southwest of the actual find location. Our CAP aircraft found the 121.5 companion signal's general location very quickly and passed those coordinates on to the ground team I was on, once on scene we were able to isolate the signal to inside a home in about twenty minutes. Reports of
  12. Some things are seemingly expensive like a new fuel selector for a "J" $2000.00+. This single instance of a cost example easily grows into "Mooney parts are expensive" but what counts is total ownership cost and speed trades like less time in the air because you are 40 knots faster than a Cherokee 180 or a Cessna 172 on the same fuel burn. As said earlier you can find expensive parts on all makes.
  13. 201er, I have had two on-board portables a (Garmin 196 and Skymap) GPS's lose satellite signal at the same time when using old Narco NAV/COM's tuned to certain VOR frequencies in a PA-28-180 Challenger on a VFR trip from Florida to Michigan. Failure was verified afterwards by a local avionics tech at my home field. Be careful if he wins the bet, fly to lunch in your plane if it looks like it could be IFR.
  14. If you are taking about Aeromotors. They are in Wisconsin. They get good recommendations from the Beechtalk guys. http://www.aeromotorsllc.com/aeromotorsllc/default.aspx
  15. 1978 M20J ~5500TT. Right side stripped and resealed 2011, doesn't leak. Left side never touched per logs, doesn't leak.
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