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Everything posted by Bob_Belville

  1. I'll switch to Aeroshell 100W now

    I use Blackstone Labs for oil analysis. Their newsletter this week has an article in answer to the FAQ: "What oil should I use?" I suspect the article can be read on their website. Edit:
  2. What Would you Do to This Panel?

    The certified, consolidated EDM seems to me to have several advantages. In addition to getting rid of several, probably aged, "steam" gauges, it simplifies the instrument scan and cleans up the panel. It is much harder to miss something when everything is together. Your panel has engine and fuel in in at least 3 widely separated locations and the engine analyzer has to be scrolled for multiple functions. With the 930 it is clear and intuitive what each element does or displays. Temps, pressures, quantities are all easily read in digital form as well as on an analog scales with green and red coding w/o scrolling through screens. Alarms, RPM, and MAP are also displayed on a RAD front and center to the pilot. The stored data can be downloaded to a USB zip drive and uploaded to study or pass on to Savvy or JPI for analysis and advice.
  3. What Would you Do to This Panel?

    You do not have to do anything if everything there is working. But if you want to spend some money on your new mistress there are some priorities you should consider. A certified EDM like the JPI 930 or 900. (Several here feel it should be in the left panel but I am a voice for putting all that great engine info on the right side and reserving the left panel for "aviate" My panel is almost 5 years old and I would lay it out the same if I did it again.) WASS GPS. GPS approaches are easier and will be the standard. (I love the Garmin GTN 750.) ADS-B in. Access to weather and traffic is fast becoming a necessity. Funny how that work's. (I installed a Garmin GDL 88 in 2012 and there are cheaper ways to get ADS-B I//O today.) PDF. If your HSI is working well you might wait until it gives you trouble and consider an Aspen. The resale market for used Mooneys is firming. IMO well thought out, integrated panels will get a premium from knowledgeable buyers.
  4. Introducing Dynon Certified

    To quote myself, I have shoes older than you...
  5. Show Your Tug

    Wow, I don't think that thing would allow me to close the hangar door!
  6. Show Your Tug

    Me too... 40 years ago.
  7. Static wicks

    Perhaps this has been discussed... I was asked today about static wicks on vintage Mooneys. I do not recall noting radio noise while flying in moisture so I wonder how much of a problem static is with modern avionics or proper antenna installations? Bob Belville
  8. Gear up protection

    I have this. Aircraft Components Inc PN2037 Gear Alert System iaw STC SA01644AT
  9. Charlotte North Carolina help

    Yep, I've yet to have a complaint from some lucky stiff who got to ride in my short bodied E model. (The video is of a non stop flight to SunNFun and the guy taking pics from the back seat is a 6 footer who somehow survived a 4 plus hour flight in the back seat. He and his instructor rode with me, their Piper would have taken over 6 hours with a fuel stop.)
  10. Show Your Tug

  11. I check plug resistance with a simple multimeter. If I were running massives I might have to invest in a resistance tester!
  12. I rotate fine wires. Either the Tempest site or Mike Busch has pics of asymmetric erosion of electrodes which differs with polarity.
  13. Ditto. (I fly 60-80 hours per year.)
  14. Hot Starts

    John, I find starting tricky when it has been a couple of hours or more since shutdown. I assume a hot start and start cranking with the mixture at cutoff and throttle at idle. If it doesn't catch in about 5 seconds I pump the mixture - not much. Sometimes I find I can release the starter before I hear the engine really start and coax the engine to life with the mixture and throttle before it stops spinning. I don't recall ever getting a backfire.
  15. Prop and Mixture Cable Lengths

    McFarlane can get you cable is about a week if you fill out the dimensions on their easy to use drawing. You will have to remove the cables to get accurate measurements. Call McFarlane, they can walk you through it. You are an A&P, right?
  16. Retractable Step Lubricant

    I keep several copies of those last 3 pages around the hangar for quick reference for doing the annual.
  17. Retractable Step Lubricant

    Mooney Service and Maintenance Catalog - Manual p/n 104. Section II. E. Lubrication page 2-7 Through 2-14 The code for lubricants is page 2-14. (The emanual I have was revised July 1980 and does reference Tri-Flow or equivant for the step, rod end bearing and several other components.)
  18. Retractable Step Lubricant

    Tri Flow. Shop around the price varies quite a lot.
  19. I might exaggerate. It has happened. My screws are as yours. runners are wonderful if you do a gear up landing. The runway scraps off 1/2" or so of FG runners which are easily built back up.
  20. '68 F in Mt P. SC

    He was kidding!
  21. I have a one piece belly on my '66E. Aero Mod Inc with skid runners. It still has at least 70 screws but that's better than the original!
  22. Mooney Exchange Poll

  23. Mooney Exchange Poll

    Years ago I had a friend with a T-tail Lance that he rented to a limited number of pilots, maybe it was just me. I logged over 200 hours in it, mostly while owning a Mooney. I recall that it was not much fun to fly but comfortable enough. Sometimes you just need a station wagon. I would not say the speed is awesome, it's a little slower than a 200 HP Mooney on 50% more fuel.
  24. What to do with panel seams

    You probably already understand that disconnecting/adjusting/reconnecting the aileron push pull rods is not included as owner allowed PM. You'll need an A&P sign off at the least.
  25. Aspen Promotion

    Aspen just announced a software sale for their loyal customers. Celebrating 10 years - EFD1000 Pro They're offering their AOA, SV, and ADS-B software options for $1295 which they say is a saving of $4400. (Installation is extra) (Their MSRP for AOA is $2790 and for SV is $2995.) I already have AOA (CYA100) and ADS-B (GDL 88) so for me it is a question of whether the SV on a single (smallish) screen is of much value. Does anyone know if their ADS-B software would put weather and traffic from my Garmin stuff on the PDF without additional hardware? pireps?