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  1. @Austintatious, I’ve been flying to work lately living the dream. Out my living room door into the hangar, over the Atlanta traffic and arrive at work in 20 minutes. Sure beats a hour plus drive! On topic, the other airplanes in my hangar are a Culver Cadet, a Sonerai 1, and there is a 1950 PA20 hanging from the rafters waiting for attention.
  2. I do resemble that remark, as well as @Keith20EH who also owns a Cadet and M20E. The PQ-14 is a larger/faster evolution of the PQ-8 which was based off of the Culver Cadet, Al Mooney designs. I do have archive materials on Culver PQ8 and PQ-14 aircraft but would have to do some research to see how involved Al Mooney was in the redesign work for these aircraft, pure speculation but I wouldn't be surprised if there was a much larger team of engineers available to Culver around the time of the PQ-14 due to the war effort.
  3. The cardboard box that the Aerocreeper comes in is really heavy duty. I use it in the back of my truck to keep the loose items from sliding around in the bed and I can easily slide it out to retrieve things when needed!
  4. I feel left out, he didn’t mail one to me and he probably should have. I’ve had twin fever for a while now but the thought of going through the tire kickin’ sales process of selling mine has kept me flying the Mooney (which is probably for the best)
  5. I borrowed one from a friend once and when I returned it to him I found out that he had ordered one for me as a gift. I was shocked, he is so generous. You really don’t realize how good of a product it is until you put it to use.
  6. I attempted to install a Powerflow on my M20F but ran into an issue where the muffler was interfering with the alternate air door. Powerflow was fantastic to work with offering to pickup my airplane in Atlanta GA and fly it back to their factory in FL to make a system for my airplane. While I appreciated the offer I declined and reinstalled my worn stock exhaust. A year and a half later the old exhaust system was finally shot so I sent it in to AWI and guess what, absolutely even cht/egts and noticeably better performance all around. I’m very happy with AWI. I think the stock vs. Powerflow comparison really needs to be apples to apples not old/worn out vs new.
  7. Plus it would be a great opportunity for us to show our great appreciation to the Mooney employees, past and present. They have had some ups and downs over the years, I bet they would like to see the fruits of their labor
  8. Hello Jonny, Your update is exciting to hear, thank you for your direct contact with the community. Just a low priority idea to add to your huge list of more important things to do, Maule has been hosting an annual fly-in at the factory for the last 10 years or so, it seems to be a pretty popular event. I can tell you I would be excited to have more Mooney specific events to attend and having something at the Mooney factory would be pretty great. I think if forum members here saw what you have going on and what the factory has to offer it would be a big boost in moral and the word would spread fast that Mooney is still in the game. Do I even dare suggest a $100 cover charge per person to help keep the lights on? I'd be happy to pay it. I think it would be a great experience and worth it for the Mooney fellowship (and maybe some lunch).
  9. That sounds like an ideal situation, great news! Now get your daughter on mooneyspace to update us on her trip and new J!!!
  10. Hello ibantu, I am a M20F owner and have ferried various Mooney M20B-M20J models all across the country, a few trips being for members of this forum. I’m located in the Atlanta area but willing to travel. Happy to provide a quote and help out if needed. Joe Burley 77o-776-9oo7
  11. Here is the word I got from a trusted source at Aircraft Spruce. Concorde stocked up on on inventory during covid but they currently have a staffing issue. Their batteries are hand soldered and they don’t have the employees to do it as they did not return after the pandemic. Gill has robots that solder their batteries but unfortunately they don’t have the materials.
  12. How is this possible?!?! You found an instructor that had his phone in his pocket? I thought all instructors tap tap tap on their phones for the entire training flight? Must have been an old, I mean experienced, instructor!
  13. I agree Gus, I think the reason was marketing to keep up with the advancements of the competition. Flipping a gear switch makes you feel like you’re flying an airliner!
  14. Well, I’ve had both electric and manual (in the same airplane) and I don’t regret the decision to convert my F back to Johnson bar one bit. I do not agree with the opinion that the manual gear is as maintenance intensive or failure prone as the electric gear, it is a much simpler and lighter system. The up and down blocks wear and can cause issues, sure, but if you ignore any worn out part long enough it’s not the components fault for failure it is yours. At least you can easily inspect these parts before flight without a labor intensive AD being required between annuals. When it comes down to buying the right airplane, especially right now with such limited inventory, don’t base it off the manual or electric gear. Get the absolute best airplane you can find and take whatever gear configuration it is equipped with.
  15. I am at Brook Bridge Aerodrome with a M20F. 10 minute drive from PTC, 4 miles east of Brooks. I’ll send you a PM with my #
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