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  1. 10 points
    Sorry but I'm not sure that was unreasonable. I assume you really were not prepared to go buy a tube & tire from ASpruce and you did not have tools to block up the nose gear, remove the wheel, split the rims, lube, inflate and mount the tube.tire, torque the bolts, etc. A business marking up parts from inventory that they have to keep and charging for their time at their shop rate seems reasonable to me. Maybe that A&P was sitting there waiting for you to need emergency service but more likely they pulled him off a job for a regular customer to deal with a transient. Maybe we need a AAA for airplanes. OTOH, I had a flat tire @ KOSH this year. $275 under the circumstances would have been very acceptable. It turns out that KOSH is probably the best possible place to need help. Volunteers towed the plane to their maintenance pen where I was able to tie down over night, I went by A.Spruce hangar and bought a tube and helped Dave Staffeldt install it. We checked out a whole box of tools from the maintenance shop. Dave wouldn't take anything for what I'm sure was more than an hour and there was no charge for the other services. I was more than delighted to put $40 in their tool kitty jar. I think the Michelin Air Stop tube was $80. so it cost me $120. I was still smiling when the Caravan powers to be decreed my handle would be "Breakdown". BICBW
  2. 9 points
    One thing I've learn while getting old is that there are not enough people who have real knowledge and experience and who also are willing to get their hands dirty. When you find one it is a very good idea to appreciate him/her. I have a local A&P/IA, a plumber, a welder, an electrician, an upholsterer, a seamstress... all of whom do not charge enough for what their expertise is really worth,
  3. 9 points
    Hey, Did you hear the one about the pilot who told the shop owner he wasn't entitled to make a profit? Yeah he should sell his parts at the prices Spruces charges him(typical Spruce discount 5%) and he should cover the shipping as well and have it in stock when he shows up. And his labor rate is wrong, what gives him the right to charge more than he pays his guys? If you can't make it at that go ask your land lord for free hangar rent and the public utility for free gas and electricity. Some people shouldn't own airplanes. Clarence
  4. 6 points
    I'm still in shock from reading this statement. Unless they had a team of a six mechanics working eight straight hours with the precision of an Indy pit crew, these are what is known as a "paper annual".
  5. 5 points
    My problem it takes me 2 weeks to rebuild a nose wheel and change said tire and tube. Lol. I had a scalloped tire, unknown tube that always wanted air, and some light damage on my wheel half retaining clip housing. Decided to replace the wheel with a used wheel I found on barnstormers. $125 killer deal. New was $650. Came with a serviceable tire and tube, slap it on No problem right?... Well I better check the bearings... Shot. Ordered new PMA'd races and bearings. Those things are expensive. $55 bearings $30 races. Decided to replace the hardware too. Refinish the wheel assy, cleaned light surface corrosion, used pre-kote treatment. $30. first paint job bubbled in the oven. Re-do. Found a better silver high temp. Looks great. $20 in paint and hardware. $165 Goodyear tire from ASC, $75 Michelin tube. Still need to replace one helicoil for my wheel cover. All in all, it looks about as nice as the refinished jet wheels for work I get from Aviall. The ability show fellow mooney guys my hard work... Priceless. Lol. $275 to get you down the road at F70 is a deal!! -Matt
  6. 3 points
    Well, I just finished up my 5th annual since owning my J. I decided to use a new shop since my other annuals were always done in a day and I felt they were not as thorough as they should or coupld be. After some searching and upon the advice of a couple Mooneyspacers I went with Crownair Aviation in San Diego Montgomery Field (KMYF). I scheduled to drop off my plane on Oct 24th but that got delayed just days prior due to an ongoing problem with my dual mag. After getting that repaired I was able to drop it off on Oct 31st. Crownair was very accommodating and agreed to do the annual even though I missed my drop off window by a week. This led to the annual taking over a month and I finally picked it up on Dec 2nd with a Dec 1st sign off (This was something the shop and I agreed to since the plane wasn't going to be ready until Nov 28th anyways). I want to add that I feel like my plane is in very good condition, not perfect, but I am proactive about maintenance and fix issues as they come up. Within the last year I have IRAN'd the mags, OH'd the prop, repaired a faulty dual mag, repaired a cracked upper cowl, replaced the ignition switch and p-leads, among other minor issues. Point being I don't let things stay broke very long so I felt like the plane was in decent shape going into the annual. The basic inspection was quoted around $2,100. This is double what I usually spend in labor alone in my previous annuals (Not including parts). I was thinking the annual would end up being maybe $3,000 but surely no more than $4,000. I was even prepared to stomach $5k if it came to that. After they did the initial inspection was completed they emailed me a list of 65 tasks, which included the discrepancies. Not all of the discrepancies were mandatory or airworthy. Some were "tires worn out." I felt my tires were still fine and probably could have gone at 6-12 more months before needing replacement but I decided to "throw them a bone" so to speak, and let them replace the mains. And since they were replacing the mains I told them to go ahead and replace the nose tire too. Other issues were discussed and I was given approximate costs, over the phone, on how much other discrepancies would cost to be addressed. I gave approval on certain ones such as replacing the cotter pins in the seat rails with the correct size. I finally got the invoice emailed to me yesterday which came out to a whopping $6,006. I was a little shocked to say the least. Most of the costs were reasonable such as an hour to change each tire but some seemed a bit skewed. Such as .5 hours @ $88 hour to change those 4 said seat rail cotter pins. I've done this before and I can say this takes about 2 minutes to change all 4 cotter pins. I was charged 1.5 hours to change the oil. Something I can personally do in about 30 minutes with the cowl removed and change filters and I'm not a professional A&P by any stretch of the word. Personally I feel the hardest part of changing the oil is removing the cowlings by myself but they come off as part of the inspection so the actual oil and filter change should be easy and quick. I also got charged .25 hours (15 minutes) to take an oil sample. Again, something that takes a couple minutes. Another issue I saw was being charged 1 hour of labor to secure the landing light wiring and fire sleeve from chafing on the exhaust. I brought these billing issues up during the pick up. I was told the smallest increment of time they can bill for is 15 minutes. I was also explained why it could take 30 minutes to change the cotter pins because the mechanic "has to go get the cotter pins, put them in and log it." The logbook entry referencing that task was about 6 words. Now I'm not writing this only to complain as they did address and repair some other issues I was not aware of and I'm glad they did that. The costs on some of those seemed reasonable but the costs on tires seemed excessive. I was billed $160 for a nose wheel that costs $99.50 at Spruce. The mains were also more than Spruce. Had I known this before I would have declined the tires and had my local field mechanic do the work at $70 hr and bought the tires myself. Pros about this shop: Very friendly, professional and complete service Cons: Not providing better estimates on costs to fix discrepancies but this could also partially be my fault. All this being said I wish I had a better idea and more information before choosing this shop which is why I'm writing this. I'm happy with the work they did just not so happy with the billing. Before choosing the shop I asked them what the average annual costs on a J like mine. He would not answer or even give me a ballpark. I wasn't trying to nail him down to a number I just wanted to know what the average Joe Shmoe pays for an average annual on a plane like mine. I even told him I wouldn't expect that to be what mine could cost because I'm aware of the variables. Still wouldn't give me an answer. That should have been a sign right there. Anyways, I hope this helps someone in the future. Any questions feel free to ask. Steve
  7. 3 points
    I have to stick in my 2 cents. Nobody here (at least I hope nobody here) is saying "I'm a better pilot than you because I have an instrument rating". I know a bunch of VFR guys who are much better pilots than I am. All of us who got the rating are proud of the fact that we went to the effort to get it, and know it improved our abilities. If you get your IR, you will be a better pilot than you were before you did. I don't think anyone would argue with the fact that having your IR improves your ability to utilize your plane for trips, but it is a pain to maintain currency, and it may not be worth it to you.
