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  1. To the OP: You've got to be kidding. In heavy turbulence which airplane would you rather be in: a "plastic" one or one built like a tank with a steel roll cage around the cabin? I personally don't like a side stick either, and I want complete pitch control, not pitch control limited by the resolution of a trim motor. Since the transformation of my airplane over the past few years, there is no way I would trade down to a turbine or even an Acclaim. I feel fortunate to have purchased mine before Mooney quit making the best single engine piston airplane out there.
    4 points
  2. What kind of lazy ass bum quits so quickly that he can’t even finish a one day job before closing his doors? Corralling the parts is the long part. I feel like there’s more to the story.
    4 points
  3. Age 4. I am going to be a Milk Man when I grow up because he drives a cool truck and has a neat uniform. Then my parents take me to England to visit the grandparents. Bristol Britannia with BOAC. WAY cooler than the milk truck. I am hooked on airplanes from then on. Age 14. H-Ray RC model with OS-Max .35 engine and Heathkit radio. Bought it from a high school buddy for $20. Dream of joining the RCAF and flying fighters. Age 17. Accepted into Royal Military College. Chickened out and went to a local flying college instead. Found out years later that they had accepted me as a Naval Off
    4 points
  4. Long overdue update to this thread. @StevenL757 sent me several of his custom made annunciator lenses. A panel upgrade slowed things down but I now have a green GEAR DOWN light instead of amber. Turns out the old one had been faded to amber from the heat of the bulb after 35 years.
    4 points
  5. The case overhaul was $1500. The cylinders were $1900 each. Cam lifter and crank overhaul was $4500. Prop was $4500 (don't ask it will make me mad again) Governor was $1200 + another $500 for inspection by the same prop shop who made me mad) Fuel injection was $1800 for overhaul. Bearings, rod bolts, gaskets and Misc. was another couple of grand. And about 2000 hours of my labor. Oh there was another few hundred for NDT on the gears and accessory case. and a few hundred to re-plate all the hardware and fittings. I have a giant pile of receipts, I'm afraid to actually add them up.
    3 points
  6. If the doors get sloppy it is usually the hinge that gets worn, not the rod ends. Test the hinges by moving the door fore and aft. If it moves more than 1/16 of an inch, you might want to consider replacing them.
    3 points
  7. @201Steve it is pretty chicken shit of him not finishing up prior commitments. @MikeOH as far as minor warranty claims its generally easier just to eat them than go to the BS of getting them done under warranty. Field overhauls wouldn't bother me IF I knew the person and knew they had great attention to detail and was meticulous about their work
    3 points
  8. $511 dollars later, plus overnight freight, new bracket is in. Major bummer, had hours into making the other bracket fit like it should. This solution is the right solution though. Should have been this way from the start. The plane is starting to take shape again. Hopefully she runs end of week. Still have some stuff to do for the electronic ignition and finishing the actual install. Thanks for those that replied.
    3 points
  9. Agreed! My point was that pilots get all wrapped up with TAS, but except for bragging rights, TAS is just one component of what we are actually interested in: Getting from point A to point B in the shortest time. For Mooney pilots add in "for the least fuel". Someone once opined on MS that, as far as speed mods are concerned, it's about 1 AMU per knot. I've saved a lot of money by just leaving for my destination 3 minutes earlier.
    3 points
  10. Another thing to consider is shoulder harnesses. Please install them in any aircraft you buy.
    3 points
  11. Think about picking up a C. The E's are only marginally faster, but come with a considerable price bump. If you ever have to replace cylinders you'll be glad you didn't buy an E. They're twice as much.
    3 points
  12. I just did mine. I didn’t have much luck with a heat gun so filled with a polyurethane filler, sanded, covered with a 1mm layer of closed cell foam and then wrapped with ultrasuede with a French seam stitch on the front. It was a full weekend’s work, not including the 6 hours learning how to operate a vintage Singer sewing machine. Edit: mine was also in 4 separate pieces held together with tape, but easily repaired with fiberglass and epoxy resin.
    3 points
  13. AN526-1032R10 if they’re truss head and AN507-1032R10 if they’re countersunk. Clarence
    2 points
  14. I couldn’t trade away my Piper built copy of a Mooney, it’s superior in so many ways. Clarence
    2 points
  15. I 3D printed mine. Came in just under 8 oz and holds my IPad when it doesn’t have drinks in it. Heat vent exits below it. Mooney Cup Holder with ipad 3.25 scalloped front angled v3.stl
    2 points
  16. I fly behind this configuration, upgraded to WAAS in 2015 when that became available. It works fine. It doesn't have all the nicest new features that the GFC700 provides, notably autopilot-controlled VNAV except on approaches, but it will get you where you're going and is reliable. Genesys continues to sell and support the unit, and as noted above, it's quite likely that upgrade paths will be available. It's too bad that Garmin and Mooney didn't work together to allow for an upgrade to the STEC-3100, but that's always still possible. So if the right plane came up that worked for you i
    2 points
  17. You might not trade your Mooney for a Cirrus, but your wife might... because when you keel over in flight, she pulls the chute. She gets to walk away, and with your life insurance proceeds. This scenario has sold many Cirrus.
    2 points
  18. When we were down to two kids left we sold the Suburban and that was the down payment on the Mooney.
    2 points
  19. Operating costs of anything turbine are always higher than the closest comparable piston airplane. Cheaper fuel, but it burns more. Longer overhaul intervals, but costs are 4x to 8x higher. If your Mooney battery gets weak in the middle of a start, the engine may not start. If your SETP battery gets weak in the middle of a start, and you over-temp the engine by a measly 15 seconds, you're looking at a $45K bill, minimum. A new starter is $650 for a Mooney, it can be $8000 for an overhauled Cheyenne/King Air starter generator. Anything turbine costs $700 and up for hourly operating costs. Turbi
    2 points
  20. Annie Brogan owns Micro Aerodynamics, I’ve done quite a bit of work with her and her VG’s, First getting the STC on the aircraft we manufactured and then in testing as we noticed an interesting phenomena that hadn’t been noticed before, That is on an Ag plane the vortices seem to mix with the spray and more evenly mix it, making your swath width wider and more even, both very desirable. ‘Anyway, you need to understand why and how VG’s work and what they do. They create vortices of course and theoretically this energized airflow will stick to an airfoil in higher angels of attack bef
    2 points
  21. For me airplanes are like boats. They are 100% discretionary and unnecessary. When I bought my first boat someone told me that old saying, the two happiest days of a boat owners life are the days he buys it and the day he sells it... This was not my experience, I loved all my boats, and was sad to see each one of them go, and I feel the same way about my airplanes. The point is, I view them both romantically. I get excited and happy when I see them. This, for me, is a prerequisite to buying one. Reason being is that you have to write a lot of large random checks to care for
    2 points
  22. Kyle Kennedy bought it, he had been the GM at Lasar before the current owners. We both flew from KLS to Sunriver last summer for the West Coast Mooney event with his Cafe and my new C. He lives in Michigan now, and another former Lasar manager, Chris, is assisting with the re-certification here. I told him next time he's in town we gotta do a video interview on it. Not the best picture but apparently the only ones I took at the Sunriver event. Throttle body injected, custom intake manifold to balance out the flow, high compression, funky cowl with huge spinner.... list goes on and o
    2 points
  23. You might find value in a phone call with @Bob Weber, who has been recommended on this forum and others numerous times. I have not used his services myself and have no financial stake, but if it were me I would certainly call him if I needed help with my autopilot. https://webairconsulting.com
    2 points
  24. Why is it called the F-82? Why isn't it called the P-102? Or maybe the PP-102?
    2 points
  25. And the jokes about electrians, plumbers, etc......... lights at home don’t work, faucets leak........
    2 points
  26. Thanks for the welcome. There is a MAC 1700 NAVCOM unit mounted just below the Garmin 430. The Garmin 'loss of integrity' message has only occurred in the last 4.5 hours of flights, both of which were my first set of true IFR flights where I tuned the MAC 1700 to provide a backup VOR signal. However, I have used the MAC 1700 as an additional COM unit for ATIS, AWOS, etc. for most of the flights since buying the plane in late Feb with no 'loss of integrity' message observed. The seller said he had the MAC 1700 'redone' two years ago but not sure what that means. The seller always flew IFR
    2 points
  27. By 1970, the C had fixed cowl flaps, I think. I’m not sure if the IBP illustration for the E/F is accurate for the C/D. Someone smart here will probably know. @PilotCoyote has a C/D. My C cable attachment sticks out straight aft (edited from forward), not vertical like in the F. But, I’m not 100% sure if that’s right. Correct, the D opening is set to 2.4”. Question... is the larger opening because the fixed gear/prop D model was a little slower, so required more airflow which would be available with more cowl flap travel? What are the differences between motors in the -A1D in the C
    2 points
  28. Depending on the manufacture year of the computer it could be a unit that has capacitors leaking in the power supply (94-98). This cap leakage can corrode traces or even open up traces for the power supply circuit and voltage monitor circuit. Typically when this happens you get some interesting PFT results or the unit will not PFT. As the unit warms up or cools down it will randomly decide to work. This condition will only get worse over time. If the computer is working properly with sufficient power to the trim monitor circuit (NOTE: if there is no voltage to the trim monitor circuit
    2 points
  29. My Dad got me in to flying in high school. He never flew anything but I think it was a dream of his. So I went the route of going to college to be an airline pilot. Got there and met a lot of other pilots that were also on an airline pilot path. After a while of being there, I began to have second thoughts. Driving a bus full of whiny people from PHL to BOS back to PHL over to DCA down to MCO (etc.) all day every day just really didn't sound appealing. So I gave that up, got my A&P and never looked back at flying as a job again. After my kids were grown and out of the house and I could aff
    2 points
  30. boy do I wish that was it! I learned that lesson on my 2nd flight. I no longer turn off the trim CB on shutdown. Appreciate it.
