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  1. 5 points
    Break the ice. Invite him/ her out on a day off for a local flight with their son/daughter. It could be good for both of you. Clarence
  2. 4 points
    Rabbit Aviation at San Carlos airport has dedicated one of their fuel trucks to Swift UL-84 (corrected).The price is about the same as their 100LL aviation fuel. I was at a Wings seminar last night at San Carlos, where we learned about the process for using the new Swift unleaded fuel. Anyone who has the old Petersen/EAA auto gas STC can use this Swift fuel without further paperwork, while others can buy the Swift STC IF if their aircraft is on their STC listing. Early Mooneys up to the G series are listed. Apparently there is a company in Sweden that is producing a 100 unleaded fuel, and Lycoming will extend their TBO interval to 3000 hours if this fuel is used exclusively. We heard that Swift is also working on a 100 Ul fuel for the near future. The Swift 84 (corrected) Ul is colorless at this point, and except for the smell could be confused with Jet A. The fuel is pungent, to say the least, and we heard that there are plans to add a dye to the fuel. We also heard about a Shell unleaded 102 octane fuel in development. It weighs about 7 pounds a gallon, but has more "power" per gallon. Aircraft type certificates would have to be revised to use this fuel, if Shell decides to market it. We heard how few refiners are currently manufacturing 100 LL, and how the distribution methods have changed. Consumption of 100 LL is declining, and one day we will see its demise, or very sizable price increases. We were told that Swift fuel is far easier to produce than the current 110 LL, and that virtually any existing refinery could produce it without much change to their operations. p> The Swift STCs are not cheap: $350 is not an uncommon number. It's too bad that neither EAA or AOPA is involved in these STCs. If they were I would hope that they could negotiate lower costs.
  3. 4 points
    I think some of us here have forgotten how complicated a Mooney is compared to a fixed gear, fixed pitch prop trainer. What's the quip about the Mooney pilot arriving several minutes behind his ride? I suspect that would be jugglers don't start their training with 5 or 6 sabers or flaming torches.
  4. 3 points
    Well my new videos are not as exotic as they were before, but the scenery is still nice.
  5. 3 points
    The story I was told is he had some medical issues back then and that's why he sold it. Those issues were resolved and he regretted selling it ever since. He contacted me a year ago asking if I was interested in selling it back but I declined. When I decided to sell it he was the first person I emailed. At first I didn't get the feeling this was going to work because of all the upgrades but it did. He flew 51V for about 15 years so he's one happy soon to be Mooney owner!
  6. 3 points
    So, I'm going to jump in and say, yes, you can learn in a Mooney. Why, well, why not? Every person is different and one size does not fit all. I would not have any issues putting my 18 year old son in our M20E (before I sold it...) and allow him to get his PPL with it. He already had almost 150 hours of observation in the right seat and had hand flown it numerous times. My insurance company was even okay with it and was surprised to learn that my premium would only go up an additional $750 a year to add him as a student pilot and there were no additional requirements like he must have 25 or 50 hours dual before solo. Having said that, the right instructor is CRITICAL to making it work. You don't want someone that still has a soaking wet CFI ticket doing the training. You would need to find a Mooney instructor that has tons of hours instructing in Mooney's. Really, flying a 180 hp M20A/B/C/G or 200 hp M20E/F/J is not rocket science. There are a few extra steps to work, but it's simply not that difficult. If you are taught the basics from day one, you do not learn/develop bad habits. That is why people have a hard time transitioning from the Piper and Cessna trainers to Mooney's or Beech's or what ever.....they have to have the bad habits they learned in a more "forgiving" aircraft beat out of them before they become proficient with a slicker air frame. The more time you have developing those bad habits, the rougher the transition will be. Would I put him in an Turbo M20K/M/TN for primary training, probably not. Would probably skip trying it in the long body M20R as well. Those are higher performance aircraft that need some more time under your belt to conquer, but it does go back to the same premise above, everyone is different and if taught the skills up front.....anything is possible. Just my $.01 for what it's worth. Cheer,s Brian
  7. 3 points
    Heck, it's the panel placard with "drain & spin" that has me confused?!
