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  1. 11 points
    Justifying the plane to your wife... That's funny right there! [emoji3][emoji3]. Sent from my XT1585 using Tapatalk
  2. 8 points
    I got this: 1979 M20K, with a -LB, Airflow intercooler, Merlyn, Aspen, TKS and several other toys (I'm pretty giddy!). It will be based at KEDC. Should suit my usual mission of Angel Flights and statewide search of the best BBQ in Texas. I'm new to the board, but I've been flying about 5 years and 400 hours. IR to get the most from this bird, and planning to knock out my commercial in the next few months. David
  3. 4 points
    Finished my first page with the Mooney. Lots of "mosts". Most time logged with a single page, most landings in a page, most night time in a page, etc.
  4. 4 points
    $400/mo for a T-hanger, electricity and heavy sliding doors. Untowered, friendly field. 5 miles away at Chino (Towered) they are $500 if you can get them. Go into Orange county and it goes up a lot more, and you have to deal with the marine layer. I'm lucky I live just 20 minutes from KAJO, unless it's rush hour and then I'm 90 minutes away... Oh, and I think I must have the best wife ever, she wanted the plane, and insisted that it live inside a hangar.
  5. 4 points
    We spent the first year outside and where we're located it's harder on the plane in summer than winter. I can't tell you how much nicer to have it indoors lots more advantages than just the weather. Not to mention our airport is not secured at all so theft and vandalism is also a threat. Definitely worth the rent. There is no way to justify any of the costs associated with owning an airplane. We do it out of passion and love of flight.
  6. 4 points
    Hmmm . . . Hangars are great for protection from weather, storage, working and hanging out. But having a plane tied down on the ramp beats the heck out of not having a plane at all . . .
  7. 3 points
    50'X 50' hangar in Georgia. Room for 4 planes + toys. $50k divided by number of years of use minus whatever it sells for when I vacate. Beer refrigerator is the high cost item.
  8. 3 points
    Apologies if someone else has already posted this: T'was the night before Christmas, and out on the ramp, Not an airplane was stirring, not even a Champ. The aircraft were fastened to tie downs with care, In hopes that -- come morning -- they all would be there. The fuel trucks were nestled, all snug in their spots, With gusts from two-forty at 39 knots. I slumped at the fuel desk, now finally caught up, And settled down comfortably, resting my butt. When the radio lit up with noise and with chatter, I turned up the scanner to see what was the matter. A voice clearly heard over static and snow, Called for clearance to land at the airport below. He barked his transmission so lively and quick, I'd have sworn that the call sign he used was "St. Nick." I ran to the panel to turn up the lights, The better to welcome this magical flight. He called his position, no room for denial, "St. Nicholas One, turnin' left onto final." And what to my wondering eyes should appear, But a Rutan-built sleigh, with eight Rotax Reindeer! With vectors to final, down the glideslope he came, As he passed all fixes, he called them by name: "Now Ringo! Now Tolga! Now Trini and Bacun! On Comet! On Cupid!" What pills was he takin'? While controllers were sittin', and scratchin' their heads, They phoned to my office, and I heard it with dread, The message they left was both urgent and dour: "When Santa pulls in, have him please call the tower." He landed like silk, with the sled runners sparking, Then I heard, "Left at Charlie," and "Taxi to parking." He slowed to a taxi, turned off of three-oh, And stopped on the ramp with a "Ho, ho-ho-ho..." He stepped out of the sleigh, but before he could talk, I ran out to meet him with my best set of chocks. His red helmet and goggles were covered with frost, And his beard was all blackened from Reindeer exhaust. His breath smelled like peppermint, gone slightly stale, And he puffed on a pipe, but he didn't inhale. His cheeks were all rosy and jiggled like jelly, His boots were as black as a cropduster's belly. He was chubby and plump, in his suit of bright red, And he asked me to "fill it, with hundred low-lead." He came dashing in from the snow-covered pump, I knew he was anxious for drainin' the sump. I spoke not a word, but went straight to my work, And I filled up the sleigh, but I spilled like a jerk. He came out of the restroom, and sighed in relief, Then he picked up a phone for a Flight Service brief. And I thought as he silently scribed in his log, These reindeer could land in an eighth-mile fog. He completed his pre-flight, from the front to the rear, Then he put on his headset, and I heard him yell, "Clear!" And laying a finger on his push-to-talk, He called up the tower for clearance and squawk. "Take taxiway Charlie, the southbound direction, Turn right three-two-zero at pilot's discretion". He sped down the runway, the best of the best, "Your traffic's a Grumman, inbound from the west." Then I heard him proclaim, as he climbed through the night, "Merry Christmas to all! I have the traffic in sight."
