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  1. Nationwide, I replaced my Champion Massive Plugs, which had been running fine but were getting a little worn, with the TEMPEST Fine wires. Overall I have seen an improvement in that I can operate further into LOP before getting a small but noticeable engine vibration. There are many variables to consider, such at altitude, initial power setting, and RPM/MAP combination, but overall I can operate around 20 degrees further into LOP (with richest cylinder #4 at ~10 LOP) with the fine wire plugs when compared with the massive plugs. The difference is not great but noticeable when LOP. So in answer to my original post question, the fine wire plugs are good, but for me not worth the extra expense if I was considering switching now. However, I'm keeping the fine wires and will continue to monitor their performance AND longevity as that is a better measure of the projected better value over the massive plugs. Ready to answer any questions you may have - Hank
  2. Thanks for the quick response! I will follow up with Dan at LASAR and with @Hyett6420 as you suggest. It is always better to find a lower cost resource, but at this point I am just looking for a resource that can provide them. I will update this with what I find out. Best Regards - Hank
  3. Carusoam Can you please provide contact information on the source for the springs, I am looking to buy two for the future. thanks - Hank
  4. Yes, all my time was flight test in the R/C, E and F, none operational. Did you fly the F-15E? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Since you have recently updated avionics, make sure the PPI puts some emphasis on them. I did a separate avionics PPI during my purchase and learned the GNS530W was missing a one wire connection to the autopilot. I was an expensive fix but very valuable in being able to fly coupled ILS and LPV approaches. Good luck - Hank Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. I still get MOS on Garmin Pilot. Could it be just a Foreflight change? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. +1 on doing oil change yourself. Don’t forget to cut and inspect oil filter for metal and unexpected items. Also consider taking oil sample and sending out for analysis, Blackstone Labs is quick and good value. Use MooneySpace for how-to-advice. PM me if you want to discuss further. Hank Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. Flying inside the SFRA is no big deal. Get the training,file the plan, IFR is better. VFR plan will be require a special designation on the plan. You will need to get a transponder code assigned before departure or entry to the SFRA, don’t squawk 1200 inside it. The training explains it all. Make sure to stay away from the FRZ as that has much stricter requirements. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Got mine from LASAR. Make sure to check the diameter and length is correct for your aircraft. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Hello group, anyone have experience with Palm Beach Avionics (at KPBI) that you are willing to share? I am considering them for some avionics troubleshooting with my Century 2000 Autopilot and NSD-360A (slaved) H.S.I. thanks
  11. I got my accelerated rating in 14 days of solid instruction and flying in a school in central Florida. I got my PPL rating the slow way many years back, and wasted a lot of time and money relearning between flights, sometimes a week or more apart instead of one or twice a day. For me the accelerated instruction is the only way to go, and will follow the same path when I have the time to get a commercial and CFII ratings. Like others on this forum, I got my IR as a license to learn, and it was several hours of simulated and actual IMC flying before I took passengers. Today, I am much more comfortable with my instrument skills but still carefully evaluate the go/no-go decision for every flight and avoid flying to minimums unless I have enough recent experience to make me feel proficient. Good luck, fly safe, regardless of your eventual decision.[emoji41] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Thanks Tommy, excellent advice, I will make sure to address the gasket issue with the shop. The filter was recently replaced but I will have it replaced again. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Thanks PT20J, that I think is the situation with the shop I plan to use since they stock the part. eBay is a good option but not for me as I have a tight schedule window to get this done. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. The vacuum pump in my M20J recently failed. Anyone out there have this happen recently and care to share details on the cost to replace? How many labor hours? Thanks in advance Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk