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    M20F 1968, reborn in 2015

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  1. I made a PVC pipe that fits into the nose gear and locks on with a padlock for just those occasions. Attached is a red streamer stating "Do Not Tow" At least it makes it harder. John Breda
  2. For those of you who are paying about $2000.00 for annuals, I would like to hear more about what those annuals are really like and how they are performed. I figure about $800.00 a day, with an annual taking about 5 days. John Breda
  3. This is straight talk and on point. I had a very good experience getting my instrument license. I lived in Oregon at the time, and started ten hours after I received my Private pilots license. All my time from 50 hours to the 125 hours need for the instrument license (in 1980's) were done every Saturday morning at 3000 feet in actual conditions (which exist for 9 months out of each year in the Pacific Northwest). I did this in a in a Grumman Tiger, without autopilot and with steam gauges, over one and a half years, and then, once I had my license, I was extremely cautious about slowly advancing what conditions I allowed myself to fly into. You want to put the knowledge and the technical skills into long term memory. In an unexpected encounter with significant weather, your responses must be decisive and well ingrained into your skill set. This is not ever accomplished in 2 weeks, or 2 years, or even more as you will constantly be practicing to keep current. It is an elusive skill set. Having the consistent exposure as a student to actual conditions over that year and a half of training helped alot. Beware of fair weather IFR training over short periods. John Breda
  4. I do not have "data" in the sense of numeric data that can be used to drive a CNC machine. The travel boards I have are either wooden factory built or copies made duplicating originals by hand. John Breda
  5. There are Mooney owners that want them who do not have a set. John Breda
  6. I doubt very much that the factory will freely provide the digital data to make these on a CNC machine. They are using the data they have to make them for sale, for profit by Mooney. I have the models to make them. I can make them one at a time which is labor intensive, or I can use my models to create my own set of data. I will look into the possibilities. John Breda
  7. Same way the original handle attached, roll pin, set screw, and a third way, the aluminum case and 4 machine screws keep the shaft on the selector. John Breda
  8. It is solidly mounted to the fuel selector with the same thread size bolts used to mount the fuel selector to the floor. The fuel selector is machined as one piece from 1 solid aluminum rod and the shaft is steel. All, with DER approval. John Breda
  9. I could and will make a new placard with the words Right and Left more forwardly indicated with arrows to their respective positions. John Breda
  10. Fuel Selector, OFF, Right and Left are all indicated. John Breda
  11. I bought the LASAR version however there is a problem with them. I have Meyers jacks and the tie down portion is not long enough to clear the jack piston. The tie down portion thus gets bent up close to the wing. I bought some stainless steel 90 degree angle, and using a press opened it up to about 45 degrees. Then with a vertical sander, press and hand tools, made new tie down sections as needed. They cleat the jacks, stay on the plane all the time, and are thicker than the LASAR version. The cone or jack point part is easily made on a metal lathe out of stainless steel. John Breda
  12. There is an intercooler behind the air intake with a fiberglass plenum and rubber seal. The outlet fins are metal and fiberglassed into the cowling on each side. The landing lights in the wings were done with DER approval.
  13. The four bolts hold it to the fuel selector. There is an extended shaft that attaches to the fuel selector in the same way as the original handle attached to the fuel selector, and the handle attaches to the top of the shaft in the same way the original handle attached to the fuel selector (specifically a roll pin engaging in a slot and a set screw). Additionally, the lower end of the shaft is larger than the rest of the shaft and fits against a recess inside the aluminum part which holds the shaft on the fuel selector and keeps the fuel selector roll pin engaged in the lower end of the shaft via the four screws. John Breda
  14. Here is a picture of the fuel selector I have come up with with DER approval to install. Makes changing tanks easier and reliably reachable. Also holds the carpet in place. John Breda