  8. 3 points
    Amen Clarence!!! If paying shop rates and parts markups are too much, either invest how ever many thousands of dollars and time it takes to get your A&P, buy your stock and do the work your self, or sell the airplane. If a 160 dollar tire away from home gets you, there's no way your ready for a broken crank on the road. Just the hanger space rental could hurt your feelings. We spend tens of thousands of dollars on radios and shiny spiny things we really could do without, but when it comes to maintaining a safe reliable aircraft the first question is what's it gonna cost me. There are shops that truly rip people off, for example. A 172 goes back to the same facility 12 hours and 12 months later, 12,000 dollars. True story. But an extra 1000.00 dollars on an annual for a high performance retract is like spending ten bucks more at the grocery store. It's all relative . A 6 grand annual isn't bad, especially at a new shop were they start over on the research. Every time a new facility is used your paying for another look back at all history events. We have picked an expensive hobby that can't be justified for any reason other than it's the most awesome thing ever.
  9. 3 points
    Late entry for 2016 I just found looking through a folder. From back in February. Appropriate as getting ready for the winter here in New England. Love the climb performance in the cool crisp winter air. This was an early morning breakfast run to Nancy's Airfield Cafe at Minute Man Air Field (6B6) with my youngest, Will (10). Great food there and, yes, he finished both plates. (To clarify, the flying pics are departure and landing from home airport (KBVY - Beverly, MA).
  10. 2 points
    The mid-air stats are very interesting. I suppose most are in VMC and in the vicinity of an airport but that would be nice to know. On board traffic info sure looks helpful to me - there is a lot more traffic displayed than spotted. The rarity of engine failure is helpful as we weigh the real risks of single engine instrument, night flying, over water or other inhospitable terrain.
  11. 2 points
    Thanks for boiling down my post to your opinion that I shouldn't own an airplane Clarence. Did you even read my entire post? Not sure if you did or did not but I'll summarize that the reason I posted it was to give someone in my position an idea on what to expect in a similar situation. I didn't find any posts about Crownair Aviation so this was partially a shop review documenting my experience. I didn't bash the shop or speak negatively about their work. I just questioned some of their billing practices, time to complete tasks and stated what I thought about their parts mark ups. Some of us Mooney owners are "frugal" to say the least. Had I known they marked up their tires that much I would have declined it and had my local guy done it and saved some money doing it. A shop owner is absolutely allowed to make a profit. I believe in a free market and not socialism so no issues there. However, as owners we have a right to manage maintenance costs and safety doesn't have to be compromised in the process. I felt I was nickled and dimed on some (not all) of the billing. Being billed for 30 minutes for something that takes 2 is unreasonable to me and it becomes an issue when the bill is higher than I expected. Being billed $22 to take an oil sample also seems unreasonable. That's almost the cost of the test itself. If the bill came out to $3,500 I probably wouldn't even have mentioned it. And I'm not saying I wasn't happy with the work as they found issues with the plane I was not aware of. I just wish I had been given better communication on what the costs were adding up to so it wasn't such a shock when I got the final invoice. I didn't know what certain things were going to cost until they were done. Is this my fault, yes, I'll say it partially is but perhaps the next guy can learn from this. But I guess questioning some billing means I shouldn't own an airplane, right? I guess I should just open up my check book and let them fill in the amount and just smile. Steve
  12. 2 points
    A Mooney will always beat a 182 on speed at the same fuel flow, too. Even my C will outrun a 182, and I do it on 9 gph . . . An R182 may keep up, but it will take 50% more fuel.
  13. 2 points
    I would be really surprised if it only took the A&P 30 minutes to round up the tire and tube, round up the tools, get to the plane or get the plane to him, change the tire and tube, and write up the log entry. $100 is very reasonable labor rate for this task, and seems even more so in $unny California. You are paying him for time spent in your benevolence, not just the time his hand touches a wrench.
  14. 2 points
    Don't forget about the liability and why should he be able to buy insurance so that his kids don't starve when some dumb ass pilot buys the farm and widow includes the mechanic in the suit.
  15. 2 points
    Just bought a RAM iPad mini package mount for $68 bucks at Aircraft Spruce. Works great in portrait or landscape. Better than an older RAM mount I had on co pilot yoke. Does not block instruments. Simple elegant and reasonable price.
  16. 2 points
    You can buy an Ovation if you wanna be fastest from 0-8k feet. You can buy a Bravo or Acclaim if you want to be fastest above 8k. Either way the Mooney is faster. Pick your poison. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  17. 2 points
    That's exactly why we installed it. Send flight plans, route changes, load arrivals, approaches, directs ... and send them either way! Very helpful reducing work load in flight! Also has a back up AHRS, now we have three ... FS-210, Stratus2, and the G5 ...
  18. 2 points
    I do owner assist annuals. I have accumulated almost all the tools and supplies needed including jacks and tail weight, 5 hp air compressor, kerosene heater. I have quite a lot of experience taking apart everything need for the inspection. Jacking the plane, removing seats, cowling,, inspection plates, wheels, spark plugs, draining oil, removing the oil filter, cleaning the wheel wells and belly, lubing the heim bearings, removing the battery, topping the hydraulic reservoir, and a few more prep tasks I'm leaving out is a pretty full day (4-6 hours, I'm old and I have a life away from the airport). And I'll reverse all those steps after the actual inspection, measuring, adjusting, bearing repacking... is done by Lynn with me playing dental assistant, fetching mirrors, magnets, assorted wrenches, salves and potions. At this point we might find we need a part or two that needs replacing that neither of us has in stock. I might be told I can button up some of the dismantling. After the parts are secured and installed I can add oil, filter, do safety wiring and put the plane back together. Lynn checks the ELT battery date, the AD and SB history (at this point there are zero or very few that apply to a '66E) and logs the work. We've done it in 3 days when I had a trip planned but usually I take closer to 2 weeks. If we punched a clock i/o I'd only log 25-30 hours on task of which <10 are Lynn's. This year we'll replace the JBar block which is original. I want to remove and straighten a gear door, may need painting. do some other touch up painting. I would estimate that the money I save more than pays for the difference in hangar cost for my private T hangar vs. being in one of the community hangars.
  19. 2 points
    that 45 min flight will take longer with all the overhead / security gates / arriving early / boarding time. door-door you will be faster on that train.
  20. 2 points
    A while ago, I had a shop doing an annual and additional work on my Mooney M20F. I was wondering about their prices for parts. They explained me that they add 30 percent to the prices they pay. For that amount of money they keep a lot of parts in stock and have them ready, when you need them. Also they guarantee that the parts are working fine. After that experience, I started buying most of the parts myself, including oil, filter ... and bring them with the plane to a shop. In May, I experienced a vacuum pump failure during flight. I was already enroute to a Mooney shop. My first question after landing was: Do you have the pump available. He had a new one ready on his shelf and installed it immediately. In this situation, I was happy and had no problems to pay more money for the pump as at Spruce. In regard to the annual inspection, my IA gives me a detailed list of discrepancies with information, if it is more or less important to fix those things. The list comes also with information about time to fix it and prices for parts. Then it is up to me to order what I want and there are no surprises in the final bill.
  21. 2 points
    I hope you're kidding, sometimes I have a hard time reading between the lines.
  22. 2 points
    I have had worse. I took my first J to LASAR for its first Annual. "They are the best." That may be true- but they arnt the most reasonable. Double digits... well into double digits. Similar experience. Great people-know their mooneys... but they charge a HEFTY premium for that knowledge and reputation.
  23. 2 points
    I've given three interested pilots, rides in my Mooney. All three of them now are Mooney owners. Not a bad average
  24. 2 points
    My buddy flies a Citation Sovereign for a living. It is based in Tampa but was at the Cessna Service Center at Orlando International and was ready to be picked up. My Mooney was ready to be picked up from the avionics shop at Orlando-Sanford 21 nm north. So we drove a rental to KSFB to pick up my bird then I dropped him off at KMCO. Here is a picture of 88V in front of the Cessna Service Center and a ramp full of Citation Jets. Interior pics of the Sovereign. Golfing legend and fellow aviator gone west, Arnold Palmers Citation.
  25. 2 points
    Also, thank you for helping out all of my endless questions over at pilotsofamerica.com I hope I can return the favor someday!
