jrwilson

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About jrwilson

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    El Dorado Hills, CA
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    M20K 231

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  1. jrwilson

    231 cowl flaps

    One of mine likes to drop below 250 degrees too in cruise with flaps partially open. Do you have a reference source for it being ok to go below 250? It would certainly make me more comfortable...
  2. jrwilson

    Cabin door hard to close

    Sorry, should be “cabin” door...I’ll fix that
  3. Hi all, Just recently, the cabin door has been a bit hard to close during part of its travel. All the way open to about three quarters open it travels freely. From 3/4 open to 1/4 open, its pretty stiff, then 1/4 open to closed it moves pretty freely again. I don't see anything obviously wrong with the door arm track (I don't know what it's called). I lubed it with LPS-1 and it looks clean. Any ideas?
  4. jrwilson

    oops

    I was thinking that too, but maybe that is just a really big dude in front, causing an optical illusion...
  5. jrwilson

    AmSafe news

    Well, the news article is about a product in development. I'm really talking apples and oranges. The one they have certified and available is 6,000. Who knows when or if the developmental product will be available and what it will actually cost. I'm just reporting the price of their current product. I maybe should have been more clear.
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    AmSafe news

    I called Amsafe and for a 231, they estimated $6,300, not including install for pilot and copilot.
  7. Nope. There was Placerville Aviation, but he is mostly doing owner assist stuff and renting out hangar space. The only actual maintenance shop there is Hangtown now.
  8. jrwilson

    M20J Speed Improvement?

    Mine has an inter cooler so temps aren’t a problem, especially at 6000. In fact, in the winter (even in California) I have to keep the cowl flaps closed at 6,000 to keep the cylinder temps (#5 and 6 in the front) up in the green arc. The idea of temperature issues is really related to the GB engine. Most are LB engines now, which run much cooler, and many 231's have intercoolers, which improve temperatures even further. So that is a pretty old criticism of 231's, being hot running. Yes, I do cruise settings 28/25 at 6,000 and that gets close to 160, which is certainly prudent, as my cylinder temps are about 350 or less and TIT is well under 1500... So you can add that to your anecdotal data set.
  9. jrwilson

    M20J Speed Improvement?

    1 hour ago, Shadrach said: Here in the lowlands, cruising at anything under 6000' the two 231s I am familiar with run <150kts. Yeah I don't know how these rumors spread... My 231 around 6k at full gross is pushing 160 kts (Maybe 158), running lighter and I'm over 160.
  10. jrwilson

    M20K climb settings

    do you have intercooler or anything? 231 or 252?
  11. Hangtown Aviation in Placerville does my maintenance. Not a service center, but Mooney Knowledgeable. They're not affiliated with Skywagons and do relatively little business with them...
  12. jrwilson

    Mooney Insurance

    Holy cow...for a K, with slightly less hull (140) I'm at $1100. Granted I have some Mooney time and over 2k hours total time, but still.... I went through Falcon.
  13. jrwilson

    Ski tube additional info request

    It’s super cool, what else is there to know?
  14. jrwilson

    Selling my Plane

    top left is my guess
  15. jrwilson

    J

    That sucks! Why would they do that? Don't they need them to make parts?