Monday, February 9, 2015
Wednesday, October 8, 2014
Uneventful--that's a pilot's favorite word, particularly when speaking of the first flight for our (nearly) completed rebuild. It was my first flight in a Mooney, as well. What a great little sports car feel! I loved it. The engine performed flawlessly, though we do have a few squawks with the avionics, including the comm radio and altimeter. It's already being fixed. After that it's all about flying. Stay tuned.
|Base to final|
|Spicewood (88R) off the wing tip...staying close to home on our maiden flight.|
|We found a nifty little spot right in the middle of the back seat kick panel for the fire insurance.|
Monday, September 22, 2014
And suddenly it's here--that day we've been working toward for the last 10 months. The limited time we had Saturday was spent attaching an interior vent hose, inspecting the tail cone area, attaching the last pieces of plastic surrounding the nose wheel well and attaching the cowling. It's signed off and ready to fly. We taxied it to the fuel station, filled it up and taxied it back. The JPI was doing its job and all looked healthy. The nose wheel steering felt particularly sensitive to this Cessna pilot. It will take getting used to. Unfortunately, neither Glenn nor I have the opportunity to fly this week, but stay tuned as we begin our flying adventures. He is well qualified to fly her. I have to get 15 hours of duel instruction and 25 landings in order to meet my insurance requirements to fly passengers. I'll enjoy the learning curve as I haven't done much flying in the last couple of years.
|Looks better in the natural light.|
|I'm customizing our own check list based on the best I could find on mooneyspace.com.|
|Glenn fueling the left wing. All dry on the port side. (This wing has been virtually empty for 10 months.)|
|David getting ready to make his first start and taxi.|
Monday, September 8, 2014
We completed the wiring of the panel mounted Garmin 396, programmed the JPI, installed the alternator fail light on the panel, re-installed the nose gear doors that I managed to install incorrectly, and polished the spinner. We have lots of paperwork to catch up on and our mechanic needs to sign off, but we're very close to flying.
|The GPS is wired and mounted and the JPI is programmed. We'll record our exact fuel usage for a few flights the old fashioned way and fine tune the electronic fuel usage accordingly.|
|The spinner is shined and mounted. Nice work, Glenn. More photos next time.|
Monday, August 25, 2014
Red letter day on the Mooney--we cranked up the engine after nine months of giving it love and attention. A few puffs of white smoke from the oil that was coating the pistons and then it was purring. The new alternator and starter worked great and the engine analyzer worked perfectly. It's time for our mechanic to complete his inspection so we can start flying her. First stop--the avionics shop to get the radios swapped out.
Monday, August 18, 2014
We made nice progress over the weekend completing the installation of the JPI and replacing the nose bowl. It almost looks flyable.
|There were several systems to connect to the nose bowl including the light, ram air cable and oil cooler.|
|...and cowl flaps.|
|Fresh parts including gasket to seal the ram air opening.|
|The prop had been gathering dust since November.|
|Spinner set in place for photo.|
Monday, August 4, 2014
The blog posts have slowed down during the dog days of summer, but we made some nice progress yesterday working towards the completion of the engine analyzer. Among other variables, we'll have fuel flow, cylinder head temps, exhaust gas temps, oil pressure, rate of cooling, voltage, and particularly lean of peak settings. Next--completion of wiring to the gps and the JPI unit on the panel.
|The new2" hose from the muffler shroud to the cabin vent was installed.|
|Two yellow wires connect two sensors, the CHT probe and the EGT probe, per cylinder.|
|All bundled neatly.|