  26. 2 points
    There are plenty of quality/solid airframes around that have not been updated much, if at all. So long as you go into such a plane knowing that putting $50k into a $60k plane typically results in an $80k plane when it is time to sell, then you won't be disappointed. However, if you wish to build your dream plane (like Bennett) and own/fly it for a long time, then you'll "get" your money out if it in enjoyment over many years. Starting with an un-upgraded plane in this case is great because paying for newer paint or interior that you want to change is silly. Ditto for one with a 430W if you ultimately want a GTN instead. Just figure out what you ultimately want, and how long you might own it. Personally I think the J (and perhaps K) fit a real sweet spot in terms of useful speed and range, low operating cost, and reasonable purchase price. To go measurably faster or carry a lot more at similar speeds requires s LOT more in purchase and/or operating cost. Point bring you might not "outgrow" a Mooney and thus building a great one might be a great long-term decision. Sent from my VS985 4G using Tapatalk
  27. 2 points
    I bought a 78J in 2014, I bought it for less than 70K BUT... its avionics and interior were dated, it desperately needed an upgrade. Which I did within a year. Its engine had 1600 hrs, I'm currently at 1950 and God willing I plan on going well past TBO. The first annual and first year maintenance cost was 10K which included new landing pucks, muffler, overhauled gear actuator, all new hoses, new spark plugs, overhauled mags, and new LED lights. Only the muffler and hoses was unexpected. ...so would have it been better to pay more upfront? No Js for sale had modern avionics (GTN xxx, JPI 8xx, etc), so I got the what I wanted, how I wanted it. No Js had LED lights... Owners are reluctant to spend money on maintenance when they aren't flying or selling, so most will need some major investment in the first year. Logs will tell you the story. The more hours I put on the engine, the better deal I got. PPIs help, but there are no guarantees. Rule of thumb is you need 10% cash in reserve for 1st year maintenance....I would use 15% if plane is less than 100K.
  28. 2 points
    True to Mooney Speed, this little guy arrived a few weeks early on my birthday. He is doing well.
  29. 2 points
    We don't have a "don't like" button, but that's pretty lame. A guy wants to fly an airplane and be safe as he can and you call him what? Screw this macho crap.
  30. 2 points
    +1, and also: -you like working on it -you have friends at your airport and like helping them work on their airplanes -you have a fridge at your hangar and you like just relaxing on a nice evening with a beer There are a lot of things to enjoy about being an airplane owner, but financially justifying the expense isn't one of them. (24 year airplane owner)
  31. 2 points
    As one that has owned 14 airplanes in my flying career and had a $25k annual on an airplane that had an extensive ($10k) pre-buy by the guru of that aircraft type and had the annual done by the same individual - listen to Andy. I see a lot of fantasy and justification by the OP that will be quite eye opening once the reality and expense of aircraft ownership sets in. Ownership is more expensive than renting in 99% of cases and the OP is not the 1% exception. You own for pride of ownership, immediate and absolute availability of the airplane, known maintenance and condition or to fly an airplane that isn't readily available on the rental line. YOU DO NOT OWN AN AIRPLANE TO SAVE MONEY OVER RENTING !!!
  32. 2 points
    In the Mooney, there would have been plenty of time to leisurely fly a normal pattern as you would have easily outrun the storm at a normal cruise speed
  33. 1 point
    Very sore. Mechanical work is Harder than my day job. The lead up is the engine is had a miss about a minute or so after start up. Cleaned plugs and then replaced all left mags with fine wire. Mag checks fine, flys fine, in flight mag check fine. No engine monitor. Lube all pivot points warm up and take over to the professionals to see what is going on. Compression check is all above 75s. But when it comes off the top can hear some release into case on 2 and 4. Decide to put rem37by on bottom and run the fine wire on top. Mechanic is not a big fan of finewires. So we will see. Found broken right mag blast tube. working on pulling the Gear Actuator to send to Don. Pulled right master brake cylinder to rebuild. Better securing of air cooling tube to fuel pump. better securing of MP line to gauge. Other stuff and things. arms and shoulders and neck sore.
