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  1. My Dad had a 1964 C model. It was a beautiful airplane. The curved rear windows have character. One “must have” in a pre-buy is a careful and thorough search for corrosion. We’ve seen too many being scrapped for spar corrosion. Other expensive items, besides the engine and prop, are leaking fuel tanks and worn out landing gear pucks. You’ll be hard pressed to find a certified option that will provide better cruise performance along with fuel efficiency in the same package.
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    Propeller Shop Info

    I am sorry to see this happen to you. Not sure which is worse, losing one to a storm or standing on the ramp watching as the new owner flies it away.
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    Mooneys on our ramp this evening!!!

    Has rear windows. That is a Tri-placer.
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    Memphis Belle

    I had the opportunity to meet Colonel Morgan at Sun N Fun in 2004. He had booth and was selling his book, “The man who flew the Memphis Belle”. He was wearing his leather jacket and autographed the book for me. He wasn’t real talkative, preferring to answer any questions with “read the book”, but it was still a treat to meet him. He died in May of that year.
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    Likelihood of engine failure

    I didn’t respond to the survey because I thought it was a poorly structured question. We’re they looking for a “power loss” which can result from a number of factors or were they looking for an actual mechanical failure of the power plant?
  6. It is a pre-war Culver Cadet. This is the airplane that Al Mooney designed following the Darts. After WW2, the next Al Mooney design was the Culver V (for Victory), the last Culver Aircraft before Culver closed up. Al then went on to start the Mooney Mite series, followed by the M20. Most of the pre-war Darts had a radial engine and fixed landing gear. Some of the later darts had a flat engine. The Cadets had retractable gear and either a Continental or Franklin engine ranging from 75hp up to 90hp. Advertised cruise speeds ranged from 120 mph up to 130 mph with the 90hp Franklin. Even if they are not quite that quick, they offered outstanding cruise performance coupled with economic operation...an Al Mooney trademark.
  7. You just had to do that, didn’t you! Just rip a guy’s heart out... When my Dad was in the Army in the late 1940s, he was stationed at Fort Jackson, SC. At Owens Field there was a Culver Cadet for sale that he was saving up for, thinking that he could fly it home to Philadelphia on the weekends when he could get a pass. The month before he would have enough money to buy the Culver, someone else bought it, moved it to another part of the field and placed it back up for sale...at a significantly higher price. Dad never did get his Culver Cadet and neither did I.
  8. What a pretty airplane!
  9. Look for the February 1999 issue of Flying Magazine. I believe that Richard’s On Top column is what you are looking for.
  10. Best to check with your IA and ask him to show you how to do it. Some IAs prefer to do that themselves during your Annual Inspection and don’t want us hamfisted Pilots fooling around with our airplanes.
  11. Another member of the greatest generation of General Aviation Pilots has left us. It is like the end of an era. He will be missed...
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    Sun n Fun 2018

    I’ve attended Sun-n-fun since the mid 1980s and have witnessed a lot of change over the years. I was there today and was concerned going in that the windy and rainy weather at the beginning of the week along with the forecast of bad weather moving in on Sunday would impact the number of planes on display in the Vintage area. My concerns proved valid as the Vintage area was sparsely populated and a fair number of those still there, were packing up and leaving. It was disappointing but not unexpected. There did also seem to be fewer vendors and aircraft on display than in years past. The homebuilt field, once heavily populated with dozens of rows of airplanes, was mostly empty. A mere shadow of what it once was. It’s hard to quantify why this has occurred. A number of factors may be impacting the show. Weather certainly plays a role. Attendance may well be cyclical. When the show was held earlier in the Spring, perhaps there was more attendance from those wishing to escape the Winter up North. When the Vintage airplanes were featured on the main Flightline, more vintage aircraft were in attendance. The move towards featuring the homebuilts impacted their attendance. The year they burned the grass in the Vintage parking area led to many showplanes being covered with black soot every day, repeatedly, didn’t help. I overheard a guy with a beautiful Piper Pacer, a past Champion no less, state that he would never return. He was tired of cleaning off his airplane all day long. They haven’t burned the grass since. I’ve heard others complain about the cost of admission. They can fly to a number of smaller fly-ins with less hassle, good food and have a good time at a lower cost. Maybe that is what folks are doing these days. Or maybe we’re witnessing the effects of a declining pilot population as the greatest generation of American pilots has largely left us and the succeeding generations are smaller still. Or maybe the fact that in 1966 you could purchase a brand new Piper Cherokee 140 for about three times the cost of a new car but in 2018 a brand new Cessna Skyhawk will cost you about ten times the cost of a new car and don’t even ask about the other airplanes. I do not know the answer. I am glad that I went. I enjoyed seeing the airplanes that I saw but I was disappointed. Coupled with the fact that I spent most of my time there thinking about and missing my Dad. We used to look forward to Sun-n-Fun every year and attended most years we lived here. It was not the same. I did not enjoy myself...to be honest...but I will return next year.
  13. When I had mine done the pre-balance vibration was .4 ips (inches per second). After the process it was fluctuating between .01 and .02 ips. The improvement was amazing!
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    One piece Windshield?

    Not so much for those of us who prefer the original appearance of the airplane.
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    Hangar Lifts

    “Hangar Lift”. Is that a procedure involving a long nosed Mooney?