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  1. Finally after days of heavy rain, low clouds and thunderstorms, I was able to get 252AD back in the air again. Unfortunately it was a short 82 mile flight to drop it off for a tank reseal. So that's no more flying for another three weeks. But I did get fly a bit more with the new IFD 540 and the PMA 450a that I recently installed. This won't be a full PIREP but I gotta say, both are better than advertised. There was a short comparison for me between the IFD 540 in my plane and then a GTN 650 in the chase plane on the ride home. I know they don't exactly compare, but I found the IFD much easier to use. There are more buttons to supplement the touch screen. Which to me makes it easier to navigate. Of course I'm mostly comparing the IFD to unit it replaced which was the GNS 530W. Again, not a fair comparison, but if I knew how much better it would be, I'd upgraded much sooner. The Comms features are amazing. The correct freq is always just a button push away. There's no more need to look up freq's in ForeFlight either before departure or enroute. Just push the Freq button and all the relevant frequencies for your local area are listed in order of probably usage. When I fire up on the ground, it's already listing in order, ATIS, Clearance, Ground, and Tower for the local field. The IFD also lists the Name of the facility under the Frequency. So as I selected the Twr Freq for KHYI, 126.82, under the number is displayed San Marcos Twr. Easy to make sure you're on the correct freq. My destination, KELA uses 122.9 which is used by every little airport in the area. I tuned it in early in the flight and noticed that as I crossed the area, the name of the facility under the number was constantly updated depending on my position. So while flying over 84R, 122.9 was listed as Smithville CTAF, but as I got closer to KELA it changed to show Eagle Lake CTAF. There is also the ability to have any number of Standby frequencies. It's often useful to have two or three freq's displayed. I've been having lots of electronic gremlins making noise in my panel. I not sure if it's some sort of feed back or alternator noise or what it is. When it goes in for the avionics work upcoming, I hope to get it sorted out. But I gotta say the PMA 450a is doing an amazing job of filtering out the noise. I didn't know this was a feature of the product, but I knew about the auto squelch features. But I had no idea it would be so good at filtering out all the various noises and delivering a clear comms stream to the headsets. The cockpit has never been so quiet. Lastly, one benefit of both of these boxes is the installation cost, which was $0. The IFD slides right into the GNS 530W slot without any modification, and the PMA 450a slides into the GMA 340 tray. Both worked perfectly immediately including driving the autopilot, etc. More later when I get to actually fly it more. But now a 3 week wait while the tank is done.
  2. Which one? I got the AXP322 Remote since I have the IFD540 which will drive it. More weight in the tail, less on the nose, more room in the panel.
  3. Another example of upgrades that are much cheaper when done by the previous owner.
  4. Obviously your MooneySpace calibration isn't dialed in. There's a very specific error correction that is applied to all MooneySpace performance data. Think of it as Calibrated MS airspeed.
  5. I'll take a pair of blank ones and will let Chocks see what he can do with his laser.
  6. I'm in for a couple.
  7. I've been a spot customer since 2011. Initially it was so my chase vehicle could find me after long cross country flights in the hang glider. I use it now in the Mooney so my wife can check if I'm overdue, or landed but phone's dead and I can't call immediately. It's peace of mind.
  8. The ideal scenario right here.
  9. I think the issue is visibility and not rain. Plenty in the regs about visibility, regardless of the cause. And nothing about rain.
  10. There are lots of life insurance policies that will cover pilots and don't have exclusions for GA. AOPA is only one of the many options.
  11. I looked at buying a Velocity before I bought the 252. But in just a little light turbulence, that canard up front was vibrating up and down and is just to scary to watch. I don't know the builder, there aren't enough flying to verify the engineering and design when compared to a Mooney. When I thought about crossing the country with the Mooney wing vs. the Velocity home built Canard? I couldn't do it.
  12. This affliction might be more common than we think. I struggled with it for several years with my C where I was always up against the reality that no matter how much I put into it, the C would never be worth more than I'd already spent on it. Then I got the 252 and the disease is raging unabated. I decided I needed a better engine monitor immediately and bought the EDM-900. Then I debated for some time with myself as to whether I should add an Aspen or upgrade the GNS530 to an Avidyne IFD540 next. And then the train went off the tracks. The Aspen was used off of Barnstormers and "too cheap to pass up." Then Avionics Source had all their Black Friday deals and so I got the IFD 540, but it only made sense to do the AXP322 since that would get ADSB done and Avidyne would throw in the SkyTrax100 free on the deal. Then Chase got me in weak moment and I traded my Garmin audio for a PMA-450a. During the EDM-900 install we discovered a leaky tank so with that fix it only made sense to do the Cies senders. Make it stop!!
  13. If anyone wants to feel true wake turbulence in a relatively controlled environment, come fly formation with any of us in the Mooney Caravan. Even flying in a loose tail configuration, with a couple of thousand feet between planes, if you get a little out of position, you'll feel it. You can get a 40 to 50 degree bank that can't be controlled. Experience it a couple of times, and you'll make sure it never happens anywhere near the ground.
  14. On the other hand, don't do it. You don't sound to convinced, and actually a bit to lazy to be any good at it. IFR pilots are not lazy pilots. The IFR world is a bit of an exclusive community. It's nice to file, punch through, and then have the smooth skies above the clouds all to my self. So come to think of it, we really don't need any more IFR pilots. You don't even have an IFR airplane. Come back to us when you invest some money in your Mooney to bring it up to spec and you're serious about stepping up to the next level of skill and expertise. Until then, enjoy your VFR "aerobatics" in the pattern.
  15. Obviously neither of those shops know how to do the install. Call Don Maxwell and get an estimate from him, just for fun.