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  1. 18 points
    I just returned from a couple of days at Oshkosh and had the opportunity to speak to a lot of Mooney owners. One take away I came back with is that existing owners in large have an adversarial attitude towards new Mooney aircraft, which is sad. While quick to espouse the virtues of the legacy planes they own, as a group in large part were critical of the new planes with unfounded reasons. " My (insert model owned here) is so much better than a new Mooney. I can go (insert airspeed here) on (insert GPH here) and it doesnt cost me 800 AMU's. I guess I can say the same thing about my 2005 Odyssey with 240K miles vs my 2019 Tesla X (well, the Odyssey wont do 0-60 in 2.9 sec but can haul more, yada yada yada). What was refreshing was that NON Mooney owners really found a LOT of value for the $ in the Mooney offerings compared to what else was out there, and 3 were/are being sold in the first couple of days that I know of. Are they smarter than we are or know something we dont? It is a shame we are not evangelist for the new offerings as a group. This passion will help enable future generations to have a 30 year old 2019 Ultra as we should be. We all love the plane and if you ever have the chance to fly in a new one, you will quickly realize just how special they really are. Supporting the factory will do nothing but help the value of the current fleet. While most proclaim the price is too high, the reality is the price is very competitive with competition while delivering more. The problem isnt the price, it is the ability of the existing Mooney owner to pay it. And that can be fixed by the individual if they elect to earn more. To 'dis the new ones because of one's inability to afford it only hurts the brand and our used fleet values, when the problem is really owned by the individual. No, I dont own one personally, in fact, I dont own a Mooney right now. I cannot do justice to a fine plane by owning one as I wouldnt be able to put in the time required to fly it and be a good steward. That, and that alone, was the reason I sold my pristine F. If this were not the case, i would have a new M20V in my hangar. They are THAT nice!! We, as existing owners, are the GREATEST asset Mooney International has. Lets help them succeed. /SOAPBOX MODE=OFF
  2. 14 points
    Well actually it was Wednesdays flight, but G-OBAL is HOME, YAY YAY YAY YAY . It has been a long hard slog to get her better, most of it with absolutely NOTHING happening to the aircraft, but she is now home, i can fly her again, and generally drawl. The only bad point is that the airfield said i had lost my parking space so she now parks on the grass, this is petty airfield politics but the new spot is not too bad and I can make it safe for her with some Parfo (if the manager allows me). The videos don't seem to want to upload so I've linked Andrews Facebook post, hope you can all see it. https://www.facebook.com/andrewdunninglondon/videos/10156511859725998/ Picture of AL in her new spot. I did totally forget to take a WTW picture even though it was a Wednesday I brought her back. in her
  3. 13 points
    So last Monday (8 day’s ago) I got an email from the lead aftermarket TKS salesman he wanted my plane on their display at Oshkosh. He commented after looking at my plane last year he thought it was one of the nicest TKS installs he had ever seen (kudos to Brad Simmons for most of that). I graciously accepted. So, I’m on their display, just a couple spots east of the main entrance gate, on the south side. Since I was late to the Pizza Party, and only got to meet a few of you there, I would love to see any of my Mooney brethren that could stop by to say hi. I’m there about 75% of the time. @201er (who absolutely impresses me with his trips) and @Sabremech (who I found I have a ton of non-Mooney shared interests with) stopped by today. Hope to meet “in person” some more Mooney Space friends!! Tom
  4. 11 points
    Great ideas and agree. As to #8: MooneyMAX is a non-profit formed specifically for Mooney education. MooneyMAX 2020 will be a 3-day educational Conference for Mooney owners of all models the first of May. Returning and confirmed guest speakers are Mike Busch, Bob Minnis, Bob Kromer, Jimmy Garrison, and others. NO pilot knows EVERYTHING! Aviation education and knowledge of our Mooney’s should be a constant goal. Would love to hear ideas and suggestions of areas owners would like covered.
  5. 10 points
    I understand how people would really like to get the instrument rating done and over in a couple weeks. Life gets in the way at times and so we tend to think why not just set aside a couple weeks to get it done. But going that route robs the pilot from learning about ADM skills and different weather hazards as they appear during the course of normal training. Seldom does accelerated training provide much IMC experience unless they just so happen to do their training at the right time and at the right location to get it. IMO taking your time with much greater time and exposure to mentor your ADM skills with your instructor will leave you much better prepared. Giant kudos for learning your instrument rating in your complex Mooney where you are much more likely to learn IFR flying by numbers with different PAC's for different profiles and gain the piloting discipline which will transfer to flying IFR any aircraft. I have no doubt many pilots can get through the accelerated training and then use their license to learn slowly in gradual baby steps as they learn different kinds of weather. But what one has to guard themselves against is the same strong drive of accomplishment to complete such an arduous task in a couple weeks, can also translate into an attitude of invincibility when it comes to setting personal minimums. At such an early stage such pilots are still learning what the weather risks really are and may not even consider things like strong winds aloft at altitude even hazardous since it never came up in their brief training. A sad but great example of this was a Mooney pilot some years ago that got his instrument in 10 days because he just had to fly his Mooney J to a wedding in Jackson, WY in a few more weeks and didn't want to be deterred by clouds. He ended up killing himself and 2 of his young kids because he lacked the experience to conduct such a flight and then accepted clearances, like direct over the highest terrain, that he really didn't have the equipment to fly. I am not saying everyone that does the accelerated training is going to go down the same path. What I am trying to convey is perhaps you'll get a far better education by adopting the same attitude you need to survive from the get go, by taking your time to get as much varied weather and IMC experience as you can with a good instructor that will not only pass along the technical aspects of flying instruments partial panel etc but also spend time with you to learn more about the hazards of instrument flying and ADM. IMO it will build a much stronger foundation for you to build on. But regardless of what route you go, you and anyone pursing an instrument rating is to be commended simply because its a lot of hard work, much like the private was if not harder, and for me it was the most rewarding rating. So get it and use it often Because proficiency is everything in instrument flying.
  6. 10 points
    I agree with you, but I also think the Mooney brand needs to have a strategy to empower the Mooney community and work with us to foster that goodwill and brand evangelism. We are their greatest asset, but their marketing strategy is probably outdated and not community-empowering focused. It's definitely a tough challenge for any Community Manager as Mooney-owners probably aren't the easiest group of people to engage in a way that is strategic and in service to their company goals. If I was Mooney, I would consider these initiatives to build community: 1) have a social strategy that encourages legacy Mooney owners to show off their aircraft, awards free parts to best voted aircraft, with the message and branding being that "Mooney's last forever." 2) have a strategy to empower Mooney owners to host Mooney-specific fly-ins and fly in new aircraft for display for those flyins. 3) reassure Mooney owners that they love supporting the fleet with parts, etc. 4) listen and be transparent. we want to see the return of something like an M20J at a competitive price point, but there are probably real reasons why Mooney can't do that and remain profitable. it would be nice to have someone from Mooney address these concerns in a customer-facing way that protects their interest (obviously they can't be completely transparent and give us #'s and data), but at least be listening to the community and thinking about real ways to address the needs of them. 5) find a way to empower the Mooney community to grow the GA market as a whole. tell the stories of those Mooney owners whose lifestyle has been transformed thanks to their time machine. more time with family, friends, etc. 6) although the pilot population is mostly male and it makes sense that their marketing appeals mostly to men, I think rethinking that strategy and broadening the horizon as the industry is becoming more diverse and being a proponent for that diversity. 7) inviting some Mooney owners to give feedback, some form of beta-program to help develop better feedback loops and help people in the community feel included as a result. 8) put a program in place where MSCs can host Mooney-specific events/fly-ins/etc to increase education among Mooney maintenance among owners. they should have some leverage in order allow these repair stations to use the Mooney logo and be a "licensed repair station." Just some ideas from someone whose job it is to build communities around brands (not aviation field).
  7. 9 points
    Finally, some very positive news.... Hi All, We received an upbeat message from Mark’s doctors today post surgery. 1) Confirmed they saw nothing concerning such as fungal after examining his entire body. 2) Covering his thighs with allografts went smoothly. 3) Because Mark’s arms have not much tissue layer and down to muscle, they covered his arms with cow placental allograft. We need to learn more about this process. Bottom line, it’s good to get Mark’s arms covered ASAP. 4) His left upper arm biopsy indicated no fungal so far, they will continue to monitor as it can take up to 2 weeks for fungal to grow and it’s been 9 days. The plan is to move forward with preparing Mark for skin grafting. Next Wednesday, in surgery they will set up a test patch for autografts on his body. Autographs are the prep layer grown from Mark’s skin that needs to be put on his body before they place his skin grafts on top of it. They want to test first to make sure it can “take” before they do more widespread prepping. Dr. MacGregor said we should celebrate the good news, as Mark has survived a critical leg in his marathon. If he gets any more bacterial infections, it can be a reset but it’s recoverable. Not typically so with fungal infections. Dearest God and all the love in the universe, thank you for another miracle - the gift of life for Mark.
