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  1. Purchase price + $5k emergency fund, 10% available during first year, and the ability to source funds equal to engine overhaul at any time.
  2. Assuming you've got enough runway, I'd try a bit more speed and no flaps. When we fly formation, we have 6000 ft minimum and are over the numbers at 90 knots, power to idle and try to keep it flying but don't touch the throttle. New formation pilots report the smoothest landings ever. Take that experience and use the same technique with proper speed. It worked for me in a C.
  3. I really think you're going about this exactly the right way. Keep an eye out on the Internet for planes as they come up for sale. Interrogate all of them and bring them here for the peanut gallery to beat up and weigh in on. The more planes you investigate, the better you'll know the market, which will likely lead to a better decision in the end.
  4. So the power line accident was almost exactly 13 years ago. Assuming the repair is all properly documented... and the plane has been flown regularly for the last 13 years... I don't see the problem.
  5. I'd take a regularly flown airplane with substantial but correctly repaired damage, rather than a no-damage history hangar queen any day.
  6. I wouldn't give more than $40K for it. At $35K it would be a good buy... assuming it gets a clean bill of health from Maxwell.
  7. I know Mooney needs to sell airplanes and a chute might help with that. But there's no way I'd give up retractable gear for a chute. And I'm afraid that would be the cost.
  8. I had a C and flew it at 13,500 all the time. We flew in and out of KFLG, KDRO regularly, and all over the West. Having said that, it takes planning, and accommodation for high DA, weather, time of day, fuel load, etc. After a couple of years of that and with a few more $$ in my pocket, I upgraded to a turbo so I don't have to make such accommodations.
  9. All that "news" article is doing is reprinting the twitter feed from one of the passengers... who "flies a lot"... like twice maybe. The whole thing sounds like a non-event to me.
  10. Were you going to attach a link to the article?
  11. I think they're not quite ready for long distance travel. But there are lots of cars in this country that never go very far and those would be perfect battery powered candidates. I have 5 friends right now who drive Teslas. I'd have one myself if I commuted to a job every day. I just bought a car today. An old fashioned gasoline engine car. Hopefully it will be the last one I ever buy.
  12. I've done a ton of GoPro videos and the best way is to use a patch cable from the camera into the audio. I'm assuming you've got rear seat jacks in that brand new J of yours ;-) You could easily run a cable from the camera to the jack in the back seat. You can buy the cables on line. Or @"Chocks" can make you a custom one to the right length, and coiled so stretchy. That works best if you're wearing the camera. You'll have no engine noise and all the comms clear as they are in your headset. If you're gonna get a second and third cameras, think about the GoPro Hero4 Session. They are the right size to stick to the horizontal stab for beautiful outside shots and also on the tail skid to get the gear action which is the shot you want for landings and take offs.
  13. Keep in mind the differences between the E, J, and the C you're looking for. They're really not that much. Both the E and the J are 200 hp fuel injected (no carb heat) while the C is 180 hp carb'ed. Most C's will have manual gear while all J's have electric gear, and the E depends on the year model. The J will have an additional 5" behind the front seats and 5" in the baggage compartment. The E is the exact same fuselage as the C. Sitting in the front seats, the cockpit environment will be effectively the same between all three. Enjoy, hope you get a flight soon.
  14. If I'm trying to communicate my arrival time or some other message to someone I'm meeting, I'll send the txt just before top of descent. It won't connect and usually won't send especially if I'm in the flight levels. But as I get close to the airport and on approach, it will connect and send automatically. Easy to do and has no effect on cockpit instrumentation.
  15. +1 for replacing Gill with Concord. Made all the difference for me.
  16. It's a good video. But you should wire the camera in for sound. That way we can listen in on the comms and don't hear the noise in the cockpit. It's a gorgeous plane by the way. I hope to ultimately have the same sort of full refresh on my 252.
  17. Lead was "Sandman" with myself "Rocket" as his safety pilot. Wingman was "Rhino" with "Pops" as safety. What a great way to spend 1.5 hours of AvGas on a beautiful spring day in Texas.
  18. It's all relative... If I could afford a new Ultra as easily as I can afford my 252, I'd probably take a serious look at one. I was negotiating to by my first Mooney, a C at about the same time a guy called Parker was getting used to his Encore. I remember reading about his upgrading of a 252 and thinking how amazing it would be to own a plane like that. Unfortunately I'll never be able to afford that and anyway, I'm very happy to own a C. Fast forward a few short years, business is good, and I'm shopping for Encore parts to fix up a pretty nice 252. Buying and Ultra? I can't imagine it now, but it's not out of the realm of possibility, and therefore I imagine that there are people shopping for the Ultra. I do think the problem is that there just isn't enough of them. If I could afford $1 mil for an Ultra (10% put away for unexpected expenses), there would be a whole lot of nice airplanes I could afford as well. The airplane market is very crowded at that level and the customer pool is certainly small. BTW... I rode right seat today in a Texas Wing formation flight. It's much more difficult to get out of the right seat rather than the left seat. So I'm not sure that second door is all that exciting. If I owned one, I might still just use the right side door as it's easier.
  19. Whenever I get a strong enough signal. It varies with altitude, terrain, population density, etc. When I used to live in Australia, I did a lot of travel on Qantas between Sydney and Melbourne. There was a commonly used Hold that was right over Thredbo Mountain. It's a popular ski resort in New South Wales and evidently had a tower on the summit. Whenever we got a hold over Thredbo, I could often get an LTE signal and even use my laptop to send/receive email. I have no idea what our AGL was, but it was dependable spot from which to get a good connection.
  20. I was told 3 to 4 weeks. Doing one or both tanks doesn't matter. It's the drying between coats that takes time.
  21. I wonder if the controller was just messing with the Southwest guys. Southwest is well known for their 737's, as they were the first airline to build a business model around only flying one type of equipment. The costs of maintenance, parts, pilots, etc. are much cheaper if there's only one airframe. I've been in the pattern and on the approach into both Houston Hobby and Dallas Love, either behind or just in front of Southwest 737's. They are thick at both of those airports.
  22. 400 hours in a C and never once used carb heat, other than to check its function during run-up. The only change needed for the descent is to adjust the trim.
  23. I'll just say I'm thankful for a well equipped Mooney and thankful for my Instrument rating as well. I started on the IA because I thought it was the next logical thing to do... I didn't own a plane and it made more sense to keep taking lessons rather than just rent the plane to go fly in the pattern. I got serious about the IA as I thought it would be a safe and useful tool to have. Now several hundred hours later, I like the IA just for the fun of it. I just really enjoy flying IFR. Show me a cloudy day with low but stable conditions... and I'll be calling in sick to go fly. I just really enjoy it... which was a surprise to me.
  24. @Yooper Rocketman BTW just to be sure... Southwest doesn't own nor fly any Airbus jets. They only fly Boeing 737's.