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  1. Why a Mooney? Let me tell you....

    All flights were accomplished on less than 10 gph. On the tail wind flights it was truly amazing. 30 gal to Houston, about 35 to Virginia beach. Saw ground speeds of over 200mph.
  2. Why a Mooney? Let me tell you....

    It has been almost a year since I bought it and the only thing it needs is a bulb for the beacon, which is on order. First grand kid came along at 42, we are now on number 9, at 60 years old. Blessings, all of them.
  3. Some of you know I had starting problems in my new to me M20J. Well all that has been taken care off, now my starts take no more than two to three blades. Back on topic. In the lat two months my wife and I made some trips that wouldn’t have been possible with out the Mooney. We took a friend to Sarasota Fl for a job interview. Forced stay for three days due to maintenance. I know, still not making my point. So I will start now. Plane fixed, left Sarasota for Savanah GA, dropped friend off, RTB to NW Florida. Trip time 5 time at least 15 hrs. Next trip was to Houston TX for the birth of our grandson. Flying time 4hrs there, 3.2hrs on the return. Round trip by car would have been 20 plus hours. Returned home for one day then flew to Virginia Beach to baby sit our granddaughter. Heck of a tail wind, flying time 4hrs, 5plus on return (heck of a head wind). One way trip to Virginia Beach is more than 14 hrs by car. Bottom line, without the Mooney these trips would either not have been possible or we would have spent more time on the road than in the visit.
  4. Depot Avionics Kudos

    Can you share the cost?
  5. Mooney N94MR- Paint Project

    I have a 1997 M20J that could really benefit from a good paint job. Can you share the cost, please. Also what kind, and to what level, of body work was involved in the price?
  6. Panel Upgrade and Suggestions

    Thanks all for the suggestions. Looks like I’ll be getting a Tornado vacuum pump, a Artex 345 ELT during this annual. Considering a Garmin 345 transponder for ADSB in and out along with the AHRS capability. Going to hold off on a standby AI since my mechanic says I have the best available standby vacuum pump system, and the 345 will provide AHRS on a tablet. Have not settled on a graphic engine analyzer. An EDM 830 will require a panel mod since it won’t fit where the 700 is.
  7. Panel Upgrade and Suggestions

    Thanks Dan. I’ll be ordering one soon. I can’t remember the entire conversation, but was there a recommendation on which model?
  8. I have just been informed that I need a new vacuum pump and new ELT, and this is only day one of my annual. Any way, I have been considering some upgrades/additions to my panel. Here is what I am thinking... New graphicical engine monitor Backup AI ADSB compliant transponder. Let the suggestions fly, all are appreciated. Here’s a pic of my current panel Thanks Angelos
  9. Had a problem starting today

    This same issue plagued me like crazy; nice start when cold, maybe a bit long in cranking, but nice start. Once I shut down for an hour or so for lunch, or even at the fuel pump (with a little conversation) I could not start it for the life of me. It would finally start hours latter. I finally had maintenance look at it and found two items that impacted the issue. One was the timing was so messed up that the mechanic was supprized that it even started at all. The second item was related to the first, the mag “distributer cap” was so loose it was hard to set the timing. Finally had to have both mags rebuilt. Now the starts happen on one or two blades. Fantastic.
  10. Formation Flying Clinic

    What a fabulous offer @rocketman. Thank you very much.
  11. When to replace starter?

    Yup, great guys at Monarch Aviation!
  12. MooneySpace Member Map

    Please list me also.
  13. Slick Mag Issue

    Has anyone gone the Electroair route?
  14. Slick Mag Issue

    My magnetos were rebuilt on 5-12-2016, and my mechanic now says they need to be rebuilt again. I have only put 150 hrs on them since that time, can they really go bad that fast. Also told the cost is around 1.2 AMUs to get both rebuilt, does this sound right?
  15. Stuck on Sarasota, FL

    Paid 2 1/2 times that for the part from the factory. You lost me with that bit of info, I don’t know the difference and was stuck with the recommendation I received.