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  1. I sent my Dad the December 2016 Aviation Consumer article on the Mooney 201 M20J. I bought a M20J last year and it reminds my Dad of his first airplane. He wrote me this email today: GREAT ARTICLE ABOUT A GREAT AIRPLANE - NOTHING SO FAST ON SO LITTLE FUEL ON 200HP! N5785Q was owned privately and billed 15 cents per mile when on business. (It was his personal plane but he used it for business and billed the business 15 cents per mile.) Answering your question: - It was a 1965 M20E bought for $10,205.70 on January 31st 1969, with 600 hours, Electric gear, 200HP, power boost, 52 gal
    10 points
  2. She's all done. Final payment is on the way, and the bill of sale/registration, etc is on the way to me. Other than minor things you'd expect out of an airplane this old, she seems great. Part of the agreement was to keep her stored in the hangar until I return from my deployment in July and can pick her up. My CFI will go out with me and we'll make the flight back to home base of 58M work as my flight review and complex checkout with all the necessary stops and maneuvers along the way. Until then I'll just keep looking at the same pictures over and over, plan trips (with our new extended
    7 points
  3. You are responsible for making sure the flight is conducted in a safe manner. I have no problem saying unable if they are vectoring me into what I perceive is an unsafe situation. Likewise I will deviate as needed if I perceive I'm in danger. Obviously we need to try and work within the system in a responsible way and I'm the first to offer ATC any deviation that makes their job easier, as long as it does not put me in harms way. Personally, I have not had a deviation for weather denied. In a few cases we have 'negotiated' a deviation but that's perfectly find in order to find a solution tha
    6 points
  4. I heard from my wife's hairdresser's best-friend's cousin that she read on facebook that somebody told another passenger on a plane that landed at that same airport that she heard in the ladies' room that the guy who was dragged off the plane for refusing a lawful order from police had actually been murdered by rouge cops but then later was resurrected by an African witch doctor from Detroit before returning to the plane to recover his carry-on. I'm pretty sure that's how it all went down. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
    6 points
  5. Hello All, I'm really too gutted to write anything of substance at the moment, but I wanted to share a few pictures of my father, the first one of him sitting in his Mooney Mite sometime between '69 and '71, when he owned the Mite. We laid him to rest yesterday far ahead of when it should have been. For the past two years he'd battled a brain injury from a freak accident. I had been searching for a Mooney when the accident occurred. He and I had been talking multiple times a week, planning all the trips we'd take, including Oshkosh. After the accident I could no longer call him a
    6 points
  6. I just received the e-mail I was waiting on that my Field approval will be approved by the end of this month. Now the real transformation begins. David
    5 points
  7. Feel a little bad the OP got railroaded by many with faster iron (or aluminum and/or carbon fiber). He made a great point about the attributes of our Mooney's and this really establishes the "cult" us Mooney pilots belong to. Every post in this topic has merit as to the value of Mooney ownership compared with the belly button airplanes everyone else has (C's, P's, and B's). All are impressive in relationship to their speed and efficiency. What he probably didn't realize is the addiction he has immersed himself in!!!!! Enjoy your "F" and be proud of your ownership. That's the exact model
    4 points
  8. I made the mistake two years ago booking a flight with United. I and three hundred other people were left standing in a line for six, yes six hours. No information or communication, elderly people standing for hours, it was a terrible. I hour two the plane was to depart, no one knew what was going on, one of the counter people told us United was leaving BKK and it was like the evacuation of Saigon. I wrote them a letter and after two months they sent me a $200 coupon, I told them to shove it. I told them I would rather bad mouth them for the next decade, I'm living up to my end of the barg
    4 points
  9. @Tommy please feel free not to ever fly commercial. For the rest of us who depend on air travel for our livelihood, (I'm not an airline employee) the system works very well. I logged 107,000 air miles in the first 3 months of this year. This is how I do business and how I earn a living and fund my Mooney addiction. Airlines over booking flights is a well established and proper procedure. It's also enshrined in law. It also happens in your country as well. I've lived in Australia for some time and have over 1 million miles on Qantas. This is established best practice all over the world. I
    4 points
  10. I bought $20,000 of United stock today after it tanked. I'll sell it before the market closes.
    3 points
  11. A great honor for a great man and a champion of Mooneys: http://www.wctrib.com/news/business/4248815-jaeger-chosen-aviation-hall-fame Congratulations, Bruce!
