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    My A/C failed on the Lancair and I found it to be the A/C drive unit shaft. After much searching I was given the name of a machine shop in a small town called Athens, WI, just west of Wausau. I was told the shop was owned by a Mennonite with exceptional machining skills and very fair pricing. During the work process the owner indicated a fascination in the fact I built my own plane and after talking about it with his kids, he mentioned they were excited as well and commented how much they desired to ride in a small airplane someday. I told him I would pick up the shaft when completed by flying my Mooney over to his local airport (3 hour drive, 35 minute flight) and would gladly give his kids an airplane ride. He had the shaft done in one day (Wednesday), and I had him make me a new pulley as well, which he completed this morning. Looking at weather, I asked if this evening would work to fly his kids and he stated that it did. He asked if a couple neighbor kids could get a ride too, and I said yes. I arrived at a local airport and had a greeting party waiting for me. The politeness (and curiosity) of everyone was simply amazing. I did two flights, with 3 kids each flight, flying over their houses and their small little town. On each flight the oldest boy in the front seat got to fly the plane for 5-10 minutes. Upon completing the second flight, I asked mom and dad if they wanted to go and they insisted I should get home before dark and they had flown before, but were amazingly grateful the kids were able to fly. Then one of the younger girls walked up and gave me a plate of some awesome brownies she made this afternoon for "their pilot". As I flew home I thought about the impact the flights had on these truly humble kids, who clearly live a lifestyle of a much more simple means (and I say that more out of respect and admiration than anything). Sometimes we get LUCKY, sharing what we love with others and then getting the rewarding, yet humble feeling I experienced during my flight home. Pretty COOL. Tom
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    Hey everyone, I'm the pilot involved in this crash. I started writing up a summary of the events leading to to my accident but I'm having problems with my old laptop. My frostbite hands make using my phone and iPad difficult but I'll try to throw up some facts and field questions when I get a chance. The FAA is still investigating, but I'm 99℅ sure this was caused from CO Poisoning. This was the 3rd flight of the day and in hindsight I had CO poison symptoms most of the day. The heater/defrost was run full-on the whole time. 5 hrs after the accident CO Poisoning occurred as a possibility to me, my levels were then tested 15-18X higher than normal. I didn't have CO detection in the plane. I was dumb and naive to think that I would "know" when I was effected. I was way wrong! The problem was that the CO degrades ones cognitive ability to the point where you can't connect the symptoms with the cause. I passed out in the climb and woke up in a field. I am the luckiest man alive. Allot of things helped to have the great outcome I have been blessed with. 1- I was in a Mooney. The airplane gave it's life to save mine. I'm a huge believer in the "steel cage" and the full spar. 2- I was wearing a shoulder harness. I still busted up my face, I'm not sure how, but I don't think I would be here without it. 3- STec 30 auto pilot. I was flying with the heading bug when I passed out. The electric autopilot kept the wings level all the way down. The original PC system may have worked just as well, but the engine was windmilling from 12k to the ground. I don't know if there would have been enough vacuum. 4- it happened in the climb. I only have alt hold so it was tracking heading bug and trimmed for climb. As I was in the initial climb I still had in full power with full rich mixture. This resulted in a fuel burn in the 17-18.5 gal/hr. And only allowed the airplane to climb to around 12.5k. if it were leaned at all I would have went much higher, for allot longer. Being that I was oxygen starved and unconscious it probably would have been fatal. 5- ATC was awesome. Because of them search and rescue was underway before I crashed. After I woke up I had to get myself to help, once I did emergency responders were to me in a few min. My 121.5 ELT was working, but if I had a 406 I bet I would have been pulled from the airplane before I woke up. 6- luck, luck, luck, divine intervention, miracle, what ever you want to call it. I'm banged up, but should recover 100℅. I came home from the hospital on my daughter's 3rd birthday. It doesn't get any better than that. Cheers, Dan
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    It took 3 years and about 70 hours under the hood. On Friday March 10, I passed my instrument check ride! Big day for me. Learned how to fly at 51 and now 56. Glad to have done it in my mooney. Got kicked around a lot on Friday with the wind up here in the Midwest.
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    After 400hrs of smashing bugs in brand C, I finally bought a 201! I spent a great deal of time here reading various threads during my decision process. So thank you! My name is Andy Chambers and I'm based at KSTS (Santa Rosa, CA). As far as my wife knows, this is the second happiest day of my life!
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    After being without an airplane for 9 days, I am back in the game with an M20K 252 TSE. I picked the bird up with a fresh annual from New Philadelphia, OH yesterday afternoon and flew it home to Austin, TX (KHYI) last night. While I still need to learn how to properly fly her, I'm thrilled with the purchase and enjoyed the flight home. Of course, I spend most of the flight reading the POH while the KFC150 did the flying. I've certainly got a lot to learn after 400 hours in an M20C. Here's a picture that explains how thrilling it is to be flying a 252 after flying an M20C. There are three pieces of information that explain it.
