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  1. Smiles201

    Fuel Issues...I think

    Hate to say this, but.....First time I was in the same situation over the mountains in Colorado, speed dropped, scanned my instruments, listened more carefully to the engine, which I swear was sounding rough, with a beat I may not have heard before, perhaps a 'sputter'? No digital instruments then. If all other indications besides temps were good, I would consider flying cautiously until I was sure if it was something mechanical or perceptual.
  2. Unless there was actually a leak, there is a phenomenon we all are susceptible to, and yet we all would strenuously believe it would not happen to us: But there is research that has found under certain conditions people believe they saw something that was in fact in error. Eye witness accounts of accidents can be misleading (anyone recall all the reports of missles taking out flight 800?). It is possible that checking fuel, you saw what you expected to see, fuel, but you may have had a faulty recollection, and thought you saw something that was not actually there. Can happen to anyone.
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    M20F cruise speed

    Differences in gross weight and center of gravity can also account for alot of variability.
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    Possibly moving to Maryland or Virginia

    I used to hanger ar 2W6, learned to fly there over 20 years ago. Great area to live and fly. Once had to declare an emergency and landed at pax river. I would never consider commuting to DC from there, close to three hours each way due to traffic. Not much night life either. You might enjoy living in DC, and having a reverse commute?
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    Burned output lug on alternator

    I had a similar problem once, minus the fried terminal. Fluctuations in output can be caused by poor power connection, defective master switch or cb. Need to measure the power loss at each junction, with master and field switched on, engine off, if more than .1 volts loss, that may be a problem, alternator would be switching on and off resulting in your output fluctuations. May be corroded terminal or old, half broken wire in these old birds, vibrating on and off when engine is running.
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    Book: Those Remarkable Mooneys

    Great idea, just messaged mike.
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    Book: Those Remarkable Mooneys

    Just moved and found my copy. In good to very good condition, looks like signature on second page in blue ink. Thought I would advertise it here first. On Amazon they are asking over $100 for signature copy. Let the bidding begin!!
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    M20E with crankcase rcondition good or bad?

    Probably true....But if it were me I would want more done after 40 years. Case is already apart, why not put in new bearings and seals, call it bottom overhaul, and increase resale value and appeal? Bottom would be good for another 2000+ hours?
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    M20E with crankcase rcondition good or bad?

    I would try to figure out why he did not go ahead and do a bottom overhaul at that time; anything else he has skimped on?
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    Scrap Value

    When at standstill there is no fluid pressure from oil under pressure protecting the bearings and surfaces, hence pushing or pulling could create wear? When engine is running no danger of marring the bearings or surfaces?
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    Low oil Temperature

    In the category of WAG: Oil not circulating properly? Try lighter weight oil? Open up the dog house to decrease cooling?
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    Do we have any dentists here?

    I know nothing about it, so am quite qualified to form an opinion. My wife was in a different situation a few years ago, and decided against veneers as, at that time anyway, it sounded like they had to grind your tooth pretty far down, you were locked into veneers, and they did not last forever. I imagine you already know this. Of course, if you are to appear on the big screen it would not be an option. Good luck either way.
  13. One way that might make it smoother is to shift weight forward, slide your seats forward and adjust trim?
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    Narco Mark 12-D - Open Mic Sound

    I once had a similar problem and it turned out to be a loose wire connection at the back of the intercom. Could be something in the headphone or headphone jacks also. Use a different headset, a different jack station to isolate, move the wires around to see if that makes a difference.
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    Still in Denial

    Again, really appreciate this topic and the courage to share, there are all too many fuel exhaustion and fuel starvation accidents. I ask the following question out of respect and some ignorance, just to spark some thought perhaps, but I wonder if military aviation may have contributed some possible feeling of complacency. Isn't someone else fueling the plane for the pilot? Isn't there a premium placed on having just enough fuel for a mission? And going "bingo fuel" more so than in civilian aviation. Many years ago there were two airforce senior officers who rented a small plane and ran out of fuel a few minutes from their destination. This was in New Mexico. Of course fuel accidents happen to everyone, no one is immune from mistakes, and I am not suggesting that military pilots do this more frequently. In fact, they probably make fewer such errors, just wondering if there are other links in the accident chain in this situation. Human factors. We all have them. Some of us, myself included, are overly fearful about fuel and always carry way too much.