  8. 9 points
    Get there any way you can... I have three fisks, one caravan, and a couple of SnFs... inconveniently rejected on two of those... Winterhaven and Appleton make nice stop-overs... when too late to arrive. To improve one’s comfort level... 1) Bring a set of trained eyes to help look for other planes... 2) Bring your memory, full of way points, that are clearly depicted in the procedures... 3) Select the best times for a lower level of traffic... 4) Doing this solo, on your first time, would be a real challenge... 5) Is that the upside down wedding cake... where is the blue roof... (fuzzy memories of the other fly-in) 6) Caravan is a blast! 7) Formation flying... up close, appears to look similar to cars moving down the highway, intentionally staying in lanes, and maintaining spacing... only there are no lanes... and the speed is about 3X highway speeds... 8) Planning in advance is a huge detail... being familiar with KOSH procedure is one important part... the Caravan has a collection of additional pages to be familiar with... i tried to compare using electronic versions and paper versions... electronic requires strong memory to find the pages you are looking for... paper is easier to flip through when memory is at a premium... 9) Management... If you are familiar with project management (PM) you can have a great appreciation for all the work that goes into arranging a perfect flight of 62 planes... every detail is covered, with a plan B for every step of the project... a list of who is in charge of which activity or area... is as expected... Communication is everything at every level... be at each meeting... both large and small... when the caravan is aloft... the radios are very quiet while things are going well... a few hand signs, a couple of tail waggles... not much more... 10) Sh*t happened... the weather didn’t agree with our plans...Thunder storms arrived in time for our Caravan experience... Our day at the hotel turned into a second day... we departed for KOSH a day later than expected... 11) Behind the scenes... magic was really happening... one Caravan guy was on the phone between two Traffic control towers negotiating the departure and arrival of 62 Mooneys... then on the ground was another wow! moment...ATC sent a few Mooneys ahead to test the taxi capability of Mooneys on the softened surface... then the rest followed the uphill taxi-way to the highest ground in the N40... plan B was park on a paved surface... 12) Camp was set up, and the communing followed... 13) The Best night was a super cooperative event... The Caravan tent was the place, MS’s Yves’ organized the Pizza delivery, DMax/Jimmy, and Clarence are/were great supporters... hope somebody got good pics of their giant ad signs... (thank you!) 14) At the end of the first day, our 62 Mooneys were tightly nestled in place... the good times were rolling... 15) knowing a couple of the B2Osh guys, I stopped by over there... their management took some scheduled risks, the weather really set them back... their version of the Caravan was cancelled... Many of their members attempted to come as individuals... but were unable to park anywhere near each other... they had all the fixings for a big party, but not enough people arrived to use it all... And a Mooney was prominently parked in the first space next to their tent... 16) It was great having a period of excess... food, beverage, camaraderie, Mooneys, supporters, pilots, mechanics, family, and friends... 17) Caravaners, MSers, and ATC all working together... 18) Screen names, call signs, and real names mixing in the memory... now multiply that by about two... to get spouses, friends, and kids names sorted... 19) there is plenty of work to do to get closer to perfection... time will help sort through those things out... 20) where else can you meet people you have known for a decade...? 21) Overall, I reviewed how well things went and compared them to my expectations... then shared that with my co-pilot... I started a paragraph with... “This week was well beyond expectations...” Get to a Mooney Fly-in! Even If it takes driving the Chevy... Best regards, -a-
  9. 9 points
    A quick weekend trip to Phoenix for my niece's wedding, my nephew's talk in church before leaving on his mission to Sweden, and back to California for the baptism of one of the girls that my wife was the youth leader for, it was a great trip with nice weather. https://intothesky.us/2019/07/22/made-possible-by-a-mooney/ For good fun, add in a Cessna pilot that was annoyed he was placed behind the faster Mooney coming into Fullerton. The "rest of the story" is in the blog post, but if you don't feel like reading it here's the Reader's Digest version. I hadn't been kicked to tower yet but was monitoring when I heard: Cessna: “Fullerton tower, Cessna xxxxx is over the Brea Pass and inbound with Quebec.” Tower: “Cessna xxxxx, I have a faster plane, a Mooney, inbound, two miles east of the water treatment plant. Fly to the water treatment plant and let me know when you have the Mooney in sight.” I was just beginning to level off from my descent and my ground speed (into the wind) had just dipped below 150 mph while the Cessna (flying with the wind) was showing 117 mph on my tablet. Right after that I was handed off, called up tower, and was told to make straight in for two-four. Eventually the Cessna said he had us in sight and tower told him to follow us in. I continued to slow to 120 to drop my gear by the 5 mile final mark and then bleed off more speed to get to 100 and put in some flaps. At that point the tower starts getting onto the Cessna pilot because he was overtaking me and he had been told to follow me. The Cessna guy is saying that he's trying to slow down (yeah right) and at one point said he had the power "all the way out." Sure, he's about 4+ miles out and pulled power all the way, guy would have dropped like a rock, not continued to overtake me. Funniest line I've heard from ATC in awhile. Tower: "Sir, do you have an instructor on board?" Tower gave him an s-turn, asked me to keep my speed above 90 until short final, we landed nice and easy and watch the Cessna float down the runway and bounce once before settling down. Good times!
  10. 8 points
    Love all the Mooney events at Oshkosh. The Mooney Owners Forum was great (next time give Don Kaye a whole hour though!)! So sad that Mooney activities seem to be winding down for the rest of the week. (pro Tip: make sure Mooney has you on their email list so you get invited to things like their Mooney Love lunch before RSVPs fill!) One thought I wanted to open for discussion though is “fear of Fisk”. I always assumed doing the Caravan was a cool thing for the comraderie and learning some formation skills and hanging with other Mooney people etc. (the only downside I can see is those traffic cone orange shirts they wore this year :)). We don’t do it because we just don’t have the time for all the pre-osh mustering required - we always just kind of get here in the nick of time. But it seems like a great thing to do and maybe one of these years we will join the gaggle... anyway, yesterday, someone at the presentation about the caravan said “how many people here arrived via Fisk?” and a few of us raised our hands. and he said “never again, right?” and we were all baffled, of course we would arrive at Fisk again. So some of us were like “sure again.” But the implication was that one of the reasons to do the caravan was fear of Fisk. So here’s my message: Don’t fear Fisk! (But be prepared for Fisk, read the NOTAM many many times!) Especially when timed right (we like coming in early morning) it’s actually a pretty manageable arrival - a plane a mile or so ahead of you, a plane a mile or so behind you, they direct you to a downwind, you descend and land. With two people in airplane it’s easy to keep your eye out for other traffic but most people keep their distance. Yeah if Fisk gets saturated and you have to hold that really sucks. But the arrival itself is no problem. Certainly no harder/easier than keeping track of 60+ Mooney’s flying in close proximity for many miles in the caravan. Anyway I just wanted to put this out there for other people like us - that just logistically can’t do the caravan. You shouldn’t feel like you have to come in a mass arrival out of fear of Fisk. It’s fine. Come to osh! You can even go mooch beer and tent space off the caravan (for a small fee :)) when you arrive!
  11. 7 points
    I’ve had three Mooney’s two new. My issue is not with the product offered but with the performance or non-performance of the company post purchase. The issues with us G1000 drivers literally begging the company for the better part of a decade for necessary upgrades some required to keep our planes flying, I’m referring to those of us that pushed the company to have an answer for ADSB, then came the debacle with WAAS for those of us that wanted to have current avionics, currently we can’t get imo upgraded software to render our planes at the forefront of the avionics world, where is connectivity with our avionics. I have friends who pilot planes 30+ years older than mine with much better more refined and updated equipment. I purchased a 2005 Bravo without the knowing an Acclaim was almost ready for the market place, it wasn’t long after I got my Bravo and the company in S Florida wanted to know if I wanted to upgrade to the Acclaim. The companies inability to provide innovation to the current G 1000 models have put a bad taste in me. I would and could have purchased a new Ultra but the way the company handled those of us who spent a half M on a plane 13 years ago say not again. I love the brand but lost trust in the company
  12. 7 points
    When we had the big fly-in at Paso Robles last year Richard Simile flew in N242KT for everyone to gawk over and sit in. He also spoke to the group for a bit and walked around handing out pens, and other stuff. I was impressed by him and the plane, and while I LOVE my plane, if I had the money I would own a M20V right alongside @mike_elliott.
  13. 7 points
    I flew. The winds were 9 gusting to 20 landing to the north in freaking July. We had a cooler front roll in. NTSB was not called. No FAA reports. No NASA reports. No video. it was a good day. The landings were sporting.
  14. 7 points
    Jenny knows this is a marathon. Marks recovery will be excruciatingly slow with lots of hills and valleys. People tend to wear out and move on in their support, but we will stand tall with her
  15. 6 points
    Love the daily updates - reminds me to stop - pray for these folk - sustenance and renewal - Peace only the Lord God - can provide - in Jesus name - amen Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  16. 6 points
    I couldn't resist posting this. No, it's not about AirVenture. More personal. My Club annual proficiency check was Friday - in an MSE. Today, I flew to a other airport and back - in a C. Between the two flights in the C, I flew an Ovation.
  17. 6 points
    The Instrument Rating in my opinion isn’t something you want to blow through in a couple of weeks. Find a local instructor and stretch it out a little farther... just my $0.02
  18. 6 points
    Seriously! One thing we were talking about is how encouraging they are even for total F-ups (on sunday we watched people actually approach wrong end of the runway!). Apparently it’s a human factors thing if you start getting grumpy or angry with pilots it increases cockpit stress levels and the mistakes pile on. A few “good jobs” and “great wing rocks” builds confidence to keep it coming. And it can’t be easy for the controllers and they seem to manage to squeeze in “welcome to Oshkosh, enjoy the show!” on many Fisk crossings and landings! Really a pleasure to listen to.
  19. 6 points
    Don’t fear Fisk, fear taxiing over humps, bumps and ditches. Remember, it is your plane and you get to decide where you taxi.
  20. 6 points
    From Jenny today Mark scheduled for Thurs surgery[http://mobile-mail] mike elliott Hey everyone, Mark had a peaceful night. Dr. Matthews dropped by yesterday to update us that Mark will go into surgery this Thursday so that they can: 1) Cover back up his arms with xeno and allografts. They had to remove them when they excised the infected tissue from his arms last week. 2) Replace the current xeno and allografts with fresh ones on his thighs. This is an ongoing process - until he has his own skin grafts, they have to replace the artificial grafts every 7 days to prevent infection. 3) If Mark continues to make steady improvements with his kidney functioning, they will take him off dialysis. Hoping that will happen in the next few days. We asked when Mark can get back on track with his own skin grafts - as you know, he was only 2 days away from that phase when they found the fungal infection last week. The full medical team will meet today to review Mark's condition and determine where we go from here. They'll have an answer on skin grafts after this meeting. Once the doctors order the skin grafts, it takes 2 weeks for the Boston lab to grow and deliver them. I'll update everyone as soon as I know more from their meeting today. I do think it's a good sign that they want to cover his arms even though it can take up to 6 weeks to know the full status of fungal infections. Mark will continue to be on the anti-fungal medications for a while. You are receiving this message because you are a member of this community. You may unsubscribefrom receiving announcements at any time. Thanks for all you do to help others, Your friends at Lotsa Helping Hands [emoji2398] 2019 Lotsa Helping Hands | 118 N Peoria 2N Chicago, IL 60607 Sent from my Pixel 2 XL using Tapatalk
  21. 6 points
    Spent today getting the new IR wet, man can't believe I actually get to do this flying thing.
  22. 5 points
    Folks, I see that there hasn't been a report from the North 40. Here's a brief one. EAA and FAA were super in finding us a spot on the field that was dry on Sunday morning, figuring out how we could taxi to it, and getting us from Madison to the field. We wound up on the north side of 9-27, near Friar Tuck's. Events went off smashingly. The Fish Fry Sunday night, breakfasts on Monday and Tuesday, the Mooneyspace Social on Monday, and the Barbecue on Tuesday were all great, and seem to be getting better every year. The weather in the lee of the cold front that hit Saturday was some of the best in years, and things on the grounds were pretty darn good, too. Wish I were still there, but the office beckoned and I had to respond. So.... </Pilot Hat><Lawyer Hat> There was a small problem on the flight this year, categorized as an incident under NTSB and FAA criteria. It involved minor sheet metal damage, no injuries or serious damage. Attached is a statement relating to that. To say more at this point, as a former U.S. President was known to say, "wouldn't be prudent." </Lawyer Hat><Pilot Hat> Dave Piehler Statement Relating to Incident During Mooney Caravan to Oshkosh XXII.pdf
  23. 5 points
    I’m guessing you don’t work with statistics for a living? ;-) I’ve never been able to get the time off to try either one, but I’m not sure this single incident provides a definitive answer to that question. My impression from that carefully prepared statement is that @N9201A didn’t want to talk about it until the investigation is complete. Although as a Mooney fan I am curious about what happened as well, I will wait to hear about it until the investigation is complete.
  24. 5 points
    I suggest a hybrid approach to the Instrument Rating: First, study for the written. Then take a weekend cram course or on-line equivalent as a review and take the test. You want a high score because (a) the material is of practical use and (b) questions you miss will be topics stressed on the oral. Get some IFR dual instruction and cover the basics of “blind flying” and IFR operations. 10-15 hours should get you to the point where you can basically fly the plane and twist the knobs simultaneously. Then go to a school like Gatts and take the 7 day course, followed by the checkride. Do it all in your airplane as that’s what you want to learn to fly in IMC.
  25. 5 points
    Let’s focus on this sentence for a minute.... At one time this was possible... People got confused when the panel cost more than the plane... You could sell the panel, and it came with an attached plane... The disappointing part is even modern panels age poorly... 20year old digital boxes aren’t as well liked as new GTNs... Lets look briefly at a great retirement plane... An M20E... The Pilot flys IFR and has 50amu of electronics installed in his panel... I expect he will be flying it for two decades or more... especially if his grandson starts flying... Why does he have 50amu wrapped up in his panel... because he likes the situational awareness it provides... Somebody else will have to sell it when he is done... There was a time when nobody would put a GPS in a short body Mooney... because the plane didn’t cost enough... These economic statements make no sense. But, people made them anyways... You are not installing the devices for the plane to use... you are installing them, for you to use... Get what meets your mission... pay the lowest price for the total package... Know whatever you have gets old and surpassed over the decades... Good with that? You are approved to go forwards... Buyers are more knowledgeable now than ever... it will be the same when you are a seller... you may have to explain to the buyers what a GTN is... to get your asking price... PP thoughts on funky things I remember hearing while buying my first Mooney... Best regards, -a-
  26. 5 points
    Not that I have a choice, but I’ll keep waiting, with my name on Jeev’s list. In the meantime, I’ll continue to handfly. I’ve crossed the country more than once, near 600 hours in my C in the last 2 years. It’s really not a chore. It keeps me awake. It keeps me sharp. But someday, fingers crossed, I’ll get an autopilot.
  27. 5 points
    I do agree with @Becca that no one should be afraid of the Fisk arrival. Like I said, I've not flown it so can't comment. But if the Caravan wasn't an option for me, I'd be flying the Fisk. Oshkosh is too good to miss. The main reason I like flying with the Caravan is camping with the Caravan. The tent, generators, meals, and the friends, are the reasons I keep coming back.
  28. 5 points
    And people wonder why I say, never buy a Mooney without an autopilot. Someday we might have choices, upgrades, etc. Today there isn't anything for the short bodies and precious little for the rest. If you happen to own a short body Mooney with a working Stec30/altitude hold, it might be worth more today than it's ever been.
  29. 5 points
    would be nice if they just answered the phone..................
  30. 5 points
    Alex, you are spot on and what I have been promoting with them. Item 2 is in place with the Mooney Summit and other groups. Unfortunately, the ship has sailed on Item #4. There will NOT be a 300K New J. Impossible to do as and was addressed at OSH last year, SNF the year before etc. Mooney recently hired a new marketing manager whom I hope will be reading all this. Regarding Item #7 At one time, I assembled a list of Mooney owners that would make up the Mooney owners advisory counsel at Lance Phillips (former Mooney Marketing manager) request, but that project died at his departure. Meanwhile, I have taken it on to relay what is said and felt to whomever will listen there. (Garrett, got your ears on?). Mooney's presence at the last 5 Mooney Summit's have given owners plenty of face time with management and will continue of course, as will trade shows and regional events. Thanks for your contribution to pull the rope forward, Alex!
  31. 5 points
    What’s funny here is that 1) you’ve never bled a Mooney brake system. 2) You’ve made comparisons to the braking systems of military and transport category aircraft. 3) And then finished up with the textbook method for bleeding brakes... To be honest the post comes off as a touch pedantic. I assure you that one can bleed the brakes with a pressure pot from the bottom up into an overflowing catch can and still end up with a soft pedal even after repeated attempts It’s my opinion that the design would have benefited from more judicious use of hard lines. I think that over time and use, the soft lines develop high and low spots in between the calipers and the brake cylinders. @acpartswhse now that it’s been bled from the bottom up. I would recommend reducing the fluid level in the reservoir to about 2/3rd full and apply vacuum to the reservoir with the vent sealed. A MityVac is probably easiest for the job but other tools could be modded to work. A coolant vacuum purge kit (rentable from most auto parts stores) may work as well but look at it before renting to see if you can make a good seal. Once a vac is attached, draw system down to ~ -18 to 20inHg and have someone actuate the brakes and parking break for a minute or so. This should eliminate any stubborn air bubbles from the system.