  8. 3 points
    Just curious why you're getting the 540 (which is standard wifi and BT) and a 440 with Wifi and BT too when they sell a cheaper version of the 440 without the wifi and BT. Could save you some money since it's not really necessary for both to have wireless capability if they are cross feeding. I had two 440s installed and only one has wireless connectivity. The avionics shop said its not really needed and I would just be spending extra money unnecessarily. Food for thought. P.S. - I've had no issue with my 440s and they really do blown Garmin's GTNs out of the water with features. I learn new features all the time that are well thought out and useful. I also agree with your "other than Garmin" comment. But in the case of the Avidynes, they're a much better product. However, Garmin is like a religion with very devout followers and anything else you speak of is pure heresy.
  9. 2 points
    whoa!! I was just looking at this today and thinking hmmm maybe I should increase the budget by $100,000. She was sure a good looking airplane and a new owner should be thrilled.
  10. 2 points
    I believe my IFR panel flying has evolved from a "read the needles and create a mental situational awareness visualization" to directly observing graphically-depicted flight, navigation and weather data. The all-screen panel is a quantum step up in capability compared to the six-pack panel I trained on 30 years ago. My recent 5,000 mile cross-country would have been harder without the graphical presentations and automation. I probably would have landed a couple times more to see what FSS reported if I didn't have on-board weather. Deviation decisions were greatly aided by being able to "rubber band" the route on the iPad to avoid weather, then send that route to the panel. The smooth integration of compatible screens is a key feature of my panel. Route changes show up on all screens after entry in one. The route shows on weather screens, traffic appearis on the geo-referenced approach plates, the airport diagram that appears at taxi speed after landing are examples of the many valuable assists to single-pilot flying. With 600 hours of flying the G500 I am still impressed with how much more it tells me than the standard six ever could. That it all works together so well is an impressive achievement. My panel happens to be nearly all Garmin and I have no reason to think I'd do better with a more diverse mix of vendors' gear. I doubt anyone who can afford to upgrade has regretted it. There are no folks planning to rip out their Aspen or G500 to install a KCS-55A, are there?
  11. 2 points
    My first Garmin Pilot screen shots (thanks to Marauder). I can check weather in-flight or on the ground on my cell phone. Weather correlation is very good and accurate. The lightning depiction correlates very well with my WX10 stormscope. Moving weather trend is very helpful in assessing future weather. Horizontal and vertical format. José
  12. 2 points
    My son is getting his private and he is NOT doing it in my Mooney M20E. Yes I think its possible but I think it makes so much more sense to keep it simple until he gets his private. We've found an excellent instructor who doesn't overcharge ($35 for instructor $100 for his Piper Archer if you put $1000 in advance) with lots of students and great attention to detail so my son can easily compare notes with the others. I checked with my insurance company for their guess at covering him in the Mooney when he's a new private pilot and their guess was half again the price I get with my commercial and 400+ hours and they'd require him to get 10 hours in it with an instructor. I didn't ask them what the insurance cost to do all the student work in a complex aircraft.... When my son goes flying with me I get tips of things he's learning that help me polish up my game and of course I let him take the controls a bit and help me with the navigation.
  13. 2 points
    I remember the repeated crash and goes that I did in rental 152 and 172's during training while learning to land. I eventually moved up to flying arrows for the complex and retract experience. I got my high performance endorsement in a staitionaire and spend a lot of time in G1000 172's before moving up to my Mooney. Brad
  14. 2 points
    I'm a fairly new Lightspeed headset user. I ordered the tango's basically the day they came out. The company is very focused on customer feedback and participation, I really like that. Every now and then they'll send me stuff, looking for feedback and what not. The customer rep I worked with went well out of his way when I placed my order to make sure everything was up to snuff. I also feel like I might have had something to do with the update they made to the battery door and the usb charging port. When I made my initial 'out of the box feedback' video, I specifically called out that design flaw, and it has since been changed in the new version. Good headset, good company. And your poster is pretty awesome too! With that hand flicky thing you're doing, you should be on a gameshow!
  15. 2 points
    I vaguely remember doing repeated touch and goes in the C150s I trained in a very long time ago. It's a pretty efficient way to get a maximum number of reps learning to land. Almost no one does touch and goes in a M20 Mooney, certainly not in primary training. However, when you have a Mooney your child can get lots of useful experience in the right seat while going places that will come in handy once he/she has a PPL. Radio communication, xponder codes, navigation, holding heading and altitude, talking about weather decisions... are all aircraft independent.
