rgpilot

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    Spruce Creek Fly In
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    N1044V
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    M20R

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  1. Insurance

    I use the AOPA insurance and they are very reasonable and easy to deal with.
  2. 1978 M20J overhead map wiring question

    There is a fuse near the battery for power to overhead lights, front and rear. They can always be on without turning on the master.
  3. Soft Brakes

    It's best to bleed Mooney brakes from the bottom by pumping fluid into the caliper and opening the reservoir at the top. First drain some fluid out of the bottom to purge calipers of old fluid.
  4. Recognition Lights

    I got a reply from Mooney Engineering. They said you shouldn't use the 28 volt version of recognition lights because they would get too hot! I know that's just flat out wrong. I not sure where he got his engineering degree but they must not have taught ohm's law. They do have a resister in the line to drop the voltage to the 14 volt lights. Maybe they didn't have a 28 volt light available at the time they introduced recognition lights. In my old J Mooney I switch to 28 volt lights and stopped the meltdown. I just put a voltmeter on the recognition lights that Mooney installed (14 volt lights) with the resister to reduce voltage. They are getting 23 volts with battery only power. I will replace them with 28 volt lamps.
  5. Oil Leak Crank Case Half Bolts

    I had three come loose on my old J. The mechanic just tighten them and they stayed leak free for about 2 years. I just retightend them and never had another problem.
  6. Recognition Lights

    I got a reply from Mooney Engineering. They said you shouldn't use the 28 volt version of recognition lights because they would get too hot! I know that's just flat out wrong. I am not sure where he got his engineering degree but they must not have taught ohm's law. They do have a resister in the line to drop the voltage to the 14 volt lights. Maybe they didn't have a 28 volt light available at the time they introduced recognition lights. In my old J Mooney I switch to 28 volt lights and stopped the meltdown.
  7. I have an Ovation with recognition lights. One of the bulbs burnt out and I am replacing it. The original bulb was a Whelen 14 volt. The plane is a 28 volt plane, shouldn't it be a 28 volt bulb? The bulbs have been getting so hot that they have melted the lexan wing tip covers. Seems like the 28 volt bulbs would be much less hot. The Mooney part # is 880049-501 which I think is the 14 volt version. Whelen part # for the 28 volt version is 01-0770303-01. Anyone have any ideas?
  8. M20R Gear problem

    Only problem I've had with the gear was after service. The mechanic must have kicked the manual retraction lever. Reset lever and problem solved. This is always the first place to look in a Mooney,
  9. landing gear troubleshooting

    I had a similar problem with my old J. After checking everything else, I thought it might be the up limit switch. Exercised the switch multiple times (used the wooden handle of a hammer to plush it in. There is a very strong spring to push against.) Problem solved. You don't need to jack the plane. It's easily accesses with the plane on the ground.
  10. Precise Speed Brakes sensor

    The service from Precise Flight is excellent. I have a few Moonies with speed brakes over the years and they do need occasional service. I have always sent them to Precise Flight.
  11. Additives in the oil such as Aeroshell plus or camguard are not recommended for engines with starter adapters.
  12. 86 M20K rear seat backs removal

    I not sure about 86 mooney but in 93J there are removable pins that pull out at the bottom of the seat back. Then the seat back can be pulled straight up and out.
  13. Mag inspection on J models?

    We had a total mag failure in a 1980 J caused by a grounding problem. I believe there was a service bulletin or AD that addressed the need for an additional ground so that both halves of the mag were grounded. Serviced the mag every 500 hrs and never had any further problems.
  14. Tannis Heater plug location

    Plug is usually attach to the oil neck under the oil fill door.
  15. Precise Flight Speedbrakes

    The most common problem with the electric speedbrakes is from water and dirt washing down into the speedbrakes from rain and perhaps washing the plane. I've had two versions of the speedbrakes, 93 M20J, and 04 M20R. I had them freeze up at high altitude because of a clogged drain. I had them clog up do to dirt at the bottom of the housing. It's important to check the drains regularly if you leave the plane outside. I mostly hanger the plane but when I leave it outside for extended periods, I cover the speedbrakes with painters tape. Put a small piece over the door key hole to remember to remove tape.