  32. 4 points
    I would recommend if you do this to mix it up with your instructor. As a CFII I see a lot of buddies flying around under the hood together instilling poor habits or just flying vectors to the same ILS over and over and not really preparing themselves for the IFR environment. -Robert
  33. 4 points
    A few of my thoughts from my experience; Take the test and pass it first. The weekend courses are fine, but what goes in fast goes out faster. I've found the Gleim Course to be good because it gives you the reason for the wrong answers as well as the right one. It does just prepare you for the test, not the practical reality of actual instrument flying. The big Jeppesen book is like a reference manual, but provides really good information. If you have a glass panel, the instrument rating is almost too easy; Holding patterns, glideslopes for flying approaches makes life easy. Of course you should get some "dive and drive" experience, but with the modern GPSs step down situational awareness is easy. Even flying VOR approaches is easy with a WAAS GPS since you can now fly the whole approach with GPS and just monitor the VOR during the final approach segment. Gone are the days of ADF approaches that were more difficult and very inaccurate. From my experience, younger is better for doing accelerated courses. I had one student do the whole rating (not including the knowledge test) in 8 days. We flew 2-3 sessions of 2.5 hours/session each day. He passed with flying colors. He was technically oriented as a software engineer and 26 years old. In California in the summer you get the marine layer many days. In the winter you many times get the fog layer in the Valley. I like a student to have at least 4 hours of actual IMC before taking the practical test.
  34. 4 points
    Call me an optimist, but I see this as Honeywell re-building their GA division by acquisition. There is nothing wrong with TruTrak and if kept as a separate division which I am assuming it would be as otherwise I doubt the CEO of TruTrak would still be on board, then Honeywell are supplying money and Tru-trak and her engineers (also who came as part of the deal) will continue to invest and develop. Personally I'm interested in the slot in replacement ap for my KFC150 and am watching this space carefully. Things are changing in the avionics world I feel for the better, more competition for the likes of Garmin can only be a good thing. Andrew
  35. 4 points
    As for me - every time there’s an update I call out to The Lord God for them. Prayer moves the hand of God Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  36. 4 points
    Departed Appleton at 0900 and flew over RIPON. Thought it was pretty cool looking on the ipad
  37. 4 points
    I think the point that you missed and more so Mooney International is missing is that this whole "attitude" stems not from jealousy or lack of money but from Mooney failing to produce innovation that appeals to the Mooney community. Granted, if they are trying to market outside of the Mooney community, go for it. However, the failure to get many oos and aahs from the legacy community is on them. Let me explain. If I won the lottery, stock market, whatever and had the money to be in the market for a million dollar airplane, I would not be choosing the new Mooneys! There are other brands that can offer greater capabilities such as turbines, more seats, more speed, more engines, etc. Would a C owner love the opportunity to swap to an E? You bet. Would an F owner love the opportunity to swap to a J? You bet. Would a J owner love the opportunity to swap to a K? You bet. Would a K owner love the opportunity to swap to a M? Might depend what kind of K they have but in many cases, you bet. Would most Mooney owners want to swap to an acclaim or ovation? You bet. But when it comes to the ultras... they have little innovation to offer to get someone to look forward to. The avionics and interior aren't the main point because older Mooneys can be retrofitted with similar if that is what someone is interested in. The second door of course is indeed something that can only come on the new planes and is part and parcel of the Ultra only. And unfortunately that is one of the few real changes over the older airplanes. Not faster. Not safer. Not more useful load. We're already used to climbing in with one door so it's a hard sell on Mooney owners. Of course someone who trained in Cessna or Cirrus, might see the lack of a second door as a downgrade. The appearance of a second door is only an upgrade from a Cherokee trainer but unlikely to impress anyone who's already used to having two doors in what they learned. In the past, with every letter upgrade, Mooney was able to impress the Mooney and aviation community at large with the increased capabilities of their airplane. Those who couldn't afford, could only dream. However, I don't think it was difficult to appreciate and relish the innovation. Mooney owners are more so "value" conscious rather than dollar poor. It's probably one of the biggest draws to Mooney for many of us. We fly our Js at Bonanaza speeds with 20% less horsepower because of the value of the cleaner aerodynamics. The price increase of the new models greatly outweighs the value increase of the new features. There are definitely pilots in the Mooney community that could afford the newest model but I suspect they aren't seeing the value or innovation to draw them from the Mooneys they already own. So it's not an act of jealousy or lack of funds. The lack of funds might be the reason we aren't making a purchase right now. But the lack of innovation is the reason we aren't dreaming of making the purchase if or when we do! I think that if Mooney wants to leverage the Mooney community for marketing their current product as opposed to Mooney as a whole, they need to go back to their roots where they kept making the airplane the dream and aspiration of the owners of past models. I hope my input and input from other Mooney owners, rather than being seen as hostile or unfounded, could be helpful and driving. Just my four half pennies.
  38. 4 points
    Haha, no - thank YOU, you're the one doing the real work in building community here. All I did was some mental masturbation.
  39. 4 points
    That is called “Winning”.
  40. 4 points
    Where is that written? The only thing the new owner can't do is the yearly Condition Inspection (comparable to an Annual). That has to be done by an A&P or by the builder. Everything else is fair game, or at least that's what I was taught.
  41. 3 points
    They are fragile electrodes, but basically you re-gap every 1000 hours.id guess they pay fro themselves in labor savings. You pull them out. Look at them. Maybe snag some lead deposits with a dental pick. Then reinstall. No blasting. In fact it’s not supposed to be done.
  42. 3 points
    I like what @Bravoman said. Get the ticket any way that works for you. Then, with full realization that you now are signed off to go LEARN, go carefully. BTW... I plan to use Gatts to knock out the Commercial this Fall.
  43. 3 points
    I used PIC for accelerated training years ago. I had had previous instruction but for myself I prefer a condensed time frame and pouring on the coals to get it done. My instructor was an Air Force Academy grad and a significantly decorated Vietnam forward air control pilot. Couldn’t have been happier with the experience. As mentioned above by others though, I did not delude myself into thinking that I was anything other than a student with a license to learn after getting my ticket, which I still consider myself to be. Started with very conservative personal minimums, which gradually became less conservative as I got more experience in the system.
  44. 3 points
    I opened a MtDew at FL230 on the flight to MSN. I had specifically selected the plastic 1 liter bottle so I could open it VERY SLOWLY. I'm happy to report no MtDew was spilled.
  45. 3 points
    MIL-G-81322 (superseded by MIL-PRF-81322) is Aeroshell 22 MIL-G-23827 (superseded by MIL-PRF-23827) is Aeroshell 7 MIL-G-3545 (obsolete, superseded by MIL-PRF-81322) was Aeroshell 5 and you can use Aeroshell 22 LASAR sells10% moly grease for Dukes actuators. (You can't find a commercial grease with more than 5% moly). You can look up mil specs. at http://everyspec.com/ You can find mil-qualified products at https://qpldocs.dla.mil/search/default.aspx (you will have to get around the fact that this site frequently has an out of date SSL certificate) Aeroshell grease info: https://www.shell.com/business-customers/aviation/aeroshell/knowledge-centre/the-aeroshell-book/_jcr_content/par/textimage_1433441235.stream/1445042875796/e76780948490d28fdd9086517026d27c1442a76d/aeroshell-book-5greases.pdf Skip
  46. 3 points
    We just want to say Thank You to all the wonderful Mooney pilots we met at the Oshkosh Mooney Social. You guys literally grabbed us, put a cold beer in our hands, and made us feel welcome within 5 seconds of our arrival. It was great to meet everyone and see lots of beautiful Mooney’s. Hopefully, Anita and I will join you soon as Mooney owners. Thanks again Tom
  47. 3 points
    Dang! I met Charles..! I flew formation with 201er..! I ate pizza with Yves..! had no internet for a couple of days... Wish I could have met you there, Tom... I even spent time at the Lancair booth thinking about building a turbine IVPT... Next time, for sure... Best regards, -a-
  48. 3 points
    How about people who have flow Fisk, comment on the Fisk and people who have flown with the Caravan can comment on that. Some of you have flown both and have actual insight here. I've never flown the Fisk, so I won't comment on it. I will say that most of the comments about the Caravan by people who have never flown with the Caravan are factually inaccurate. We also don't charge anything to show up at our tent and have a beer. The BBQ on the other hand, is only for those who have bought a ticket and that includes all Caravan members as well.
  49. 3 points
    I use Aero Cosmetics Wash n Wax, a waterless spray that washes away dirt, grease and grime and leaves a very slick finish behind that makes bug removal easy. Regular (blue) for all painted surfaces, and Degreaser (red) for the belly. Quick, easy, slick finish.
  50. 3 points
    I'll put my porn pics up against almost anyone here, e.g. @Marauder's...

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