  34. 1 point
    We have a new (to us) plane on the way and as much as we love this bird, we only have room and money for one! Check it out, if you have any questions at all please feel free to call me or text me anytime. Still flying it regularly and am happy to take you up to check it out if interested. Two recent inspections at Don Maxwell, no expenses spared on this Mooney since we bought it. Been a solid performer and very reliable. Hangared at KHYI. Zach @ 713-410-7527 or zwright@c-rock.com 1979 Mooney M20K 231 N231DH Serial # 25-0164 Asking $114,000 Inspection Status Don Maxwell Annual completed 06/2016 IFR cert due 06/2017 O2 hydro due 6/30/16, tank good until 2028 Airframe 4684 TTAF Precise Flight Speed Brakes TKS on wings, horizontal, vertical stabilizer, windscreen and prop with 6 gallon tank Engine Continental TSIO-360-LB 210hp 1800 TBO 330 SMOH in 2011 by Western Skyways Airflow Systems Intercooler Merlyn Black Magic Upper Deck Pressure Controller M20 oil separator GAMI injectors installed 2015 Propeller McCauley 2A34C216-B 291 SNEW Avionics Aspen PRO1000PFD Garmin GNS430WAAS coupled to Aspen PFD, excellent GPS steering! Apollo SL30 #2 Nav/comm coupled to Garmin GI-106A CDI Garmin GTX 330 Transponder with TIS-B wired to Aspen PFD Garmin GMA340 Audio panel Bendix/ King KFC-200 Autopilot with Altitude Hold and ILS Coupling…. Will fly fully coupled approaches with great precision down to minimums. Aspen gives this set up a great deal of situational awareness Recently overhauled KI-256 AI by Bob Bramble re mated to autopilot computer King KCS-55A Slaved HSI System. WX-10 Stormscope Electronics International electronic tachometer JPI EDM700 engine monitor with oil temp option Garmin 496 with quick disconnect panel dock, wired into GMA340 audio panel Additional Equipment Teledyne Alphabeam LED PAR36 Landing and taxi lights Aerosafe Guardian standby electric vacuum pump Built in O2 tank located in tail, 4 QD ports in ceiling Mod works, inc. Vernier throttle Hoskins FT-101 Fuel Flow and totalizer Aircraft Door Seal, LLC main door seal Wing sight fuel gauges 2015 Concorde battery RG-35AXC Whelen Strobes 3 point Forward folding rear bench seat back Engine preheater LASAR sun visors All new placarding and one piece circuit breaker panel label Exterior 2002 Paint Scheme designer’s layout. Titanium, “Burgundy” and Las Vegas gold colors. 2016 paint touch ups done by renowned Tejas Aero in San Marcos, TX Interior 2002 Interior Light gray leather interior Powdercoated yokes Maintenance Highlights Don Maxwell pre by inspection 2015, nothing deferred Don Maxwell Annual June 2016, nothing deferred 2010 Fuel tank strip and reseal by renowned Weep no More 2015 Shock Disc’s new at Don Maxwell Aviation Have oil analysis reports since I bought, oil changed every 25 hours Hangared Aircraft, routinely flown aircraft, flown 190 hours in last 12 months Complete Logs since 1998 Prop strike in 2012, engine tear down by Western Skyways Damage history over 20 years ago Very organized STC’s, 337 forms, logs, oil analysis reports, etc. All receipts since purchase, no expense spared, only selling due to purchase of Twin Cessna Bruce’s like new fuselage cover included Bruce’s 5 brand new window sun shades included
  35. 1 point
    Hi Bob, The cowling project is moving forward. I'm putting together the parts for two airplanes now to be done as a field approval in the next couple of months. Progress, slow but sure! David
  36. 1 point
    I have owned a Turbo 182RG and 3 different Mooneys over the years. The 182 was certainly a safe, reliable airplane and a good IFR platform, but I always felt that I was flying a sofa with wings. Finding a ladder when you are self-fueling is also a PIA. FWIW, I will take a Mooney any day over a 182. It is way more fun to fly and will always beat the 182 on fuel flow at the same speed.
  37. 1 point
    I don't fly below 8,0000 ft so your point is moot. And you're burning how much more fuel to go a couple knots faster down low and you're still burning how much more fuel to go significantly slower above 8,0000 ft ?
  38. 1 point
    Beautiful plane! Someone is going to be very happy! I wish we were ready for an upgrade ... Its that silly house payment that keeps bringing us down! I'd love to sell the C and upgrade to a K, but we'd be eating Ramen noodles ... maybe someday?
  39. 1 point
    Didn't realize it would take victor airways to the 430w. Cool indeed.
