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  1. OK, so the real budget is about 46AMU for the plane, 4 in taxes, ppi, etc. and 10 in reserve. You can buy a reasonable C, E, or F model with what you have. Being on the east coast the IO is not critical to your mission. Right now without teenagers complaining "are we there yet" you don't need the extra 5 inches of space. A well equipped C or E would likely be your best bet, if you find an F in the same price and equipment range grab it. Speed wise they will all be 140 knot +/- 5 @ 9gph unless you find one with speed mods that will get you close to 150 knots. Find a good plane that has your list of wants and you won't be unhappy.
  2. See the Lasar website. About $2600 plus 50 hours. If a shop does that about an additional $4000.
  3. Also, you need to check not only if it covers flight but standard airworthiness versus experimental or racing catagory. Mine is good for all aircraft. Was not that much higher than regular. My wife appreciates that I have it.
  4. On what evidence do you have that Spot locators are not reliable? I have flown with one for nearly 10 years and fly many competitions each year where as many as 40 other gliders have them. The tracking function helps to pinpoint the location to within a few miles even if the unit does not survive the crash. A PLB only is helpful if it goes-off and/or can be activated. There is no history of where it was if it does not work or is destroyed in the crash or is covered so it can't send an alert. While I think PLB's are great, unless you have some solid evidence please don't make a claim like "not reliable". The best tracker on the market currently is probably the DeLorme InReach but I still like the Spot. Both trackers provide much more information for 99% of the time compared to a PLB.
  5. The basic service is tracking every 10 minutes. Unlimited Tracking - SPOT Gen3's new enhanced tracking options allow you to "set it and forget it." Send track messages every 5, 10, 30 or 60 minutes for as long as your SPOT is powered on or until the batteries run out. Extreme Tracking - Send track messages every 2.5 minutes for as long as your SPOT is powered on or until the batteries run out.
  6. I fly with a satellite tracking (Spot) on almost all flights. I always have someone tracking my flight or knows how to check my track if I am late. The Spot does have regular tracking (I use 10 minute intervals) and emergency signals that will alert authorities if activated. now allows you to include the tracking in your profile so that when using a flight plan they can check your progress. I pay $150 per year for the tracking service and use the Spot in my plane and glider. It is great to be able to tell someone they can track your flight to know when you will arrive and meet you at the airport and the peace of mind is worth the money.
  7. I am looking at the potential for injection molding. Steve sent me an STL file. If anyone has a 3D drawing file I would appreciate it. I would like to get one printed that we know is the correct dimensions before looking at making molds. I have about four broken now so would like to get ones we can use soon.
  8. See the last few paragraphs for explanation:
  9. Very straight forward with the replacement Whelen light with adapter. Only takes a few minutes to splice the wires and put the screws in. If my memory is correct it is the 9052055 model.
  10. N201MKTurbo's advice is good. Some factors to consider are the age of the windows and the thickness. Plexiglass gets brittle as it ages and with exposure to sunlight. If the windows are old or the plane has been stored outside they are likely brittle now. In addition the original windows were 0.125 inches in thickness which crack easily when older. If you have old and/or sunlight exposed 0.125 inch windows with old sealant the chances of getting them out without breaking is very low. New windows are called green plexiglass because the plexi is still soft and are much easier to bend and work with without cracking. Replacing windows is a great deal of work, when it is all said and done the cost of new windows, if yours are old, is money well spent. Plus you could upgrade to solar grey while you are at it.
  11. My 75F was similar hours and avionics but did have a 89b gps. I paid about $40K in 2012. If it does not have a gps or fuctional autopilot it is likely worth around $45K maximum. The big question is what is your mission? I fly VFR and enjoy hand flying the plane for the 50 or so hours I put on each year. I fly in the mountain west so IFR flying is not that helpful. Most of our IFR weather is either ground fog or clouds with ice. If you are located were you can fly IFR and wish to, then the cost to upgrade is likely much higher than the plane is worth. In general you can get avionics at about 50 cents on the dollar if they are in the plane when you buy it rather than adding them later. For IFR flying you will want a waas gps and autopilot with altitude hold to reduce the workload. The 74-76 F's are nice planes to fly. They had the more modern panel layouts. The 76 had the single rear window on at least some. They are not too hard to upgrade in the long run and for the $ give you great performance. Tim
  12. +1 As long as you have some fuel they are good. They are not going dry out in the hangar in winter.
  13. My daughter gave me several mounted stamps related to soaring for Christmas. She was not planning on including anything about Mooney's but it appears one of the stamps has a M20A on it. The stamp is from 1958 and I am pretty sure it is a Mooney.
  14. Bkaufmann, there are several threads on the subject. MS seach is not very good, better to use Google and just include Mooneyspace in the search.
  15. I have owned both a C and an F. I liked my C, but love the F. I own the F because it cost less than half of a similarly equipped J. I have a 75 so electric gear and flaps, I actually like both but that can be sacrilege here . No reason not to consider earlier Mooney's just be sure to be cautious during the purchase, but you would do that with any airplane. Spar corrosion seems to be more of an issue in some of the early 60's models. Watch the 62 to 65 C and E's very carefully for that. Airframe corrosion is an issue in those that have sat out for long periods. My F is very basic but I just finished a round trip to California yesterday when no other planes were flying. It hauled three of us plus our 103 pound golden pyrenees non-stop each way for 500 nm with a 13,000 ft climb to cross the Sierra's. I love the IO engine and the extra capability in the west. I cruise at about 139 kts at 9 gph in a very stock, other than three blade prop model. Good luck finding a Mooney, you will love it.