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  1. I had really good luck fixing my panels up with Legos and glass cloth. Legos are straight abs plastic so I cut them up and mixed them with acetone in a small glass jar . Let it sit until the legos are completely dissolved. It it is too watery just let the container sit uncovered for a bit. The acetone flashes off quickly. If it is too thick add acetone. I fixed cracks and large voids by using this slurry and the glass cloth on the back side of the panel. I applied the slurry with modelers paint brushes and often would paint on and build up layers on the visible side of the panel. Once fully cured I would paint the part. Sometimes sanding was required and often I would softly bead-blast the repaired area to blend the textures together. When I was careful the repair would be completely hidden. I liked using this method because I was essentially welding the repair to the original panel. The acetone would "melt" the surrounding panel into the repair. Acetone is some nasty stuff, so be sure to use in a very well ventilated area. Cheers, Dan
  2. My fear of a collision with a tractor trailer is what led me to fly that trip. Can we get 7 figures out of that?
  3. I usually treat spine fractures (I am assuming here, I couldn't find it rereading the accident thread) for about 12 weeks in the brace. Depends a little on the type of injury, but that is a good general rule. If you are complaining about the brace, that is awesome! Given what you could have been complaining about - I'll take it. I hope all else is healing well! L1 compression fracture, and fractures of the Transverse process on L1,L2, L3. All on the left side. From what I understand on back injuries I got off easy. The back brace is annoying, but I am getting used to it. I have no pain what so ever. I'm very happy with how my back is working out. Dan
  4. I was depressed yesterday when the Doc said I needed to keep using my back brace for 6 more weeks. This thread has sure cheered me up, I'd happily keep it on all summer if it meant not having to go though what some of you guys have had to.
  5. You beat me to it. Both of these photos had VFR conditions below.
  6. My thoughts exactly. My airplane spent much more time in the sun by flying IFR up on top rather than VFR down below.
  7. 3K thick layer with potential icing conditions would make me nervous. 1K would depend on how much terrain clearance below the bases and the temps below. Here in the mid west I usually would try it if the Bases were at least 3.5k to 4K AGL. Once I flew an approach though a 1K layer with the bases around 900ft. I didn't get a lot of ice but enough to out pace my defroster. It was night too. Not my best moment. Dan
  8. None of us "need" to get somewhere. When we as pilots think/feel that way it can become dangerous. VFR or IFR. I think there are safe pilots and irresponsible pilots, the ratings held don't necessarily matter. The type of VFR pilot that runs out of fuel or gets into trouble in IMC, is that same guy who gets his IFR ticket and finds a thunderstorm or severe icing. A safety conscious VFR pilot that gets an instrument rating will continue to be a safety conscientious IFR pilot. He wont get his ticket and immediately blast off into bad weather. Many of us that fly IFR use your same argument, we enjoy the journey as much as the destination. Actually that saying probably holds true for all Mooney owners. I hope you pursue the IR, for no other reason than it's fun. I'm assuming your Mooney is at least minimally equipped for IFR. If it is, you can start the training with little investment. If you find you don't enjoy it, let it go. The training won't be wasted as everything is applicable to VFR flying. Good Luck, Dan
  9. My accident was very unique, but being on an IFR flight plan helped with the outcome. I filled for the ease and added safety, the weather was sever clear for the entire route. After I went unconscious I stopped responding to departure and didn't fly my filed route. This prompted ATC to take action. They did everything to could to reach me including sending up two F-16's. When they failed to contact me they arranged search and rescue before I crashed. The Helicopter that airlifted me took off before my airplane hit the ground. All because I was IFR. I asked several controllers since the accident if that would have happened if I were VFR with flight flowing. They all said "probably not". Beyond the obvious safety benefits, flying IFR is fun and rewarding. It adds a lot of utility to your airplane. I found that in real world it was actually hard for me to find low IFR conditions. This is probably a function of my flight planing as I rarely flew into deteriorating conditions. More often that not I would be excited to be 40mn out and have 600ft ceilings at my destination. Then be disappointed when they lifted to 2000ft by the time I fly the approach. I was surprised to see Maruader's hula girl.. I thought he would have this one.
  10. Fernando, I liked the industrial version because it has a vibrating alarm. I'm a CFI and like the idea of wearing it when I'm in other people's airplanes. Otherwise the standard one would be fine. They say the industrial is intrinsically safe, meaning it can be used in explosive environments. This is required in many industries, but not a problem with general aviation. Cheers, Dan
  11. Please do. I plan on hitting up beechtalk too. Dan
  12. You can send it to Sensorcon, they claim a 3 day turnaround. I think they charge about $40. They have instructions on their web site to do it yourself but you will need test gas and some misc parts. One of us could get the equipment and do calibrations at airventure, Mooney Summit, etc. I'm going to explore this idea more.
  13. I haven't received mine yet but here is my understanding. 1- 80-85 DB. Probably not loud enough to really get your attention. I think the lights will be a better alarm if mounted in a visible location. I don't know if you can test the alarm. 2- 2 year battery life when on constantly. Uses a CR123A that can be purchased at most local stores. 3- they recommend the 6 month calibration, claiming up to 5 years(or more) with regular servicing. I plan to do it annually. It's my understanding all CO detectors have a life limit. I'm skeptical of claims of long life detectors (some claim up to 10 years) Poke around their web site a bit. They have a fair amount of info posted. I'm not saying this is the best available, but it has a lot going for it and they were willing to work with me on offering a discount. Some befits I see with these: US made, good customer service. Small, robust, waterproof. Ability to leave on (many have auto turn off) Easily replaceable battery Cheers, Dan
  14. I just started a new thread on General Mooney Talk about the Sensorcon discount.
  15. Everyone, The folks at Sensorcon are willing to pass along a 20% discount to pilots on all of their products. At checkout use the code below. http://sensorcon.com/collections/carbon-monoxide-meters Discount code: aircraft2017 I'm going with the "industrial" and am going to add the Pump kit. I like the vibrating alarm and the pump kit will help with troubleshooting various applications(home, aviation, boating, etc.) In my opinion, every A&P should have one in the tool box. They do recommend a calibration every 6 months. If no calibration is done they have a tendency to wander in accuracy. But only about +-2ppm. Even if you never calibrate, they will be infinitely better than the home detectors. Sensorcon said with regular calibration they are seeing some that are 5 years old that still operate properly. I think in a cockpit environment a once a year calibration is reasonable. Sensorcon may work with us on a lower calibration price also. One can calibrate on your own but would need the equipment. It might make sense to do a group buy on calibration equipment. I'll look into that down the road If you don't have good CO Detection please consider adding a high quality detector. These Sensorcon Units are a good, cost effective option. I lived though my CO poisoning experience, but I shouldn't have. These things could/will save lives. Also, feel free to share this discount code with others. I also ask that if you ever discover a CO problem down the road with a detector, share it with everyone. Online forums, airport lounges, family get togethers, etc. Lets keep the discussion going. Cheers, Dan