Dan at FUL

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  1. Fly Q

    +1 on the utility of FlyQ, high standard of the customer support and longevity of Seattle Avionics. Before ipads were "the thing", I was using their Windows based Voyager software on a touch screen Windows tablet. I still use it on my desktop as it includes everything for flight planning. I think FlyQ online will displace this over time.
  2. Time for a new Mag

    You have been taking this plane to Burning Man a few times, right? Can this be Playa dust getting forced into the pressurized mags on top of some moisture? Picture seem to show more than simple corrosion. That alkaline playa dust can get in there and initiate and support additional corrosion. And it does get in everywhere. Moisture that may normally be OK and dry out becomes a different story after mixing it up. -dan
  3. Off field landing at KSGH

    You gain a couple of inches, that is the J-model with the wing tips. :-)
  4. Got ramp checked

    A Check Ride, Instrument Proficiency Check (IPC) and BFR (Flight Review) are 3 different items. However, a Check Ride counts as a BFR, so if you have a check ride to get a new rating within 24 months, you are still good for BFR requirements. The IPC does not automatically meet all BFR requirements, so you would need to specify to your CFII to include the required BFR content in the process, and give two sign offs at the end of the day. IMHO it is better to stay current and never require the IPC. I personally use the MAPA PPP course as my way to keep current on BFR and IPC as they come by my area every 2 years, right on time, plus I think the course content is a great way to stay real-life current. -dan
  5. MooneySpace Member Map

    Thanks for that reminder... Hi Paul, Please add me (as KFUL) and send me the link. -dan
  6. Not terribly happy with FF scout

    I used to do this with my Clarity, in order to keep it in the shade. I noticed that when sitting on the seat, the GPS signal is consistent, but I was getting notably less ADS-B connections, especially in flight. In Fly-Q this requires going one menu down into the ADS-B status to see. YMMV with other apps, but I assume all the apps will let you check this to see how many connections you have, how far away, and how long ago. A positive ADS-B status indicator may mean you are connected to the receiver, but does not necessarily indicate that your receiver is connected to the ground sources. I bought a window suction cup mount, and now keep it up high on a rear window with its "shade hat" on and get good ground antennae and GPS visibility, while the unit is in the shade most of the time. The relatively rigid mounting makes the AHRS useful as well, in case of emergency. Just my observations... -dan
  7. Showing true Mooney CB status...spend thousands to fly round trip from home in SoCal to Virginia (Hampton Roads Airport, KPVG) and then get the cheapest rental clown car they offered.
  8. Ultra Screw Up

    When you see new Ultra owners entering from the right and sliding across, then you know the baggage door non-relocation was actually inconvenient.
  9. Basic Med

    This is my experience. The clinic I went to specialized in Occupational Medicine. This may be a key word. This included CDL or other trade license medical exams and workman's comp. As a further data point for the CB's, it cost me $75 for the visit with signature.
  10. I have seen GA flying into SkyHarbor, though I have always opted for CHD or IWA for my destinations were not near KPHX. There are 2 FBO's at PHX. Cutter and Swift. I have been well treated at a Cutter location at another airport, FWIW. Both will take you and your Mooney. Call and find out if their fees are worth the convenience for you. You are used to the Bay Area, I do not think you will find Phoenix technically challenging other than being an airspace that you have not memorized like your home turf. File IFR or at least have flight following, and you will be fine. I have been regularly cleared through Class Bravo or given clear vectors that made it easy to work with them and stay clear -dan
  11. Prepping for Harvey

    If the goal is to have the plane a few more inches off the ground in case if light flooding, can you put wood or platforms under the wheels and set the plane back down on them after jacking? Like working on a car, the jacks are to get it into the air, not support it the whole time. This would give you the added ground clearance you wanted, without easily falling in case of external loads. I would recommend this for the OP as well. If you are going to the trouble to get it in the air, don't rely on the hydraulics not leaking. Take the load back onto the wheels.
  12. pulling the mixture

    Same thing happened to me ('83 201) in February this year. Also on the ground, but at runup. McFarlane got me the part fast, "made to my spec". Strongly recommend them. New part is better than original. Install included some bloody knuckles and making a custom tool to reach some nuts in tight spaces.
  13. Anyone else fail the colorblind test?

    As a practical issue, color control probably never happens in real life. I have asked people for years, and never heard of real case in the last 20 years. But the regulation still stands. This is not the painful part of the restriction, the lack of night flight is. Having a backup radio on board does not remove the restriction, so any night flight means you are flying unlicensed. Insurance will not cover any event that occurs. Liability will be on you if someone gets hurt, or a plane is damaged, even if not night related. You must be able to distinguish red, green, and white lights. As @Tommy says, it is important to know your color blind type. I am not red-green, I am deuteranopia. Ironically, it is associated with better night vision. In the night flight demo if you fail the light gun test, you must identify more than just the 3 light guns. Practice the light guns many times before scheduling your test. If you fail the test, you lose options, as the failure is permanent restriction. If you fail daylight test, you cannot get a 1st or 2nd class medical in the future. IF you fail night test, you are permanently restricted. https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2012/january/01/answers-for-pilots-color-vision I recommend you see a color vision specialist. Better if he has the Farnsworth Lantern that @Brandontwalker mentioned, as this is one of the few alternate tests that can be done by a doctor instead of the FAA, and will still be accepted by the FAA. These are hard to find. I know a doctor at Berkeley that has one in his office, if you are on the west coast. Note that if you fail the FAA test, you cannot get the restriction removed later by passing the Farnsworth Lantern test later. Do these in order.
  14. Ground transport ,what do you do?

    Is the real purpose of the towel bars actually a rack to haul that tandem bike around? :-)