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  1. I was watching a video (below) describing a means of descending in IMC with no instruments. Basically power at idle, trim all the way up, full flaps and hands off the controls until you enter VMC (hopefully well above terrain). I went up to altitude slowed down with power at idle, put full flaps down, trimmed way up (not quite full), I didn't like the way things felt, chickened out and ended up practicing garden-variety stalls. I'm a glider pilot and never learned this maneuver when I got the rating many years ago. I believe it's called a benign spiral. Anyone every try this in a Mooney (201 or other model) ?
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    Oil Consumption Question

    I believe him (and You !), wondering about the "Why ?".
  3. When I get my oil changed in my 1989 M20J, I have the mechanic put in 7 qt oil. (One for the filter, the dipstick reads "6") For the next ten or so hours, my engine seems to use no oil. Then it starts to require (in order to keep the level at 6 qts, where I like it) about 1/2 qt every 2.5-3 hr. My mechanic said it's not unusual for engines to use less oil right after an oil change. Why is this ? Why should the engine burn less oil right after an oil change ?
  4. Any idea if the Aero LEDs will be discounted for Sun N Fun ? Were they last year ? I'm thinking that's the route I want to go...
  5. I have an 1989 J which is 24V, so that would be no problem. I agree pretty impressive specs. http://aeroleds.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/09/Datasheet_01-2230-4580_Sunspot-46-4580_RevA.pdf I assume installation is no big deal if the cowling is already off for an oil change--something I could do while mechanic changes oil ??? But $765 !!! Wow !
  6. Thanks for clearing that up !
  7. My understanding is that HID is WAY brighter. Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  8. I have spoken to them, but I suspect they are biased[emoji3] Sent from my Pixel 2 using Tapatalk
  9. I have been thinking about getting a Boom Beam landing light in my J for a long time. I just feel I would like more light when I land, especially after rolling out, coming to a stop and seeing big ol' antlers 20 yards away at night ! My mechanic stated some concerns as he had REMOVED a Boom Beam from an unhappy Boom Beam owner many years ago and was wondering if these concerns are valid. 1) The connector for the lamp is not a secure snap on type – it is a push on and so the owners was having a problem with the connection frequently slipping out. 2) Less of an issue is the wire harness from the box to the lamp. Whereas the original factory harness is embedded in the cowling and protected from exhaust heat, the new harness is not and so comes close to the exhaust at the lamp end. This could be ameliorated with a fire sleeve. Thoughts ? Any pireps ? Anyone have major problems.
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    Best Place to Put Customs Sticker

    If that works and is legal, perfect. No chance if buggering up ok paint using that option!!!
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. Yes. Note it's version 30 ! How do you spell OCD ?
  14. 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.
  15. 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