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  1. I bought my 81 J model Mooney in New Mexico in 1998. It had been inactive for several years and the logs could not be found. A couple of days ago (22 years and 2,400 hours later) I received a call from a gentleman from a small town in NM. He said that his father had operated a one man aircraft repair shop for many years prior to his death about 5 years ago. While cleaning out the contents of his father's hangar recently he found my logs which he kindly agreed to send me. He refused any compensation--even the cost if sending the logs. We had a nice visit and he seemed like a really nice guy. He
    35 points
  2. Well, we left N252AD in Smithville, TX in the capable hands of JD and Laura Casteel at SWTA. It's time for the big one. Her engine made it to 1830 hours on the original cylinders and turbo. But she's definitely tired. Only one cylinder was able to make compression over about 50. And her belly is just one long oil slick all the way to the tail skid. The governor is leaking oil as well, and the vacuum pump can't seem to muster enough power to deploy the speed brakes anymore. This year's annual will include an engine overhaul and Encore conversion. The engine, turbo, waste gate, govern
    33 points
  3. I will miss the Mooney speed and efficiency. I look forward to seeing my Mooney friends at OSH and other venues. My mission is the same, family trips and Pilots n Paws. The plan is to go slower and burn more dinosaurs doing just that. Sean
    32 points
  4. Many of you asked me to post - hopefully some of you know me and it doesn’t come across as brag - but wanted to share pics of my wonderful bird - she comports like a long body but doesn’t float down - it’s power on until wheel hit - same concept of more trim trim trim - she’s heavier and a dream come true Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
    31 points
  5. Hello to all of you....... A few more words on the M22. Aircraft was repainted from bare metal in a small paint shop close to London in 1992. The M22 has always been hangared and the paint still looks very nice. Polished every year for the last 20 years !! Engine overhauled in the US. Project completed in 2016. Long project but fully documented. Engine has now around 150 hrs since overhaul and runs like a dream. I tried to keep the aircraft as original as possible. Installed a EDM 900 as primary to avoid to be grounded in any problems with the old gauges.
    30 points
  6. Picked up my 201 from maintenance, got a CO alarm on my sensorcon right on start up. I figured it might be blowing exhaust back in because I did start down wind of the exhaust. Opened some ventilation. Kept an eye on it during taxi and run up but the alarm was still blaring. I figured the only way to find out if it’s ground CO or a leak is in the air. So, I took off around the pattern. Normally these ground CO alarms would reduce in climb and clear up once leveled off. It was 50-70 on the ground. Still 20+ on downwind so I turned back in and landed. Reported it to the mechanic and he t
    27 points
  7. Hey JT! I wanted to thank you for your kind note and words of encouragement. In fact, I located this post on my own a while back and meant to respond but as you can imagine it was easy to get sidetracked. So please accept my apology for the long delay. To your point, I think it's important that the Mooney Community have access to the company. As a Mooney owner I never felt a connection to the company even though I relied on the engineers, metal workers, electricians and other artisans every time I turned the key in my 201 or Acclaim. I'd like to change that dynamic and as you've prob
    25 points
  8. Wife and I took our 11 week old first child on his first flight today. Filed for 5000, ended up cloud surfing the tops at 7000. Saw someone before me suggest taking out the right seat so my wife sitting back seat with our son would have plenty of leg room. Worked like a charm. Kid loved the flight. Can't wait to do lots more flying as the 3 of us. Wife wants another child sooner than later. Need Jimmy to find me a FIKI long body once or before the next one is here. But for now she was thrilled with how much leg room she had. Sent from my Pixel 3 using Tapatalk
    25 points
  9. Hip Hip Horray. I am NOW a Commercial pilot. What can I say; my parents would be so proud, I am proud and my kids are too! It was a lot of work, but so worth it. Big thank you to my flight instructors [Christopher, Mike ] and my awesome DPE David Koebel. A big thank you to King Schools for the awesome prep. My examiner complimented me on my ground/oral which was fun to plan. He also loves how stable and fast the Mooney is. I had to teach him how to close the door six times, but other than that! I went back to my old stomping grounds in the Pacific Northwest, Hood River Oregon. I learned
    24 points
