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  1. Raptor05121


    Fantastic job!
  2. Raptor05121

    IFR & Mooney Mag Compasses

    Thanks for the heads up
  3. Did you replace your overhead lights with LEDs?  Where can I read about that?

    1. Raptor05121


      Hey Jeff, I'll type up a little how-to in a bit and tag you in it

    2. JeffMirs


      Thanks!  Will look for it.


  4. Raptor05121

    Landing a Mooney - Safety Culture

    A 27-year-old millennial just had to look up that word in Urban Dictionary
  5. Raptor05121

    Landing a Mooney - Safety Culture

    I can hear it now from my primary days: (Taxiing along quietly) CFI ".............well damn. That's a shame..." Me: ".....what? what is it?!?!" CFI "those lines. i was just thinking its a shame some poor old soul poured sweat and tears painting those centerline markings and you arent even using them"
  6. I'll be able to afford a model year 2018 two-door Ovation in 2072
  7. Raptor05121

    IFR & Mooney Mag Compasses

    So where would one find a degaussing station?
  8. Raptor05121

    IFR & Mooney Mag Compasses

    So its no surprise my cage is magnetized. I had the old whiskey compass which was no good. Upgraded to a PAI-700 simply to help with my IFR training and added the compensating balls, but on E/W cardinal directions, its 16-18 degrees off, and N/S is about 5-7 degrees off. I don't have an "onboard" GPS. I'm /A with 6-pack, dual VOR and DME. Realistically and FAA-legally speaking, how do I keep my DG aligned during an IFR flight? I have an EFB, but my CFI says its only showing true course, not heading. Its obviously A LOT more accurate than 15 degrees off mag heading, but is it legal if a DPE were to see me update it?
  9. Here in Florida I pick up towers at about 400' AGL
  10. Raptor05121

    Engine trouble on takeoff-I was lucky.

    Thanks for posting. You were extremely lucky for sure.
  11. Because with the new "1200 hours" ruling, these 21-year-old CFIs are needing time to get to the airlines. Are they milking students? I don't think so, but I do think its a combination of the fact of larger airports = longer taxi times, holding for takeoff, the flight out to the training area before you've even begun maneuvers, and then all in reverse. 2.0 logged with less than 20 minutes doing basic maneuvers and combined with the fact these CFIs are not intent on training, they lack the passion. It seems students average 2-4 instructors before receiving their PPL, and there is an overlap when a new one takes over. 2015 I learned to fly in a 152 on a grass strip with my CFIs hangar about 150 yards from the runway. The plane was $65/hr dry, he charged me $40/hr. Plus gas the airplane was about $125/hr all-in. When I flew solo, I paid the $65/dry rate in cash and then tried to tanker to cheap fuel airports as much as possible with my credit card. I considered myself a quick learner and once all my required dual was complete I just flew. I loved cross country flying. Got up high, leaned that little O-235 out and just pounced from cheap gas stop to cheap gas stop (CFI pre-approved XCs, of course). During my oral, I think I had 6 total cross countries and my DPE was astounded with only 41 hours in my logbook. I guess my CFI should've seen it coming that I'd be a Mooniac. Started Jan 2015, licensed May 2015. Total cost $4,500.
  12. Raptor05121

    Improved speed documented

    It is so true. I followed my friend down to South Florida to get his Comanche 260 painted. I took off first, he followed 2-3 minutes behind me. We both leveled off at 8,500 and I watched my ADS-B as he slowly inched past me with him having 20 knots on me. I was 145kts over the ground, he was doing 165kts. After we traveled the 130 miles to Okeechobee, he landed 2-3 minutes before I did. 20 knots seems like a lot of speed, but overall, 4-6 minutes is a pittance in the grand scheme that is GA flying. This is especially resonant to Cherokee-owning friends who are looking at spending several AMUs for speed pants that claim a measly 2-3 knots.
  13. Raptor05121

    I flew with FlightChops in Vegas.

    Very cool. We're very excited to meet him at the Mooney Summit
  14. Raptor05121

    Relocate the battery

    The Cherokee series came from the factory with aluminum cables which corrode easily and do not conduct electricity like copper cables. The Bogert mod is very famous for them. What's funny is a lot of Cherokees have 337s to move the battery into the engine compartment to shorten the run and increase starting capability whereas Mooney owners are doing the opposite
  15. Raptor05121

    Cylinder head/barrel separation at 14,500ft.

    Dan, is there any sort of "write-up" you could give us on how aviation insurance works after an incident? This is one part of flying I have no knowledge of and it seems to be a limited pool of people to explain.