    2 points
  31. The “E” model IS 750 HP, but is an underperforming engine to the “D” in the Flight Levels. If you desire maximum performance in the Flight Levels, the D would be your choice. I have the “D”. It’s rated to 724HP, not “de-rated”. The “E” just doesn’t handle bleed air losses for pressurization as well as the “D”. I’m ITT limited, but at 310 knots, I’m not particularly disappointed in its performance. And the “E” has a higher ITT limitation. But it doesn’t help it’s performance up high. Most pressurized airplanes perform MUCH BETTER with the “D” model of the Walters.
    2 points
  32. A “back up” Mooney. As a Mooniac, I can only see trading out and not trading up—that’s impossible!
    1 point
  33. I had a ride in a Cessna 210 yesterday. Its a nice reasonably priced airplane for those who need more weight capacity and more seats in a reasonably priced metal airplane.
    1 point
  34. Why would removing the yoke require an STC? Many people here fly regularly with the back seats removed, and some with the right front seat removed. Although I do agree that the shaft should be removed with the yoke.
    1 point
  35. That's a great piece of aviation knowledge - I tend to remember these little facts so thank you.
    1 point
  36. Depends - I love my Mooney. I like the way it flies. I like the efficiency. However if I could get a cirrus with a UL increase, 5th seatbelt, TKS, and a chute I would jump ship. Just like my lovely said no more 20 year old sport coupe with a family and the SUV is now sitting in the driveway.
    1 point
  37. Like a couple of others, wanted to fly military, but failed eye test. Enlisted after Baylor (dad received my draft notice). Before shipping out to Accounting and Finance school, a new Commander came to Lackland from Viet Nam. Had flown there. TI got me a meeting with him. Also a Baylor Graduate. Said the F-4 was transitioning from pilots in back seat to WSOs. Ask if that would work. Of course said yes. He called the flight surgeon he knew in VN. I hiked across the base-retook the eye exam-was classified flying class 1A. Flew as WSO, graduate, then instructor at USAF Fighter Weapons
    1 point
  38. Before buying new doors, might try adjusting the heim joint on pilot side a turn at a time.
    1 point
  39. Following. Please keep us posted and share if you can. Very interested in this. Thanks, FF
    1 point
  40. Maybe that was the case 10 years ago, but no longer. And what is the problem with someone having digital copies of the logs? A savvy buyer today will want to see the logs probably before even making a trip to view the plane. It's just about become SOP in the Mooney community to get digital copies of the logs sent to Laura at SWTA for inspection before putting too much effort into the purchase. She doesn't work for free, so there is skin in the game and not just a bunch of tire kickers. I know that myself and quite a few brokers won't recommend airplanes that don't have digital copi
    1 point
  41. Nice to see José is still José... And still here! Best regards, -a-
    1 point
  42. Auto engines spend a most of their time running at part throttle where there is vacuum in the intake manifold. I don't know, but I wonder how effective PCV would be running at high MAP. Seems like the lack of sludge formation in our engines argues that the ventilation is sufficient. Skip
    1 point
  43. Annual finished quick lap then went up for a loose formation flight yesterday. Then today a quick flight with a couple of buddies one in another Mooney one in a Comanche out to chiriaco summit for breakfast and to walk around the tanks at the Patton meuseum.
    1 point
  44. Survived another one today. I must be lucky. Beautiful MVFR flight flown IFR to exercise the TKS and live up to my commitment to fly at least every 10 days (WX permitting) in 2021. The views down through the thin 2500 broken ceiling of snow-covered northern Illinois and southern Wisconsin were something else. And Bessie’s Diner was, as always, there to keep my caloric intake in the green. https://www.bessiesdiner.com
    1 point
  45. I only have pictures from the last flight in the Twin Comanche. My ATPL, CFI buddy snapped this one as we overflow CYYZ. It was super quiet so the Toronto west terminal controller and the tower controller worked out the flight over the centre of the airport after flying around downtown Toronto. Clarence
    1 point
  46. Mark, Just throwing this out there, but I can make one of these for you. Since 2014 when things changed on my airplane, I wanted to "true-up" the annunciator to remove unneeded lights. I also wanted the TEST button to light up all the lights in the annunciator, including the ones with no assigned value (a dashed line). I started out contacting International Avionics above, and was beyond shocked when I learned how much the were. Try something in the $1200USD range. I found this hard to believe, so wanted to craft something. I just de-constructed my original template and shopped arou
    1 point
  47. If the plane owner has knowledge of what he wants done, and how to do it, the hangar elves seem much more likely to show up.
    1 point

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