  10. I'm gonna quote myself and explain why I thought putting the gear down was not a given in this situation: In September 1996 I bought a new Mooney TLS Bravo, and in early summer 1997 a friend needed me to drive him up to catch a commercial flight in Austin TX. No problem, I'll fly you to Austin Mueller (now closed). He had flown with me many times and knew that hot starts in Texas summers can be tricky. We went over it before we ever left the ground. He was going to exit the airplane, get his bag, shut the baggage door and walk behind the airplane to the FBO for his ride to the termi
    24 points
  11. https://airfactsjournal.com/2020/04/dreams-may-fade-but-they-dont-have-to-die/ Here is a story written by a Mooney owner and more importantly, the nicest person you could ever come across. @Junkman
    24 points
  12. It’s finally time to fit the cowling to my bird. It’s been far too long to get to this point, but it’s finally happening. It’s much more carbon fiber than I first thought it would be and super light compared to the original. Time to see if it fits correctly. David
    23 points
  13. Bob's daughter Sharon here. My son is the grandson who flew with him to KOSH and the rest of the country in July-August 2019. Thank you for all your kind words -- the "Mooney Family" sure is special! The obituary is posted. We haven't planned the memorial service he deserves due to the covid situation, but wanted to share the obit with you. Hard to condense a life lived to the full. http://www.sossomanfh.com/obituary/9346-robert-cairnes-bob-belville
    23 points
  14. Another flaw with this poll run at 830am is that well the fastest mooney drivers sleep until 1030am since they don't need to get up as early since they can sleep late and still get to where they need to go and on time. Life at 242TAS.
    23 points
  15. This is why we have the Mooney. Worked half a day on Friday and then flew to Salt Lake to surprise my sister for her 50th birthday. Then we got up Saturday morning, picked some raspberries for my dad from her garden and flew from Salt Lake to Phoenix to see my parents whom I haven't seen since Thanksgiving. On the way we flew over the tiny mountain town where my dad was born and the farm that was in the family for 100 years and took pictures and video for him. We also flew over Bryce Canyon and Lake Powell. We visited my parents and then had dinner at my sisters and stayed at one of my other s
    22 points
  16. Today I received a letter from the Carnegie Hero Fund Commission with notification that Thomas Hunnicutt was awarded the Carnegie Medal for his extraordinary act of heroism in pulling Mark from the crash. Very well deserved.
    22 points
  17. So, yesterday I flew over to the MSP area again, getting to be an almost weekly trip (300 NM’s from IMT). I had to wait for a Pilates departing IFR just before me. We were both westbound so I thought it could get interesting seeing us both on my ASD-B traffic display once I was airborne. Well, he leveled at 8k (probably due to winds aloft) and I climbed up to FL240 into higher winds for lower fuel burn. Once leveling I discovered I had a 45 knot GS advantage. FIST PUMP to building your own plane and seeing this with a multi million dollar certified plane (albeit a completely different m
    21 points
  18. If someone were to ask you “what were you doing fifty years ago today?”, most of us would probably have a hard time answering that question. Unless it happened to be the day you got married or the day one of your kids was born. Sometimes other events become so meaningful in our lives that they too, stand out, as special moments, even turning points that forever change our life experience. I knew that the 50th Anniversary of one such event was approaching but I needed to look into my Dad’s logbook to confirm the date. That date is tomorrow, Saturday July 18, 1970. It was the day that my Mo
    21 points
  19. HI MS, We just closed on N9150V and would like to publicly thank the forum for all your wonderful support!!!!! I am sure the new owners will pop up here somewhere and can look forward to participating in the extremely high-value community. My software deal fell through ("Time kills all deals") so my wife and I are aiming some of our proceeds at some recently occurring medical expenses (our youngest son was in a very serious car wreck but is now out of the woods and healing quickly ) ....and on the lighter side learning to sail! We are looking for an entry level trailer sailboat (Catalina
    20 points
  20. Hi Folks - To those asking if Mooney is still a "Thing" I can assure you that we are unequivocally a "Thing." In fact, I would venture to say we are more than a "Thing," we are like a "Super Thing!" You'll continue to get your parts, you'll get customer service and I'm hopeful you'll get new planes one day. We're working on it and we're getting there. I'm running the place so I can say all this with confidence and I'm hopeful that in the near future, we'll graduate from being a "Thing" to being "An aviation company you can be proud of again!" Safe flying! More good things to come!