    3 points
  12. Bruce well deserves this recognition. His passion for Mooney's, his kindness, and willingness to help Mooney people has set a standard we should all strive for. Congrats Bruce! Thanks for all you have done for the Mooney Community and the Mooney Summit
    3 points
  13. Hi there, Mooniacs! I hope I'm not intruding, but Chupacabra invited me to check out MooneySpace as we were chatting last week at Base Operations. My name is Erin, and I'm the marketing coordinator for Base Operations at Page Field. I really appreciate the kind comments about the FBO and airport. It's always nice to hear about what we're doing well. Just a reminder that we have our Fly-in Fridays every week, so if you drop in between 1100 and 1300 you'll get a free hot dog lunch and probably some nice pilot talk in the cafe. I probably won't be in the office this Friday, but if you stop by any
    3 points
  14. I say that they could have chartered a plane for the crew. I used to fly CAL pilots in Lears around the west coast for their internal travel issues. They could have driven them. They could have sent them down on SWA or any other airline. For some reason airlines never do this but it is a way to get there.....you would have to be creative and think outside the box...hard to do for a legacy POS.....and being that you had to ask what else could they have done differently is part of the problem......you fit right in there....... They could have offered more money for people to give up the
    3 points
  15. Lance. So sorry to hear about your father. I lost mine in December of 2015 and posted about an emergency landing in lower Michigan on the way to see him on his death bed. The support this forum provided helped me a lot getting through that loss (tearing up now writing about it). Keep sharing with us and don't ever let your memories fade! That's the only way we can keep them in our lives as we move on. You dad sounded like a pretty awesome father. Tom
    3 points
  16. This whole thing could have been fixed if Kendell Jenner could have handed the passenger a Pepsi
    3 points
  17. I am so very sorry Lance. As a second generation pilot, I understand your loss. My Dad flew west in December of 2015 at the age of 90. He took me for my first airplane ride when I was three in 1960. I grew up hanging around airports and gliderports with him. Got to fly right seat in his 1964 C model Mooney on a cross country flight from California to Pennsylvania and back. Later in life we shared two airplanes together. Still own the last one. Can't bear to sell it. We made the pilgrimage to Oshkosh in 2002 for the 50th anniversary fly-in and to Dayton in 2003 for the Centennial of Flight
    3 points
  18. Here's my best in the Lancair during straight and level. That's 14.5 MPG on cheaper Jet-A (than avgas). What's really funny is my daughter saying she wondered where a Jet came from that landed at Spruce Creek while we were sitting on the deck watching planes land. I said I will tell you in just a minute and looked it up on Flight Aware. I told her it came out of central Illinois and, wait a minute, he filed the exact same speed as I did (300 knots, 345 mph) and as a Citation 1, burned 160 gallons an hour to my 30 GPH. WOW. http://flightaware.com/live/flight/N994PT/history/20170309/15
    3 points
  19. No sir, I am an employee of the company, and you are not. And I can tell you that a passenger involuntarily bumped doesnt have the option to stay on the plane. It sucks, and its rare, but it can happen. If they decide to get stupid and sit in protest, this will happen. Same as any other belligerent passenger. After that, they are a safety concern, since they wont follow crewmember instructions. thats how we do in the USA at least, I am unsure what they do in Australia. If you cant understand that, well then, I feel sorry for your family.
