Mooney in Oz

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    Sydney, Australia
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    VH-VRJ
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    M20J

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  1. I hope you are right Hank. Victor
  2. It says there will be only 60 Ovation Ultras and 60 Acclaim Ultras built in the 2017 year range. These must be limited editions. What happens after 2017? Victor
  3. I had the pleasure of meeting and having dinner with Paul and Shery when they visited Australia about 6 years ago and Paul was a guest for our Mooney maintenance program. A lovely couple. I still have a gift given to me from Shery that reminds me of their visit. I wish Paul a speedy recovery and both the best in retirement.
  4. 16 years and about 1,100 hours. I also fly a turboprop for a living, but much prefer my Mooney.
  5. I recall many years back on the Mooney email list, former Mooney factory test pilot Bob Kromer commented on removing the step. He said when he was at the factory, for testing purposes he flew a Mooney (can't recall the model) with the step removed and all the test equipment rigged up. The end result was a speed gain of not more than half a knot. Not worth it. Victor
  6. You are a very decent person Ario with that sort of empathy. It would be a much better world if there were more like you. I can't add much more than the good advice already given except that if you see him again then offer him a ride. You'll no doubt make his day and yours too. Victor
  7. 4, 5 & 6, but chose 5 as my final. The banked turns really make the aesthetics of your beautiful Acclaim stand out. I had the honour of demo flying the Acclaim here in Australia back in 08 and the privilege of having Don Kaye beside me for part of the tour. Memories that will never be forgotten.
  8. I didn't know the sun came out in the UK Seriously, I fell in love with Mooneys 31 years ago when I flew a J for the first time and have owned one now for 15 years. Victor
  9. What speed mods would result in a cruise speed of 170 kts?
  10. This has been discussed before and I remember reading a post some time ago that in the early days, Mooney did not want pilots operating out of grass strips and therefore did not include grass strip operations into the FM until later in the game. I don't know whether that is correct or not. I personally like my gear doors too much and therefore don't like the banging sound coming from underneath when rolling over grass clumps while feeling the stress put on the undercarriage, plus stone damage on dirt strips, so I always stick to sealed strips. I know this isn't practical for everyone, but is one of my usage limitations. Park a Mooney next to a C182 or similar and you can easily see why. The lack of information in the FM regarding the rest of what you mention is not good, but it is what it is and we just have to mitigate as best we can as per everyone's advice. Victor
  11. OWT still prevail. The engine needs to come up to normal operating temps at normal RPM. Go fly it for at least half hour or conduct an approach and get your fix at the same time every month if not being used otherwise.
  12. Philippe, I'm sorry but I don't have any schematics as this was done some years ago and my aircraft engineer has since closed his business. Any competent aircraft mechanic would be able to do it and from memory the most expensive part was obtaining what we call here in Australia an engineering order, which is similar to the 337 used in the US. I don't recall it as being too much of a job. Maybe Clarence (M20Doc) or Don can chime in here. As Scott suggests, I'm sure the cables came from McFarlane. Victor
  13. Hi there Philippe. I also own an 80 model J that is 60'serial numbers older than yours. I haven't had experience going with electric cowl flaps, but a much cheaper option I did was to have my aircraft engineer replace the two position system with a vernier system. It works perfect and by winding the vernier control knob, just like the mixture control, to any setting I desire or just pull it out or push it in. There is no electrical motor to repair or eventually replace and it is a very simple system. Victor
  14. That M22 Mustang looks as though it has oleos instead of rubber donuts, although I can't see what the nosewheel has.
  15. +1 Worked for me too.