Better Get Your Brakes Checked!

    The mechanics at Security Aviation are the best. Their attention to detail is unmatched. I noticed this when I first started working with them and it paid off when it came to enhancing my takeoffs!

    My rollout always lagged. That “slap-in-the face” waiting at the end of the runway always seemed to be staring at me for too long…But, I thought it was normal. Looking deeper, my mechanics found the problem in my brakes. Old hydraulic fluid. It had oxidized and expanded, causing the pads to close ever so slightly and restrict movement. They added new fluid. Now, I takeoff like I stole it!…

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    Can a Damaged Mooney be Considered Perfectly Safe After Repair?

    The answer to that is yes and no.

    Yes if it is repaired by a shop that knows what they are doing. I have seen some horrendously crashed Mooney’s come out looking and acting as if nothing had ever happened. On the other hand, I have seen epairs where the spar is pressing on the skin so hard that it creases the wing skin. I have seen aluminum panels replaced on the wing(s) of a Mooney and you could easily tell that that section had been re-skinned while others do such a great job that you cannot tell no matter how close you look.…

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    Oil Consumption: What to Watch For

    By Richard “Zef” Zephro

    I ran my 201 up to 2200 hours on a Mattituck. It was burning a quart every 4-5 hours. I had an engine shop build me a first run engine, and used Cermichrome back when it was a hot item.

    My new engine burned a quart in 4-5 hours.

    I honestly have never seen a Lyc in a Mooney burn better than a quart in 10, and good seems to be a quart in 7 or 8, unless the engine is run a really low power settings as a matter of practice. Air cooled engines use oil.…

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    10 Ways to Increase Engine Life

    By Richard “Zef” Zephro

    In a perfect world, we would all replace our engines with factory new ones. I don’t know of anyone who wouldn’t want to do that. However, in the real world economics comes into play. Those who are not in the position of devoting their first born’s, college fund to an airplane engine must come up with alternate methods of keeping the engines running reasonably safely to at, or beyond, TBO (Time Between Overhaul).

    Manufacturers come up with a suggested TBO based upon many variables. We have all seen the IO-360 move from as low as a 1200 hour TBO in the 1960’s to the 2,000 hours of today.…

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    Mooney m20-J (201) SINGLE DUAL MAG

    I get questioned often about the reliability of the SINGLE DUAL MAG as found on the 201′s Lycoming IO-360A3B6D engine. Well, when it first came out I and others were kind of leery about such a magneto whereby both mags are housed into one unit with less redundancy than the standard 2 mag setup as found on most other aircraft engines. After all, this mag shares the common housing but as important; it shares a single gear drive to operate the entire mag system. Hmmm…..

    Well; after dealing in Mooney’s and selling many 201′s over 20 years in business; I know of no one that suffered a total mag loss, at least I have had no reports of same.…

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