FloridaMan

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    305 Rocket and LoPresti M20F

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  1. FloridaMan

    Mooney mechanics near Raleigh, NC

    If I were in Raleigh I'd go to Dillon's Aviation at PGV.
  2. FloridaMan

    New motor break in

    Follow the manufacturer's recommendations. Every pilot should read this: http://continentalmotors.aero/xPublications/Maintenance Manuals/TEC-1/ Admittedly, I have not read that version. The one I read had a section called "Don't baby your engine" Specifically, look at the part in the document that talks about ring seating and it explains why it's necessary to run high power settings. This is Continental, not Lycoming, but the concepts and explanations will help you understand why manufacturers recommend operating them in a way that seems counter to what you may've learned with cars.
  3. FloridaMan

    Dented Nose Truss

  4. FloridaMan

    Dented Nose Truss

    Always check before and afterwards. I like to demonstrate to the line guys how to inspect a Mooney nose truss and where the damage would occur that way I have a witness I also usually throw the line guy $10 because I feel like it may be cheaper to do that every time than to have to deal with damage.
  5. FloridaMan

    Stolen Garmin GPS-400W and G5

    I have to ask, what constitutes disabling an aircraft? I know of a guy who runs a small FBO who had a guy place his plane on the ramp for a month and run up a sizeable fuel bill. Local LEOs from neighboring counties contacted the FBO and alerted them to the pilot running engaging in months of parking his plane at different FBOs for a month, running up fuel bills, and then moving to another county. The FBO owner had the wheels booted, which immobilized the aircraft. I've also heard of mechanics removing props and holding them until the customer pays their bill as some form of mechanic's lien. I'm sure this came up in discussion with your attorney and I'm curious as to how the two things I mentioned seemed acceptable, but recovering your property was not.
  6. FloridaMan

    Lithium Jumper Battery

    I purchased an EarthX LiFePO4 battery. Lower capacity, much lower risk of thermal runaway and spontaneous combustion. I considered the risk of an unbranded Li-Ion or LiPo pack to carry in an aircraft across pressure ranges and turbulence to be risky.
  7. FloridaMan

    Window replacement

    My F has clear and I love it. The Rocket has green tint, which I think is important for flying up high for UV protection. I've considered replacing the little window with clear.
  8. FloridaMan

    Need M20K Weldon Fuel Pump

    I’ve heard aeromotors is cheap, but also can be slow. CJ did mine this annual for my rocket and it was around $900.
  9. FloridaMan

    Hangarage in Florida

    KVDF
  10. FloridaMan

    Landing rods dust boots

    I've heard them referred to as "rodent boots" and not dust boots, and rodents in your wings can be far more corrosive.
  11. FloridaMan

    Fine wires for the Rocket?

    Well, maybe next time. In the grand scheme of aircraft expenses, I'm not going to lose any sleep over not going with fine wires this go-round unless it's the direct result of the massives grounding me, which hasn't happened (yet).
  12. FloridaMan

    Voltage regulator question

    Disregard my last post. I got ahead of myself and didn't see you'd posted the same chart that I went and looked up.
  13. I would consider a tank that has no fuel visible in it to be empty for endurance planning purposes and 10 gallons for WnB. Here's how I manage my fuel reserves, starting with how I did it in my M20F prior to the engine monitor. Always look in your tanks. Even if you stop for lunch and come back out, look in your tanks. People steal fuel, sump points sometimes stick, line guys fill you to the tab instead of the rim, they fuel the wrong plane, et cetera. A member here didn't place any fuel order and came back to his plane filled with Jet-A; had he not checked, it could've killed him. My M20F holds 32 gallons on each side. For long trips, I would start off on one tank, climb out on it and switch after three hours or when the engine stopped (if I run a tank dry, it would usually tank about 34 gallons). That, to me, guaranteed that I had at least 3 hours remaining since you burn more on the climb and I didn't include what I burned on the ground. I wouldn't even notice the imbalance. Some pilots like to switch every so many minutes. I don't like this approach as if things got down to the wire and I were into my reserves, I would not want them split between tanks with uncertainty. I also regard switching tanks as having an increased risk factor. I read an account of a vintage Mooney owner who had the selector handle come off in his hand while turning it. Fortunately he was able to access a pair of vice grips from his toolbag to successfully switch tanks. After getting my engine monitor and being certain of its accuracy, I started burning 16 gallons off of one tank, switching tanks, and not switching back until either I burned off 32 gallons or was less than around 12 gallons calculated remaining on that side and coming in to land. I do not trust panel mounted fuel gauges, though the wing-mounted gauges are excellent to ensure you have fuel in your tanks if the needles are bouncing. I have not yet developed a full methodology for managing fuel in the rocket. Fueling is much more complicated with the long range tanks and flappers on the inboard tanks and I don't yet have it down to any sort of science so I carry more fuel than I need for my trips.
  14. FloridaMan

    Flying on Instruments with No PC

    I flew mine for years without working PC. Only until after going through an embedded buildup at night did I fix it. That was an intense several minutes of focusing on maintaining wings level and 120 mph in a climb to put as much distance between myself and the ground as possible; I was working full control deflection through a good part of it. I went through what I thought was a haze layer at 1300ft in the climb and came out of the side at 8500ft.
  15. FloridaMan

    Yoke sticky , hanging up

    Verify your control surfaces aren't sticking to gap seals. I've seen anti-chafe tape come loose and the ailerons stick to gap seals.