  40. 1 point
    Yep the Eurostar. I live near Kings Cross (2 miles away) so it is easy to get to. Leave house, hop on train to Brussels then change to Amsterdam and wan bam thank mam you are there. None of this getting naked to board the plane bollocks. Private plane IFR is the way to do Europe though, so easy and you don't have to worry about different countries having different airspace categories, i.e. Belgium where everything is class C not D like everywhere else! as for Germany and speeding hmmmmmmmmmmm. 385 euro fine after the event I can attest that actually you can't go fast anywhere. Lol
  41. 1 point
    Well, I wasn't trying to ask what it was going to cost, I was asking what the average guy usually pays for an annual on a J. I think there's a bit of a difference. Had be said the average is $5,000 I might not have gone somewhere else but at last I could prepare myself for the fiscal shock I eventually received. Yes they did find a safety issue, a cracked fuel line so in that respect I think they did a good job. Again, I'm not complaining about the service or work, I think they did an acceptable job. I just spent A LOT more than expected and I felt like I was being billed by a law firm. No disrespect to any attorneys on her. But if they do five tasks that take a few minutes each I end up paying for 1.25 hours worth of work because the minimum billable increment is .25 hours. Also, I expect a shop to mark up parts but $60 on top of a $99 tire seemed a little excessive. I think $20-$30 above list price would be more reasonable. Also, I totally agree with Bob here. I think $275 to fix a flat away from your home drome in an hour seems pretty reasonable. I would've felt fortunate just that there was someone there with the part, tools and supplies to make the repair. Had the cost been $400 I'd say that excessive but still probably would've paid it.
  42. 1 point
    Stay warm while down on the floor... lots of insulation... Think of the costs that the other guys get when not helping on the annual... Things that used to help me while doing that kind of work... Best regards, -a-
  43. 1 point
    Yep, I'll be happy to help you get hooked on the Mooney drug FL Pilot. I'm in Ocala. What's your schedule like?
  44. 1 point
    Just picked up 88V from CE Avionics at KSFB. I'm very pleased with my Lynx install and the other work they performed. I was given an estimate before the work was started and they stuck to it. Some minor issues popped up like finding my speaker cone was deteriorated. I was notified and asked if I wanted it replaced and quoted a price. Robert Powell, the sales rep, is very knowledgeable in all things aviation and kept me posted on the progress with regular emails and photos. He is actually a CFII, ATP and A&P. Robert likes airplanes and enjoys his job. He spent quite a bit of time with me discussing my immediate as well as long term plans for my panel. The shop is spotless, my windscreen was protected with an adhesive film while they worked on the panel, my wing walk was covered in protective cloth. It is always a pleasure doing business with professionals and the folks at CE Avionics are the at the top of their profession.
  45. 1 point
    The airplane has sensors that look at the ground proximity and then feed that data to a certified gonculator. The fortistat on the end of the kanibblie pin senses when beads of sweat appear on the pilot’s brow. Detecting such, the kanorton device assists in the landing; hence your perfect cross wind experience. When there is a lack of brow sweat, as when your cocky ass is sure of a greaser, the entire aerodynamic envelope of the aircraft momentarily takes the shape of a dishwasher just as you approach ground effect. It happens so fast you can’t see it, but you damn-well know it happened. Want the service manual reference page?
  46. 1 point
    You need one of these. Unlimited range. No need to worry about emptying bottles. Best mod I had. José
  47. 1 point
    I finished my written earlier this year. I used the King course. I also bought the Dauntless app. as recommended by a pilot friend. It is very good imho. You can download alot of free material from the FAA web site as well. Good luck!
  48. 1 point
    I don't know how much my Ovation can carry. Legally, it may carry 952 pounds of "stuff" such as pilots, passengers, fuel, baggage, TKS fluid and etc.. It will depart below legal gross, fly two people and bags for 5 hours at 170 knots and arrive with an hour of reserve.
  49. 1 point
    The bottom of my plane gets cleaned once a year at annual whether it needs it or not! In between annual?? Fahgedaboutit!! Just the way I am. There are better things in life than scrubbing that crap off!
  50. 1 point
    I have had my 231 for 16 years and never been above 18,000. I do not have the ES transponder. If I should decide to sell my plane, it would cost the new owner about the same amount it would cost me now, to switch transponders. So I opted not to do it now.