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  1. I really hate that advice... It really seems very condescending. As if a Mooney is just too advanced for you to learn in. With regards to IFR training, so much of that is learning to use the systems in the plane. So why not learn in the plane you're actually gonna use? If this guy doesn't want to teach you in a Mooney, go find an instructor who will.
  2. As the proud owner of a K 252, I second this statement. I wouldn't give up my 252 for a J, but then I fly above 15K ft. more often than not. Make your decision based on the altitude you typically fly...
  3. Take off and go somewhere the plane won't get beat up with the hail that's sure to come with it. LOL
  4. Good point. I use a tug to move push it into the hangar. And my hangar doors open 60 feet, so I don't have to be very accurate
  5. Congratulations and here's to the pre-buy going well! A credit card for the fuel pump. (Everything else is secondary) A fuel sump cup. Roll of paper towels, oil funnel, a quart of oil. (Every flight is preceded by sumping the fuel and checking the oil so these items get used every time) Headset. A tow bar is nice, but Mooneys are actually easy to move around the ramp without one. I almost never use mine anymore. Chocks are good to have, but often not needed either depending on the parking. If pulling up to an FBO like Signature or Atlantic, they'll chock the wheels for you with their chocks. Having said that, I finally bought a nice set to keep in the plane. Now just go fly. That airplane will expand your flying horizons by thousands of miles. Enjoy.
  6. Both are good points and well worth consideration. Here was my thought process. YMMV. 1. Typically if you lose the head unit, the squawk remains the same so the transponder is still functioning, I just can't change the squawk. If I'm squawking 1200 for the flight, it's no issue. If I'm on a discreet code, I'll inform ATC and they'll work with me. If the GPS is dead, I'm not likely to be taking off in that condition, and if I am, it would be a short VFR flight to go get it fixed And also, I'm betting that the failure of such solid state electronics will be very rare, unless of a full electrical failure in which case the transponder goes with it anyway. 2. I can't speak to the GTN as I have the IFD540. But I'd likely agree that a larger screen GPS makes it a bit easier to manage a remote unit. Also the Avidyne units are quite a bit more flexible when it comes to organizing the screen and the controls. I had my transponder controls in about three different locations before I settled on where I have them now. Just my $0.02 on my preference, and just a mild preference
  7. On another note, I'm still looking for the opportunity to get some quality dual with any of those guys. Now with just over 1000 Mooney hours, it would still be worth the time and cost to fly with a really Mooney master.
  8. I'm with @Andy95W here. I'm largely self taught as well. I bought my M20C (a good starter Mooney) as a 300 hour instrument rated pilot. But with only about 10 hours in the previous four years. I got 5 hours of dual and set off on my own to figure it out. It took the next 50 hours or so, to really get comfortable with the airplane. I'm sure that could have been greatly reduced by investing in a few hours with a proper Mooney CFI such as @Parker_Woodruff, @mike_elliott, @donkaye. At about 50 hours of time in my airplane, I attended a Mooney Caravan clinic. I came away from that experience significantly more skilled and more comfortable flying my Mooney. Not that it's a substitute for transition training, but that experience did teach me how to handle my airplane. I will say that I can't imagine starting with an M20K or a long body, without getting proper transition training from one of these guys.
  9. I really like having a remote transponder. It's not something that gets or needs much attention during a flight. And so I'm glad it's not taking up panel space.
  10. There is a huge Mooney community that flies very regularly, usually a couple of times a week, in the central Texas (Austin, San Marcos, San Antonio) area. Send me a PM if you'd like contact information.
  11. Asking a question here... If an IA or A&P for that matter looking at my airplane says, "this plane isn't airworthy because of X, or because this AD wasn't complied with, or some other reason". But the airplane has a current annual, this is not during an annual inspection, and nothing is logged. Doesn't the FAR also give the PIC final determination on that airworthiness? In other words, that IA can't hold my plane hostage if I choose to fly it away? I'm just thinking that since shops disagree all the time on determinations of airworthiness and other questions, I as PIC might pick one opinion over another and make the decision to fly home or to a different shop?
  12. No offense taken. And I certainly don't mean to be patronizing, I'm sorry that I'm coming across that way. But I'm also convinced that the situation is different for a tourist or visitor than a local. The situation for many locals is dire. But one small part of the solution is to help generate the jobs and opportunity that comes with tourism. And I know I'm different in that I do travel extensively and a certain comfort level comes with that. I really appreciate your sentiment towards the Salvadoran community and share that with you. In fact, there are four Salvadorans working in my house today installing a fireplace so my Texas wife can survive the coming Colorado winter. Absolutely wonderful guys. What I try to get across is that American's should feel free to travel more and visit interesting and beautiful places around the globe. I don't see nearly as many Americans out and about around the planet as I see Germans, Chinese, Canadians, Israelis, Australians, French, Brits, etc. And when I talk with my friends, they say the reason is safety. I just believe it's an unfounded fear. I have an Uncle and Aunt who are retired, in their 70's, and spending their retirement living in various cities around the world. They've spent time in almost all the capitols of Europe, or at least the major ones. So last year they asked us about Mexico City. It took some convincing, but they decided to go visit. They ended up staying three months and now say that next to London, it's their favorite city on the planet. All their other friends and family tried to talk them out of it, because of safety concerns. They had a wonderful time and are so glad they didn't miss out on that opportunity. I know, anecdotal evidence, but try it, you might like it.
  13. A common misconception American's have about many wonderful places around the world. I've been to San Salvador and other places in El Salvador and never once felt unsafe. And I haven't been murdered either. It truly is a beautiful country with friendly people.
  14. I very much enjoy flying at night and my airplane only has a one engine. My wife enjoys flying at night as well. In fact, I proposed to her during a night flight. There is less traffic, the air is typically smooth, the temps are lower, etc. If I have an engine out I'll do my best to put it on the ground it a location that is survivable. I've got two sources of synthetic vision which could help me put it down on a road or at least on some flat terrain. I also fly this one airplane quite a lot. So I've got a pretty good feel for when things aren't right. That along with good regular maintenance and excellent instrumentation for engine and fuel, help to mitigate some little part of the risk. For many, what I've said doesn't amount to much risk mitigation, and no one can argue that. Risk is something that everyone has to measure for themselves.
  15. I do my run up between 1500 and 1600 RPM. Sometimes on the first flight, cold morning, or right after an oil change, it takes a few seconds for the prop to cycle the first time. But after cycling the oil, it works instantly every time in that RPM range. And ditto what everyone is saying about the red line. You shouldn't see the prop go over that redline. Get your governor checked.