    20 points
  21. I'd like to thank JoAnn Hill, Head Master of Master Instructors LLC (and Sportys for the 20 year Jacket) for putting together the Master's Program. It's been an honor to participate in it for the past 20 years. While not easy to qualify, I think it is a worthy goal for Flight Instructors interested in pursuing Excellence in their profession.
    20 points
  22. That's a tough spot to be in. My wife is not interested in flying for the sake of flying and won't get in the airplane unless we have somewhere interesting to go. I'm super sensitive to making sure she is in the plane ONLY if it will be a good day for flying. That means no turbulence, strong crosswinds, low IFR, etc. Secondly, I'll NEVER have her sit in the back seat. Unless she wants to. The Right seat belongs to her and no one can over ride that if she's in the plane. Along with that, I'd never think of taking her up when I have a CFI in the plane or when doing any type of tr
    20 points
  23. 22nm after take off, mid point between Charlton Park(Private) & Fairoaks (London) the baggage hatch blow off which then could caught & wrapped it’s self firmly around the right hand tail elevator. We immediately lost lift and declared an emergency with ATC who had us on a basic service, lucky we were within distance of a 770m grass / gravel strip between some solar panel farms. Other than the damage to the elevator and hatch looks like we were extremely lucky to walk away unharmed. (3:52) in the video
    19 points
  24. My last post was in the classifieds section after our Ovation found a new home. A couple of folks asked what was next so here goes. As of late October, I have been working on getting used to flying a Baron 58. We looked at several 1980's legacy examples with the intention of converting to a Garmin panel but ended up connecting with this one by chance. It was newer and already had most of the avionics work we were looking for done. We completed the purchase in the summer of 2020 and then spent several months working on a little optional overhaul work, fixing cosmetics, and frustratingly, de
    19 points
  25. Time for a quick update... When I decided to buy a turbo Mooney, I was told all the horror stories about how expensive the engines are and how they never make TBO and typically need a top and turbo at the half way point. I thought that if I installed the best engine monitor I could, and learned to use it correctly, and followed it religiously, the turbo engine should last as long as any other engine. So shortly after buying N252AD, I had SWTA install an EDM-900 engine monitor, I went to Ada, OK for the weekend APS class to learn how to use it, I created a Savvy Analysis account and starte
    19 points
  26. This summer I met Bryan from Just Plane Silly and we were talking about his irreverent approach to aviation videos. He asked it he could shoot some video and pictures of my plane for a video idea he was hatching. Well here it is, the Just Plane Silly vision of what 1970's TV ads could have been for GA aircraft. Just enjoy the video and don't take the snarky comments seriously.
    19 points
  27. The procedure to rotate a picture is simple. 1: You take your picture. 2: Then find the "@" symbol in your keyboard. 3: With the "@" symbol first, then insert "carusoam" next to the "@" symbol. For example @carusoam 4: Post your picture as normal. 5: Then you wait for a few moments or two, and then magically, your picture will be rotated. Hope this helps. Not a picture rotator. PPL only.
    19 points
  28. My aircraft, a 231, was stuck in the shop this spring because of COVID. Once it came out in May, I decided to use the COVID slowdown as an opportunity to fly more for Angel Flight. It occurred to me last week, in the middle of a long day aloft, that we are privileged to fly a remarkable, versatile aircraft. I live in Minneapolis. The day that made me think about this, required my little engine-that-thought-it-could to first fly from KFCM early in the morning to Fargo to pick up blood and bone marrow samples. I brought nothing along except my flight bag and iPad, so was able to stuff 8 good siz
    19 points
  29. Greetings all and thanks for the recommendations @Skates97 and @carusoam. So for the original OP, I'm from the UK, so fly over water a lot and its cold stuff around 15C max in the summer, a bit like the rivers and seas near New York. I am also a cross Ocean Yacht racer and have been knocked overboard a couple of times so have experience of being in the water, alone in force 8 gales and very scared. Over water kit needs to adopt the maxim "expect the best, prepare for the worst". so key points:- The most important thing about being in the water is being able to get out of i
    19 points
  30. My third. This one on intercepting an assigned course or radial to a VOR or waypoint. Don't know whether there will be any more once things get back to normal. I've learned to enormously respect the folks who do YouTube videos regularly. Mine are pretty simple but there's a huge time commitment to creating and editing even an 8-10 minute video.
