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  1. 6 points
    "No wonder you charge so much for this oil... you got a Bonanza to feed... and they have to eat a lot more to go almost as fast as my Mooney"
  2. 5 points
    MT Prop, O2GX, A/C, non-FIKI LOP 10000 2450 rpm 171kts ROP 10000 2450 rpm 175 kts examples. I have had the prop almost a year. No paint issues, 120 hrs. There is one spinner for both icing and non-icing so expect a gap on non icing. Russ
  3. 5 points
    I check my CC bills: ~$4k for the trip. $2.7k for avgas, $350 for two nights (aibnb in Iqaluit, airport hotel in Reykjavik), $600 for landing and handling fees, rest for food, skydemon subscription, etc. I already own a raft, dry diving suit, ELT transmitter, portable radio etc. No expenses for renting. I know you can get a 1st class commercial ticket for that money ... I currently have two residencies, one in the US and one in Germany. I am looking forward to flying in Europe this summer and will eventually fly the Mooney back to the US next year
  4. 5 points
    Bought this J in March, but didn't get a chance to go on a trip until a couple of weeks ago due to work commitments. Flew a triangle in the Southwest: San Diego - Las Vegas - Bryce Canyon - Santa Fe, NM - Sedona, AZ - San Diego. Mod. turbulence on each leg, gusty winds and density altitude landings and departures had me worried that the wife would never want to go on another trip. Fortunately she's now hopelessly addicted to airplane ownership and is itching to go on another trip. Neither of us had been to Bryce Canyon before; jaw dropping views, pictures don't do it justice, and we were both very taken with Santa Fe, and will definitely visit again. Landing in Sedona is a blast, and was my first time landing there in 16 years. Fun route as the longest leg is only about 2 hours. Here are a couple of pictures of our 201 parked up at BCE and SEZ.
  5. 4 points
    My upgrade should be completed tomorrow, and flighted tested in the afternoon. Juuuust in time for Oshkosh. Final picture when completed. Old and new shown. SVT when the airplane can be pulled out tomorrow for GPS position that is needed for the SVT.
  6. 4 points
    I’m not specifically looking for fuel although cheap gas is great - I’m going to be flying with a 5 year old who appreciates a potty break after about 2.5-3 hrs. She also said she’d like to stop for breakfast :-). Depending on the weather and time we might make a couple of stops along the way.
  7. 4 points
    There’s a small aircraft parts shop near my home field. I had some free time today and decided to change the oil after my 30 hours to Orlando and back last week. But, I was out of oil. So I swung in to check the place out and grab the stuff. Case of XC20w50 and a 48110-2 filter. I usually buy from aircraft spruce, with shipping it comes out around $115. She rang me up and told me $176. Now, don’t get me wrong, I expect to pay more for the local convenience, but $60 more? That’s a bit much. But whatever. I was there, so I paid. As I’m paying, she asks what I fly. I tell her a Mooney. At which point she proceeds to rant about how much she doesn’t like Mooneys, how cramped they are and she’d never fly in one, any self respecting pilot would have a bonanza like her husband, etc. i was pretty speechless. Charge a ton more than your competition? OK, I get it. It’s a convenience up-charge. Disparage your customers aircraft? Not cool. I wont be back to Aerozona....
  8. 4 points
    My now-16 yo son has gone since 2006, and his now-19 yo sis since 2008. They're far from the only kids who've "grown up" in the Caravan and at OSH. My daughter did Women Soar, an amazing program for high school girls, and there is the museum, seaplane base, KidVenture, the drone, ultralight, and college recruiting areas...as long as they have a phone and a charger (gotta learn the places to recharge), I honestly cannot think of a safer place for teens to hang out in America today than AirVenture. And if they self-identify and leave their Caravan nameplates on, they'll have friends wherever they go.
  9. 4 points
    Good news. Sabremech has offered to help by becoming sponsor for the event through his company: GDS Aero, manufacturers of the Mooney Sabre Cowl. This will ensure we end-up in the green for expenses for the event. More to follow. Thanks David and Cindi. Yves
  10. 3 points
    Update: A&P (referral from another Mooney flyer) out of CMA went over and checked it out today. Fuel servo. Ordered a rebuilt one from Aircraft Spruce ($1700 plus a $1000 core charge; new was $3600 plus core) today. Developing... Text conversation with A&P: Q: Just for my own peace of mind - failed fuel servo - any way I could have caught that pre-flight? A: You did a run up and the mags checked good. You made full power on take off. The failure happened as you were flying and everything was fine, till it wasn’t. Nothing would have presented until it either locked up or a diaphragm ruptured. The reason you IRAN the mags is because there is no way to tell how long they will continue to make spark so you just do it. Fuel servos are a low failure rate item but when they go.... its dramatic. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. 3 points
    Jpflysdfw, I hangar in Mount Pleasant. I am in the process of buying a beautifully restored F from Don Maxwell in Longview. My C is there now for swapping avionics between my C and the F. Once they complete that process I will take delivery. It will probably be several weeks since Oshkosh fell in the middle of the project. After I take delivery I will be happy to give you a ride. I will attach pictures of both my C which will be for sale and the F. I injured my shoulder and can no longer manage the Johnson bar in the C. It is a super nice plane, but the injury forces me to move on. I am replacing the C with an even nicer F with all the J modifications.
  12. 3 points
    FWIW, I ordered my MT 8 years ago at OSH with a show discount. It arrived in November if my memory serves. I'm fortunate to have a distributor local to me that assembled it and let me pick it up in my truck for installation in my hangar with my mechanic. I ordered directly thru MT and not a US shop, but YMMV these days. I'm still very happy with it. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  13. 3 points
    Fully agree: I have been scuba diving with my dry suit under an ice layer in a frozen lake. Very comfortable even after 45min. I would not be concerned to swim in my dry suit for some minutes in the North Atlantic before getting into the raft. I own a Switlik single person raft. This can be carried like a belt over the dry suit. This minimizes the risk to not get it out of the aircraft after ditching. http://www.switlik.com/aviation/isplr/features For some flying single engine over the ocean is reckless, some do it for living. Everybody is right from his perspective. I accept the calculated risk ... and I'll never forget the arctic landscape, the learning to prepare such trips, the experience to fly and land in Greenland, and especially the people I met on these trips. The pic shows an example of poor preparation for a crossing some years ago: Some airports in Northern Canada sell 100LL by the drum only. I didn't have a manual pump. I found an old oily hose, sucked air until avgas poured through the hose into the jerry can, from there into the Mooney tanks. More to come :-)
  14. 3 points
    I can’t believe you’d go without an AP for multiple years to save a few thousand (possibly split multiple ways) on a pitch servo. You might even find the working servo has some value if you switch down the road. If I had to pick between a G5 and a working AP the decision to spend on the old junk would be made before I finished typing this response.
  15. 3 points
    I am bringing calibration equipment with me this year. I’ll set aside a few blocks of time to do calibrations. Not sure when yet. I’m flying in with the caravan on Saturday and staying until Wednesday. The calibrations will done in the north 40, either at my plane or the caravan tent. I’ll start a separate post in a few days when I figure out the details. No charge for calibrations but I will accept donations to help cover the cost of the test gas. Cheers, Dan
  16. 3 points
    I can certainly understand the reluctance to do such a flight in a piston single. But personally, I'd do it in a minute and intend to do it one day. Anything can happen, but preparation can mitigate a lot of the risk. I just did 4700 nm in my Mooney with several bits of that over cold water and very inhospitable terrain. We just got home and I'm pretty sure I could refuel and do it again. The airplane never complained once.
  17. 3 points
    I did this trip before GPS or Loran C in a Meyers 200. The Loran available at that time required a big screen with LOP lines so went without. I did find out that the place to learn to use the ADF is not 800 miles from Frobisher in a snow storm. As most of you know the terrain in that area precludes any sort of landing. The Meyers had 80 gallons and I had a 55 gallon drum in the back seat which was also my means of floating in case of water landing. Used a trailing wire antenna with HF which failed as soon as left Frobisher en-route Godthab. In those days avionics were not as reliable as today. Frobisher to Kef in Iceland took a day but they did not permit leaving the airport building so slept in a chair. Next morning they presented a file with all the weather etc which I was billed a few hundred dollars after arriving home. From there is was about 1300 miles to Biggen Hill if I remember correctly. In Iceland I met a young Lady that was going the other way with passengers in a Mooney. She ferried planes on that route for Mooney factory. Her extra fuel was a small tank in the baggage compartment. No more than 5 or 10 gallons. I had a raft, dry suit, rifle survival rations etc. When leaving Gatwick on the way home I had the rifle under my arm walking around the airport. I ask a Bobbie what to do with it till i left. He suggested Left baggage to check it. They were full so i carried it for few hours till the plane left. I also carried it into the airliner and put it in the overhead bins. HMMMMM things have sure changed.
  18. 3 points
    Well, it finally took flight last night for a short hop, we returned due to high oil temperatures, which turned out to be an indication error. Flew again today for 2 hours. Hope to get out again tomorrow morning. It climbs just like a Mooney in hot weather, poorly! Clarence
  19. 3 points
    Had one complete engine failure while flying. 70 Hours on a new engine and fuel pressure line from the distributor to a bulkhead fitting on the firewall came off. Went from rough to nothing in maybe 15 seconds. The previous week was a trip to Pittstown Point. Mechanic shot. Twice. Early morning, dark, I had a magneto that was not tight, slip causing some funky timing. Did this 2-300 feet off the runway. Must have either looked or sounded pretty intense as CLT tower cleared me to land any runway without my saying a word. Engine just had magnetos timed. Mechanic beaten. Had a cylinder remove itself from the crankcase one night between the runway and hangar after a trip to and from MGM. A few hundred hours before, the same cylinder was removed to replace a broken exhaust stud. No other cylinder was ever off that engine. Wonder if that was more than coincidence. About 1950 hours on that engine. Had a valve stick and bend a pushrod bad enough the pushrod tube broke and was dumping oil. Pushing the plane back after a trip home from LAL I looked down and wondered who spilled a quart of oil in front of my hangar. Oh, it's me. It was down to 5 quarts from 12. About 800 hours on that engine. Sometimes stuff just happens. So, I have become a little suspicious of work done on my airplanes.
  20. 3 points
    @skydvrboy, I shared your concern last year with my then 14yr old daughter, I was worried that she'd want to leave half way through the week. She likes aviation, but she doesn't "LIKE" aviation. She made it 7 days until we left on Sunday and she actually shed a few tears as we took off. She has been planning this year's return since that day and has a couple of friends from last year meeting her again this year, she is also communicating regularly with KP's daughter who will be attending for the first time this year. She was allowed to venture off on her own with strict times and places to meet after we had the lay of the land. He'll do just fine, there will be enough distractions around to keep him entertained. Ron
  21. 3 points
    Listen, don't buy any of them! Go to your local HomeDepot, Lowes, Menards, etc. Look for this... https://www.homedepot.com/p/Reflectix-24-in-x-25-ft-Double-Reflective-Insulation-with-Staple-Tab-ST24025/100020855 $25 will get you enough for two or three sets. Cut them out yourself. When I piece doesn't fit, throw it away and cut another piece. Five pieces, one for each window. Cut them just a smidge large (top/bottom) and they'll stay put in the windows without any fasteners, tape, velcro, nothing. I've been using mine for two years now. When not using them, I lay them all together and roll them up. Wrap a strap around them and toss them in the back. The whole thing weights nothing. It keeps the sun, and more importantly, eyes out of the cockpit. Someone will have to pop the lock, break into the plane to see if I've got glass or Narcos. If you're careful to roll them with the window side of the shade inside, they stick better in the windows when unrolled. I've never in two years, had one fall out of the window. I could take pictures of mine, but seriously, it's too simple. One roll of the stuff, a razor knife or scissors and 20 minutes.
  22. 3 points
    The turbine Lancair has been on my bucket list of airplanes since I first heard about it in probably 2008 or 2009. It has got to be the ultimate high performance personal pilot's airplane. But along with some other airplanes on my bucket list, P51, Spitfire, etc. I didn't think I'd ever get to sit in one, much less fly one. So it was an amazing 51st birthday gift to actually get to fly @Yooper Rocketman's absolutely perfect example of the type. The workmanship, the fit and finish, the attention to detail, on this airplane is just unbelievable. Tom has not cut any corners in the building of this bird. And it flies as good as it looks. It starts with the engine startup. You'll want to leave the headsets off just to enjoy the sound of that turbine coming to life. Then during the taxi, the prop going in and out of beta just to keep from running away on the taxi. I think Tom said 150hp at idle power! Then pull on to the runway and let it go! The acceleration is something that must be experienced. I recently test drove a friends Tesla P100D. My wife said the acceleration of the Tesla made her just a little queasy. The acceleration in the Lancair is vary similar. It pins you to the seat and doesn't let up. Tom said not to worry about the steep angle of attack on take off. He has to pitch up hard to keep the airspeed from out racing his ability to get the gear stowed. But it was even more extreme than I anticipated. Eventually we settled into a "cruise climb" that from the Mooney perspective would have been steeper than Vx. We were just going up to play around a bit. In the turbine Lancair... the practice altitude is 15,500. And why not? It seemed like it took a couple of minutes. And of course, this is all with the air conditioning running! Tom got her trimmed out and stressed the need to keep the ball centered. Then it was my turn. I immediately realized Tom was just making it LOOK easy. This plane is a handful. The high wing loading and immense power on the nose keeps your attention. But with some expert coaching from Tom, I eventually was able to get the ball in it's place and keep it there. It's certainly more responsive than our Mooneys. But like driving a Ferrari, there is a sense that it could get away from me at any moment. I was certainly a mile or two behind the airplane. But it's certainly the airplane you want to learn to fly well. Downwind at 150, base at 130 and over the numbers at 105 knots will keep your attention. But again, Tom made it seem easy. And of course, on touchdown, throw that prop into reverse and it slows immediately! What an amazing ride. So one of the benefits of owning and flying a Mooney, is that Iron Mountain or Spruce Creek are not that far from anywhere in the country. Don't pass up the chance to stop by and see this airplane. Chances are, you'll get a ride in it. Would I own and fly one if I could? In a second! It is a true pilot's airplane. @Yooper Rocketman thanks again for an amazing experience!
  23. 2 points
    Hey! I recognize that airplane! Yeah especially on a rocket that normally comes with a massive long and heavy McCauley from the Cessna 340 - you save a lot of weight, get a lot of ground clearance and and amuch more modern aerodynamic prop that easily makes up for the extra blade. the reason it is so smooth is besides one more blade and more modern scimitar aero the material is compliant so it bends slightly as it’s grasping air. You can see the slight bend if you look at it side on on the ground while it’s spinning. It definitely gets comments everywhere it goes / even sharing the tarmac last week with a p51 and several other gorgeous war birds the lineman were extremely complimentary. Btw yes you can pick the colors of the prop the strip and the dome. Anything you want. I highly highly recommend the nickel covering treatment. Looks good and highly durable. Also I have the tks spinner.
  24. 2 points
    Ended up finding a decent deal for a couple of them online. Aircraft Spruce matched the price and I avoided shipping and taxes. The lights all got installed at annual #2. Besides that and the aileron SB, everything is was standard. Got the plane back yesterday. See pics and video below. They did run the sync wires, fabricated the mounts, and repainted the wingtips. Video: Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  25. 2 points
    I learned the box by reading the manual and then playing with the simulator. I kept trying different things ATC could do to me and then played around and until I figured out how to handle it.

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