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  1. Just learn to fly from the right seat - problem solved! [emoji846] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    DTOPS/CBP Sticker

    Yep, no number till they are back to work and assign a number. I am in the same boat. But you are good to go by just printing your receipt off that shows you paid them for your 2019 decal. Then you can file your eAPIS either using your 2018 number or just leaving the field blank - either method is acceptable to the CBP. And of course CBP is still working the border station just like ATC is still working. I came back across this past weekend. The only positive of this is that it seemed to me that traffic is much lighter than normal due to concern for the shutdown.
  3. Yes, but not till I took it as a CFI for the CFII. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    brake hoses in wheel wells

    Why stop there? more hoses on the master cylinders upfront probably of the same vintage. PHT Precision Hose Technology is the best source of hoses. Call them with your Mooney part # or measure or send them your old house - they have specs for most Mooney hoses. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. King’s is all you’ll need and the least boring option to get through. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Mooney Ovation Voltage Regulator

    After you see what it cost to replace, consider the option of having it repaired. A firm in New York, Consolidated ..., has the capability to overhaul most 24v Mooney alternators. Call them with your verified part no and they can confirm. I could give you more contact info but traveling - living the Mooney dream out of country [emoji846] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Magneto servicing

    Nah, they don’t clog easily. Check the routing of the UDP hoses and make sure the mag air filter is being changed regularly on the same 500hr/5yr or sooner interval. The left side has the shorter hose length to it so it could be exposed to more moisture if the filter isn’t getting it. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Our new Rocket

    Gami’s can only improve mixture distribution- not lower TIT. But note what happens if you have a lean outlier that is pushing up TIT on the ROP (opposite would be true on the LOP side).if get that lean outlier fixed (more balanced) you won’t have that higher EGT pushing up the TIT, so indirectly in some cases they may actually lower TIT - but not directly. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Fuel leak after engine rebuild

    Can you pull the cowling off yourself to take a look? Sounds like somebody needs too. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Yoke materials

    I much prefer my aero comfort leather wrapped yokes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Guidance for draining tanks

    Emptying the tanks is easy and well addressed above. But good calibration with long range tanks is a challenge. Personally IMO trying to do one side alone is an automatic fail. You won’t be able to maintain lateral level as you add weight to only one side. You could consider using jacks outside but that introduces the additional risk of having the plane on jacks exposed to the wind and the challenge of getting the plane level from nose to tail - I can’t do that on my jacks. So that leaves one using addition of equal weight on both sides to help keep the wings level during the calibration process. Secondly with the long range tanks, I suggest filling only from the outboard side. Fuel will quickly settle inboard from the outside - but not the other way around. When I did it the first time, filling the conventional way, I waited over 5 min for fuel to settle but it wasn’t near long enough. But from the outside it should prove much easier. I plan to redo mine soon too for this reason. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. They probably are right now, but making it law takes time even as an emergency AD. I think the latter just means they can skip the usual public review period. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    preciseflight speed brakes

    If you have the electric speed brakes (sounds like you do) it’ll need to pulled and sent into Precise for service. Give them a call to verify. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Upgrade or Overhaul?

    You're a smart guy and you already know the right answer! Just got to pay more now to save in the long-run. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    2019 Aviation Goals

    2018 Got my IA - finally! Became President of our SD Aviation Safety Counselors (a 501c associated with our FSDO FAASTeam) 2019 A couple hundred more accident free hours Master CFI? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk