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    Family, flying, innovation, start-ups
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  1. My Bravo is expensive enough to properly maintain and it's flown regularly. I can't imagine all the "surprises" waiting for you with this project. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  2. Interesting read. It's tough when comparing a non-IR pilot with IR pilot when those two types may fly in very different conditions. It would be interesting to compare the accident rates between those two in VMC conditions and then as a total (which the paper does). Regardless, another factor that greatly affects the data is currency and training.
  3. Lots of great advice here and from different perspectives. Just for perspective, the USAF takes someone off the street and their first 80-90 hours is in an 1,100 hp T-6A Texan II, then their next 80-90 hours is in a T-1 (based off of Beach 400) or T-38 (supersonic capable). That means someone who starts flying the C-17 or F-35 will have between 180-220 hours total. It's all in the quality of instruction. Find a great Mooney CFI and they'll get you ready.
  4. @Jonny, I applaud you and your team for breathing new life into Mooney! You have a lot of people at MS rooting for you. As such, I think there's a great PR opportunity to do a Mooney "roof stomp" aka Factory fly-in. Great photo op and story. It can be organized to be socially distant. I know a few of us would volunteer to organize.
  5. Ohio trips in the winter will be an issue with icing. For comparison, last year I traveled bi-weekly from San Antonio to Alabama. I never planned to fly in/through icing, but used the TKS three times. However, I understand if TKS is outside your price point. Jimmy at Kestrel is good people. He's got tons of Mooney's and personally owns a K and C. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  6. Hello @J-D and welcome to MS! How far along are you in your training? First, any of the models listed are great commuters. Pros and cons for turbo vs non-turbo. Lots of threads on this. Second, list your "must have" vs "nice to have" capability/equipment. Third, be realistic on how much you'll be able to commute with your plane. I've commuted off-and-on with two Mooney's (and E and Bravo). Until you have your IFR ticket, wx will be your limiting factor. Once you have it, wx will still be your limiting factor. Always have a backup travel plan so you never put yourself in a square corner w
  7. I paid $250 for an on-sale Pixel 3a and I pay only for the data I use with Fi. A great, no-nonsense phone with a plan I can live with for the data I use. The 4a is out now and better than the 3a.
  8. man, I must be lucky. I never have issues connecting to my GTX345 and I've stuffed the Bravo full of bags and people and still connected. However, after reading this thread, it sounds like signal blocking is a problem. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  9. I just use tapatalk on my mobile devices. I didn't even know the website was updated. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  10. My technique is to go full flaps once I break out. Going missed IMC with Flaps T/O is less of a handful than flaps LDG. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  11. @donkaye, I am jealous of your 28 years of airplane ownership. Very cool! Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  12. please tell us about your thoughts on switching to twin G5s. It all looks great! I'm thinking about doing that in my Bravo. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  13. With full long range tanks what useful load do you have left? I think long range tanks are really only good for solo flying. At least with my Bravo's UL. For fam flying, I can only take 60 gal with 4 ppl (2 adults, 2 kids) and bags. That puts me right at gross. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  14. The plane is really a great XC plane. Range, useful load, fuel burn, speed, and equipment is all there. Do I wish it had more legs, not really. Do I wish it went higher, nope. Do I wish it had a bit more useful load, yes. Not a lot of A&Ps are knowledgeable on the Bravo's engine, so finding one who had experience is important. Bravo's are slippery, but they just take inflight planning; however, I rarely use my speed brakes. They are speed sensitive on landing. 5-10 knots fast will eat up runway. I really like the extra room in the long body Mooney. I'd be curious what others think.
  15. If I could afford a turbine, a IV-PT is the way to go in style! Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
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