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    Better than New: The Refurbishment of N205J Mooney N205J is a 1987 M20J model “205 Special Edition (SE)”. It differed from other M20J “201’s” at the time in that it incorporated a few changes: 1. Fully enclosed gear doors 2. Rounded window lines 3. 28 volt electrical system 4. Electric cowl flaps with infinite adjustment 5. Upturned wingtips with forward facing recognition lights and aft facing position lights 6. Gear extension speed increased from 132 to 140 knots The 205 SE came right as the general aviation market was in decline, so only seventy-seven 205 SE’s were built spanning two years. N205J was previously owned by a business associate of ours. N205J was hangar kept most of its life. It had original factory avionics, paint, and interior and was a low time aircraft with only 1885.5 hours. It had Precise Flight Speed Brakes installed. So why did we put so much money into a 1987 Mooney? I am one of the owners of SureFlight Aircraft Completions which specializes in paint, interiors, and avionics. We made it a “project plane”. We worked on it when we had any gaps in our schedule. Now that it is complete, we have a demonstration plane to show and fly customers that showcases SureFlight’s capabilities. It’s an awesome Mooney to fly! First stop was Henry Weber Mooney Authorized Service Center at neighboring KLNS to perform the pre-purchase inspection. The important thing for us was to have a good airframe and engine to start with. We took care of some maintenance on the airframe, overhauled the prop, bought a new governor, put new gear shock discs in, etc. We had them complete an annual at the time as well. We had the engine sent out to Columbia Aircraft Services for an Inspect and Replace as Needed (“IRAN”) which included new Camshaft, Lifters, Bearings and Rings. While it was there, we had the engine converted from the Lycoming IO-360-A3B6D to the IO-360-A3B6 specification to eliminate the D3000 dual magnetos in a single housing, driven by a single driveshaft. The engine now has two separate fully independent Bendix magnetos. We had the cylinders removed to be sent out for nickel plating. After the engine came back, Henry Weber reinstalled it with new Lord mounts and made sure that the engine and engine cowlings were properly aligned. We added GAMIjectors calibrated fuel injection nozzles and then went to work on the full refurbishment of N205J. Avionics: The aircraft was equipped with a factory original avionics suite from 1986, except the addition of an Apollo GPS. It all came out. All the wiring was removed and replaced. A plastic panel is created to make sure everything looks correct before fabricating the metal: Yokes are painted black and a metal panel is installed: And then filled with equipment: · Fully Electronic panel; Eliminated Vacuum System · Garmin G500 flight deck with Synthetic Vision · Garmin GAD 43e autopilot interface for G500 · Garmin GTN 750 GPS/Nav/Comm Navigator with Telligence Voice Control · Garmin GMA 35c Bluetooth enabled remote audio panel · Garmin GTX 345R ADS-B In/Out remote transponder · Garmin GNC 255 Nav/Comm · King KFC-150 autopilot (the only thing that remained from the old panel) · L3 Avionics ESI-500 Standby Instrument with: Altitude, Attitude, Slip/skid, Vertical speed, Aircraft track, Synthetic Vision option, Navigation option. Magnetic heading option. · JP Instruments EDM 930 Primary computer for RPM, Manifold Pressure, Oil, Fuel, Battery, Engine data. · AirGizmos iPad Mini 4 panel dock · Nimbus Aviation Electroluminescent Circuit Breaker overlay. · ACK E-04 GPS Emergency Locator Transmitter · Guardian Aero 451-101 Panel Mount CO Detector · MidContinent MD93 Digital Clock/USB Charger. Paint: We painted a new King Air 300 for the Mayo Clinic earlier in 2016. We loved their colors. We knew that these would be the colors we would eventually use on the Mooney. Stripping: Everything that is not stripped is covered in foil. Windows are removed to be replaced with Great Lakes Aero Windows SC (Solar Control) Grey installed with Extra thick .250” windshield. All flight controls and gear doors are removed to be painted separately, airframe is etched and alodined in preparation for epoxy primer. After primer, an Axalta White Pearl base color is applied. N205J is painted in all Pearlescent paint which requires a clearcoat after each color is applied. This is one of the reasons pearlescent paints cost more. Paint Scheme Layout: Axalta Cumulous Grey Pearl is applied to undercarriage, wheel wells, airframe, and then clearcoated. Axalta Sable Pearl accent stripes are applied and then clearcoated. Final Prep for the Axalta Bright Blue Pearl: After all the pearlescent colors are applied and clearcoated, exterior placarding is applied, and the entire aircraft is re-sanded for a final overall layer of clearcoat. This gives the airplane a wet, glossy look and deepens the color, smooths edge lines between accent stripes, seals the placards, and it also provides a more durable and cleanable finish because you do not cut into the color when polishing. Flight controls are hung and painted separately: Cowlings and access panels are installed with new stainless steel hardware. Flight controls are balanced and then reinstalled. Interior: Unfortunately, we forgot to get some good “before pics” of the interior. It had blue velour seats with aged and yellowing plastic panels. Old seat covers off. Repaint the seat frames. New covers sewn for the new foam buildups. Upholstered seats with custom Mooney Logo headrests. We repaired cracks in several of the plastics, and repainted with a textured paint to hide any old imperfections. We decided against covering the panels in ultra-leather to save weight. We fabricated a hatch behind the hole for the windshield bar that holds the compass for easy R&R of the glare shield. Painted a flat textured black. Looks like new. The interior goes back together with repainted plastics, new carpet, new door seals, and new upholstered seats. After it was all complete, we put the aircraft on scales. The new weight and balance was 17 lbs lighter than before. We also performed the gross weight increase to increase the gross weight from 2,740 to 2,900 giving the aircraft a new useful load of 988 lbs. Mooney N205J – Ready for Takeoff!
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    One of the reasons I decided to put my Acclaim up for sale a couple weeks ago is that my wife won't fly with me any more here in the Rockies. Too much turbulence for her taste. Well, 3 days after listing it for sale my name came up on the waiting list for a hangar in Petaluma, CA (O69). Wasn't expecting that! Petaluma is near my second home in Marin County, CA. My wife loves flying on the west coast. Much smoother air, much shorter flights to get to interesting places. So, after a few days of deliberation, I decided to take my Acclaim off the market and relocate it to Petaluma. Pretty darn excited about it!
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    And in case you're wondering... Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk Pro
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    My beautiful Mooney and I made the cover of MAPA Log this month! My thanks to Trey Hughes, et. al, for the honor!
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    I'm late to the discussion, as I've been working. But I thought maybe I could throw in my 2 cents. Just as a point of reference, I just went over 20,000 total time, I'm type rated in the 727, L1011, 737, 757, 767, DC9/MD88, and the A319/320/321. Over 2000 hours in the F-15, 1200 in the T-37, and a master instructor in the USAF. USAF Flight Examiner, Designated FAA Examiner and Line Check Airman. I was an accident investigator for over 20 years, both military and civilian, and participated in over 2 dozen major mishaps with many fatalities. The things I know for a fact: I could have done what the OP did. NO ONE expects bad stuff to happen, and when it does, it catches you by surprise, as we all think we've planned and thought ahead. The ONE thing we've missed is the thing that happens. It takes a HUGE amount of guts to admit a mistake. I've learned more than I already knew by reading this thread. I truly respect the OP for coming on here and teaching me something. No matter how smart I am, I guarantee there is much I don't know, and more that I have to learn. Hopefully any time someone makes a mistake, they'll come on here and help me to avoid the same mistake. @carusoam Your post was extremely helpful to me, thanks for that. @kelty Good luck to you in the future, and thanks for sharing your experience. The Navy used to publish a series called "Grandpa Pettibone" wherein aviators shared their mistakes and mishaps. I think I learned as much from that as any other source. Your willingness to come on here, and do just that honors the service.
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    Passed my check ride today! Whew...3 years to the day of my first solo flight as well! Thanks for all the tips and well wishes... Here's a quick write up: Headed to the FBO at 7am and got the plane ready. Laid out all the necessary documents (AROW, medical, PPL, annual, pitot/static, transponder, ELT, GPS, VOR)...DPE arrived and we went into the IACRA website to get all the FAA paperwork printed and signed off. We sat down with some coffee and dug into a few questions about what apps I am using and since he gave me my PPL check ride, I was using all the apps he likes (Foreflight and Aviation W&B). We went through how I set up the W&B and he asked about the importance of it (Va) and why Va mattered as well as the 3 kinds of turbulence one encounters (wake, pilot induced and wx-related). Then we talked a bit about the NOTAMS at our airport and how the DH for the ILS 17 at MTJ is wrong based on a new NOTAM. We discussed the route I chose for MTJ to PHX (SID, en route, and STAR), how wide federal airways are (4nm from centerline), MEAs (what they provide), random TFRs (and how they can pop up mid flight like in the case of a forest fire). He asked about required fuel (45 mins, but we both agreed an hour is way better) and when I would need an alternate (123 rule); we talked about lost communications (altitudes and routes). He asked about mountainous vs non mountainous separation and what designates it as mountainous (5-6-5 in the AIM, so basically some fella at the FAA). He asked about VOR checks (when/where/how). We talked a bit about how even small planes can easily fall into Category B on approaches if there is a tail wind and sure enough there was, so I was...and he showed me how the ILS 26 has a higher DH than the RNAV X 26 at KRIL, and how that's odd...and we talked about how LPVs aren't considered precision approaches, but they should be given that in some cases as in KRIL, they bring you lower to the ground. Then we flew. He gave me a clearance to the published hold at MTJ (PAGRE) and to expect an ILS 17 approach back to the airport, departed, entered the hold (teardrop) and I called to confirmed with ATC (him) that I had not received a clearance for the approach (no answer-call again-no answer), squawk 7600 (verbally) and talked about lost communication procedures. He actually talked the WHOLE time, which I expected based on my PPL--he does this to make sure you can handle distractions and of course, I could have told him to pipe down but that would have been rude since I like the guy! Then he cleared me for the DME arc and ILS 17, flew it to the missed, got radar vectors for the RNAV Z 17, to the missed and he gave me radar vectors back to the hold at PAGRE. Enroute we did 2 unusual attitudes (both nose down), back on course, got to the hold, cleared for the VOR/DME 13 but with new wx (Wind 310 at 30), so we circled to land (he talked about how we can descend 100 below each altitude at both the FAF and circling MDA since we have the airport in sight) and then we were on the ground!!!! It was a lot easier than I thought it was going to be. Oral was about 2 hours. Flight was about 1.5. Total start to finish with all the bs was around 4 hours. No steep turns. No weird holds. The wind was calm and the air was smooth. Whew. My remarkable wife and little girl as well as my amazing CFII were all waiting with flowers! What a day!
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    After a 15 year hiatus from flying I jumped back into it with both feet. 2 months ago I purchased my M20F and since my timing is always impeccable I have been trying to get through my BFR and transition time while dealing with the spring weather patterns and my work schedule. I finished up on Sunday April 30 flying around in unsettled skies with rain and even a few ice crystals thrown in. The only upside was that afterwards I had a new scratch in my log book letting me know that I was now on my own. Yesterday the weather and work patterns intersected again and I headed out to the airport. After a careful preflight I was sitting out on the run up area talking myself through all of the checklists and getting ready to go when a thought occurred to me. I said to myself "Holy crap you are alone in this thing. Don't do anything on this flight that will make the news." I flew around in my Mooney for 2 wonderful hours with no particular direction other than whimsy with just me to keep myself company. The flight was uneventful and memorable at the same time. I hope I never get to the point in my flying where I lose the feeling of awe while cruising around alone in the sky.
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    To all of my friends here on Mooneyspace, I'd like to offer my sincere appologies for my part in the turn of the "Fatalities" thread started by Amillet. We should be taking lessons from this tragedy, which is how it started out. Instead it has turned into a pissing contest about who can read the regs better for which I'm truly embarrassed. I've asked the moderators to delete the thread in its entrirety, I hope they will. Regards, Clarence
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    I just passed my IFR written. I used a combination of Aviation Seminars and ASA. If anyone would like feedback, send me a PM. Now on to the fun part.... or at least more fun.... the flying. #MooneyZoom Happy Mooney Girl
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    I am pleased to announce after 15 yrs lusting on Mooneys , and just ended a 5 yrs plan of research and search i am the proud owner of a M20C . It was love at first sight, and love at first flight. She is a bare bones girl but is gonna be a great canvas to start with. I plan on systematically restoring her while flying the s*^t out of her. So hello fellow Mooney drivers you have one more to the club. One of the best milestones in aviation that i have crossed.....
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    Has anyone else done something so stupid in an airplane that you reflect upon your ignorance and shake your head? Anything that you have done that you are ashamed of? Anything that blind confidence and that little voice that should be telling you "NO"! Was silent? I did. To this day I think back and just shake my head. Me a Certified Safety Professional doing the unthinkable. What was it? When was it? Where was it? Why "out" yourself now? Why not just leave it buried in the past as a bullet dodged?. As a life lesson learned. The great thread discussing "how you got into a Mooney" made me think back 15 years ago. A 40 year old pilot with <100 hours total time decided he needed a Mooney. He found one and after giving his wife an ultimatum of "I am buying an airplane you can either get on board or do what you need to do"...(Really?...Wow. That shows the mission desire was strong). This to a woman that had hung around with me for nearly 20 years and had provided two beautiful children... So, plane was located in Ocala, FL. A 1966 Mooney that the owner was looking to sell after owning for nearly 35 years...He even mailed photos (snail mail only way back then)...Photos in his attached hanger to his home. A price was agreed upon if it "checked out". Check out consisted of a flight around the pattern and a $700 annual. The location was Brunswick, GA. A one way ticket was purchased by the idiot author. Kind of like Cortez burning his soldiers ships...Only way home was "victory"(purchase)... It is December 2002 and the broker picks me up at the airport. The plane arrives the next day flown by a "rental pilot". He and I went up. I had ZERO TIME IN TYPE. I had read a lot about Vintage Mooney's. I showed "the pilot" what the disconnect was for the PC. "I thought it just flew heavy on controls"...Nope, that is the P.C. Swung my first J-Bar on several landings. (Didn't notice that the DG (the olde revolving mini gauge was out of commission. Whiskey compass was leaking too. No worries, I had a automobile Garmin GPS (Really?) Annual did not show what logs did that the accessories were original to 1966. The 1970's overhaul was really an AD for the CamShaft to be inspected...I was to impressed by the recovered seats...The Touch-Up paint job (on original scheme), the speed slope windshield and cowl closure mod to know what was REALLY important. The panel? Shotgun with no engine monitor. No shoulder belts. Original six pack engine gauges. The plane had been flow a total of 15 hours in last 15 years. The definition of a hanger queen... The annual (with an extra cost oil change) completed and "no discrepancies found" resulted in the deal being done. Even got a free seafood dinner from the broker...Next morning the transfer of funds was delayed and I didn't launch until 11AM. I taxied out and run-up showed a mag drop that was not acceptable. Taxied back to ramp and shut down. Was told that it just needs a good hard run-up. So I did...and all was well...(Right). Launched into a headwind (due to a frontal boundary that stretched from Gulf to Canada) and climbed....and climbed...and climbed. Broken up to 10000. So 10000 was where I leveled off. My groundspeed? 105knots. Flew northwest and a solid layer developed. ( I was NOT instrument rated) and had zero clue what weather was ahead. Got North of Atlanta and found an opening. No idea (beyond auto GPS) where I was as I was high above cloud layer. Fuel getting low...Break in clouds. Dive down through and "there is an airport". SEVERE crosswind on landing. Fueled plane. Checked weather. Launched. Again climb up to 10000. Pushed up to 10500. Saw a Learjet Go across from East to west at my altitude...Gulp. It is December. Gettting back to Iowa is NOT GOING TO HAPPEN. It is getting dark. I get another opening with Evansville, IN and Kentucky showing on GPS. I let down. I see a wall of snow to the north. I look to my right and there are the runway lights for Evansville. I contact tower using sectional for freq and make an uneventful landing. The FBO was fantastic asking me if I need fuel? Yes. Do I plan to spend the night? YES! Do I need a ride to a motel? Yes. Would I like to drive through McDonald's and get some food? Yes? What time would you like me to pick you up tomorrow? 7:30? See you then. The front went through and the Mooney flew like a Mooney over blue skies for remainder of flight. So many stupid things that could/should have killed me on that ignorant "Get there itis" half assed, under trained/equipped maiden voyage in a plane that had NOT BEEN FLOWN...Much less flown for the first time by a Mooney driver. Would insurance have paid off for my poor wife when I angered in? Getting Mooney Specific training and a PreBuy by a Mooney Saavy entity...Walking away...Reviewing logs. Knowing how to review logs. Not being an overconfident idiot. It was not my time to die. Never Again. Fly Safe.
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    Here are the facts: a] I am the "supreme leader" of this website if that means I am the only one answering the dozens of emails and reports per day and trying to keep the peace and paying the bills to keep it online and software-current. I decide what stays and what goes and *you* decide whether you want to stay or go. I have been running forum websites for 15+ years and I know when s**t is doing downhill. b] Truth is on an average day I might get 1-2 reports on topics. When the United topics were live I was getting 10-15. I don't have time or the resources to deal with it. I have done this to countless other topics on this forum through the years. c] I only have one person that seems to care about me locking these topics up (I don't need to mention names) and I have had dozens of "likes" on the lock posts and many other emails from members thanking me and/or asking me to lock new posts being made on the same topic. I believe that my actions were doing what the majority of the community wanted. Again I only have just one person that seems to be upset about locking the topics and a whole lot of others begging and thanking me for doing so.
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    Sorry for the retread from last year, but I didn't have time to photoshop another Mooney in flight over a winter scene. The feelings are unchanged.
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    Everyone, The folks at Sensorcon are willing to pass along a 20% discount to pilots on all of their products. At checkout use the code below. http://sensorcon.com/collections/carbon-monoxide-meters Discount code: aircraft2017 I'm going with the "industrial" and am going to add the Pump kit. I like the vibrating alarm and the pump kit will help with troubleshooting various applications(home, aviation, boating, etc.) In my opinion, every A&P should have one in the tool box. They do recommend a calibration every 6 months. If no calibration is done they have a tendency to wander in accuracy. But only about +-2ppm. Even if you never calibrate, they will be infinitely better than the home detectors. Sensorcon said with regular calibration they are seeing some that are 5 years old that still operate properly. I think in a cockpit environment a once a year calibration is reasonable. Sensorcon may work with us on a lower calibration price also. One can calibrate on your own but would need the equipment. It might make sense to do a group buy on calibration equipment. I'll look into that down the road If you don't have good CO Detection please consider adding a high quality detector. These Sensorcon Units are a good, cost effective option. I lived though my CO poisoning experience, but I shouldn't have. These things could/will save lives. Also, feel free to share this discount code with others. I also ask that if you ever discover a CO problem down the road with a detector, share it with everyone. Online forums, airport lounges, family get togethers, etc. Lets keep the discussion going. Cheers, Dan
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    Just got my instrument rating this morning. I have had my ppl and the mooney for 3 years and I have really learned a lot from this forum that no doubt helped with the ir. I wanted to say thanks to everyone here for the advice. I will be making a donation to the site but keep in mind that most of my money lately has been going to the plane, gas and instructors. Thanks
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    It was long overdue, but I finally got my instrument rating yesterday. I had a flight scheduled for this morning for business. Without the rating, the flight would have been scrapped and I would have spent 8+ hours in the car today. With the rating, off we go. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Hello All, I'm really too gutted to write anything of substance at the moment, but I wanted to share a few pictures of my father, the first one of him sitting in his Mooney Mite sometime between '69 and '71, when he owned the Mite. We laid him to rest yesterday far ahead of when it should have been. For the past two years he'd battled a brain injury from a freak accident. I had been searching for a Mooney when the accident occurred. He and I had been talking multiple times a week, planning all the trips we'd take, including Oshkosh. After the accident I could no longer call him and to visit meant a 5 hour drive, which I did many times until I found the Mooney. That helped shorten that trip to 1.5 hours which meant I could see him more frequently. He was so thrilled to hear of the plane and tried his best to overcome his challenges so he could go flying. It just wasn't meant to be. However, trying to make the most of the situation and give him some good days back, I managed, with the help of some good friends, to take a field trip away from the facility he was in and get him into my E this past November for a flight. He had a great day. To the staff at the facility, or anyone that visited, he talked about it for weeks and weeks afterwards. Throughout his life, he was so humble, quiet and kind. And so incredible. He did so much for me, I could never repay. Although he was a home builder by trade, his love of aviation was immense. He owned an Aeronca and a Mooney Mite, built a Rotorway Scorpion Too (II) in our garage when I was a kid, and was a Hot Air Balloon pilot flying second balloon for two of his friends businesses (I chased as a new teenage driver). He earned his Private, Instrument, Multi, Commercial and was hired by Eastern Airlines two seconds before they put a freeze on the incoming hires and it never materialized after that. He had a host of other incredible hobbies too, but this is an aviation forum and I've gone on long enough. Thanks Dad for, everything. Everything! Thanks MS'ers for letting me share this.
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    I have received a plethora of goodwill messages from people on here, checking that i am safe. It is very heartwarming to receive such things and that people care so much. I thought I had better post that yes Andrew and I are safe. We were travelling up from Cornwall at the time of the attack and so were well out of the way when it all happened. Thank you all for your messages. Andrew
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    It's been a long search, but it patience has paid off. Thanks to all for the info and encouragement shared on this site.
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    Let's mark this momentous event with photos of our Mooney!!
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    Remember the first post in this thread. Not anymore
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    Hello all, I hope you had a fantastic holiday for those celebrating! Just a heads up that if you did not notice I have upgraded the community to run on secure SSL as you will see by the https:// in the address bar (versus the standard http://). This was done for better safety for you folks. Now when you login your username and passwords will not be openly transmitted over the Internet and instead will be encrypted. Thanks as always for your support of this great community! Craig
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    Santa came early this year!! Closed on it Friday and the previous owner flew it out here to me in CA today. Some of you probably recognize it from a for sale thread here on MS. They are finishing up clearing out the hangar and then will be putting a fresh coat of epoxy on the floor. Hope to have her moved into her new home by Tue-Wed. It was a fun adventure searching for a plane and the whole process of purchasing this plane was a pleasure. The seller is a fantastic guy. I'll get a fun write up of the whole journey on my blog later this week but I had to come here and share the good news. Oh, any of you out at KAJO (I saw a few others on the ramp) I'd love to say hi and meet sometime.
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    After working on and off for the past 24 months on my 65’ “E”, it was signed off and flown yesterday for the 1st time since I’ve own it, and the 1st time in almost 7 years. Short story long, the previous owner had contacted me about flying the plane seeing how they just didn’t have the time due to family and work schedules. This was going to work out well seeing how I was about to start my commercial rating and didn’t have a complex aircraft to do it in. After nearly 3 months of waiting for them to get the plane back in annual they bailed on the deal and decided they would sell the aircraft instead. I knew of the plane and had seen it from a distance but never really had a close look at it, so I told them that I would be interested in seeing the aircraft. We met at the airport so I could look it over and take a look at the logbooks, The plane hadn’t been out of the hangar for the past year or better and had a thick layer of dirt (way past the “Dust” stage) on it. Almost all the sheet metal seams had the corrosion treatment wicking out them, which was kind of a good sign, as I opened the baggage door I stuck my head in the cabin to see if I could detect the smell of fuel, no smell was present so another good sign. I then looked and smelled in the fuel tanks (the Mooney I had looked at several weeks earlier had Mo-Gas in it) the sealant seemed to be in good shape inside the tank, said they had the tanks sealed several years earlier, the seal job wasn’t the best as there was a bunch of sealant around the inspection panels that was never cleaned off after assembly that looked like crap but it was still very pliable, no stains on the bottoms of wings was possibly a good sign as well. The interior plastics were in pretty good shape and seemrd to be Plane Plastics as the material was much thicker, some had been painted and some had not, seats were leather and in really good shape, there was no carpet in the plane but they said they had the carpet at home, all in all the interior was decent just needed a good cleaning. The instrument panel was like most of the older Mooney’s (shotgun), which doesn’t really bother me, the avionics were doable as long as they worked, (KMA 24 Audio Panel, Narco 890 DME, 2 Narco 810’s (Comm. only), King KR 86 ADF, Narco Nav 11 VOR/LOC/GS and a Narco AT 150 Transponder) given I had no intentions of flying hard IFR anyway. I wasn’t really looking for a project but all in all the aircraft would work for my mission if the pre-buy doesn’t show anything too bad and we can agree on a price. After taking a few photos for the wife and photos of all the logbook pages for me I headed home to start adding up what I already knew had to be done. A few days later I decided to proceed with a pre-buy, all though the IA had do the pre-buy has very little Mooney experience it was someone that I have known for years and I could trust plus I had been looking at Mooney’s for over a year and had read about the big ticket items that could bite you. Once I had the aircraft in my hangar I began removing all the Inspection panels, interior panels and removed the cowling in preparation. Once it was all opened up I went around and made notes of things I saw so that I could point them out once he got to the plane. I picked up my buddy at 7:30am on a Saturday morning handing him my list to look over on the way to the airport, he handed me his list that he had researched which were the big ticket items, spar corrosion inspection, tubing inspection, along with a couple more items (he had spoke with an IA friend of his that has had a Mooney for the past 20yrs) and said these will be first as they would be the deal breakers. The pre-buy went fairly quick as it was all opened up so 4 hours later it was off to lunch to discuss the airplane, which by the way was the cost of the pre-buy. The aircraft was left opened up so that the annual could be started if the seller & I could come to an agreement. I met with the seller the following weekend a presented all the things that would have to be replaced in addition to the normal items at annual so it could be signed off (gear pucks, tires, brakes, hoses…etc.). Their original asking price was over fair market value even if it had been in annual so my offer was WAY off from what they wanted. After showing them the list of items needed they came down some but we still couldn’t agree on a price. Not willing to pay more I re-assemble the aircraft so they could take it back to their hangar the following weekend. What started out as having the aircraft for 2 weeks for the pre-buy ended up with me waiting on the owners for almost 3 months before they finally came to take it back, I still had the cash at the house for the original asking price so I decided to take my offer plus an additional 2k along with an FAA bill of sale already to go as a last try, standing in a metal hangar in August in S. Texas can be brutal to say the least, not sure if the heat was getting to their decision making or mine but the money didn’t sit on the wing very long and I now had a project on my hands. I didn’t think it would take much more than a few months to get it back in the air but it has. The short list is new tires & tubes (all), new brake rotors, new gear disks and associated hardware, All new hoses (fuel & oil), new scat tubing, sound proof insulation, interior panels repaired and painted, new plastic around nose gear wheel well, new carpet, leather wrapped yokes, seats re-died, all 4 seat belts with shoulder harnesses for the pilot & co-pilot, rudder pedal boots (4), J-Bar boot, flap actuator rebuilt, 70 amp Alternator conversion, new door seals (entry & baggage), a bunch of new hardware (everywhere) just to list a few things. Almost forgot the most important thing, me and my CFII flew just under an hour, and the bird flew great.
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    Super excited.. just brought home "ZB" and couldn't be happier.. I was lucky enough to have a friend of the mechanic who was performing the annual in February . He put me in touch with the owner who was thinking of selling, and we started chatting. Once he was ready to sell, he gave me the green light and I was on the next plane out to pick it up. It is a fantastic example of a M20J, and the best part was coming home to my wife and daughter there to greet me on the ramp.
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    Tommy, you are being aggressively argumentative. Step away from the keyboard and calm down . . . . When a thread spirals down too far and posters are losing control, it's time to shut down the threads where this is happening. Keep going, and this one will get locked, too. I avoided the Little Tommy thread after the first few pages, but the United threads went much farther much faster. Just like this one is doing. My vote is to keep Mooneyspace a polite, civilized site. I've learned a lot here, and tried to share with others. Too much yelling and namecalling will ruin a good thing. I find myself wishing for an ignore button again . . . . If you enjoy arguing and name calling, please visit the AOPA and Pilots of America forums, where it has become a high art form, but do not do so here!
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    I just received the e-mail I was waiting on that my Field approval will be approved by the end of this month. Now the real transformation begins. David
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    Full Reveal. People have asked asked why I had this done at Aeroskill in Holland and not the UK, here is why. Every nut and bolt that held something on that was removed has been replaced with new ones, new rubber washers etc. Each nut/bolt marked with paint so you can see if it has moved and become loose. They spent three hours yesterday making sure the gear doors were as tight as they could be so no drag was induced. The attention to detail is incredible. IMG_4185.MOV the doors begin to open and out of the ether into the daylight for the first time in four months IMG_4186.MOV comes AL I am one seriously happy man xxxxxx to all flying home tomorrow weather permitting
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    I went out to the hanger earlier this week to finally empty out the mini fridge for winter. Everything was froze solid except a few bottles of water. It was fun playing with, but makes me wonder why I live in Minnesota. -Dan
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    I did switch tanks, just probably 10-15 seconds later than needed to happen. I never tried the boost pump and. I tried 3 restarts and all were unsuccessful . If one of you guys doesn't make the same mistake I did, then all the ridicule is worth it. That's the whole rationale behind safety reporting.
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    Here is an example of what you missed... Buzz, Puddles, Snoopy and Joker in the diamond. Thanks to EBay flying camera ship and Dude for the shot.
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    The deal was finished up last night. N1972W is a 1962 M20C with 5700 tt and 600 SMOH. Yesterday I went up for a flight before closing, everything looked good. I ended up driving my rental car from Willmar MN to Flying Cloud airport where I managed to find an instructor while Tim, the broke flew her to flying cloud. Once there The instructor and I flew Tim back to Willmar and then turned around to head back to FCM. On the way back we had to land at Glencoe and wait out some heavy storms over Minneapolis. I did my first night landing and first bit of night cross country time! My dad, a Delta pilot, is flying out tomorrow afternoon to fly her back with me on Monday. He's flying a redeye from LAX to JFK the night before and then I'm going to make him deadhead to MSP and spend 5 hours with an instructor in N1972W. Her final home will be KLAM in New Mexico.
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    Installed the finished cowling today. Propeller balance tomorrow with final work on Friday to have it ready for a test flight and customer pickup on Saturday. I have to say that I like it. Here's a couple of before and after photos.
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    Let's see if I understand this correctly. Some have attempted to use common English pronunciation to correctly pronounce "carusoam" One questions if he will ever be like this "carusoam" guy on the internet. Some pronounce it "Anthony". One has identified the root origin of "carusoam" as a combination of name elements. Another questions the internet and the silliness of screen names. One respondent has verbalized it "let me carusoam that for you". One has a worry for the lack of responsiveness from "carusoam". These are the observations of an internet contributor, who hasn't stayed at a Holiday Inn Express lately and has no qualifications to answer your "very serious" question. [emoji3] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk Pro
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    So N10933 is coming along in her pheonix rising. I told in another thread a few weeks ago I had sent it for a tank reseal prior to painting last year, and a wing spar cap corrosion was found - and that was very depressing - and expensive to fix. But thanks to Dave at AirMods in NJ, that is all fixed and behind me. Thanks Dave! So then it went back to Weepnomore in Wilmar, MN, to do that reseal, and also I got LR tanks. By this time I figured I was in it for a long haul and it really is a super nice airplane, so eh, time to really make it new again. ....and I always wanted Bruce Jaeger's system - and he is right there also at Wilmar. So....thank you Bruce - he installed the Interiors STC interior mod that he does, and it looks fantastic - and it is true as he said, not only is it clean, and clean lines, but it really does give a bit more room. Most obvious is the extra elbow room which is most welcome for a big guy like me. Plus Bruce sublets leather upholstery to SCS interiors in Duluth, a company that does all sorts of things, including the oem for custom interiors for cirrus. Anyway I worked with them and you can see the result. I picked colors called "umber" and I asked custom for perforated leather, and also for the base cushion to be 2.5'' longer than original which is much more comfortable for my long legs. and new rugs. And bruce set me up with lots and lots of leather pockets! 7 in all! I love it! Pictures attached. Plus a picture of the pick up day on Fri (-5F on the field! in MN) (and wow the rocket has quite decent heating but... it was cold at -30 at FL19 on the way home on Sat!). Then she goes to the paint shop next month. More pictures will follow. Let me say everybody in this group of people was fantastic. Thank you all! Paul, Eric, David, Bruce!
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    Well, Wednesday after flight testing a bunch of stuff around the airport we decided to fill the belly tank and wings completely (164 gallons) and head straight west to the westerly limit of my test area (about 150 miles west). Mechanically the plane has been flawless. My test pilot said he would have no problem taking it the Florida after the second flight (can't, but still pretty nice to hear from him). We tried pressurizing for the first time and got enough to go to 16.5 with a 10K cabin. Once I could hold a decent course and altitude my test pilot pointed at my TAS on the G3X. It was 300 knots. We're not even to the sweet spot on this bird (24k-28k). I can't wait to see what she will do up there. Anyway, it's been so stressful I have had little time to ENJOY this bird. Looking out at my wings, wing-lets, the engine cowl, and back at the horizontal and elevator, it dawns on me "I built this with my own hands, in my garage, and it handles 300 knots like it's been flying for years". Absolutely amazing! Thought I would share our take-off yesterday morning. If you look at the runway markers we are off by the 1,000' point. As we climb to the south towards an amazing sky, the plane looks like it's heading home to the angels. Sorry guys, I'm giddy now!! Oh, as a last comment. I get more excitement (and more positive feedback) from my Mooney friends than the Lancair community. I share my stuff with YOU GUYS FIRST!! You guys ROCK! I might have to keep my Mooney so I can stay on this Forum. Tom
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    We talk about our different Mooney models but I had an experience with Mooney modeling. A few weeks ago a friend who works for a clothing company asked if she could use our plane in a modeling shoot. Why not? You usually see models next to private jets, why not a 53-year-old Mooney? A professional photographer, wardrobe and makeup artist and a professional model all showed up at the airport and we headed to my hangar. Unfortunately the manager, my friend, had to stay in her car outside the gate because my AOA badge only allows me to escort four other humans. The photo shoot took about a couple hours and the sun was blazing. She was modeling winter clothing. Her pointy heels kept sticking in the new crack sealant just put down on the ramp. They took a couple hundred pictures and ended up putting a few of them online and in their catalog. That's not something you see every day so I thought I'd share it with you. You can find the website at https://www.evystree.com/collections/frontpage/products/the-audrey-in-caramel. If you scroll down you can see more pictures. -Sven Mooney Model 1.tiff Mooney Model 2.tiff Mooney Model 3.tiff Mooney Model 4.tiff Mooney Model 5.tiff Mooney Model 6.tiff
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    I can't participate in this poll. It's very unlucky to speak about a no-hitter while it's in progress.
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    Best I can do since I am 6365 Mooney Miles from my plane.
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    This story takes place in the early 70's and used to be told every time the brothers were together and usually later in the evening after a few beers loosened them up. My father flew B52s out of Seymour Johnson AFB in Goldsboro, NC and my uncle was flying out of Burlington, VT for the VTANG in F102s. One night my father was supposed to be doing a cross country low level run starting up in Maine and ending someplace out west. After getting on station over Maine he was informed that the mission was scrubbed and he was done for the night. While planning his return back to NC he received amended orders to fly over to Vermont and loiter around the state so the VTANG F102 pilots who were out on maneuvers could get some practice doing air intercepts and simulated missile runs on a live bomber sized target. They headed on over and set up in a large fat duck holding pattern and rang up the flight leader of the VTANG guys to work out how it was all going to go down. The flight leader rang up my dad and instantly my father knew that he was talking to his brother who was formed up on his wing just a few hundred yards away. My uncle then explained that this was going to be scored and used in their air combat proficiency review set for later that week and it would be great if he could just fly along and make it easy. Being brothers and somewhat competitive they both went off to duel it out in the sky over the mountains that they grew up hunting and fishing in and may the best man win. While the VTANG guys were going out and getting settled in for their first run my father called up the EWO on the comm and informed him that if one of those blankity blanking VTANG guys score as much as one hit on them that he would make his life a living hell until such time as he could figure out a way to get him transferred to Guam and turned him lose on the unsuspecting VTANG guys who were thinking this was going to be a walk in the park........They never scored so much as a single hit on them. I was reminded of this story a few weeks go by my father who retold it at the service for my uncle who had passed. The men may pass but the stories live on. In memory of Brig Gen USAF Rich Kenney Ret.
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    Hi to all from Sydney Australia! I've just achieved my long time dream of becoming a Mooney owner, after purchasing FRO, a 1964 Charlie model. Looking forward to many hours of great flying in it