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  1. It's time for an update. She flies. 34 minutes over the top of the airport. Full power is now 39" at 2600 RPM. We're still dialing in the fuel flow, so don't have that yet. We have a short list of squawks to work through but should be finished up and heading to Denver by the weekend.
    24 points
  2. Something like that happened to me 5 or 6 years ago. Was flying a PALS (Patient Airlift Services) mission from Philadelphia to Rockland (Maine). IFR day and at 9000ft we were in and out of the clouds most of the way. It was a busy ATC day and the Bahsten controllers were talking even faster than usual. About 20nm W of Boston while NE bound I get vectored 30dg left, barely on the new heading I get a vector 60dg right....just level again and wondering what was going on and I get a call "...Compassion Flight 6PC traffic 1 o'clock, two ship 747 and an F22...." Nothing to see except ragged clo
    16 points
  3. And.... it's finished. Well almost... Sept 30, 2020 to April 11, 2021 The 252 Encore is back in my hangar in Denver. There are still a couple of minor squawks that I'll work through over the next week or so. But all in all, it's running strong, not leaking/burning oil, and now has 1060 lbs useful load. I'll try to get a full PIREP out this week to detail the reasons for the length of time, the mods done, current squawks, etc.
    15 points
  4. Now if you said, "I'm a student working on my A&P/IA, and I would like to have my own airframe and power plant to strip down and get into every detail." Then this would make sense. But if you're an aspiring pilot looking for an airplane to FLY? This is not the one. You'll have your ATP before that plane is ready to fly. And you'll have spent enough money on it to have owned two Mooneys that are flying today. Those who have been around here a while know that I have a list of people who have tried to do something similar. It's never worked out. Some of them are flying their Mooneys and
    14 points
  5. As a 252 Encore owner, I'll say that ALL Mooneys are great. From the M20B to the M20V they are all unbelievably efficient and yet very fast airplanes. But when you zero in and start splitting hairs, the 252's really seem to be the top of the heap for me. My real world numbers are 9.5 gph and as fast as 195 knots TAS at that fuel flow up at the top of it's available altitude. That gives me an engine out glide ring of well over 50 miles. It also gives me more than 1000 miles of range with reserves, all on standard tanks. I can top most weather. Ignore terrain even in Colorado.
    12 points
  6. Well I just signed the intent to buy. I'll be minority shareholder with my credit union on the 1985 Rocket that was listed on All American Aircraft. The pre-buy went well. Thanks to Chris @MIm20c and Paul @PJClark for their helpful input! This plane has had one owner since the mid-90s. It's been well taken care of although the panel, interior and paint are dated. The engine and airframe are solid with no major issues. First order of business when she's mine is to name her then install an engine monitor. The owner flew it for many hours using the Rocket Engineering suggested pow
    12 points
  7. This picture was taken yesterday coming back VFR from Colorado. Just another day for the M20K......cruising at 15,500 ft with a TAS of 173 knots burning 11.7 gal/hr
    11 points
  8. I talked to the mechanic, who said he pulled two more lifters. “They were garbage,” he noted, apparently satisfied that they were the cause of all the metal in the oil filter. It seems that is a common Continental issue. “You should be good for another five years,” he promised. So having written a check for shiny things to replace corroded things, I sit back and wait for miracles to be worked. whew!!! thanks, all, for the kind wishes!
    11 points
  9. I am looking for a new home for my Mooney M22. Aircraft based in Australia but fitted with necessary fuel line to add ferry tank. Excellent condition. Always been hangared. 150 hr since complete overhaul of the TIO 541 A1A engine. 1600 hr TT. Two Nav/Comm. King 525a system with HSI and slaved compass. JPI EDM 900 engine monitoring system installed as primary. Garmin 330 GTX ES transponder. Please contact me if interested.
    11 points
  10. Have you guys heard the news? Cirrus announced that they are buying Mooney corporation and resuming aircraft production. They are going to modernize the M20 with all the latest and greatest including all composite design, CAPS parachute, Garmin GFC700 autopilot, 1250lb useful load. A 6 seat variant is being discussed. Cirrus is contemplating scrapping production of their popular SR20/22 lines in favor of the Mooney type certificate they are buying out as the staple of their fleet. Now you won't have to choose between 1950's era peace of mind like steal roll cage and one piece wing spar and imp
    10 points
  11. Yes. It is a mortal sin to even have Cirrus thoughts.
    10 points
  12. Update on N6744U... ...Not much. The past six months have been hectic for me. I've been busy working as an aerial survey pilot in a 172 working on a project on the east coast, in a different hotel room every night. The plus side is I was within 2 hours of home, so if there ever was a stretch of bad weather, it was cheaper for my boss to buy gas and let me fly home versus having me sit in a hotel for days on end. Also, my mechanic was cheaper than most guys on the road for scheduled maintenance, so two reasons to visit home. I've only flown the Mooney once or twice in the past few months and
    10 points
  13. Thanks for the weather tips and experiences with these missions. It good to have validation that the airplane can do this mission. ...and I will do this mission regularly, but not this week. Now on to the pilot...Carusoam asked how the transition training has gone. It has gone well and I feel comfortable in the airplane. I've flown about 15hours so far, some in IMC, some xwind, but not as much as I've done in the C. One 300nm cross country. With hundreds of hours in the C, I felt like it was an extension of me. The Bravo...not yet, the only piece I'm still working on is the flare
    9 points
  14. My actual cost at AATG, parts, installed, flown away complete: G3X touch 10.6" $13,500 GFC500 2 axis $10,742 Pitch trim installed: $3011 G5 backup installed: $3253 Total $30,496 Reading it right off the quote and I paid not a dime more. Not shown above was a GTN750, GTX345R, EDM900 Primary, all installed at the same time. Paid exactly the quoted price for all.
    9 points
  15. My father used to tell the story about his father. Seems my grandfather was rather well off and favored driving Packards. One day a neighbor was berating Packards to my grandfather who replied, "Then if I were you, I wouldn't purchase one." I've flown a lot of different airplanes, and enjoyed most of them. For a while, I was commuting from the SF Bay area to LA in a SR-22. It's a good cruising machine, the two doors are what everybody should have done ages ago, and the cockpit is very comfortable. I really liked the Avidyne Integra (except that the whole avionics suite wasn't integrated v
    9 points
  16. Beauty, sex appeal, desire, etc. is all in the eye of the beholder. And so damn the engineering and the numbers, retracts are exponentially sexier than fixed gear trikes. And so for my money, it's got to be a retract... or a tailwheel. The sexiest option of all is a retractable conventional gear airplane, i.e. P51 or Spitfire.
    9 points
  17. YES! Even such thoughts are blasphemous. Now, thou must seek forgiveness. Book of Laminar Flow, 3:35.
    9 points
  18. When POTUS comes to France, he usually lands at the airport where I'm working as ATC. Vectoring AF1 is .
    9 points
  19. Concorde RG-35AXC
    9 points
  20. Anyone take up any hobbies recently which they care to share? I got my son a Cricut machine and he made his first t-shirt. This thing is pretty cool!
    8 points
  21. Leaving plastic out to save weight , is a lie , not laziness , as the prop damage was also a lie.... Never buy anything from a liar...
    8 points
  22. Don’t know if everyone saw this already but the FAA has released guidance on issuing medicals for people who had COVID-19 infection. I just renewed my medical and the AME didn’t even ask so it looks like as long as you weren’t hospitalized and don’t have any persistent symptoms you’re home free. I’m posting this for information only and will not comment on it further. Please let this be an informational post and don’t let it devolve into politics. https://download.aopa.org/emedia/COVID-19_AME_Evaluation_Policy_3-26-2021.pdf
    8 points
  23. I'm really trying not to show my hand, but I'm so excited I can't see straight. And Tom is just really amazing. Like some next level awesome.
    8 points
  24. Gubni , Congrats , you are one of the few , people who has listened to your IA , Good for you , I researched this airplane , it has been deregistered for 20 years , probably not flown for 30 .... Plane is worth 5k or less... This plane will NEVER fly ever again..... I buy a lot of these projects , after someone buys it with delusions of resurrecting it.... Get your private , figure out your mission , and buy the correct aircraft for your mission... , and buy a flying aircraft..... There are very few aircraft that have sat for more than 10 to 12 years , that are worth more than the value
    7 points
  25. Hi folks, today I flew her home. Have a look!
    7 points
  26. Sunset flight. That's the St Lawrence Seaway, looking toward the Thousand Islands. Gone practice missed on ILS5 KMSS. There's NY State on my left and Canada on my right and ahead.
    7 points
  27. In the 252, prior to the Encore conversion, and with a tired engine, I would consistently get 800 ft/min all the way to the 20's. After todays flight with a fresh engine and a bit more HP, it's a different airplane and I expect the climb will be quicker. I usually budget 20 or 30 minutes to get to cruise altitude between FL230 and FL260. But then my hangar is already at 5600 ft. I hear everyone saying they didn't get a Mooney to go slow. So to hell with the gas, we want to go fast. And I'm in complete agreement. But the best way to go fast A to B is to go non-stop. Climbing all the w
    7 points
  28. Like the title say's i just bought my first plane, 1966 m20c project having to rebuild the panel with new avionics but gives me time to finish getting my PPL. so ill be in the parts forum alot but anyways heres some photos of the craft
    7 points
  29. My buddy sent this to me seems appropriate.... haha
    7 points
  30. Operating costs of anything turbine are always higher than the closest comparable piston airplane. Cheaper fuel, but it burns more. Longer overhaul intervals, but costs are 4x to 8x higher. If your Mooney battery gets weak in the middle of a start, the engine may not start. If your SETP battery gets weak in the middle of a start, and you over-temp the engine by a measly 15 seconds, you're looking at a $45K bill, minimum. A new starter is $650 for a Mooney, it can be $8000 for an overhauled Cheyenne/King Air starter generator. Anything turbine costs $700 and up for hourly operating costs. Turbi
    7 points
  31. For me it was just something I'd wanted to do for as far back as I can remember. The earliest I remember flying was about age 6 in my grandfather's Comanche 250. But I know from my parents, that'd I'd been flying countless times prior to that. There were a lot of pilots in my extended family, going back a few generations. I had a couple of great great uncles who learned to fly in the Curtiss Jenny, bought a couple of them and flew them back home to eastern Oregon from Ohio. But until my younger brother, none were pro pilots or military pilots. I started my working life as a teacher and ha
    7 points
  32. I thought about posting this in my previous thread about the Aera 760, but thought in view of today's circumstances it was better to start a new thread. Today was interesting to say the least. As a result of having been completely vaccinated, for the first time in over a year I took on a ferry job that involved flying Commercially to get the airplane. If I hadn't been vaccinated, it would have been a very uncomfortable trip. The Southwest flight was totally packed and when arriving in San Diego the terminal had more people packed in waiting for flights than I have ever seen, even befor
    7 points
  33. They had a tfr around atlanta today, so I got to fly even further around bravo. . I heard ATC telling air force one to maintain 11000 and then 8000 before telling them to change frequencies. Kinda cool to hear that. No pics but here's my wacky approach into a non towered airport north of atlanta. They had me flying in a circle until someone landing at another nearby airport landed and cancelled his ifr.
    7 points
  34. WOW!! I'm so honored to have a friend in Captain Harry Moyer.....................Harry just called letting me know................Guinness Book of Records 2021! Congratulations dear Harry!! https://www.guinnessworldrecords.com/world-records/oldest-qualified-pilot
    7 points
  35. Well finally it happened.
    7 points
  36. The coolest thing ATC ever did for me was over Palm Springs. They called 747 traffic 5 miles away and 4000 feet higher. it seemed weird that they would call out traffic that far away. I looked for the traffic and saw the space shuttle on top of a 747 flying by! I replied "Traffic in sight and thanks!" they said "I thought you would like that"
    7 points
  37. in the spirit of getting over the hump, I'd like one each please. Thanks Mooneyspace! Best, Brad
    7 points
  38. Intermittent fasting once your used to it should be fine as long as you are fine with it. My wife started experimenting with this to help take off baby weight and the results were amazing. Very important to keep your sodium levels appropriate. She often would crack a few turns of the himalayan sea salt shaker into a glass of a water during the day to keep her electrolytes constant while hydrating. If you are used to it, I see no reason why you wouldn't be able to fly. I often don't eat breakfast (rarely if ever did I eat big breakfasts so I often go 18/6 most days per week. I don't do th
    7 points
  39. All this documentation was before we had engine monitors. I lean using the engine monitor on climbs as well as cruise. The manufacturer gets the last word because they know the installation, in particular the cooling ability. I question either manufacturer’s motivation: Mooney wants performance first, and engine to last long enough they’re not going to have warranty claims. Engine manufacturer the same, but would be better if engines didn’t make it to TBO, parts are a profitable part of the business. My motivation is to get the engine to go beyond TBO, maximizing MPG while maintaining 1
    7 points
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    7 points
  41. Yep, I got my Private and Instrument from Tom. I'd been interviewing CFI's and flew with a couple of them and then found Tom. I always say on top of being the consummate teacher, Tom had the confidence in his own skills, to let me fly the airplane. Once I could taxi without knocking over mail boxes, Tom almost never touched the controls again. Once after a long and difficult lesson, I was trying to get back to 5TX0 and land 16. I was long and went around. The second time I was long again and went around. I told Tom I was tired and just didn't have it in me to make this landing. He sat there na
    7 points
  42. Some beautiful scenery plus there were 5 Mooneys on the ramp
    6 points
  43. Just my 1/50th of a dollar's worth - while mistakes and miscommunication (and assumptions) were made by several parties on my installation, I mostly blame the shop that upgraded the Garmin 430 to 430W (well before I owned this aircraft). During that upgrade, Garmin required the installer to change the antenna (which was done) and the coax to a low-loss type like RG400 or RG142B (those are specifically mentioned in the Garmin install manual), which they failed to do. Now, should my avionics shop that installed the IFD440 have noted that it was the wrong cable? Yes. We all know the old sayin
    6 points
  44. Total M20K's with TKS = 102 89 no-hazard systems and 13 FIKI.
    6 points
  45. My issue 3 months ago.......left mag failure in flight. Engine suddenly ran rough. Switched from “both” through R and L positions..... wowie! L mag would not operate engine. Backfires, spitting and coughing. Ok, got it, yikes, don’t even think about returning to left mag or both. Switched to right mag and headed back to airport. Per Aero Accessories (Van Nuys, CA), capacitor failure. No charge to diagnose and replace. All is well once more.
    6 points

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