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    Building and flying large model airplanes, tinkering on my cars, flying anywhere, living and loving retirement, my beautiful wife and daughter and praising my Lord, Jesus!
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  1. I have the "strip" which includes fuel gauges but it is from a 231
  2. Thought about that but it's a balancing act made doubly difficult carrying luggage...
  3. The bikes are pretty popular but my wife's scooter takes up most of the baggage area (she has MD and requires it for transportation) so I need something that won't take up much room...Uber or Lyft isnt really gonna work for covering long ramp distances or in many locales outside the US where language or non-compatible cell networks exist.
  4. Thanks all...yea....been seeing those electric unicycles speed around town...looks fun but Im likely to break something...the boards are easier and safer to ride and Boosted makes some of the best!
  5. OK...so this is a bit of a crapshoot but I am wondering whether anyone carries a personal transportation device in their Mooney? I know some may carry the fold down bike but even in a folded position, it takes up a lot of cargo space. Other than walking, has anyone tried one of the electric skate boards or electric Unicycle? We carry my wife's electric scooter in the cargo section and it weighs 39 lbs with the battery. I find that trying to keep up with her when we arrive at our destination is tough especially when there is a distance to walk so I'm looking at both options...electric skateboard and electric unicycle. If someone uses either, would you be willing to share your thoughts and the pros and cons?
  6. I have a hull value of $130k....$1 mil not smooth....around $1500/year....2000 hrs time in type...insurance is mostly priced on hull value regardless of individual experience...I use Ace Aviation Insurance out of Georgia(678 491 4800) Austin or Victoria.....happy with them over the years
  7. I have an older Mooney 231 with the original halogen bulb recognition lights in each wingtip.

    Can anyone advise me of where I can obtain a new 12v LED replacement?    thank you.

  8. I will give your suggestions a try...2500 rpm....I could probably run leaner as at 9 gph...there was no stumble at all...the algorithym for HP on the JPI 900 showed 64% power but you are using the correct formula...
  9. Happy to report that after swapping 3 injectors provided by GAMI, the GAMI spread dropped from 1 gph to .2 gph......I am able to lean the engine to 9 gph running 64% power LOP...hottest jug is 344 and 1536 EGT....TIT dropped down to 1600......
  10. 231LV


    You are likely going to need a couple fuel stops heading west (i did flying Houston/San Francisco) and one heading east with favorable tailwinds...depending upon where in FL you are based....agree.....faster than the E model
  11. 231LV


    The 231's are all the same body and generally, weight and mostly the same speed..and most have the LB conversion(I just did mine). I sealed my tanks 10 years ago using the folks at Wilmar....still going strong.....they are all 72 gal unless they have the Monroy bladders....look for one with an intercooler....a Merlyn would be a plus...all 231's came standard with an HSI IIRC...most of the significant changes had to do with the engine which culminated with the LB.
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    I love my 231...owned and flown it for 16 years....that said, IF I have the money, the 252 is the way to go....slightly more refined than the 231 with the MB engine and fully automatic waste gate plus some additional aerodynamic tweaks. All that comes with a price .... if you take the same equipped and similar conditioned 231and 252, the last time I looked there was a $50k price difference. The 231 is a good airplane and some can be had for a really good price. I originally owned a C model and after moving to the K, I realized the two planes exist on different levels of capabilities. Whether a 231 or 252, either will be an excellent plane...btw, I fly LOP and usually see 170KTAS up high at around 9.5 gph with the hottest CHT at around 360 degrees. Obviously, if I want to go fast, I fly full rich burning around 13 to 14 gph.
  13. My mechanic and I discussed this possibility...we were kind of thinking that they either worked or didn't but wondered out loud if the VR would indicate problems like this prior to failure.