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    St-Eustache, Quebec, Canada
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    M20E

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  1. drapo

    Light Grease on Prop Blade

    Up here in Canada, it is mandatory to overhaul C/S props every 10 years, and that’s from date of overhaul not service life. So if this week you buy a zero time prop that was overhauled September 2015, next overhaul should be September 2025.
  2. You should also have a look at the new generation digital autopilots. TruTrak should have an STC/PMA for Mooneys esrly next year while Trio is thinking about it.
  3. As I said, my estimate could be off and I’m also hoping for January!
  4. drapo

    Trutrack Update

    Hi Sanjeev, As you know, I visited TruTrak a couple of weeks ago, and here is my update on another post: I visited TruTrak's installation in Springdale AR a couple of weeks ago for an article I'm writing. They are at the stage of finalizing the placement of the servo, although they are pretty sure about the optimal location. Testing should start as soon as that is completed on the Mooney pictured above, a 65 M20E SUPER21 and, based on other types, it could be ready to ship by next spring, since servos and command box are the same as the other types. But that is my personal estimate, I'm not representing TruTrak or their plans in any way.
  5. I visited TruTrak's installation in Springdale AR a couple of weeks ago for an article I'm writing. They are at the stage of finalizing the placement of the servo, although they are pretty sure about the optimal location. Testing should start as soon as that is completed on the Mooney pictured above, a 65 M20E SUPER21 and, based on other types, it could be ready to ship by next spring, since servos and command box are the same as the other types. But that is my personal estimate, I'm not representing TruTrak or their plans in any way.
  6. Up here in CSE4 (Lachute QC) we have 3 E's, 1 K, all of them still flying regularly and a C that has been sitting on the East ramp for awhile without a prop. Lately, a prop was added, so should be flying in the near future...
  7. drapo

    Importing a plane from Canada

    For me, getting my FAA licence, so I could ferry my Mooney from USA to Canada, meant a trip down in Albany NY to be interviewed by a FAA official, to verify my proficiency in English and a few more questions, 30 minutes total and I was approved. Received my FAA PPL by mail and it is valid under the same conditions and as long as my Canadian PPL is. You can also ask for a FAA CPL, but it involves some more serious testing.
  8. drapo

    Bad day for Mooney’s on Spruce Creek

    That one reminds me of my early days as an ATC in Québec city tower. Québec had a mix of airlines, commuters, GA and training trafic. I was working ground, Serge, a senior and gifted controller was working the air mike. On initial call, a BA11 was told to reduce from 10 miles out, as he was #4 to a Cessna on base and a Medevac flight had to depart. He never reduced and was overshot and changed to Terminal for another approach. On the second approach, he sounded disgruntled on his initial call and was told #2 behind Cessna on final. Later on he was cleared to land. As he was over the approach lights, Serge, with his firm and steady voice told the pilot « Pull up and go around NOW! », the pilot replied: « What now tower, I don’t see anyone ahead of me or on the runway » Serge replied, calm and cool « Yeah but your wheels are UP! » . The third attempt was quiet and uneventful, he too never said a word about it, embarassed I guess...
  9. drapo

    IO-360 A1A Oil pressure

    On my M20E, lately with outside temps at around 85F, start up and cruise are at 72 and full power, on take-off; 92.
  10. drapo

    iPad for ForeFlight

    I had my Mx install a ram mount diamond on my right side panel when I reconfigured it. You can see it in the first photo above the transponder. When I fly, I position my MiniIpad on a ram mount just above my tachometer.
  11. Just went through the conversion on both mains myself. Hardware : $1200, Pucks (8): $1000, Labor $500, The new ride....Priceless!
  12. drapo

    Which battery?

    I bought my Concorde RG-35AXC September 2011. My Mooney has spent 90% of its night and days tied outside up in Lachute, Québec, where temperatures are below 0C(32F) from December to mid-March and below -10C (14F) January and February with 30 days in the -20C range(-4F) sometimes colder... When below 0C, I preheat for 30 minutes with Reiff system. For all those years, winter and summer, it has never failed and still going on strong, even providing that needed power when I miss a hot start. Do I recommend it? You bet!
  13. For repairs, there is Dawley Aviation in Wisconsin or for a complete STC/PMA there is Knisley Welding in California. Didn't use them, but heard good reviews.
  14. Up here, where some of us speak French, we often translate the word «moteur» which applies to fuel combustion engines, to «motor». As you will say «twin engine» we use «bimoteur», this is what is called in the translation business a «faux-ami» or «false-friend». I usually find out I'm using one when I get that strange look from my interlocutor.
  15. Super news for my Super 21 Sent you my email, Thanks