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  1. Another aviation tragedy. Progress? But I said they aspired to...
  2. Another MS thread is reduced to a familiar country(?) song:'re+with&view=detail&mid=19F6A4A99FD2D8FBDA6519F6A4A99FD2D8FBDA65&FORM=VIRE
  3. "no joy" & "tally ho" are proper, current military ATC terms. Civilian equivalents, "negative contact" and "traffic in sight", are preferred according to one source. I have never been questioned or corrected by ATC -- I have a voice that a senior Pan Am captain can only aspire to -- but I'll try to change.
  4. Absolutely. And increases the chance of buggered screw heads. Or fatigue and carpel tunnel. And adds to aircraft empty weight. Seriously, we want to see at least one full thread of screw beyond the nut?
  5. Do a pirep. In my experience it's apt to be the other way around - ATC is painting heavy precip that he's been sending folks around and asks me what my flight conditions are. (Since I trust the Stormscope I'm likely to be able to report "smooth ride, moderate to heavy rain for the last 5 minutes".)
  6. The cable at the bottom of this pic is the throttle. You can see the leads to the LS. I just noticed that the power boost cable is fitted for a LS to activate a panel light that the ram air door is open but the switch is not installed!
  7. Yup. As I've been doing for almost 50 years. Might not be PC, but clear and brief. Sent from my XT1254 using Tapatalk
  8. 30" sounds a little too good for Charlotte at about 600 MSL. I'd expect 29". If you haven't done so, take note of the MAP gauge before starting the engine. On a standard 29.92 day in the Charlotte area I'd expect it to show about 29.5 or a little less. If it does the gauge is probably okay. OTOH, if on take off you're only seeing 27" or something like that you might want to inspect the air filter or even the muffler for partial blockages. Ideally with the throttle wide open you want the engine to get as much air as possible. Not sure about the J but for a lot of us, me included, #3 cyl is most often the hottest. But I think that incidental to a bigger problem.
  9. Pretty verbose. If on an IFR flight plan "3 Romeo Whiskey - IMC" would have conveyed exactly the same message and would have elicited a vector. If "nominally" VFR but flying blind I'd reply "3RW, no joy, requesting heading".
  10. From the O&N website - not OOB. "Under the direction of Matt Griggs, Chris Murley and Jeff Ball the currently established repair station facility Griggs Aircraft Refinishing has purchased the Supplement Type Certificates from O & N. They will be continuing to produce the Silver Eagle 210 Conversions, the auxiliary fuel tanks, and Mooney bladder kits. They can be reached at (570) 836-5757 or at Some of us have had a hard time getting Griggs to respond. PM "Marauder" if you can't get through to them. Chris has talked to them recently. There's a thread here somewhere...
  11. The need to change the prop governor from 2400 to 2700 is troubling. Who is helping you? There's nothing unique to Mooney in that IO360/governor/Hartzell Scimitar prop combo.
  12. Do you have an engine analyzer? You don't mention MAP. Are you getting within an inch of atmospheric pressure at take off? Do you have a FF indicator? You should see 18 GPH on take off. You're 1/2 hour from KMRN - Foothills Regional Airport - where I am and more importantly where AGL Aviation Services, the only Mooney Service Center in the Carolina is. Bring it here and Lynn will figure out what's going on.
  13. MSer "Marauder" talked to Griggs Aircraft Refinishing, the new owner of the O&N STC, recently. I'd suggest sending Chris a PM and get an update on whether the new folks have their ducks in a row yet.
  14. That's helpful Clarence. When I did my 1st annual I found that the screws on the larger panels were 3/4". I've replaced all with 8-32R8 but I can see that R7 would be fine. There were at least 4 different length screws in the one piece belly. 1/2" is all that's needed.
  15. Remmeber the last time the Tea Party pillaged and burned stuff? Me neither.