  9. 2 points
    My hangar elf designed and installed an alarm system that is activated when the limit is reached. It sounds a piezo while the limit is in contact, but you probably could not hear it over a running tug. Better, though, it activates a quieter piezo in the cabin, which remains on until re-set. When parked out of town, if I open the door and hear the alarm, I know to go check the truss for damage.
  10. 2 points
    Being out in the weather does damage to more than just paint... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. 2 points
    $155/month for a nice box hangar, wl electricity included.Will sublet until I have a Mooney to put back in it! ;D Airport and airport bums are both great. 6000', ILS, LPV, etc, Gorgeous town included, no extra cost. 100LL $4.26
  12. 2 points
    Sorry about that Turtle, but now you also know what I have in my K and how it works. Information I'm sure you you were coveting!!!! Ron
  13. 2 points
    I posted this elsewhere on the same subject. My airraft was always based outside in the nice lovely UK climate (read wet and humid). It save approx 2k a year on hangarage. Hmmm, we are now spending close to 15-20amus fixing the corrosion issues that this has caused. So for the 5-6 years she has been outside we saved 10-12amus, ill let you do the maths on the return on investment. She will be hangared from now on, andmif some hangar rat has to wait till 23:00 for when i get bsck in after work, well thats a 50 quid tip well spent. Andrew
  14. 1 point
    Dirty and rusty hangar, taxiways full of rocks, chunks of asphalt, no mechanic or other services on the field at all, restaurant closed, expensive fuel, everything is broken on the fuel pump. My overhauled propeller looked after one taxi to the runway exactly the same as before the overhaul. I can't wait until it snows as I regularly find 5 ft pile of snow mixed with dirt and rocks in front of my hangar door every time I need to fly out. How much would you pay? I pay $ 475/month.
  15. 1 point
    Welcome, David! You must have been very good this year! And it's even a Christmasy color . . . Cool silver eagle profile, too! But then again, I'm partial to eagles.
  16. 1 point
    I would be clarifying just what they will be doing for a PPI as there are no standards for the inspection. Each shop and maintainer has their own version. $800 sounds awfully cheap. These pages are full of sad stories of purchasers who later found out how poorly the inspection was done. Clarence
  17. 1 point
  18. 1 point
    If you keep outside, get wing covers and put some blocks of insulation foam under to keep off the wing surface so that hail won't hit metal. A good cabin cover is key. If not, atleast tape over the pilot window. Otherwise, water will go in there and run down the steel tube frame. Also, be anal about your gas cap oring condition.
  19. 1 point
    Should fly for a good while with all the things that were fixed.
  20. 1 point
    If I had to leave my plane outside I would apply corrosion protection at every annual.
  21. 1 point
    A Don Maxwell gift card would be enough for one annual inspection. That would put the Merry in Merry Christmas! It is nice to have Professional expertise shared here like José's. It is also nice to see some expertise come from PPs flying around the world. Watching Adríen flying his M20E(?) to Europe shortly after its acquisition was interesting and informing. I hear you Bonal. Hope things come together for you, quickly. Best regards, -a-
  22. 1 point
    My daughter got a plane for Christmas. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  23. 1 point
    I ended up with 14 broken ribs, broken Clavicle, broken nose, broken orbital, punctured lung, broken arm, large head wound and many other sever lacerations wearing a factory shoulder and lap belt in a 93 Bravo. The Amsafe would have been a pleasant addition that day.
  24. 1 point
    Bob i suspect you are between oil changes, but if you still have the oil drained, I would check the oil screen just to be sure there is nothing bigger there. I suspect there is not, but it helps feeling better about things. Ultimately it is your choice on what to do, but it seems that flying 6 hours in cruise is probably less stress on an engine than the typical 6 hours we might do in local flying. So, if your plan is to fly aff another 10-25 hours to check your oil anyways, then doing in cruise might be a nice test to see what things look like. It might make you feel better to plan your flight using airports as waypoints. I've done that on occasion...mainly weather, but it works for mechanical feel good too....you always know where you can land if something just doesn't feel right. As Alan said, we don't see the full trend here or what your filters looked like....so hard for us to make a recommendation.
  25. 1 point
    Why too much displacement for you Mooney guys, definitely looks like a pair of IO720's Clarence

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