    19 points
  31. Hey friends, I just flew a four-day trip shuttling folks between Newark and the Dominican Republic. On the last day, they let us fly over dry ground... to some very dry ground. Phoenix, if we're going to be specific. I was supposed to be deadheading back to NYC but it was the end of the trip, so I chose my own adventure and stuck out my thumb for a direct ride home on a Delta jump seat. Another pilot showed up, also looking to hitchhike and we were chatting at the gate when I made mention of traveling in the Mooney. The guys eyes lit up. "What model?" An old '65 C
    18 points
  32. I flew to West Yellowstone and back this weekend. There's a great camp ground in the trees just off the ramp and inside the airport fence, that is for fly-in camping only. Two other Mooneys and a Comanche were part of our small group for the weekend. It's an easy flight over some spectacular scenery from Denver. Here are some pictures from the flight. While I was there, I made a quick trip to Jackson Hole to meet some friends and take them flying. (Fees are surprisingly reasonable, $20 or 10 gal). It's not every day you get a world renowned pilot to fly your Mooney. But on Sat
    18 points
  33. The usual Cirrus vs Mooney post made me think of this. Not to often people talk about 152s. I had nice talk with my private/multi instructor. Reminded me of the day I got my private. Like everyone that gets their pilots licence i was excited and I was hanging around the flight school, I couldn't get enough. I had flown only a 152 and I thought it was the best thing since sliced bread even though i knew almost everything out there was bigger faster etc. I was talking about my solo flights and on one of them I climbed to 7000.Then in the background this guy that reminded me of Fat Bastard f
    18 points
  34. First flight since getting the bird back from annual and nearly being gassed cause of a loose exhaust. A bit rusty, wanted to do some patternwork but topped out with gas and two on board, it was real sluggish with the rising temps. Decided to fly up toward Westchester and circle over my wife who's visiting her mother. Could barely see the Verrazano Bridge because it was embedded in fog but clear everywhere else. East River up, Hudson back down. They came out to wave as we circled overhead. They're by the line near the red car. Heading back, Newark tower asked me how I wanted to get
    18 points
  35. During this down time, I’ve gotten around to wrapping my yokes.. finished the copilot side today. Thought some of you might want to see for ideas for your own projects. The triangle logo plate isn’t done yet. I’m thinking I’ll just paint some light metal stock and then laser etch the paint off for the details.. my original logo plate is all scratched up.
    18 points
  36. We picked up the Mooney predator this weekend so we can make it fly again. Out of all of the restoration projects we’ve done this will probably be the most exciting Mooney we’ve worked on and I’m going to keep this thread updated with our progress as much as I can. With the help of some former and current Mooney employees who have worked on it we hope to have it flying soon with maybe a few updates along the way and hopefully those who have dreamed of fly it will get a chance.
    17 points
  37. Hello, I wrote about some interest for a Mooney M22. I am the owner of the M22 in Australia. Aircraft was originally registered in the US as N7719M. My father flew the aircraft to Belgium in 1974 and I flew the aircraft to Australia in 2000. I have registered the aircraft in Australia since 2003. (VH-YVE) If interested in the aircraft please let me know Regards, Yves
    17 points
  38. Having seen this from the other side, I'm not such a fan of this service. I use Savvy for engine analysis, but wouldn't use them for a pre-buy. I think there should be clear delineation between airworthy items and other issues and deferred maintenance items. On the one hand, a pre-buy should ensure you're buying/selling an airworthy airplane. On the other hand, while pointing out things like rust on the baggage door handle might be interesting, but it's a 50+ year old airplane in the sub $50K price range, it's not going to be flawless. It would be a better service to the customer to have an un
    17 points
  39. https://flightaware.com/live/flight/N676JM/history/20200727/2130Z/KAAF/LL10 Clearing the last of the weather north of Terre Haute.... out of the murk and into this:
    17 points
  40. I received awesome news today -- GOT MY 3RD CLASS MEDICAL! After fighting to overcome heart failure, pace maker install, and diabetes, I was approved today! That took almost 2 years but it’s finally done... Just goes to show you can overcome obstacles with perseverance and hard work... I’m beyond excited... -Don
    17 points
