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About Trailboss

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  • Birthday 08/24/1977

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    1988 M20J

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  1. I vote for June, but later in the summer schedules better for me. Quick advice: Don't do avionics upgrades in the spring...I'm really missing my airplane.
  2. First, welcome! Is a Mooney to much airplane for me? - I bought a J model with a PPL and 80 hours. Got my IR training and checkride in it, working on Commercial now. A Mooney is a predicable machine that responds quickly to pilot input. Coming from a C172, the transition took about 10 hours for a complex sign-off...mostly for the insurance requirements. How tricky are they to land? - The J lands at almost the same speed as a C172 w/ no flaps. It's the sight picture of the low-wing that is harder to get used to. Landing isn't tricky, but it's very speed dependend...come in fast and you'll float and land long...come in on the numbers, and you'll land no problem. How hard will it be to transition to? -I found it relatively easy coming from a C172 with a fixed prop. Remember flows, checklists, and the gear...always remember the gear. How reliable are they? - In my 2 years of ownership, I haven't had any major issues. Your results may vary based on previous history and storage location of the airplane you purchase. How safe are they? - One of the main reasons I bought a Mooney. It's a steel roll-cage surrounded by an airplane. If you look at NTSB reports, Mooney has a better ratio of injury vs. fatal per accident. How expensive to insure and maintain? - Varies by model, year, previous maintenance, etc.
  3. What was the ambient temperature on 12/16? What is the temperature on 12/22? I've had issues the other way...filled tanks outside at 30F to full, then parked in a heated morning, when I opened the fuel tanks...110LL all over the wing.
  4. 2018 - IR, Passed 300 Hours. 2019 - Commercial. 2025 - Island Charter!
  5. Look at the external oil cooler and ductwork. If they had to removed it to get to the mag, it may not have been sealed properly, thus air not going thru the cooler.
  6. Probably still my favorite I brought it home!
  7. You can't do this to me...I have to sell mine first!
  8. I would be interested as my incandescent landing light quit this week...good thing it's the longest day of the year!
  9. I spent some time in LVNV last April. Landed at both Henderson and North Las Vegas on separate trips. Henderson has the nicer FBO. VGT was (is?) being renovated and it's a long walk to the FBO from the transient parking area when the FBO doesn't send a van. Henderson is a much nicer part of the metro area as well. Both have $15/day ramp fees, first night free w/ fuel purchase. From the North, LAS approach gave me direct VGT from Overton. That put me right over Nellis and the speedway. +1 for Penn and Teller
  10. Selling my "spare" to finance AvGas costs No issues when removed. $2,100 OBO. $2,000 OBO.
  11. I had the other issue...Hour meter stopped but tach kept running. Although more $$'s, I replaced it with a P-1000. Very happy with the upgrade to digital and it gives independent mag RPM's so run-ups are easy and in-flight monitoring of each one is possible.
  12. I'll trade 1-for-1 rides! I have a J model based out of Ogden, and haven't been in a Citabria since my TW endorsement. I'll follow-up with a PM as well.
  13. TBA,

    Hello, I am looking for a safety pilot to finish up my IR (and would return the safety pilot duties if needed) and just to make connections with local pilots. If interested please let me know.



    1. Trailboss


      I'd be interested in that...coincidentally I'm just beginning my IR.  Who are you using as a CFI-I?



    2. astravierso


      Man, I need to check this more often, sorry. I was using a guy out of CSA in Ogden, who has since moved on to fly the line. There is another guy at CSA I am looking at though.

  14. I had my dual-mag overhauled by Aircraft Accessories during the last annual. Approximately 30 hours later and no complaints...price was 'reasonable' compared to some other shops quoted.