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    M20F (1967)

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  1. I assume that 85 C means nothing more than 85 Celsius and this is the temperature the vernatherm opens the way for the oil through the oil cooler. 85 Celsius equals to 185 Fahrenheit. If your vernatherm was not broken before, I do not assume that you see any changes with another one.
  2. I assume that this is an install problem. My Powerflow exhaust was installed directly by the Powerflow company in Daytona Beach. It never showed any leaks.
  3. Most states in the US do not require GA airplanes to have any type of insurance.
  4. I had been to Longview and Maxwell converted my 20:1 gear to 40:1 with the Mooney retrofit kit. Afterwards the old electric gear motor did not want to work anymore. He converted the gear back to the old one and the motor was running fine again. I took the uninstalled kit home. I kept it like this for a while and then my local A+P/IA removed the actuator with the motor and sent it to Lasar. They got the motor overhauled and replaced the gears again with my kit from Maxwell. Now everything is working fine. The gear in the actuator is a very small worm which has to hold a good amount of pressure during the gear cycle. If you have the 6 seconds new gear, the force to the gear is less and it will last longer. It is not written in the Service Instruction, but Maxwell said that the gear down speed may increase because of the modification tp 40:1. Reason is that you have the same setup as the early M20J which also have a higher gear speed then my M20F. But you may not want to do it because 1) it is not written down somewhere and 2) the higher gear speed will again put more pressure and wear on the actuator. I have been told that a motor with worn out brushes .... may work better with the old 20:1 actuator.
  5. On the right side at about middle of the runway, you see a parked Shuttle. It looks real but I believe it is a mockup and not a real Space Shuttle.
  6. I just uploaded a video of a low approach of the Space Shuttle Landing Facility in Florida. I flew a few times over this remarkable airport and enjoyed it very much. This time I mounted an action camera at the tiedown-mount of my Mooney M20F and filmed the approach. Groundspeed was about 140 knots during the overflight.
  7. Can somebody send me the contact data of Karl Stepka? I ned my prop balanced.
  8. You are right! The landing was not exactly on the centerline. Next time, I will do better!!!
  9. No, the camera was mounted with a suction mount on the left side window. Above my head is not enough room.
  10. If somebody wants to get a well equipped plane, he or she has to pay for it. Everybody knows in between that it is very expensive to buy and install good avionics. In a sellers market, the discount, you get for work and installations which have been done by the previous owner will be reduced. I agree that you cannot get back the whole labor and equipment cost, if you sell your airplane after a few years. But after a few years of use, the equipment is not new anymore and out of warranty. A new GTN750 or Aspen with full warranty has a bigger value than a unit out of warranty or with only a short remaining warranty. In addition, a seller may take into account that over the years installation-rates got more expensive. If you got an EDM930 installed 5 years ago for 40 hours by 60 dollars. You may now pay 40 hours by 85 dollars or even more. And even the EDM930 itself got more expensive over the years. So if the seller is giving the buyer a too large discount on what he paid, may be not the best idea for the seller. Stefan
  11. If the new owner of this beautiful Mooney adds a nice GTN750, a 345 transponder and 2 G5 or an Aspen PFD plus some small mods like the oil cooler relocation and the nose cowl enclosure, he easily is adding another 35k to 40k to the airplane. And if the engine needs work, the bill will even be higher. And - I assume - if he has to sell the plane after the modifications, he would not do it below 110k or 120k. And this is completely ok. A big part of the value of the plane is represented by the avionics equipment, engine monitor, autopilot and even the engine health status. All this is independent from the model of the plane. In my opinion, a good equipped M20F with updated interior, some mods and nice paint must always sell for way more than a crappy M20J. Sure, the M20F will always be older than the M20J and the M20J has more standard modifications. On the other hand, I believe it is way more important that the airplane had been always hangared and good maintained.
  12. No, we do not have a raft in our Mooney. We always carry life-vests. On flights over water, I try to stay in gliding distance from the shoreline Here is our tracklog (green line) from the flight to Marathon. Due to some clouds, we did not fly very high. So we followed the shoreline.
  13. Thank you! The beaches in Marathon are not that easy to find. But there are private beaches at several hotels and even a nice public beach. We had been to Sombrero-beach. The people at visitflorida call this beach: one of the best kept beach secrects in the Florida Keys. We had a good time at the beach and it was very quite! https://www.visitflorida.com/en-us/cities/marathon/sombrero-beach-in-marathon-florida-key-west.html
  14. During our last visit to Marathon, I filmed the approach from the cockpit of the Mooney M20F. Most of the instruments, including my Aspen PFD and the Garmin GTN 750 are visible. Due to the later evening, and the low sun, the outside view is ok, but could be better. To make the visual approach against the sun easy, I selected the visual approach to runway 25 in my Garmin GTN750. With this setup, I got an ILS-like vertical and lateral deviation indication on my Aspen PFD. Also you can see on the Aspen the AOA function and the synthetic vision.