  16. 2 points
    +1 on something other than a Mooney for the PPL. And depending on size (@Yetti chime in with me) it needs to be a plane he fits in comfortably. When I sat in my first 152, my knee firewalled the throttle with the seat fully back. No such problems in any Mooney with my 6'5" frame or others even taller from comments on the forum.
  17. 2 points
    my two cents is get his feet wet in a rental. I felt sorry for the 172 that I slammed into the runway on multiple occasions. Definitely glad that it wasn't my mooney.
  18. 2 points
    Depending on when his birthday is I can give @Raptor05121 a run for his money on the youngest one around (Im also 25). I recently finished up my PPL and have been lackadaisically looking at getting an M20C or E (life has that habit of getting in the way more often than not). I did all my training in either a Piper Warrior or Archer, so here are some thoughts, the truth is, its up to you, you have lots of hours and you know what goes on in the cockpit, keep in mind a lot has changed in the last 10 years. 1. There is a lot going on during training, adding prop management and gear management (and cowl flaps) out of the gate will either build really good skills or get you into hot water fast. 2. Mooneys are fast, and from my understanding slippery, decent management is a real task even in older mooneys from my understanding. You can pitch an archer pretty steeply and pull the power and not really worry to much about the yellow arc in my experience flying them. 3. Trainers take a beating, beatings = maintenance costs. 4. I wont get into the nuances of landing a mooney (since I dont really have any experience doing so). But the various Cherokees (235 and 6 aside) are pretty much easy as it gets to land. Authoritative in crosswind and wont float that much with provided flair angle. 5. The Cherokees/Cessnas of the world are about as benign as a plane gets, I have had days in the warriors and archers where getting the plane to actually stall was tough. You can slam them on the stall horn doing power on stalls and the nose just wont break. This provides a bit of training safety in some regards. 6. Trainers are only so good to actually own. I have been doing a lot of speed/cost/number crunching on various planes and the Mooneys win out over the Cherokees/172's etc for so many reasons when looking at them as cross country machines. Just some thoughts.... Regards Dave
  19. 2 points
    I don't think that is on a mooney....... They are not approved for spins.
  20. 2 points
    Ever consider that he might simply be bored? I can't imagine being a cop in a sleepy little town. What beats watching airplanes, other than perhaps attractive young ladies?[emoji846] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  21. 2 points
    We used the M-20D Master in fixed gear configuration for primary training in the '60's. It worked well enough. (It was either that or a Tri-Pacer). (The PA-28 really hadn't come along yet.) None of those were all that demanding in terms of stick and rudder skills. I guess for my money, I would opt for a 172 over a 150/152. More room, upward mobility (4seats), and I discovered a student could make more trips around the pattern per hour to offset the cost difference.
  22. 2 points
    While there are a few "geniuses" on the planet who seem to be able to master a skill almost instantly, most humans have to learn by progression. You start at A, move to B, then C, etc. And unless you really are a genius, the problem with trying to start at "D" is that you haven't formed the fundamentals required at A, B and C. You might actually become okay at some of the skill sets that D requires, but that lack of fundamentals will sneak up on you. And in flying, you don't want anything sneaking up on you. That's how we get 777s that crash on the visual approach to San Francisco because the pilots only know how to fly an ILS. I used to teach karate, and there is an expression there that fits: "When the student is ready, the master will teach." Besides, learning to fly should be fun, and it's going to be a lot more fun to learn in a slow, forgiving airplane that will tolerate mistakes.
  23. 2 points
    When I was instructing regularly many years ago I had a similar situation. It was the local sheriff and he was just checking to see why I was out so late. We chatted for a bit and no harm no foul and it was completely pleasant. I'd walk up and talk to them.
  24. 2 points
    Interesting points. I once read an article about a concorde flight engineer and he was asked how he managed to watch all thise guages and he said it was simple, they all pointed roughly in the same direction and place. If one of the needles was wrong it stood out like a sore thumb. I like you am not comvinced that digital is better in this regard.
  25. 1 point
    I received a fun package in the mail yesterday. Lightspeed Aviation mailed me a promotional poster they developed for use at Oshkosh for the Tango wireless headset. During my time flying with the Skytypers in Chino, CA for an AOPA article I took a selfie while wearing the Tangos and being photobombed by the #3 Skytyper. Anyway, I sent the photo to Lightspeed and they liked it so much that it was one of five used in their campaign at OSH. The Tango really is a great headset. I love that it is wireless, the inferface with my phone is super easy. The sound quality is excellent. The headset is lightweight and very comfortable. I used it to and from OSH this year and in the Mooney Caravan. Lightspeed is the headset sponsor for Right Seat Ready! our companion seminar. So, all of our attendees not only get to look and and hold the Tango, but we use them hooked up wirelessly to our PA system for our emergency simulations. I wanted to share the fun photos with my Mooney Family. Hope to see everyone at MAPA next Month.
  26. 1 point
    To get a 3000 hour TBO they must be adding magic camshaft powder to the fuel. Clarence
  27. 1 point
    I love this and really do hope it takes hold, but I think the OP might mean UL94, not UL80? The swift fuels website describes UL94, which is identical chemically to 100LL but without the tetraethyl lead, and UL102, which is functionally equivalent to 100LL. Supposedly UL94 is $1/gal cheaper than 100LL per this recent AOPA article: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2016/september/13/swift-fuels-94ul-put-to-the-test I fail to grasp why one needs an STC for something that requires nothing done to my plane to use other than changing the decal next to my tank, but I'm sure someone here can explain. The STC for my C model on the Swift site can be purchased right now for $540! Seems like highway robbery to me, but the break even point would come up pretty fast if it is really a dollar cheaper and also increases life of the engine and the plugs. https://www.swiftfuels.com/stc/Mooney/M20C/any/any/any The STCs seem available for the carb'd Mooneys only - not sure why no injected non-turbo engines, but again I'm sure someone here knows. I'm also guessing it will be ok to mix with 100LL, which would be essential to able to do until the stuff is widely available? Despite my habitual bitching, I really do hope this works out. Leaded gas causes abominable harm to plugs, to valves, to people, and to the environment. Edit: The stuff can be mixed with 100LL- from the Swift website: UL94 is 100% intermixable with 100LL in lower-octane aircraft. UL94 is 100% intermixable with UL102 in lower-octane aircraft. UL102 is 100% intermixable with 100LL in aircraft fleetwide.
  28. 1 point
    Well get in one and see how fast you hand your wallet over to the avionics shop.
  29. 1 point
    The other thing to consider is renter's insurance if he does use another plane to get his PPL. Cheap but valuable.
  30. 1 point
    It's good to have friends everywhere!
  31. 1 point
    Simpson is like having a friend inside of Avidyne! Best regards, -a-
  32. 1 point
    We also have a webpage, IFD440.com, that has a few other snippets of features and functionalities if anyone is interested.
  33. 1 point
    Hope it works out, I know you have been searching a long time, met you that day ay K1o2 when you looked at the green and white J. If you are succesful on this be certain to post lots of pics,
  34. 1 point
    I worked in small towns as a rookie and later in big cities during my career. Trust me when I say a cop in a small town working a midnight, or the late shift won't mind the conversation. In a small town the midnight shift can be a pretty long night if it's slow. You will probably make a new friend, offer to show him your plane, maybe turn him into an aviation buff. He's just another guy at work doing his thing... Tom
  35. 1 point
    @flight2000 seems to have covered the insurance answer (I am only looking at the stuff for just me so I didn't have the answer). I also would advise to just make a call (if you haven't already) to the AOPA insurance people they were able to answer way more over the phone than the policy paper explained which was nice. @Raptor05121 I'm March 22nd so you have me 4 months, if you are every in the KPHL/KPNE ill buy you a beer. Regards Dave
  36. 1 point
    One of the mechanics at the seminar just installed two new Lycoming engines and he confirmed the factory increase to 3000 hours for exclusive operation with unleaded fuel. He said the paperwork for installation was clear and unambiguous. There was a lot of discussion afterwards about operations with and without lead at the same octane rating. The unleaded fuel that Shell is working on adds a bit higher octane, although it weighs more (about 7 pounds a gallon), and would require changes to type certificates.