    3 points
  20. Fired up the plane yesterday to shoot some approaches and test the rebuilt brittian autopilot. It hasnt flown in about 2 weeks. Noticed the battery was a pretty low at 11ish volts. but it started no problem. On runup I noticed the amp gauge was showing a slight discharge. I even said to my instructor, the amps arent amping but these gauges all suck anyway. So off we went. About 800agl the coms started flashing and the transponder went out completely. Nav/Coms were blinking and showing weird stuff on the panel. Reset avionics master and tried emergency avionics switch no help. Tri
    2 points
  21. Sorry, Matt. BFE is not in Ky. It's in Texas....near Lubbock. Ask me how I know.... http://www.airnav.com/airport/KBFE
    2 points
  22. All airplanes are flying compromises. With a Mooney you just don't have to compromise as much.
    2 points
  23. Mooneyspace........ Can't we return to a subject we all agree upon? Superiority of Mooneys. This thread has exposed sides of people I really don't care to know about.
    2 points
  24. Just introducing myself. I just purchased a '67 M20C - N9638 - Loving it! I stopped flying 4 years ago after some heart issues, but I'm ready to get back in with the new medical regs taking effect next month I've already picked up a lot of great tips and Mooney-specific information here, and I look forward to many years of learning and sharing here. I'm in Crane, Texas, and yes we have an airport here - E13. Small but functional. 2 minutes from my house. Then it's 2 hours in the Mooney to Rockwall to see our grandchildren or about the same to College Station to see our son. L
    2 points
  25. Is that still on the air....?
    2 points
  26. Indeed, GPSS is amazing. It lowers tremendously your work load. The only thing is that you have to make sure that your flight plan is correct. Garbage in ... Garbage out Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  27. Moving from an all VOR/ILS/NDB equipped plane to one with a WAAS GPS, Aspens and GPSS, I will say GPSS is my favorite feature. Right ahead of the auto slewing the Aspen HSI does. It is amazing what this new technology can do.
    2 points
  28. That appears to be a Beech Sierra not a Sundowner or Musketeer.
    2 points
  29. As they say in Avionicsland, once you go GPSS, you'll never go back.
    2 points
  30. I can't believe someone tried to claim a C210 is cheaper to maintain and operate than a mooney... obviously someone who doesn't have experience in a mooney
    2 points
  31. Sometimes one is going to visit someone for several days and being bumped is an inconvenience. Sometimes a business travel consists of 24 hrs there and back for sake of a 3 hour meeting, and being bumped makes the entire travel irrelevant and not worth going. Sometimes, as someone said, the travel is go be at a funeral, or say your own son's wedding, etc, and being late is much less of an option. The carrot - offering sufficiently rich incentives - rather than a stick - marching out the goons - will shake this out conveniently, who is willing to give up a seat because their schedule al
    2 points
  32. What's the rush? As my late flight instructor said, "If you've got time to spare, go by air." ...In 1999 I took a scheduled airline flight from Rarotonga to Manihiki to do some engineering work for Telecom Cook Islands. There was one flight per week in an unpressurized King Air. When we arrived in Manihiki the agent told me the barge that delivers barrels of jet fuel (by tossing them into the surf to be towed ashore) had broken down, so there wouldn't be a flight the following week. But, he said, the one in two weeks would probably go so I had been bumped to the next flight. Or t
    2 points
  33. That's the same story I heard, except I was told the African witch doctor was actually from Milwaukee...
    2 points
  34. I'm outta town right now but there is 2 AD's pertinent too the wood wing on annual, in Canada. FVAA has been hangered for sure for the last 10 years and somewhere back in the 80's she was totalled stripped down and major work done to the spar. It was refabriced 2 years ago and the AME said the wood looked like new. She flies like new too, thanks too Russ looking after her so well. 2800TT and still going strong!
    2 points
  35. Lance I am so sorry to hear. I lost my father unexectantly about 13 years ago / and I still think about him often. I was just talking this evening to my wife about our boys and what a shame it was he isn't here to be proud of them as he would have been. This just means he is still missed. Best wishes lance to you and your father.