  41. Bob epitomized what we all should be striving to be. A caring human being, strong in his faith and a genuinely good person. Not long after I joined MooneySpace, I got to know Bob through some PMs. I invited him to stop for lunch on one of his trips up to the Minuteman Airport from North Carolina. He was the first MooneySpacer I met. Even before Stinky Pants, the Grim Reaper and the rest of you crazy Mooniacs. He gets out of his plane, greets me warmly and hands me a bottle of his home made wine as a “hello” gift. Who the heck does that? Heck, when Stinky Pants first visited, he wante
    17 points
  42. Hey guys-I'm the one that makes the Mooney shirts and I thank you very much for your orders! The t-shirt business is really just a hobby for me that buys me a few gallons of 100LL for my beautiful '62 M20C! I have a couple videos of me in the Mooney dogfighting a Glasiar on my YouTube channel called "Kitplane Enthusiast". I also have a few other Mooney videos there too if you are interested. I bought my Mooney exactly one year ago and so far I've added a GTX-335 with ADS-B, a JPI engine monitor, new pucks, and I'm working on installing a new AirTex interior. Thanks again fello
    17 points
  43. One of our daughters, who has been sheltering in with us for a few weeks, had to get down to her rental house and get mail and mow the yard. It is a 6+ hour drive one way. We did it like this instead: ... and being back at home before 4 PM. BTW, those out and back times included: 1) landing, grabbing a crew car gratis (plug Beaver Lake Aviation....a.k.a Walmart's FBO) 2) grabbed lunch to go 3) Driving 10 miles ish to get to her house 4) Mowing her front, back, and side yards with a push mower 5) Her fixing a transport data pipeline issue via VPN fo
    17 points
  44. I have discovered now is the time to go to the hangar and get all those pesky jobs done on the Mooney. In the hangar you are pretty much in isolation and can get a lot of work done on your airplane since everyone is into "social distancing".. I highly recommend you take the opportunity to "self quarantine" yourself to your hangar. After this is over our airplanes will be awesome!
    17 points
  45. After landing at an airport for an offield lunch, when I return and see a Mooney parked on the ramp....... I too look up the N number, only to discover it’s mine!!! This could possibly be an age related issue.
    16 points
  46. As many of you know, I have owned my '65 E model since 2005 and one of the reasons I bought a J-Bar Mooney was serious lack of confidence in RGs that were operated either electrically or hydraulically. This reticence was caused by a ground loop in a PA-28-180R Arrow that sent the front gear to work for the other team because I chanced to lift off a minus 26 deg Celcius and the nose gear broke something during transition. In the end, the fault was mine because I was operating the aircraft outside its envelope (ie: below -25 deg C) but I was already on the "I gotta own the gear if I fly an RG"
    16 points
  47. Thanks to all who helped in our search to find a Mooney. We’re now the proud owners of N2997L. I wanted to say a little about the previous owner, Steve and his wife Lynne. Steve unexpectedly “flew West” recently, and we hope to carry on in Steve and Lynne’s tradition of meeting people and making friends while flying. I’m including a note here from Lynne: My Mooney is going West. I will meet the new pilot this Friday at KGBG before she flys to Chino, CA and continues life with a new family. My cousin had Warbirds out that way, and I've spent happy hours there, so I guess it's fitting t
    16 points
  48. Losing an engine and putting it back down on the runway, gear down or gear up doesn't kill me. Losing an engine below 1000 feet AGL without any good landing options straight ahead, might. So I want to take as little time as possible to get to that 1000 AGL where I have a chance of turning back to the runway. Therefore, break ground, positive rate, gear up. The more runway remaining when the gear comes up, the better I like it. Climb, climb, climb like your life depends on it. Between brake release and 1000 AGL, the only thing I care about is getting to 1000 AGL in the shortest possible t
    16 points
  49. I’ve been a members on different forums since 1997. Fishing, flying, soap making (yeah... making shaving soap in your kitchen is cool), cars.... etc. Mooneyspace users have been one of the most helpful group of guys and gals I’ve come across in any forum I’ve ever visited. Many of you have reached out to me privately through PM and publicly answered my questions in my posts. Finding the right plane as a first time aircraft buyer is overwhelming. I absolutely couldn’t have made an informed decision on a Mooney purchase without you guys. Thank you all for your help and generosity. I have just s
    16 points

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