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About DanM20C

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    Winona, MN. —— KONA
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    M20K 231

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  1. M20K 252 Oil Consumption

    @Marcopolo, Thanks, that's what I thought. I've been a normally aspirated guy my whole life. I have heard some turbo horror stories in the past so I'm watching mine like a hawk. Love flying with it! Cheers, Dan
  2. M20K 252 Oil Consumption

    @MooneyMark, If you get that much oil on your gear door from just taxing back from the fuel pump, the source should be fairly obvious. If it came out of the exhaust there will still be oil or residue in the tailpipe. If that is the case you know to look at the Turbo, check valves, and the valve stems as mentioned above (I have not heard of this happening but it makes sense. with that much oil though I would expect some serious plug fowling) Everyone, I'm new to turbo ownership, only 60hrs so far. Checking the exhaust pipe for signs of oil is one of my per-flight items. If I find any trace my plan is to stay on the ground and sort it out. Am I being too conservative? So far there are no signs of my turbo leaking as far as I can tell (I'm sure a small amount can at cruise and would never be detectable). Is it common to find some oil coming from our turbos? Cheers, Dan
  3. Video Camera Inside Cowling

    Never mind. Google found it for me. I'll be getting in touch in the next few months. Cheers, Dan
  4. Video Camera Inside Cowling

    @GEE-BEE, Do you have a website? My 231 has all original baffles and seals that will need some attending to. Cheers, Dan
  5. Flight Conditions Wall Art

    That’s a great use of a raspberry pi. Well done! cheers, Dan
  6. 79 231 -LB TIT Probe Question

    No worries, the hanger is close and I’m always looking for an excuse to head out there. $500 is crazy, The JPI ones are less than $200. Cheers, Dan
  7. 79 231 -LB TIT Probe Question

    Vance, Mine is an Alcore 86310. http://alcorinc.com/index.php/products/egt-tit-type-k-thermocouple-clamp-2-35-max/ hope that helps. Cheers, Dan
  8. 79 231 -LB TIT Probe Question

    I don’t have a part number handy, l’ll swing by the airport and look for any markings on it. Should be able to later today or tomorrow. I’ll keep you posted. cheers, Dan
  9. 79 231 -LB TIT Probe Question

    My factory gauge uses a clamp type also. It appears very accurate, I’m assuming it’s approved. Who knows. I’m installing a JPI 900 within the next month. You welcome to mine if you can wait 4-6 weeks. I’m really looking forward to removing all the factory gauges. cheers, Dan
  10. Abandoned Mooneys

    When I was a kid in the 80’s we had a Grumman F9F at our local park. The engine was removed and we used to crawl through the air intakes and mess about. The F9F came from the MInnesota Marine Reserve. About 10 years ago I met a pilot that flew that very plane. He said In the late 50’s the MN Wing went down to participate in nuclear testing. He said he circled that plane around several mushroom clouds only 4 miles from ground zero. Apparently they wanted to see how the radiation effected the plane and electronics. I love that when it was time to retire the plane someone thought, “kids would love this thing, let’s drop it in a park”. Im glad they did. I did love it. cheers, Dan
  11. N370MM NTSB Final Report

    Get a pulse Ox. I routinely flew between 9 an 11K without one. After my first flight with a pulse OX I ordered a potable O2 system. I now use O2 when my sats get bellow 92%. Some times that is as low as 8K and other times is at 12K. Everyone is different too, a good friend of mine (fellow pilot, and airplane owner, sort of.. Cessna) will usually be 10% below my readings when at alt. If he concentrates and takes slow deep breaths he makes up some of the 10% but is never as high as me. He is a fit, non smoker, in his 30’s. Cheers, Dan
  12. N370MM NTSB Final Report

    After reviewing the ATC transcripts I determined it was only 4-1/2 min from take off to deep slumber. I would guess only the first min would fall under “useful conciseness”. I was aware of a problem after that but didn’t have the cognitive ability at that point to trouble shoot and take action. Unfortunately Maj. Mari Metzler was called away on assignment and missed the Mooney Summit this year. She was going to present on CO Poisoning and hypoxia/altitude sickness. I spoke with her on the phone before the summit and she urged me to never fly my mooney in the Flight Levels. She said she was hoping to convince everyone at the summit to consider giving up flying above 18k. I didn’t ask her to elaborate as I thought I would get to hear her at the Summit. For the past several years she has been focused on hypoxia and altitude sickness in the air force. I suspect she has some compelling evidence. Hopefully she can make the Summit next year. I plan on keeping my 231 bellow 18k for now. If my airplane was equipped with alt preselect, like @gsxrpilot, I would consider going higher. Cheers, Dan
  13. Abandoned Mooneys

    It looks like a Varga. great photo. Cheers, Dan
  14. Upgrade from C to K? Should we??

    My C had a UL of #995 and my K is at #985. The K carries 24 more gallons so my full fuel payload is around #150 less. The MPG will be nearly identical (K should win by a touch) so by offloading fuel payload is similar. The extra 10" (5" and 5" as KSMooniac pointed out, same for all mid-body) is very noticeable, with the rear seat removed even my wife would have a hard time filling it up. Although our C worked great for the 2 of us. I'm enjoying having a turbo (only about 40hrs so far). It nice being able to climb at will when in the mid to upper teens. The question is Turbo or not Turbo. It's a personal choice with no right answer. I personally would like the turbo for flying the Caribbean. Cheers, Dan
  15. Virginia Accident

    I don't think it was unreasonable to go into this airport in a C. My 1969 C manual says 1760ft (@gross weight) to clear a 50ft obstacle at sea level @ 100F. A few years ago our main runway was closed for the summer while it was being extended. Our "Short" runway (2500ft) was shortened even more to 1950 and left open. I operated off it all summer with my C, but it certainly decreased safety margins. There were a few times I opted to not fly due to unfavorable winds or high DA's. I found the TO performance to match the book very closely. The issue with this accident is the intersection departure. CooperDog has been very candid about that. I'm always leery of intersection departures. Leaving the Mooney Summit this year I declined a intersection departure on taxiway S rwy 16. The King Air behind me took the intersection. I figured 10Kft is better than 6.5Kft. Cheers, Dan