    2 points
  36. Kind Sir, in my defense, I'd like to say that I was in fact in straight & level, cruise flight with the altitude-hold auto-pilot (KFC-150) engaged. To backup my claim, if you'll notice in the bottom left corner of the picture, you will see the illuminated ALT annunciation indicating that the altitude-hold function is in fact engaged. The -146 FPM in the top left corner, which I surmise is what caused you to come to your conclusion, is actually a function of my top-of-descent (TOD) settings, i.e. when the negative FPM number hits that which I have set for my TOD, then the GTN-750 wil
    2 points
  37. My new CO detector works great. The plane shows 0-2 on the meter. Today on the way from Michigan to Georgia my kid passed some raunchy gas in the plane. The CO detector went up to 10. Hmmmm. Next thing you know he puts the Sensorcon up to his butt and blasts one. Ding! 30 on the meter. Google says a high concentration of methane can register on a CO detector. My kid proved it. Yuck! lol. Now he wants to take my detector and show all his friends his new trick. I wonder what number Marauders girls could achieve? Jason
    2 points
  38. That is what Maxwell told me as well. I bought one for my K and am very happy with it. A little pricey at about $14AMU, but it is worth it, if only for the smoothness and quietness. It does leap off the ground and has the added advantage of more drag/deceleration when landing. I am not such a stickler for keeping up with speeds that I can say for sure, but I don't notice any difference in cruise speed. It is a mild PITA removing the lower cowling, but it's not too bad. I can still take it off and put it back on by myself.
    2 points
  39. I believe Don Maxwell said the three prop blade (MT) on the M20k was the only upgrade he would ever pay for (or something like that). I cant remember where I saw that, but it helped shorten takeoff role, increased climb, lower the weight on the nose without any speed penalty.
    2 points
  40. I don't know, looking at that bad boy tug I was thinking of painting the plane to match it... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  41. But isn't that the problem that us Ga pilots talk about all the time, too much litigation and blood sucking lawyers making aviation too expensive? What if the passenger had just complied with lawful police instructions? Don't get me me wrong United has a PR nightmare on its hands, but no one is going to shut down the airline over doing what they had the legal right to do. When does any of this fall on the passenger for resisting the police? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  42. Now time to take everything up to the plane to check to see if it works. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  43. Being the unofficial judge in this contest, I think you guys need to post more of your panel, specifically YOUR VSI!! Not that I don't believe you, but when we have guys around claiming Garmin is the best and that they are able to fly LOP on 2 tablespoons, I want evidence! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
    2 points
  44. You tell me? Do we reward non compliance with well established rules? What do we do, let the guy that complains the loudest get home, and leave others stranded because maybe they followed the rules? I'm open to ideas... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  45. You've been lucky. I have just a fraction of your mileage in the same time span, and have been bumped more than once. The last time I was in my seat, and someone else appeared with a boarding pass for my seat. Don't recall how that ended up, maybe he showed up last but the stewardess made the call. Every time I have been bumped, it was before I got on the plane. To get me off will require compensation, and if it's already beenoffered and I turned it down, then it wasn't enough. If I was bloodied up, my asking amount will add a couple of commas. What is wrong with saying, "I bought this se
    2 points
  46. Just imagine what a twist this incident would have been if that passenger would also have been wearing leggings...
    2 points
  47. So an airliner can be hijacked by a passenger that refuses to comply because he feels it's unfair? We don't know all the facts. If you are instructed to deplane and they have to call airport police and you continue to resist you're either a fool or looking for an excuse for a lawsuit. Neither of which is admirable. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    2 points
  48. Using strong-arm tactics by police is not the answer. Everyone has their price and United should have upped the ante until someone shouted out BINGO and danced off the plane. I yearn for the days when America was a kinder, gentler nation.
    2 points
  49. What a wonderful tribute to your dad. I love the last photo. The resemblance is strong. Sounds like he had a full life and you know he was a class act...Just look at how his son turned out. Sorry for your loss.
    2 points

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