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  1. It is unique to the MK12D. My Garmin behaves normally.
  2. It is odd that the squelch did not work for you. I use it every flight to set the volume. Try 121.5 as well. This frequency always has the squelch broken. It actually makes it a pain to monitor guard with the squelch always broken.
  3. Going to try again. I would MUCH rather be in a Mooney in turbulence than a 172. I was overthinking the answer previously. Regarding going high, that is not always an option, especially given our local NY airspace and the shorter legs we may do in New England.
  4. I guess it depends what you mean by better. As Chris said, you are going faster, so that makes a difference. In older planes like mine, the yellow arc is lower than more modern Mooneys, so you are supposed to slow down more. I find that I do it naturally, when it gets bumpy the jolts can get uncomfortable at high speeds. The Mooney wing is one of the stiffer wings out there. I do find comfort in that, but it does transfer the bumps into the cabin vs. aircraft where the wings flex more. As you slow down to 172 speeds, it probably has a similar feel, you just stay in the bumps longer.
  5. Mike...which airport closed up there? This gets more discouraging every day and I fear you are correct...
  6. The PMA is really a quality system approval. The center of this is the quality manual, which defines all facets of manufacture and ap sale of PMA approved parts. This could include STC parts or other parts that are intended for ones own STC or others, or duplicate parts. If the corporation is sold intact, it is likely easily transferred, start chopping it up and all bets are off. I suspect that the business is best left intact, but that limits potential buyers to those who wish to live in that area or can find a good remote manager. This is a tough one, it would be my dream business, but it's in the wrong place for me and I don't have the capital anyway. I really hope they find the right buyer, since they have had such a positive influence on most Mooney owners.
  7. Suspect you are not far off. However, regarding award of STC and PMA, it is not impossible. We have recently done both, and in fact, just got AML STC and are working on our second PMA project. It is a lot of work, and the PMA is easily as difficult as the STC. The way STCs are written, they can be signed over to a new owner. The difficulty may then be getting the PMA. Many older STCs did not have adequate data to manufacture the kit if you were not the designer and that is what the manufacturing arm of the FAA looks for to grant PMA. I am curious what you meant by the STC part of the business being nearly worthless. Is it because of the requirement to reapply or was there something else related to the products? There are some STCs that seem to have value, and if an existing PMA holder picked them up, it may not be a huge leap to keep them alive.
  8. How many people are employed at theNaval Base?
  9. Walt, sorry to see this. Did they decide against the relocation? I keep seeing this happen. I think we and the airports are a victim of the times. One aspect is the improved roadway infrastructure. With the I95 corridor and longer range planes, St Mary's probably doesn't see the same traffic as when it was first built. The security issue is quite obvious, but I think another factor is that the Navy and its contractors don't see the benefit. This comes to a sore subject with me. I suspect that at one time, the Navy and its contractors saw great benefit of being able to fly in right next door. I also suspect, that many of those same military contractors no longer allow their employees to use personal aircraft. So now, the folks who could best lobby for its retention no longer see the benefit or demand a local airport. The economics just don't work. I would be curious to know the history and if it originally catered to the base? I could not find anything on line. I beleive that the key to keeping these airports open is to increase the pilot population again. I think the industry is going about it wrong. the key is the middle class and for the middle class to see benefits beyond the $100 burger. To me, that would mean using the plane for regular and reasonable business. Many corporations, where many of the middle class work, no longer allow this. I know I didn't answer your question in a way to provide fast results, but the answer is to show the benefit of the airport. 10 movements a day probably won't justify it. Rob
  10. There is also the Bravo section that is not grouped with the others.... I'm not convinced that more sections are better, in this case. Steven...is there some specific content that you are trying to extract? Perhaps it is a section on power plants? Is it Lycoming vs Continental? Normally aspirated vs. turbo? Handling qualities? The basic airframes seem to have more in common than not...similar gear...tail....wings...structure.
  11. Are you looking for a checkout, test ride, rental, BFR, or ??? Where are you located in MA?
  12. There were only a few more engines made then airframes. The model engine was specific to the M22. The biggest issue is the low profile oil sump to clear the gear, so it is not an easy retrofit. I think there were issues with the oil pump as well...as a couple have been modified in this area. At least one owner I spoke to couldn't get it approved...at least at the time I spoke to her. It is a cool plane and it was ahead of its time. If you ever have an opportunity to see one up close, take advantage, full of quirky little features.
  13. Not so sure that it was a dog....more of a puppy. Pull up flight aware on the rare flying one, in the flight levels and you will see some good TAS. There are a couple of airworthy ones and a few that could be. They had a few problems. I think it could have been more successful if Mooney had more cash. Unfortunately, they lost money on each one and went bankrupt...again. It was heavy and complex and were difficult to build. I think with evolution they could have made something of it. It never had an autopilot or de-ice, which is a tough sell for a high flying IFR bird. In the long haul, the few that were out there were plagued with the one-off engine and nose gear castings that would fail and no spares. A few out there were retrofitted with the Beach Duke engines, but those are only marginally more plentiful. If I had unlimited funds, I would love to get one and work out those bugs and make something of it. They are as big as a Malibu and just as fast. Quite a ramp presence and huge inside.
  14. I briefly mentioned our Auto-Heat system in the vendor forum. Even before this incident, at a friend's suggestion, I have started work on a version with a CO detector that would close the heat, set a warning light, and potentially even open the vent. I feel that this system would help pilots out in this type of event. The alarms are great, I have two, but you must still respond and do the right thing. I am curious if this automated system is something others feel would be useful?
  15. Dan....Glad you made it. What a story! I know the investigation is early, but do you have an idea of the source of the CO? I.e. Cracked exhaust?