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  1. Needs more trouble shooting before you can declare it the micro-switch. However, these switches are available from Mouser. I think I bought three for $10.00 or something like that. Might have been $20.00. PM me your address and I will send one no cost (assuming I can find them in the hangar). William
  2. Hey, Skiddster, I'm in Atlanta. Let's see if I can help. I'll send you a PM with contact info. Most of my time is in various Mooneys and probably half my instructor time is in Mooneys. Happy to provide my resume. As mentioned, the C is quite a different plane than a K each with their pluses and minuses. Btw, the RV7 is a nice little speedster. William
  3. There was one earlier this year and now one in Nov. My personal phone is an iPhone 5 (little embarrassed to write that publicly) and received a message to be sure to upgrade my iOS otherwise the phone will brick.
  4. Carbed Conti's can be real ice makers due to the placement of the carb versus Lycomings as you know. Everything you described points to carb ice. Sometimes it gives you a warning, sometimes not. I've had both. In the no notice situation, the engine stopped after full power had been applied for at least 15 seconds on a touch and go. Took forever for the ice to clear even when it was 80+ degrees. Engine simply would not restart until a lot of ice had cleared even with the carb heat on. William
  5. I would do what Hector and Eric wrote with an add or two. First, I would use a microfiber pad with the 105 then switch over to a fine foam pad with the 205 will likely be your course. Note, the pads will load up very quickly and will loose their effectiveness quickly. Use compressed air (even bottled air for cleaning keyboards work) to clear the pads. Go as light as possible while testing (try a fine cut pad with 205 first and see if you like the results). Goal is to remove as little paint as possible. You will likely find the white paint harder than the colored paint. Adjust polishing accordingly. Best, I am starting on paint correcting my plane this week. Lots of work, but immediately rewarding. William
  6. So, my grandfather and I had a good conversation about that very trade off. Btw, all the fighters he flew and I think the bombers (B-24, 25, and 29) had at least four point harnesses. Anyway, his thought was he would rather be strapped in tight and swivel his head around than loose in the straps and be injured in a crash. He saw the aftermath of a friend shot down who ditched in the water just off base on Bougainville Island and had their straps loose. The gun sight on the P-39 peeled his nose back. When I fly I make sure I'm pretty tightly strapped in. When flying aerobatics, I also ratchet down the straps further after flying for awhile. William
  7. Btw, my recent turnaround time with dawley was not great. Took them 10 days to look at the exhaust. Then was told it would be a month before they could get it back to me. After telling them to ship it elsewhere for repair, I got it about a week later nicely repaired. smh William
  8. You obviously missed the part where the OP specifically said not to do something and the mechanic did it anyway. Seems like the guy was trying to "manage the show" but got screwed anyway.
  9. To the Op, as someone noted earlier, there are no consumer protection laws like for autos. Given the rep by the mechanic that he would eat any overage was verbal you don't have a lot of standing as I think you now realize. For your question going forward, I send an e-mail to my maintenance shop asking for them to confirm the cost of the inspection and that no additional work is allowed to be performed without written approval by me. I also ask that once the inspection is complete, I expect to receive an e-mail of all discrepancies and a general estimate of cost (parts are easy to estimate, time less so). Only then can we discuss the items verbally. Once discussed, I send an e-mail back to mechanic with a response item by item. If an estimate on an item needs to be revised I expect written communication and will provide a written response. This is just a formalized version of what happens verbally. Btw, I have had shops not interested in communicating clearly and in writing. I stay away from those. NOTE, your issue has happened to me more than once including dealing with an MSC. Other than a lawyer you always have social media as a weapon should a mechanic do something not authorized. William
  10. Fair enough and would agree on things not listed on the w&b sheet. Reupholstering the seats is a great example. But if it's on the w&b sheet and the equipment is not there then the w&b is wrong. Maybe my proposition is conservative but neither right nor wrong. This came up at a flight school where I worked. I refused the flight as the GPS was removed but no new w&b. The context between my CFI experience with a student and the OP's is certainly different and has an impact. Of course, I've never done a short flight where every part of the plane and paper work wasn't perfect in every way Ha! William
  11. Wouldn't technically you have to redo the aircraft weight and balance sheet? That should be simple enough as you just delete the GPS line, re-calc (do the recalc yourself...I see so many errors by A&P doing 8th grade math) and have it signed by an A&P. William
  12. Ha! No, those stains were not mine. I kept that plane spotless. No easy task with such light colors as you well know. William
  13. I was referencing your 6th paragraph where you would be concerned with Mooney's "checkered" financial past if you were a new aircraft buyer and that's why maybe Cirrus sells more planes. Implying Cirrus doesn't have a "checkered" financial past and is financially a better company than Mooney. I don't think that is the reason why Cirrus sells more at all. They both have a checkered financial past and both are owned by well capitalized companies now. Certainly cert costs are expensive and those costs are pervasive. In fact, I'm confident the CFO of Mooney couldn't even tell you the total cert costs (including the cert costs embedded in COGS) for a completed aircraft. Not sure they are 3x the cost of actually building the plane, but your guess is as good as mine. BTW, when Mooney was a public filer, direct cert costs were less than 3% of sales. Those financials are interesting given the complete lack of free cash flow. William
  14. @cliffy isn't Cirrus ultimately owned by a large, well capitalized Chinese company? Isn't Mooney also ultimately owned by a large, well capitalized Chinese company? Cirrus has had their share of financial issues in the past, also. I think that's why it's owned by a Chinese company. I don't have a dog in this fight as I'm not a new aircraft purchaser. However, @sandman993 comment is a classic example of the OP's criticism; "To pay almost a million dollars for a single engine airplane who's real value is probably 250 to 300k is ridiculous, anyway you look at it." Respectfully, how did you arrive at real value? I doubt you meant that's the all-in cost to build a Mooney. It's clearly more than that. Textron Aviation segment's gross profit margin is only 9%.
  15. @steingar a small point of clarification. If you still have the parchment leather interior with oatmeal tufted carpet, the arm rests are not original. The left and right side armrests (at least I think I added a retractable right side armrest...it's been awhile since I was in the plane) on the pilot's seat were added with the new interior. The retractable arm rest had a clamp that attached to the right side of the seat upright. The left arm rest was fastened to the side wall. Installed like the one laid out in the Bruce Jaeger link. I will take the blame for the awkward positioned armrests in your plane. By the time those armrests were installed I just wanted the plane back after the dufus doing the interior build took 3 mos. I wasn't going back for him to do more crappy work and take another 3 mos just to realign something that should have been done right the first time. That dufus is also the reason the baggage door cover has misaligned stitching and some of the piping on the passenger side carpet is not quite right. Thank goodness that guy is no longer in business. What an f'ing nightmare that was. William