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    Looks like this is a great place for self inflicted financial wounds.
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    When do engines fail on takeoff?

    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 every five minutes or so switch to 121.5 for a few seconds then back to the training frequency just in case we are in range of an actual ELT signal. We did find a ELT that was inadvertently activated in a maintenance hanger back in April using the method. It is notable that the 406 Mhz ELT's also transmit on 121.5 for still valid reasons. To those out there monitoring when they can and reporting thank you. To all those like Buster actively and past serving by going into harms way a double Thank you. Bill
  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.
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    Show Your Tug

    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
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    Show Your Tug

    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. wrench

    Medical Reform

    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.
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    Medical Reform

    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 you do something about that!” Four months later after my second flight ever in a Mooney I had my M20J. I've owned shares of a C310 a 250-Comanche and did IFR/Commercial training in Turbo Arrows C172 XP and Piper Seminoles. The Mooney M20J purchase was based on performance, range, fuel burn, cost to own, and not getting overtaken anymore. Plus just a damn good looking piece of engineering.
  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 121.5 ELT signals are very useful in these searches especially from lower flying aircraft. Civil Air Patrol is all the volunteer auxiliary of the US Air Force and performs many different missions as well as ELT searches. If any of you may be interested copy the link. gocivilairpatrol.com Below is a forum response I gave last year on different search we did. Posted September 12, 2016 · Report post I see browsing the site that in the past there has been some confusion about the usefulness of 121.5 MHz ELT emergency beacon freq. A few months ago I went on a ground search for a 406 MHz emergency beacon. It turned out to be inadvertent triggering and all was well in this case. But I can tell you from this and other experience that if we did not have the homing ability of the 121.5 MHz companion signal from the 406 MHz equipment the ELT battery may have run dead on the unit before we ever found it. We were given Lat, Lon coordinates by SAR derived from a 406 MHz ELT beacon transmission to start the search. But we actually found it 3 miles away (typical). As a side note, CAP aircraft are equipped for 121.5 MHz homing but were not used in this search. PLB's and EPIRB's I believe transmit on both 406 and the 121.5 MHz frequency when triggered also. My observations from this type search 1) The 121.5 MHz is monitored by many commercial and some of us GA types while flying. We often still get reports of 121.5 triggering from these sources and was verified by commercial aircraft on this occasion also. 2) We get a very small search area IF your 406 MHz ELT has the ability to output a GPS signal to SARSAT. Typically within a few hundred meters, but not all 406 MHz ELT's have this ability! 406 MHz ELT's without the GPS output ability have a much larger search area. Our target in this case did not have GPS output thus a longer search time to find it. 3) In heavy ground or wooded cover the 121.5 may be the only reason SAR will find you. Especially for PLB's. 4) Our search area had mostly cell coverage but in many areas there was none especially in the low areas of the hilly terrain. Cell phone may or may not be a good backup but there are lots of recreational places in our state where coverage is nil. 5) If you have one of these devices, a 406 ELT or PLB or EPIRB, registration rules for the device's need to be followed to protect us all. I like many don't like a bunch of additional rules but to protect us and our passengers it can be very useful in this case. My observations on 121.5 homing, I hope this helps.
  12. wrench

    Mooney Stigmas

    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.
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    Drain Test

    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
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    Fuel Tank Poll

    1978 M20J ~5500TT. Right side stripped and resealed 2011, doesn't leak. Left side never touched per logs, doesn't leak.