Bob_Belville

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  1. I have more than one pic...
  2. Getting very close... here's a tease from Joe. (Bird decal goes above the MOONEY.)
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    STEC 3100 Digital Autopilot

    I had Twin Lakes Avionics place a PO for my M20E a few days ago.
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    New Mooney Owner '65E

    Jon, great to meet you last week, glad you got her home! 141 TAS on 9 gph might be a slightly slow --- LOP that's 67.5% power. --- LOP calculation: FF (GPH) x 15 (factor) / 200 (hp). The 3 blade prop might be a little slower than 2.) Closing our door is tricky, most Mooney pilots don't let their passenger close it, be sure the handle is full forward. And the mechanism may need adjustment. (I did not have a problem on the 3 or 4 takeoffs I made.) When you install new door seals you'll want to be sure latch is still working. We have quite a few Avidyne fans and users on MS so I'm sure you can get advise re GDL88 if you need it. I would suspect that the plug and play feature does not account for a pin or 2 that might need to be added. Just a guess, I have a GDL 88 but it's talking to a Garmin GTN and xponder.
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    Lycoming Cam Issue Poll

    Replaced corroded cam and lifters with 692 hours (13 years) on a factory reman IO360A1A. (Discovered during prop strike engine teardown so I don't know how long the condition existed.)
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    N943RW at Hawk Aircraft Paint

    Thanks Dan, I agree.
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    N943RW at Hawk Aircraft Paint

    Thanks! That's exactly what I was going for and asked Scheme Designers to help me create.
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    N943RW at Hawk Aircraft Paint

    Antique (production) planes (built at least 30 years ago) are allowed 2" numbers. (If I were to leave the USA I'd have to use temporary 12" numbers.) Here's Scheme Designers really nice summary which links to the appropriate section or part 45. http://www.schemedesigners.com/FAAregs.htm
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    Flaps 15° for best rate of climb?

    Agree. Dumping flaps just adds to a busy workload particularly since extending flaps was accompanied by a lot of up pitch trim that will have to be undone while pushing yoke down.
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    Flaps 15° for best rate of climb?

    I'm with you. That makes sense and I have asked about whether the 100 mph flap limit applied to partial but I have never had anyone official or from the company confirm anything except flap speed is 100.
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    Flaps 15° for best rate of climb?

    I will have to dig out the PPP manual, a very good resource, I do not recall ever seeing that distinction and my instinct is to ask "who says", or "says who?"
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    Accelerated commercial courses?

    Mine are controlled by a pseudo Johnson Bar beside the gear Johnson Bar! They stay where I put them. Gotta love vintage...
  13. I had the EDM installed with the avionics by the avionics shop and was completely satisfied but if I were doing it again and it was just the EDM I'd go with @AGL Aviation who has plenty of experience with JPIs. An A&P's hourly rate should be less than an avionics shop and the installation of the EDM is at least as much mechanical as electronic.
  14. In 12/12 I paid $5300, plus a few hundred dollars for incidentals, for the EDM 930 plus 36 hours labor. (The labor was reduced from 40 hours on the original quote based upon multiple units being installed at the same time.)
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    Accelerated commercial courses?

    I wonder if (partial?) speed brakes would help mitigate the "slick airframe" during maneuvers. (I've never done the commercial flight maneuvers.)
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    Oshkosh 2018 MooneySpace Social, July 23rd

    @Danb, registration is closed with more newbies signed up than safety pilots the last I heard... but contact Goat, he might have cancellations.
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    My second annual

    I've witnessed this AGL hospitality several times including a Bravo (or Ovation?) who needed help starting his engine when we hosted "Mooneys to the Mountains" here a few years ago. That was a Saturday, late in the day.
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    Oshkosh 2018 MooneySpace Social, July 23rd

    Yeah, me too Dan! Joe sprayed the final trim color Saturday. I have a MAG Caravan Clinic @ DAN I need to attend beginning noon Friday. So I hope to bring it home Thursday. Cutting it really close. I will be talking to Joe today and hope to fly down Wednesday night. I think you can be sure that I will post a pic or 2 here.
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    My second annual

    Hum, that had not even crossed my mind. Every now and then I realize I'm pretty naive.
  20. Chris could give us that info. @Marauder? My impression is that Aspen has had several deals and that a MFD might not cost $10k. I'm a little vague on what Aspen's STC requires by way of battery BU to make it possible to eliminate the steam AI.
  21. Chris brought his F model's panel to its current gaudy state in several stages. I have a lowly E model which has less usable panel space than a J. The one time upgrade I did 5 years ago got it to about what you're describing. For about $50k I got a new panel with GDL 88 (ADS-B I/O), Aspen PDF 1000 Pro, Garmin GTN 750, JPI EDM 930, GMA 340, GTX327, CYA100 AOA. (The panel already had a STEC50 and a Stormscope.) Subsequently I added SV, AOA, and ADS-B display to the Aspen and Garmin's FS 510.
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    STEC 3100 Digital Autopilot

    Barry, I just asked Gwen @ Twin Lakes Avionics, Advance NC, to place a PO on my behalf. (She was well acquainted with the process and reported that they had entered other POs. Not sure if any of those others were Mooneys.) That was 5 minutes ago so I don't know if you'll see it this afternoon. Robert Belville, N943RW
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    My second annual

    We pulled mine the first year of ownership. I've had the side panels out several times since then for avionics and new interior. I check the frame under the windows when it is exposed. I suppose there is little risk since the insulation was replaced with closed cell many years ago.
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    My second annual

    You should have received an itemized invoice...
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    Wright Brothers Master Pilot Award

    Congratulations Don! (I soloed 6/25/1969 but I did not fly for about 20 years. I mean to check out the Wright Brothers fine print before the anniversary rolls around a year from now.)