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  1. The F is fine up to 14K, I fly mine fully loaded to 13.5 all the time and have climbed as high as 17.5K crossing the Sierra. Those of us that fly the desert SW and Great Basin have learned to fly in the morning most of the time anyway during the time of year when you have thermal activity, keeps the rest of the family happy. The F should be a great fit for your mission.
  2. Mooney's can be a bit tricky and I found the short bodies to be the most of all. Landings can be kind of like the yips in golf, you get a few bad ones and it is hard to get back in the groove again. First check that your air pressures are correct in the tires. I once over inflated the main tires by about 10 psi and was bouncing my landings until I figured it out. In the short body Mooney; stabilization, speed, and trim are critical, but to get back in the groove you might try using less flaps rather than full flaps on a few landings. The older (pump type flaps) tend to put a little more nose down force on the short body and make getting a smooth transition to flair a little difficult. Try half flaps for a few landings to see if that helps gets your confidence back up, then slowly add full flaps as you get more comfortable again. On the C, I landed most of the time with half to 2/3 flaps compared to full on an electric flap F. As others have said if you have an instructor or friend that is a Mooney pilot it is always good to have someone observe your techniques and see if you have developed some bad habit that is causing problems.
  3. Fast, cheap, or good. Pick any two. 1. Should be about 24 hours for basics. Any repairs extra. 2. It is best to stay with one mechanic so you don't have to pay for re-checking the history each year. Paperwork time can add up significantly. 3. I prefer to work with mechanics that allow owner assist. Reduces the cost but also allows the owner to see all the details of the plane. No one cares about your plane like you do.
  4. It all depends on mission and the size of the people. I have owned a C and an F. For four including teens and adults I would not get anything less than a G or F. The C is a good 3 person aircraft but is very tight with 4. The F will handle four if they are fairly small or the mission is short enough. I can fly full fuel and four of us but we are not large people (180, 140, 120 and 110 pounds) or three of us and the dog (Golden Pyrenees at 100 pounds). I have flown two couples with reduced fuel (under 40 gallons) for missions of 3.0 hours or less or planning for fuel stops. You will have to train your family to pack light. Many things don't need to be carried with you and you can wash cloths rather than bringing six sets with you. At first my daughter and wife complained about packing light but when the plane was not available for a trip and we had to drive they both gained a great appreciation for the Mooney and will hardly drive anymore.
  5. Did they have details on the Beacon? I e-mailed with them last week but could not get any details.
  6. In general these can be repaired without removing any rivets. It is helpful if you are proctologist or have similar skills . Remove all the headliner and parts that you can. You may need some forceps or similar tools to get the cables or rods into the correct locations. It is a good idea to clean and lube the cables, rods, gears and parts as part of the process. It is helpful to have two people so one can help move the vent on the outside whiles move the knobs on the inside to free up stuck vents. Usually the reason a cable gets disconnected is it requires too much force to open the vent. Cable problems are usually symptoms of other problems such as the hinge or gears need lubrication. This one on eBay may be similar to yours to give you a better idea of the parts: Tim
  7. Generally it is better to find a good broker and work with them. They will shop all the insurance companies and work each year to find the best package for you. I have worked with Pat Costello at Costello Insurance in Phoenix for many years. He shops all the market each year and gives us options. He was able to find me insurance in the middle of a purchase when AOPA pulled out suddenly because I had to ferry the plane 15 miles for an annual even though I had informed them of the ferry flight before I got the policy. Let the brokers do the work for you. Tim
  8. There are many threads on the differences. You will find fans of each model. It really comes down your mission which model fits that mission best. Generally the C, D, and E are good as 3 person aircaft. The E having 20 additional horsepower. The G and F have room for 4 and just a little more comfortable cabin space. While you will hear all types of claims about speeds, there is really not that much difference in stock speeds. As with Lake Wobegon, everyone's Mooney is above average. I have owned both a C and now an F. I enjoyed my C, but love the greater all around capability of the F.
  9. I have a KLX-135A (COMM/GPS) on the shelf I am getting ready to sell, includes tray but no GPS antenna.
  10. Tater, Please update you profile to include a location, that would help us to give better recommendations. Depending on where you are in the west i might recommend an E or F over the C. Overall costs would not change much. As others have said. I would do the first 15 to 20 hours in a Cessna or other trainer. They are built for the early training abuse. try to find an instructor that is familiar with Mooney's. The plane will never make economic sense in a traditional way but your ability to get places quicker and save you time in the long run is often an intangible benefit. You may be able to both expand your territory and number of clients you can reach in person. In addition, flying over areas of highway traffic congestion may be beneficial to your mental health. Tim
  11. If you are leaning from start up and only idle and taxi at about 900 to 1000 rpm you will likely only burn 1 to 2 gallons on the ground. With the io-360 I burn about 18 gph on take-off, but lean continuously on climb so I find I burn about 11 gph average for the first hour on a normal climb out to 4 to 5 K agl and then leaned to 9 gph.
  12. I like to have 4 to 5 K of altitude agl for time to deal with problems. I run the flight through one of the flight planners with several altitudes and pick the ones that gives me a good balance of safety and economy. I will fly lower if there is a strong headwind and going higher will be a significant longer flight. I don't like to fly much over 10,500 without oxygen for long periods because we find that everyone will get headaches after the flight. In the west I will do stair step flight planning to cross mountain ranges and drop back down again.
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  14. Both, put a reinforcing strap over the top of the blade housing and mount a tow ball there. You can use it as a snow blower and a tug. The MTD and Troy Bilt use a rubber drive wheel that is not that strong to drive the main wheels so go easy on it when used as a tug.
  15. I think it could be done in an F. Baby behind you, one dog on the other seat and one on the floor behind your wife. You could also put one dog in the baggage area of an F but not much room for luggage that way. I have trained my wife that when travelling to visit family you don't need to bring much, there are washing machines and stores where you are going. We often travel with a 100 pound golden pyrenees about the size of a small horse , he takes up a large amount of room in the back seat. Just plan not to get a second dog in the future. The trip sounds like about a 5 hour total flight best done in two legs.