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About tigers2007

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  1. tigers2007

    Mooney Mechanics Detroit Area

    Ben Kooi was the former lead IA at Lapeer Aviation MSC. He left last year or so to be part of a Sling Aircraft dealer nearby. It’s called Midwest Sky Sports at Caro MI (KCFS). Ben is a Mooney guru without a doubt. If I recall correctly, he is a CFII too. Google the name Midwest Sky Sports and you should find his web site. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Chris Dupin

    Dang I wish those had a cage. I wish all of them had some sort of roll cage... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. How hard would it be to change out a Century IIb single axis for the two axis TT Vizion (after the STc comes out of course)? I hate my Century. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. tigers2007

    Today's flight for 2018

    Landed an hour ago at Hillary Clinton’s Airport in Little Rock to complete the flight portion of my Flight Review. First time I’ve done it using the Wings program. CFI from Central Flying Service was great and the C172 we used was a fun blast from the past. Too bad my lonely M20 is 1000 miles North all by its self. Who knew that from a couple thousand feet the entire state of Arkansas looks like a gigantic rice patty. Definitely a wheels up landing if you had to put it down somewhere other than a runway or road here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    Ramp Fee Question for Attorneys

    Sue/collect for $50? Not worth my time. Now if it was $5 and I didn’t like the bum then it’s worth every second of my time. I’ve ran things high out of pure principle - even if it has to be heard by the Federal circuit. Granted, I am not an attorney but I like to “do the right thing” and make assholes spend $10,000’s of their own money defending themselves.... People have laughed at me for putting the voluntary $5/night fee into the Ann Arbor Airport (KARB) box but it’s the right thing to do. What kind of CB can’t afford $5? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
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    LSA weight change to 3600lbs (soon )

    This change paired with the return of the $500 ADS- rebates will allow the metropolitan based weekend warrior pilots much more options. I’m basically in that category anyways. This might make a whole new category of CB’s. I wonder if LSR-Maintenance mechanics (3-week course) will experience any changes. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. What implication does this have on our birds? Resale value boost? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. tigers2007

    How much was the 2nd AN-225 Completed?

    From the interesting CNN article: " Gennadiy Silchenko, Antonov's An-225 program director, says the plane requires investment of $250 million to $350 million to be completed. He says it's 70% finished " This is insane. A brand new 747-8F is $400M...
  9. tigers2007

    My new jacks with built in safety stands

    The Powerbuilt bottle jack stand is on sale at Amazon for $31.30 USD click here
  10. tigers2007

    Another useful idea from Bob Kromer at Summit

    How do you guys account for airspeed indicator error while trying to maintain Vcc while climbing to high altitudes? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Wait isn’t an EPIRB and 406 MHz ELT basically work off if the same technology? Also, it’s my take that if I did a water landing even in a swell that I could at least get into the raft as the bird will float for a while (reference the black & white photo). Remember this: https://www.aopa.org/news-and-media/all-news/2012/march/pilot/missing-and-feared-gone An EPIRB/406 ELT would have been great for him. Maybe I should just wear a Gumby suit... Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. I understand that my Cheap Bast**d (CB) credentials are under review but does anyone have a recommendation for a CB-Class auto-inflatable raft? I’m planning on regularly crossing Lake Michigan at FL160 but want to be able to stay dry if I survive the water landing near shore. I don’t want to end up like the Piper driver did a few weeks ago near Mackinac Island. I’m curious if he survived the impact but not the cold water; probably cartwheeled as it was a Cherokee Six? I already have several gas charged life preservers but just want the raft. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. tigers2007

    Frugal Mooney Owners Rejoice!

    So who is the “Dave Ramsey” of Mooneyspace? You or CarusoAM? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. tigers2007

    Cheap IFR GPS

    I’ve mentioned this many times in similar threads here. A local avionics installer near me was offering the GTN625 plus GTX345 both installed for $14k. Add an indicator and you’re cookin’ with Crisco on the cheap...all with modern equipment. I would have done this and kept my GNC-300XL if I had more panel space. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. tigers2007

    Cheap IFR GPS

    I did the opposite. Pulled my 300XL and installed a GTN650 in a low-value bird. Already had the good indicator which saved thousands by itself. Also installed a Lynx-9000. Project cost was in the mid 20’s. I caution you to not solely consider the raw value of your aircraft prior to making an avionics decision. I assure you that there are many aluminum turds flying around with 70-90% of the value just in the avionics. Buy the equipment to serve your mission. I overbought but it’s already saved my ass a few times even as a vfr driver. A/C Owners are somewhat similar to the young punks that overspend on their car-audio equipment. We both own vehicles that by themself are worth market scrap price but the radio equipment is worth a fortune. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk