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  1. Best Place to Put Customs Sticker

    If that works and is legal, perfect. No chance if buggering up ok paint using that option!!!
  2. Hoping to go to Canada in a few months. Need to get medical (basic med no good for Canada, as I understand). Just got my Customs sticker and wondering the best place to put it so as to not mess up paint on plane. Thoughts ? I was thinking about door jamb, left side of door when facing it from outside... Thanks.
  3. Yup ! Up to version 31 ! Why not. The FF is right there on the JPI. One nice thing about a fixed pitch prop is that RPM and power are more closely coupled. You can have a good RPM and manifold pressure and not be developing the expected power. FF doesn't guarantee that either, but one more piece of the puzzle. In flight, airspeed (in level flight) best indicator, on take off, best to know expected take off distance and abort TO it doesn't look like you will be airborne by that point.
  4. Yes. Note it's version 30 ! How do you spell OCD ?
  5. Yes. I too like to set RPM for missed (even prop control to max is reasonable). At low power you won't actually be at 2500 RPM. But it's good to be there. Every approach in IMC (or practice) should be flown with the expectation of going missed. Too many accidents from people going below minimums for no good reason. Many instructors routinely have you take off foggles at mins. Better to sometimes practice the missed.
  6. Todd, Welcome to the world of M20J flying. It's a good world ! I've attached my checklist which has, on the second page, all the power settings you will need. Try them out for your bird and tweek them slightly if necessary. One thing you might want to consider is a Mooney PPP course. I think doing one of these courses is good if you are new to Mooneys... One of the things I see Mooney pilots doing wrong is flying the approach too fast. The recommended settings and speeds are good. Mooneys love to go fast and Mooney pilots love to fly them fast. IMHO this is not the way to go in IMC. If you agree, then don't fly practice approaches this way. Please let me know if you have any comments on the checklist or speeds ! Fly safe. By doing so you make us all look good ! Evan Salant, CFI, CFII, SEL, SES, glider... checklist1.30.pdf
  7. Look what I found!

    What are we looking at? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. First Annual

    It took me longer than 2.5 years to buy my Mooney ! I was looking, kind of, for 5 years. I had a 1995 Piper Archer. I bought the Archer 5 years old from a doc in Florida. It was a no-expense spared plane with great avionics. I had my old instructor (not a mechanic, but an old Air Force pilot who had been around planes his whole life) look the plane and logbooks over and bought it on his recommendation with no formal PPI. No regrets. I wanted something faster than an Archer but had so much trouble parting with such a reliable, simple plane. I was looking and looking, and never found a plane that would allow me to part with such a reliable plane as my Archer. I put it up for sale a few times, asked top dollar. Shortly after flying to Baltimore, bucking 45 kt headwinds in the Archer, with my wife complaining the whole time, I found a local M20J with a lot of hours (over 6000) , previously an Emory Riddle trainer then sold to a MSC mechanic/owner who flew his family around in it for a few years, and then sold to a private owner who had the plane repainted,factory reman 0 time engine, new interior and tons of new avionics installed. I knew the history, but due to its age and hours had a PPI done at a MSC-I would never have thought of doing otherwise. No surprises other than fuel leaks (not too bad, sealed several years later in Minnesota), missing decals and melted recognition light covers. The unfortunate owner got sick and lost his medical (he really was terminally ill, not a sob story), and at the same time I was contacted by a club in Germany that was really looking for an Archer III (take a look at this--they had a ferry tank placed and flew it from St John's to Germany non-stop. The radar coverage stops over the Atlantic, but I spoke to him, pilot made it fine... http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N92513 So I was able to basically trade a '95 Archer for an '89 Mooney. It took me about 5 years between the time I decided to buy a faster plane and the time I did. It worked out great !!! I got my commercial, CFI and CFII in the Mooney...all fun. I also got my seaplane rating, but that wouldn't have worked out so well in the Mooney !!!
  9. First Annual

    Never mind. I figured it out! Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  10. First Annual

    What's PPI ? Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  11. First Annual

    What's your secret? I think if you know an airplane's owner and mechanics then you have a big head up. I don't think you want to give people the impression that a pre-buy is, in general, unnecessary. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  12. What is your fuel minimum?

    There have been a lot of comments regarding a little fuel in one tank or very little in two tanks. Although there have been one or two accidents resulting from air being sucked in, the vast majority of fuel-related accidents are either mis-management (e.g. fuel in right tank, none in left tank, selector on "Left") or fuel starvation (no fuel left tank, no fuel right tank). If possible, never be low in either tank. If you find yourself low on fuel, it's more important to realize that you are low on fuel than to worry about whether it's in one tank or both. If you are low on fuel and it's in both tanks then you should be spring-loaded to switch tanks with any indication of sputtering (or worse) and not get so high on final that you have to do an extended side-slip. If it's all in one tank, than make sure you know which tank it's it and make sure you don't hit the fuel selector unless your engine stops ! Low fuel is probably responsible for a lot of accidents in which it is not listed as a causal factor. E.g. focusing on fuel may make one forget the gear or avoid a go-around when a go-around is really in order. I know I don't fly as well when I'm worried about something, I don't think most people do. Personal opinion: you should be worried with less than one hour of fuel on board.
  13. What is your fuel minimum?

    How did you actually calibrate your stick ? How do you make sure the stick is perfectly vertical and stuck in the same place or does that not really matter so much ?
  14. Look what I found!

    I'm ignorant-fill me in.... What's cross hatching ? Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk