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  1. I'm the new owner of 231WH, a longtime Mooneyspace lurker; new to posting to the site and new to Mooneys. Jake did a really great job with this airplane - it has an amazing avionics package which made flying it home to Utah from Florida a dream. Very capable cross-country machine!
    9 points
  2. 1500 RPM difference? You might want to get those adjusted.
    4 points
  3. I think if a couple of people are serious about buying a plane under a partnership they should go ahead and form the partnership/LLC/Bank Account and place some amount of money in it. This commits everyone. Then go look for a plane/hanger.
    3 points
  4. That's correct...Perspective is unique to Cirrus aircraft with some touch key entry pads and things like that. As to my "perspective" on the G1000/STEC-55x combo, I like mine and it's always performed well. We are of course waiting for Garmin/Mooney to deliver a reasonable WAAS solution but I am still optimistic it will happen. And yes, the prices for these birds do reflect that current situation, compared to later models with the GFC700 and WAAS. But I can tell you, if you have Synthetic Vision on that G1000, even flying LNAV approaches is pretty solid. From FAF to touchdown you can see
    3 points
  5. I had the same partner on 3 different planes and we never once had a cross word about the partnership.....it's all about communication and expectations being clear....and realizing nobody is perfect. Our setup.... All fixed expenses were split. Initial money down, loan, insurance, hanger rent, and a reasonable fund for annuals. Then we paid a set amount for each hour flown which went into a kitty to pay for an overhaul and unexpected expenses.....which really are expected.....it's a matter of when, not if. When you flew the plane, it was refueled, all personal items removed, leading edges and
    3 points
  6. Good Day, Florida Mooniacs! Anyone in Florida looking for transition training, recurrent or re-fam training, or even a simple BFR in type should give Mike Elliott of Tarpon Springs a call. I recently took delivery of an M20K from Daytona Aircraft Services, and selected Mike for my transition training; my selection was truly a blind selection, having found Mike from LASAR's list of Mooney instructors from halfway across the country (I'm in Utah). I'm glad Mike was closest to Daytona, as the only basis for my selection was geographic proximity. Hopefully this review will give Florida Mooney
    2 points
  7. ACK-406. Affordable, supports a GPS interface to your panel GPS (thus no extra GPS antenna) and is dual band (121.5 and 406). You would like to think that with a 406 GPS provided coordinates that the 121.5 is of no value. But they still use 121.5 as a homing signal till they've found you. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  8. At work, everyone wears the foam earplugs. I really don't like them, and was able to get the long three-flange silicone ones; they feel a lot better, don't require rolling and don't expand over time and push themselves out of my ear. Kind of like what I used to wear many moons ago. I've been using Halos since I flew from WV down to FXE to have my tanks resealed (2009? 2010?). My clamp-o-matic headset used to give me headaches, as well as let in a lot of sound around my sunglasses. When it got dark and I removed the sunglasses, it was much quieter! Didn't want to think about flying 6+ hour
    2 points
  9. The engine is finally going back together and should be hanging on the airplane this month. Very excited! While I have been waiting for the engine I have been taking care of some simple housekeeping issues on the aircraft. Cleaning and touchup paint primarily. I noticed the other day that the rubber gasket on the ram air door was cracked so I just ordered a replacement gasket from LASER. Looks like it secured to the door by flush mount rivets. Anyone ever change one of these and can offer a few pointers? Thanks
    2 points
  10. I used to use and still have the Lightspeed Zulu2. Almost two years ago I bought the QT Halo's and handed the Zulu2's over to my wife. On last year's trip to Oshkosh, my wife was complaining about the clamping of the Zulu's against her sunglasses and her temples. I switched headsets with her and let her try the Halo's. I never got them back. So upon arriving at Oshkosh, we immediately went to see Phil at his booth and buy another set of Halo's. Both of us now use the Halos's exclusively and the Zulu's are for friends or backseat passengers.
    2 points
  11. Only in maximum performance climb does gear retraction matter so much. With the observations that this aircraft may have struck the wingtip (which was later proven to not be the case), you might hypothesize that he was slow in ground effect trying to get the airplane to climb but there's not really evidence presented to support that. I've found that flap position much more than gear position has an effect on climb performance. Full flaps and the Mooney climbs like an absolute dog. Moderately loaded in any density altitude and you eek out climb performance. I know this from incorrec
    2 points
  12. I would put one Avidyne transponder in just so it could envy the other Garmin transponder
    2 points
  13. Just my 2 Cents worth...many of my students leave the gear down for pattern work, plane doesn't care and there is plenty of power even in my C. Of course I am not flying out of Leadville Colorado in the summer!!, but in most cases if you forget or can't get the gear up, first climb to a safe altitude, than slooow down (80), and than retract the gear. I think wrestling with the gear at low altitude is a set up for an accident. Mike
    2 points
  14. Your CFII says your ready and has certified you as such. The DPE will now verify his recommendation to PTS standards. Your flight plan he asked you to prep is the beginning of the scenario based test he will administer. You will talk thru the decision processes, the weather briefing you have obtained and bought with you, You will be asked all kinds of things about the route, symbology on charts, Departure procedures, runway lighting, runway markings, fuel reserves, etc. His job is to ensure you are within the PTS, so a review of the PTS now is in order. There will be no surprises this way.
    2 points
  15. I've yet to see a range that I couldn't pull in with the Stratus, and if there was one it is certainly nothing I could reach in a timely manner, even in a Mooney. The resolution isn't as good admittedly, but I really haven't found it to be a problem. And I can dial in wx from a weather station just about anywhere. I found XM to be one of the most dysfunctional companies I have dealt with. It was a singular pleasure ending my business with them. ADSB would have to be spectacularly less useful before I would go back.
    2 points
  16. No question that XM is better, as it should be for the money. Pay to have the work done to be able to keep it. If you have or get the Flight Stream 210 you will be able to get XM weather on the iPad, too, for no additional cost. Edit: To get XM on the iPad you need the GDL 69 or GDL 69A
    2 points
  17. If it was able to penetrate the hangar wall, why is there no wings or other parts of the fuselage on the ramp? Clarence
    2 points
  18. Better to arrive a few days late than press the weather and be permanently late. Clarence
    2 points
  19. I aim for 85 mph with my E model for gear retraction. I agree with the leaving gear down if staying VFR. For those with the 180 hp engine, try powering up with throttle before eliminating carb heat. The engine produces a lot more heat with power, to eliminate chance of stumble with carb ice after long low power approach. Also reduces the acceleration where you really don't need much if you are going around from IFR minimums.
    2 points
  20. I haven't heard of any real issues yet, other than the fear of the hinge breaking on the battery access door, and that is just fear, not reality yet. That said, I am sure in a few years they will have the Tango II, and you will be able as always to upgrade to it. Full disclosure, Lightspeed is donating a set of PFX's for the Mooney Summit again this year. Last year, the set was won by Aaron Krueger. I spoke to Phil about donating a set of Halo's, but he said he was way too far behind in production to be able to. Come On, Phil, its for a great cause!
    1 point
  21. I had a great partnership with a gent who got me involved in flying. First, we bought a c150 together, then a M20F together. He was totally trustworthy, and a very accomplished pilot. Only because he moved logistically away did our partnership end, I offered to buy him out of the F, naming a price I thought was fair, because I felt bad about him paying 1/2 of the fixed costs while not really using the plane. He also had the choice to buy me out at that price. Because I knew Jay for a number of years prior to us being in this partnership, I also knew of his character. A partnership is a fi
    1 point
  22. This is what I'm trying to do. Already have a primary plane so I don't mind sharing a fun plane.
    1 point
  23. I was trying find a partnership to buy into a couple of years ago. After failing to find one, I went ahead and bought an airplane thinking I'd find a partner after the fact. I quickly decided I could afford the plane by myself and then didn't want any partners. I've thought it would be nice to have a faster Mooney like a Bravo but would need a partner to help with the expense. And I just don't want a partner in my primary airplane. I've been thinking lately of buying a second airplane just for fun. I'm thinking something cheap, aerobatic, and fun. And I believe in this situation a couple
    1 point
  24. Mike has given me quite a few IPCs and BFRs in my J-bar "F", when he was based in Indianapolis. Additionally he owned an F with one of those questionable electric gear switches on the panel. He is a good instructor.
    1 point
  25. Headrest method. Safe and...well...very cool... Sent from my iPhone 6 using Tapatalk and 100% recycled electrons!
    1 point
  26. I have a set of Halos that have been confiscated by the wife as well. Will get another set at some point. I initially did not like them because of the ear plugs available. After Phil starting carrying the black ones, they have been great. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    1 point
  27. I am resurrecting another 65 E model , This one challenged a snowbank , and I would consider it a draw.....The question is , has anyone here ever replaced the rudder belcrank that is driven by the pedals , it is about 20 inches long , with 4 3 inch arms coming off of it , one arm drives the steering link , the other arm drives the rudder control rod , and the other two arms are driven by the rudder pedals... it appears the only way I can see , is to un rivet the side of the cabin at the bottom , forward of the wing , Any advise , is greatly appreciated......
    1 point
  28. If the ADF is labeled as INOP, make sure there is a corresponding logbook entry for that. He (examiner) specifically brought that up with me when we spoke on the phone. I assume you have an IFR GPS. Make sure you can show the DE where in the logbooks that it is actually signed off for IFR flight. If you get a chance to go fly at the airport where the DE is, you could always go shoot the approaches there for practice-never hurts especially if there's a DME arc or something else unusual. I think Mike summed it up really well. Good luck and keep us posted!
    1 point
  29. My wife wears the QT Halo's as well. She's really happy with the lack of head pressure after a few hours that she would get with pretty much all other headsets she tried. The Halo's come with both foam and rubber (multiple sizes) ear inserts. Took a little while for her to figure out what she likes but she's happy. She thinks they don't block quite as much noise as our ANR DC's (I don't think this is univeral though). No they are not electric noise cancelling.
    1 point
  30. Any chance it's a 69A?
    1 point
  31. Search for Phil, he is the Quiet Technologies guru/Mooney pilot... They work great. They just don't cost as much as they should. Don't wait for the big show and try to order one if you really need it, there could be a waiting list that time of year. The only problem I have had is forgetting they are in my ears and try to pull my plane using the headset attached to my head. Kind of embarrassing. Let's just keep it between us, OK? Background info: I have two sets. We wear glasses. I sport an AOPA ball cap occasionally. (All work well with the Halos) Best
    1 point
  32. Unfortunately I've noticed they have been listed at $500-700 and not moving very fast. Sad really that most people paid $3.5k to get one installed and they are worth so little now.
    1 point
  33. When you get ready to sell send me a pm if I don't come back to this thread please Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    1 point
  34. I don't think it makes much difference what you use, but if the wind comes up, I think you need something. I made my gust lock from metal bar I had on hand. See my album. I know, it is over engineered, but I like tinkering with things.
    1 point
  35. Husky, quit letting these cheap bastards tell you you can't take your dogs up high. If you can fly a cirrus and afford a turbo cirrus you are rich enough to buy a Malibu. I bet your first years insurance will come in just under 20k (plus type training and 25 hours dual) If that scares you a p210 might cut it in half. I think you can get three months free on MMOPA.org if you tell them you are considering buying one. Keep up the good work. Your landings might not be consistent until 100 hrs. Unless you do a lot of soft and short field work.
    1 point
  36. Totally agreed., I think Tesla should get into the aviation business. How many companies out there that makes automobiles and birds? Honda , RR?
    1 point
  37. With the GDL88/GTN750 weather and traffic are automatic - only dependent upon which info you choose to display. There are dedicated traffic and weather pages for taking a close/uncluttered look at either but the info is a layer on the map page as well. And if you want to drag the map screen 500 miles away to zoom in on the weather around your destination it's a simple matter to touch the screen drag the map to center the distant area and zoom in or out.
    1 point
  38. back to the DC motor; I think you are more likely to see it used in a hybrid system than with any batteries. Batteries, even the best ones have a very low energy density per lb. Putting hydrogen in a plane just sounds like a bad idea; especially when you factor in the weight required for a proper containment vessel. Im imagining something similar to the volt where you have a generator and a small battery bank. For a plane i can see where the batteries would only be used for 'boost' scenarios such as take off or climbing; maybe no more than 20mins of power before you have to dial it back.
    1 point
  39. I flown and compared both side by side and to me the XM is better. The pixel quality is clearer in my opinion. The coverage in the air is depicted nearly identical, having said that the ADSB is "blocky". I don't like that. I'm a gadget junky and have bought and sold several different portable Garmin GPS units..496, 510, 560. 696 and 796. I think if I was using the 400 or 500 series portables it would be a toss up to keep the XM or not. Using the 696 or 796 I find the weather to display much clearer than the GTN750 in my tired eyes. I think I pay $45+/- a month for XM radio and weather. I've ju
    1 point
  40. My plane is hangared except for a total of about 3 weeks per year when I'm traveling with it. I have a good cover so I have little concern parking it on the ramp when necessary. Bigger FBOs are religious about chocking but are unlikely to tie down. I was at KGGG four nights last month. Even in TX no tie down. I suppose the plane takes far more abuse flying through moisture and turbulence that it does for a night or two parked on a ramp.
    1 point
  41. Anyone know where the MAP point is on this plate if you're flying to LNAV mins? My guess would be the VDP, but the dotted missed line occurs after VDP and before the RWY. On the Y version of this approach, the MAP is the end of the RWY. globalair_00668rz17.pdf
    1 point
  42. I doubt that our push pull rod system is very susceptible to being damaged by winds on the ramp. I dutifully tie the plane down when it overnights out of the hangar but a Mooney is not a butterfly. In < 50 kt winds it's going to behave more like a Cessna Citation than a Skyhawk. Mooneys might get damaged at Oshkosh when some othee brand gets blown on top of them. Flame on.
    1 point
  43. These are certified airplanes and as such there are safety factors that must be used in the design. If the maximum gear down speed is 140 knots in the POH, then that is what I will use. These are performance airplanes not Cessnas. I have over 3600 hours on my Bravo, am on my second engine, and follow the book on maintenance including replacing the backspring at 1,000 hours. Tell your mechanic he should get some Mooney instruction.
    1 point
  44. Not rude at all. The budget probably tops out around 200 AMU. The Cub is paid for and the kids are out if the house and in a nice, inexpensive state school. While I'd like to keep the note payment low, I feel like there's a tipping point between having a really nice airplane I don't have to spend money upgrading, and having a lower note where I'm shelling out money every month for the goodies I want. Stormscope, drum altimeter, radar altimeter, new paint, blah, blah, blah.
    1 point
  45. Well , I replaced the rudder jackshaft , 3.5 hours removal , 2.5 hours install time , Also installed the wingtip , have to have the paintshop look at the skin at the tip to see if it needs love or replacement , but definitely good enough to ferry ,
    1 point
  46. Here is a video from yesterday's trip to CYTZ from KERI. https://youtu.be/RBhHY3QVN-Q
    1 point
  47. I was on top of the CN tower overlooking the airport last Sunday. Here is a picture. Yves
    1 point
  48. Looks like this guy has been pulling on a jbar since 13 or so...
    1 point
  49. Just power up, pitch up to below 80mph (15 degrees ANU), then put the gear up. The plane won't stall power on until around 60 MPH and that takes some effort. since you do a normal gear retraction at 80, do it then. Or climb at 80 to pattern altitude and forget about the gear. A VFR go around is followed by a close pattern and an immediate landing anyway.
    1 point

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