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  1. We did some in air photo shoot two weeks ago. Boy I need to clean this belly and never forget sunglasses. EDIT: Better quality pictures here: https://photos.app.goo.gl/kdHHr7dNsjJPSZbg7
    16 points
  2. Been almost a year that I joined this community - when starting to look for a plane. Here in Europe, the market is rather small. My journey made me visit at least 5 birds - and I'm greatful people here would always be providing helpful answers. I closed the deal last autumn. Thought it's time to introduce her. It's a 1978 J - with 1400h and in pretty basic condition. Happy to start transforming her into a hopefully safe and faithful IFR companion. Greets from Germany, Martin
    16 points
  3. A bit of light reading if you're bored over the weekend. TL;DR: Stall switch failed on me, and the $2500 price tag for a new replacement is downright stupid. A few months ago I noticed that the stall switch (lift detector) on the 201 I'm currently flying didn't work too well - in that the stallhorn might or might not activate even as the airplane entered imminent stall condition during the last moments of flare during landing. Interestingly, around that time I also noticed that during descent (in excess of 500fpm) in clouds/rain I would hear a distinct, but faint, high-pitched tone f
    15 points
  4. As a 5000 hour plus pilot flying pretty much continuously since 1986 flying seems to come easy to me. However, I never take that for granted and still use abbreviated checklists, call outs mostly on landing particularly approach speeds, and gear down. Night time flying for me has not my favorite thing to do since I live in the mountains of eastern Tennessee. Last year I did want to do some night flying (solo of course) so I asked a local CFI and former 757 pilot to come fly my 201 during the evening hours. But I asked him to be the PIC in command instead of me, just to see how he does things d
    14 points
  5. For all of the above recommending an attorney - that can work, but the other way is to send it to your insurance company. They're really good at subrogating, it takes a lot of the hassle out of your hands, and you get back to flying on your terms.
    14 points
  6. But still safer than touch and gos…...
    13 points
  7. The Bravo formerly known as N64HK is sporting a beautiful new paint job, shown here visiting KFXE.
    11 points
  8. With the help of some MSrs, I signed up for this beauty on Wednesday. She has to pass her physical next Friday and I have to come up with the scratch. @gsxrpilot and friend were sooo giving of their time and expertise. I only hope I can pay it forward. There's so much that I and the plane need. If ya look at that completed that list it will make you turn to drink. But I do have one important question; should I go for the leather flight jacket or the Captain's hat with epaulets look?
    11 points
  9. Hi everyone. I can finally stop kicking tires and truly be part of the club. Eternal thanks goes to Richard Simile and Don Kaye for their expert guidance and sticking with me despite my numerous questions! I could not have done this without them both. I am extremely pleased with this purchase. Now I need to build time and experience. Another thank you goes out to others in MS who answered questions and helped me home my selection. I hope I can pay back. Freddy
    11 points
  10. I went was there on Friday. It is something I always wanted to try. Cold day, was 10 degrees at the time. The runway was smooth, there were patches of snow which made traction ok.
    11 points
  11. Thanks. Did you ask which year for Q3 or Q4?
    10 points
  12. I am not sure how many of us on Mooneyspace have actually contracted COVID, I was defiantly one of the unlucky ones! mine started out as pretty benign, just mild flu symptoms. By the end of the first week I was in the emergency room, they pumped me full of steroids', magnesium and several other things. the next couple of days had me thinking I was on the mend and would be back to normal. then I went down hill, I apparently went into a mental fog, spent most of my time sleeping, and although i was up moving around I do not really remember about 4 days. my doctors put me on a Z pack a week after
    10 points
  13. If you understand page 8 of my Precision Flying Handout that is both on my website and included with my Landing Video, then transitioning to a Mooney should be no different than transitioning to any other tricycle gear airplane, assuming a knowledgeable Mooney Specific Instructor. As with transitioning to any airplane should be, the transitioning pilot would be comfortable with how to maintain airspeed within a knot in smooth air and slope management for landing. Until I met my mentor instructor, Robert Goldin, unfortunately I hadn't found any instructor who understood those principals well
    10 points
  14. Everyone calm down please. To the OPs original point the only reason I put this on MS is 1) I actually care about the health and well being of some of the members here and 2) this impacts sharing cockpit space. During my last BFR/IPC I swear we spent the better part of an hour figuring out what the best method for keeping both of us healthy in the same shared 18 cu feet of cabin. That’s it. That’s the limitation. My current CFI paused all flying and instruction for several months because of the pandemic. I’ve put off pursuing my next cert and haven’t done nearly as m
    10 points
  15. In my airplane, the PIC determines the mask policy. And at the moment, that means you'll be wearing a mask, regardless of your credentials. And if I'm in your airplane, I'll be wearing a mask out of courtesy to anyone on board. All of this will be behind us soon enough... but I'd like to still be around, with a valid medical, and flying an airplane, when it's all over.
    9 points
  16. @Warren and I had a great time helping @john buhrman look over this 201. John took everyone's advice and within 24 hours of finding this one for sale, he jumped in his truck with his two dogs and drove straight through from Dillon, MT to Fort Morgan, CO to look it over and seal the deal. @Warren and I took his 231 and flew up from Denver (BJC) to help him look it over and give an opinion on the purchase. It's an all original 201 that's been a "work truck" for an aviation business and used for ferrying crews around the western states. There's room for some new avionics and the interior is
    9 points
  17. Keep perpetuating the myth of how difficult Mooney’s are to fly, the best sales tool for Cirrus. Clarence
    9 points
  18. My plane has been down for quite a while. Probably another month or so. Mostly flying other people’s planes. So by your criteria I’m a total looser
    9 points
  19. Joke, joke all of you, if you will. Those of us who have had the "privilege" of flying in Europe (had EASA CPL, MEL, Acrobatic), know what it means to request clearances into C, D airspace (like we do with B here) and have to hold (i.e. circle) over entry points into C or D airspaces for 20, sometimes 40 minutes because they had a "departing" airplane... (Over Volpiano, trying to enter Caselle. Watched a plane from gate to takeoff)… Entire NW Italy covered under a Class A airspace starting at 2000 AGL... Notams prohibiting people entering into G spaces (Garda Lake). FIR controllers (
    9 points
  20. My turn...All in all, 10 years' ownership and four phases of upgrades to get it where I want it. Lots of work, but grateful and fortunate to be able to own and fly this thing. The revised W&B gives me 1007 lbs. useful load. Original cockpit as purchased in 2010 First phase - factory reman IO550N8B engine and new F7498 Hartzell scimitar Second phase - Initial G500, L-3 ESI500, GTN750, L-3 Lynx9000+ install Third phase - Upgrade to G500TXi, add GTN650, PFD controller, upgrade EDM900 to EDM930 Fourth (and hopefully
    9 points
  21. I teach military pilots basic aerobatics, and have flown in civilian MX2s, Berkuts, etc. and had an unlimited card a while back. A Mooney isn't a plane to even think about doing this in. If you have an itch, find someone with a Citabria or a Pitts. A Citabria is a great plane to do upset recoveries and learn how to do aerobatics. Be warned, if you try to do aerobatics in a Mooney with or without training, you're asking for an overspeed/over-g, or worse, a statistic on the MooneySpace safety page...don't be that guy.
    9 points
  22. 9 points
  23. Don't laugh, it took 700 flight hours and 12.5 years. . Finally filled the last line tonight. It seems like just yesterday that I was flying the 172 over middle Georgia with my CFI.
    8 points
  24. Isn't the whole purpose of a constant speed prop, that it is climbing when you need climb and cruise when you need cruise?
    8 points
  25. As for the quality of advice, stick around a couple years, read thousands of posts, and you'll have great idea of who is giving you advice you can trust.
    8 points
  26. That's actually not a bad idea... My plane's been down since end of Sept. so you can ignore everything I post
    8 points
  27. This video shows how the dual Garmin GI-275’s perform superbly in an RNAV approach into KFHB in low IFR conditions getting me down to minimums. The scan is easy and clear. Horizontal and vertical deviation indicators on both the ADI and HSI are clear and easy to fly with. The KFC 150 autopilot is driven perfectly by the top GI-275 (ADAHRS+AP). Just remember to put autopilot in APR mode once the Navigator (in my case a 530W) shows an approach mode such as LPV!!
    8 points
  28. Who else has flown the Hudson corridor in a Mooney? Just checked off that bucket list flight over the weekend. Super easy if you haven't done it before, just make sure you take the FAASafety.gov course and comply with the speed limit and reporting points!
    8 points
  29. The purchase price is the cheap part of owning a plane
    8 points
  30. I see now that Dr. Susan Northrup has been appointed the new Federal Air Surgeon. I hope to see good things coming as she was the SE regional and before that worked for the airlines getting pilots back in the air. She wants to move away from snail mail to e-mail and getting faster responses. From what I have seen of her in the past, she has a pretty common sense approach so I hope things will improve.
    7 points
  31. When actually teaching, I can convince a person to move to my way of thinking through the action of demonstrations, not words alone. On a forum like this, unfortunately, words are the only thing that can be used. Sometimes the certainty that comes through years of experience and expressed through words comes across as arrogance, and for that I apologize. My goal is to make anyone who cares to listen a better pilot by the most appropriate means available.
    7 points
  32. Weed, I grow weed. In interest of full disclosure.
    7 points
  33. Not an AME, but I would schedule an informal discussion with one without filling out any paperwork first. If you don’t need a medical right now I would consider basicmed. Pulmonary embolism is a very controversial subject in medicine and I fear that the FAA may not appreciate the nuances. One of the jobs of your lung capillaries is to filter out blood clots which we all get in small amounts. By not letting the clots get to the left side of your heart it prevents you from getting a stroke. This is all normal and happens on a microscopic level all the time. Recently, with d-dimer test
    7 points
  34. There's nothing wrong with buying an M20G that's been sitting for 20 years. But just be aware that by the time you have flown it for a year, it will have been the most expensive M20G in the fleet. And you will have likely spent more on it than you could have spent on a C, E, or F, that needed nothing and were turn-key, ready to fly. All we're trying to say is that it's often more expensive to buy an airplane that's been sitting, than it is to buy one that's flying regularly.
    7 points
  35. Perhaps try a can of “Betty White”. It seems to hold up well with age.
    7 points
  36. @Shadrach, I appreciate your sharing your views and I’m sorry you feel like you’re the victim here, but I think the issue is a little more complex than you’re letting on. Most people wearing masks are not “sheeple” just waiting for the government to tell them what to do so they can blindly follow it, but reasonable people trying to make the best of a bad situation while confronting a serious threat and a high degree of uncertainty. When I studied public health in grad school we spent ONE day on how to communicate with the public during a public health emergency. I’m sure in future cl
    7 points
  37. I prefer to teach no power reduction until at least 1,000 AGL -- Concentration should be on power, pitch, positive rate and a stabilized departure. The MAPA PPP "IFR by the Numbers" chart recommends the Ovation initial climb at 110 KIAS with gear up and flaps up, MP full and RPM full (2500). Transition to cruise climb calls for no change in power settings, speed increased to 130 KIAS for cooling.
    7 points
  38. having assets makes you a target. Insure appropriately.
    7 points
  39. Tell that to my family members and friends who have died from it.
    7 points
  40. Been probably 20 years since I’d been issued a cruise clearance. It wasn’t even that slow there were multiple planes going into the airport. Kind of nice. Last time I got one I mentioned it to a friend who is atc. He said somewhere a controller is telling all his friends that today he gave someone a cruise clearance.
    7 points
  41. Looks like we’ll have a clinical trial site locally for one of the expanded pediatric clinical trials (likely ages 7-16). We’ll enroll one of my kids (7) in the trial if possible immediately, and the younger one (2) will get it as soon as she is eligible. Of all the vaccines we have available this is a very “clean” technology. The long term potential adverse effects are not dissimilar from any other traditional vaccine. In weighing risk benefit, I’ve encountered sufficient numbers of kids with of all things the development of Type I diabetes far in excess of what we should be seeing by hi
    7 points
  42. So, I think we have established a few points: 1. Aerodynamically, there is no reason a Mooney will not perform basic aerobatic maneuvers 2. Structurally, if you stay within the certified envelope there shouldn't be a problem -- but, some of these airplanes are old and who knows what structural issues may lurk out of sight. 3. The airplane has a slow roll rate, unknown probably nasty spin characteristics and is very clean. If you screw up... 4. Several members with significant aerobatic experience are not interested in the risk, so perhaps it is best to heed the advice of th
    7 points
  43. It's not amazing when bright people disagree on new and unknown/poorly supported science. Don't confuse political motivation/posturing with actual science and well established facts. And, do let me know when you come up with an example of pretty much any individual human activity that does NOT affect others. The argument that an individual's action affects others, thus justifying limitless control, leads to totalitarianism whereby every aspect of an INDIVIDUAL's life is controlled by group-think because it would all so selfish to do otherwise. That is the slippery slope we are on and,
    7 points
  44. For 2021 Adapted from CS Lewis who was living in the cold war where politicians could nuke everyone with the push of a button. Switched bombs and Microbes to fit today. Thanks to a friend for sharing "If we are all going to be destroyed by an microbe, let that microbe when it comes find us doing sensible and human things—praying, working, teaching, reading, listening to music, bathing the children, playing tennis, chatting to our friends over a pint and a game of darts—not huddled together like frightened sheep and thinking about microbes. They may break our bodies (a nuc
    7 points
  45. Welcome and congratulations! As stated above (long body) Mooney specific transition training is highly recommended. In addition to this a PC based flight simulator (especially X-Plane 11, X-Aviation provides a nice M20R) is great for learning to master and utilize the G1000 (see link). Add some G1000 simulation gear (like RealSimGear or VirtualFly) and you can even train your muscle memory while on the ground. PP thoughts only, no FI.. Best regards, Matthias Sim still under construction:
    7 points
  46. Hopped over to Shelbyville Indiana (KGEZ) to exercise the engine and to see an "Air Mail arrow" up close.
    7 points
  47. Stay humble. No matter how long you've flown or how many airframes you still don't know everything.
    7 points
  48. If you're at home sick or quarantined, you can't fly your Mooney . . . .
    6 points

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