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About Bike_rider

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    Central Coast, CA
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    Road bicycling, flying, stereo equipment and music, trying to learn Spanish
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  1. What a beautiful plane and I love the panel! It's super clean and has everything you could ask for. Enjoy your new ride!
  2. My Aspen was the legacy that was upgraded to the Max model before Covid hit. I didn't fly it much to discover the issue until a few months ago. Each time I flew, it would fail. I did get in contact with Andy and he told me to contact my dealer which I did. They are working on getting me another unit. I've given up on this one since it is showing signs of a hard failure. The failure on a practice approach made me a little concerned because I would not want that to occur in IMC. I do have the legacy ILS equipment but I do like everything to be working. I'm sure they will get me a functio
  3. I have the SV in the Aspen and use it on each flight. I agree that it is a luxury and not a necessity. I do like it when doing approaches for another cross check. My Aspen has been failing on me and that has me extremely concerned. I was doing a practice approach in VMC and it went totally blank and never came back. I am still waiting for a replacement so I am VFR only until they can get me another unit. In the mean time, I purchased a D3 as a backup for now and in the future. The SV on the D3 is practically useless. It does show terrain but the screen is so small to be useful. The only
  4. I saw the pics of them on your plane and called them. Damien had a pair ready to ship, so I jumped on it. They look fantastic but unfortunately they won't work. My wife and I were wondering how they would fit once we looked at them and we were right, they didn't. I guess we got the wider hanger for nothing! Ha!
  5. Just a quick heads up on these wingtips. I was able to purchase a set but once I got them, I realized that they will not work for an M20J without an existing composite wingtip. I have the 1978 model without wingtips. Unfortunately I had to send them back. I am so bummed because they look fantastic. Hopefully they will make that more clear in the future and perhaps have a design in the works to support aircraft without wingtips.
  6. The weather here has been unusually rainy with T-storms and lightning last night. We don't normally see this kind of weather, that's more for the peeps in the middle of the country and summer afternoons in Colorado! If you are still planning to come down, you can text me at eight oh five, eight-seven-eight, 4425. If not tomorrow, then anytime. Your upgrades are fantastic. I really do like the speed brakes. I have to do a slip to achieve the same effect and only when it's not IMC. That would make my internal gyros go crazy and my wife doesn't like it either, even in VMC!
  7. I'm in Santa Maria and since we are all helping you spend your money, I can show you what the LoPresti cowling looks like on a 1978 Mooney! Might as well add that with the new wingtips, which BTW, is making me think about spending too! Gotta love aviation, if we aren't flying, we are dreaming and scheming but I love them both!
  8. Those wingtips are awesome! I am going to have to do some research!
  9. That is a beautiful upgrade! Art-Craft did a fantastic job on the paint job. I love the avionics layout and the interior looks better than most sports cars. I hope you and your passengers enjoy this plane for many years to come.
  10. I think the details to your questions are within this thread but I will try to summarize. First, if you are even thinking about it, please submit a non-binding PO to help the group get to the magic number of 15 so that they can start the process. In the process of submitting, your shop will give you an estimate based upon the options you want and the labor required. That can vary depending on how you want your panel laid out and all the variables that go into that. The advantage of submitting the early PO is that your servos would be under warranty, no matter how old. If they are not
  11. My PO was submitted this morning, hopefully that makes it two or less!
  12. I think it all depends on what your objective is. I like to let my family know when I'm traveling and when I expect to get places. Most of the time the cell phone and text messaging work well. If you are in the air, then FlightAware (as creepy as it is) can provide real time updates. If something unexpected or unfortunate happens, then hopefully I will be conscious enough to use my InReach. I've never thought of trying it in the air but can do so the next time I fly. Sometimes I do a longer bicycle ride and am out of cell phone coverage so I am able to send one of the three "pre-configur
  13. I love the amount of information that's available and I'm definitely a tech geek. What a cool setup. My biggest challenge is knowing what to ignore!
  14. Very nice looking J! I like the paint scheme as well, it looks very modern and sleek. You bought a really practical, fast and efficient aircraft and I hope you and your family enjoy it for years to come! Congratulations!!!
  15. Yea, my wife and I really love our M20J, we've owned it for 20 years and have done a lot of upgrades to it. The LoPresti cowling and paint job make it look very modern. Every time we think about upgrading to another aircraft, we just can't justify it based on the type of flying we do and how often we go. I like the insurance rates, the O&M costs and the overall utility of the J. I agree that you should fly your bird a little more and see if you really want to sell it. We had a few years where we didn't fly ours that much but we did not sell it because we knew we would probably not get
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