Typical Fuel Consumption for My 1962 Mooney M20C

    My plane has better endurance than I do.

    Here I am in Palm Springs, CA after a 468 mile leg. It took me 3 hours and 20 minutes. Total fuel consumption was 27.6 gallons!

    I run 1 hour on right tank, then switch to left. After 2.5 hours there, I go back to right where I plan to land with another hour of fuel. Thanks to my new O & N Bladders, I’m carrying plenty of leftover.…

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    Safety: How Mooney Protects

    By Richard Zephro

    While at Mammoth Lakes, California many years ago, a near new Piper Archer was approaching for landing in windy turbulent conditions. We had just landed in my friend’s Mooney M-20C model, when the Piper came in to land– flaring too high in the gusts and turbulence.

    The airplane pan-caked to the ground from about 20′ above ground level (AGL) from the stall. The Piper bounced very hard once, then bounced once again. Due to the impact, the Piper Archer’s ceiling came down from the impact, breaking the necks of both occupants. Yet, the collapse did not even break the side glass which returned to the original position.…

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    Glide Ratio: How Far Can I Coast Without An Engine?

    By Richard Zephro

    One of only a few complete engine failures in over 30 years of flying, happened to me a few years back. The fuel injector in this F model was full of crud from being operated out of a cow pasture with the ram air door seal rubber missing!

    The engine failed over Kentucky. But with the legendary and unequalled 12.7:1 glide ratio, we were able to make the airport at Lexington with little sweat. We greased her right on. (of course we really had to stretch the glide to make this one and ended up flying through two small leafless trees, hit the runway abutment rise, ballooned and resettled on the runway.…

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    Are You a Safe Pilot?

    By Richard Zephro

    At one time or another, luck has a lot to do with making it or not. The important thing is to reduce the element of luck by making skill overshadow and lessen the factor of luck. Luck can be construed as time and unforeseen occurrence, nothing mystical.

    What is a safe pilot?

    What has kept me alive during 30 years of flying mostly single engine aircraft has been my quick reflexes. There has been a few times that if it were not for my God given quick reflexes, I honestly believe that I would not be here right now.…

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