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  1. Sun n Fun 2018

    Good eye Oz. They called base so quickly that I was high. I overshot a slight amount but what you’re seeing is actually a slip. Nailed it.[emoji57] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  2. Sun n Fun 2018

    That thing has a ton of prop blades! I count 6 right there! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  3. Sun n Fun 2018

    I made it to KLAL early Friday afternoon following our pre-dawn departure into a Houston overcast. We landed 20 minutes prior to the airfield closure after the 778 nm flight. We flew a couple of offshore legs to avoid Pensacola airspace and Tampa/S&F traffic. It was my first visit to S&F and I thought the controllers did a great job. “Aim for the green dot; land on the red”. Ground transportation was a bit confused for those of us forced to park in the boonies, but we worked it out. IMO Enterprise really dropped the ball by not accepting rental car returns on Sunday; consequently we opted for a Lyft to and from our off-site lodging. As always it was a pleasure seeing Jolie (Callsign: Buttercup) at the nice Mooney booth. Having never been there before I thought that the physical layout (at S&F) was a bit disjointed but I eventually saw most everything. Sorry I didn’t get to see more MS’ers but there wasn’t much time for socializing with my abbreviated schedule. I have to say that comparatively the Mooney Caravan ROCKS with their big tent and activities at Airventure! The most surprising thing for me was the steep show discounts that Garmin was giving on their G5 setups! Offering the free autopilot with a dual-G5 purchase was quite generous even though I’ll still be waiting a while for my M20 to be added to the AML. Lastly, it must suck being a meteorologist ‘cause that awful forecast they threw against the wall regarding the timing of the frontal passage left a lot to be desired. After waiting out the weather for 4 hours Sunday at Lake City (KLCQ) we eventually got to depart into light rain, overcast skies, and a stiff headwind. Luckily the city-owned FBO provided free hot dogs, chips, and drinks for all the grounded planes (people) during our stopover. They even had a pool table in a pilot lounge area! Nice job! Chuck (Bubbles) Noe Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  4. Great follow-up Larry. It’s awesome to hear you’ve logged 140 hours with minimal squawks! Stretching your legs is what Mooneys are all about. Your upcoming trip to NC is a one stopper (if your bladder holds out). I also agree with keeping the VORs working well. I experienced my first complete failure of the GNSS system this month when 3 independent GPS receivers simultaneously lost coverage on a local flight. My certified Garmin, Stratus 2S, and iPhone’s satellites all showed red for a period of time. There was some ongoing interference testing at Fort Polk but it wasn’t Notam’d for that particular day. It could have been a solar flare or something else too I guess. ‘Twas no big deal in my local area but would be a bigger annoyance in some areas. Pilotage rules! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  5. As long as you’re paying the bar tab.[emoji12] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  6. What Jacks do you Reccommend?

    I agree with you that safety should be paramount. I certainly wouldn’t crawl around underneath my plane jostling things unless I was certain it was stable and secure. I also fully understand that as a professional and an employer you are held to a higher standard. I do respect that. But as an owner who has my plane on jacks infrequently at most, a sturdily constructed, more affordable option is preferable for me. It’s a risk analysis I must perform, and risk analysis is something I’m well versed in. Regarding construction materials I seem to recall that wings used to be made of wood, and were quite strong. I agree that conduit is marginal, but properly utilized might suffice. Like you I can’t imagine how hose clamps could be used effectively. I wouldn’t trust the concrete slab in my hanger for a tie-down, but it may work for others if engineered properly. In your situation I would certainly utilize the most robust system available. We all appreciate your professionalism! Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  7. Thanks for (again) stepping up Don. It sounds like fun and I’d like to meet more of y’all in person but I’ve had reservations at Sun-n-Fun for a couple months already and will be flying some friends down to Lakeland for that weekend. Perhaps next year![emoji53] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  8. What Jacks do you Reccommend?

    Is that a turbo-fan hanging below that wing? Now that’s an STC I’d like to explore! [emoji846] Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  9. Thank you. That’s similar to what they ultimately emailed me privately. I don’t find that pricing to be unfair. And they eventually edited the advertisement to not be misleading or confusing. Sent from my iPad using Tapatalk
  10. Okay, I guess I lied too 'cause I'm still posting. Sad but true. Can somebody post a link to that for me; I couldn't find it. At least I DID see that they changed the wording on their website from ""any" to "an" Avidyne slide-in replacement". That's just not what it said in 3 of the 4 email advertisements I have on my computer. Agreed, that's why was originally working with Chase (nice guy) on a possible upgrade.
  11. I agree that the TAWS or 16W receiver would add value, but I don't believe that's what the advertisement was about. When pressed on the issue here is the information I was provided by Avidyne: Trade in Values: For example: If you trade in your Garmin530W towards an Anvidyne IFD550, you will receive $8,500. - $8500 in credit when swapping an old Garmin 530W for an IFD550 - $7000 Garmin 430W for an IFD550 - $7500 Garmin 530W for an IFD540 - $6000 Garmin 430W for an IFD540 - $4500 in credit when swapping an old Garmin 530 for an IFD550 - $4000 Garmin 430 for an IFD550 - $3500 Garmin 530 for an IFD540 - $3000 Garmin 430 for an IFD540 - $5000 in credit when swapping an old Garmin 430W for an IFD440 - $2000 Garmin 430 for an IFD440 So yes, they did offer to give me $8,500 in trade-in for my GNS530W, but only if purchasing an IFD550. No mention was made of the other units. As stated above I believe it's poor form to advertise the offer "...when you upgrade to any Avidyne slide-in replacement", when in fact that is not the case, and no "fine print" was included, particularly in the emailed offer. I'm just sayin'... Okay, I'm gonna shut up now 'cause I'm starting to sound like a whiner.
  12. And as stated above, I don't appreciate the "scare tactics" either stating that the WAAS GNS units are "soon to be unsupported". Does Avidyne have some insider information about Garmin's support plans? I doubt it. Sure, my GNS may not be supported 5-10 years from now, but I don't think Garmin is abandoning them "soon" like Avidyne states. They should sell their equipment on its merits; I hear it's pretty cool kit!
  13. Nope, no fine print. After expressing my displeasure and requesting further explanation I was told that if I'd trade my unit in on a IDF550 they would give me $8,500, but that's NOT what the emailed offer stated. It said quite plainly "...when you upgrade to any Avidyne slide-in replacement". That's a crappy way to do business IMO.
  14. What Jacks do you Reccommend?

    Interestingly, the J's service manual originally stated "Use a yoke-frame jack under the propeller to lift the nose."
  15. What Jacks do you Reccommend?

    After viewing much discussion here I was swayed that the engine-hoist ring may impart too much stress on the aluminum engine case. The hoist ring was designed to lift the "engine" only, not a ~2,000# airplane. I believe a soft harness around the engine mount is preferred by many if using a hoist.