  37. 1 point
  38. 1 point
    Jolie, That is a marketing quality selfie! Eman, you did a great job communicating with the company and everyone here! Thank you, -a-
  39. 1 point
    That makes perfect sense, thanks, Brian! Yeah, crazy how much more the car insurance went up compared to the plane's insurance. Reminds me of the fact of how ironic I found it when I was renting an airplane at 20, but couldn't rent a car until I was 25. =)
  40. 1 point
    Jim, if you are allowing someone else to fly your plane, they can do so with no changes to the insurance policy IF they meet the open pilot qualifications. For my Mooney and now my Beech, the open pilot clause is 500 total time, 125 complex, and 25 Make and Model. If they don't meet those requirements, they need to be a named pilot on your policy, which usually incurs a small increase in the yearly premium (sometimes it does not) based on their qualifications. For training, I was going to add my son as a named pilot on the policy and that would have caused my policy to go up by $750 for the year. Best bet is to just call some insurance companies as carusoam mentioned above and find out what they can get for you with quotes. Insurance is a very individual thing. When my son is flying from the right seat, I'm still overall responsible for the flight as PIC. Just make sure you aren't allowing them to put you in a situation you can't recover from. As a side comparison, our auto insurance went up by $1,600 a year when we added him to the policy...ouch... Cheers, Brian
  41. 1 point
    Oh yeah, for sure. I was totally joking about the profiling. My kids are like mini-celebrities. Lol. None of us are afraid to talk to them. We go through about 4or 5 officers per year due to low pay so it's a little difficult to stay current with them. I tried to catch him today, but he wasn't in. But yeah, that's the beauty of living in a tiny town. We know people for who they are, not their skin color. Wish it was the same, all over the US right now. Tough times for reasonable people of all colors. Tough to watch crap from extremists on both sides.
  42. 1 point
    Unfortunately the insurance companies can dictate your decisions. Give them a call to find out their rates to include everything, plane and pilots. Check on the life insurance to make sure you are covered for flying as well. First year with the new plane cost an extra AMU. (1k) Private Pilot ideas. Best regards, -a-
  43. 1 point
    Love your new plane! Congrats on the acqusition!
  44. 1 point
    Jim, This PPL training scenario is part of my thoughts also. I have a 16 year old son and a 13 year old daughter who both "say" they would like to get their ticket. I myself am a relatively...ok, extremely low time private pilot that has transitioned into a Mooney far sooner than I thought I would. I fly often with one or both of the kids and try to exact some knowledge upon them as we fly. I think using a far simpler, slower, "training" aircarft is the right thing to do. The advantage of you having your own mooney could save some money in that when he struggles with a particular maneuver or instrument, there can be some usefulness to extra training in your plane as oppossed to extra rental in another plane. I also believe that he will have a much greater grasp of the entire flying concept if he spends any amount of time flying with you in your own plane. I have tasked both of my kids to pass the FAA written and I will take care of the flight training once they do that. Good luck in your search! Ron
  45. 1 point
    Agreed! After all I'm not flying the Concord or even a little Boeing. There are many things to like about glass, and not the least is the complete picture provided in a single instrument. I'm also interested in the increased reliability without a vacuum system, and the increased useful load. Finally, I'm a bit of a gadget geek and make my living on the bleeding edge of technology. Therefore I'm very comfortable with digital screens, software, and am not rattled by miscellaneous glitches or bugs in the code.
  46. 1 point
    They are looking for drugs... they do that a lot around here too.. Personally, I like seeing police driving around the ramp. It makes me feel more secure that theft or vandalism will be deterred. They will often drive by my shade hangar and when they see that it's me, they just wave.. It's a commercial airport too and it would be easy for someone to jump the fence near where my plane sits. It's kind of hidden between buildings. Anyhow, they are there to protect and serve and my experience is that 9 times out of ten, if they are approached with kindness and respect, they are some of the best people. Around here, I have never met a less than super nice sheriff... I have, however, met non-friendly city policemen though.
  47. 1 point
    Like watching different movies by the same great director! The grass strip has been widened, lengthened, and paved. The volcanos have been replaced by large buildings. Thanks for sharing this one Oscar. Best regards, -a-
  48. 1 point
    It could be he's driving his patrol car by AOA and not using his AOAi properly. I'd consider watching his stop and go's more closely. Agreed break the ice and make a new friend who will watch your property more closely for you, turn it into a win/win for you.
  49. 1 point
    Hank, An ASI and an Altimeter isn't 10% of what an Aspen shows the discriminating pilot. Likewise a JPI EDM 930 does a lot more than show you whether the oil pressure is in the green. IMNSHO neither of these glass panel devices is obscenely priced.
  50. 1 point
    Get your bearings back in a trainer, then no problem to finish up in an F. I got my ppl in my F after soloing a 172. Took a couple hours to get used to the handling differences.

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