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AlexLev last won the day on May 20 2019

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  1. WHP and Brackett Field both had one for 350/mo.
  2. Thank you! Yeah, no way could I do 1100/mo. I found a hangar for 350/month but like 1.5hours away -- and I typically can average a couple hundred hours per year, so if it's that far away, I'm sure it'd be more of a hangar queen which wouldn't be good.
  3. Thanks. I've been at it. I had a few leads and someone who seemed willing to negotiate with me, but recently went radio silent, but I'm definitely going to keep working on it!
  4. I'm potentially moving to the SoCal area near Long Beach later this year...and I am nervous of not being able to afford a hangar anymore like I do out in Western New York. So I'm curious for those that tie down, how damaging is it to the aircraft in general? Corrosion? Paint? What can be done to minimize this damage? I'm looking at moving in the Long Beach area, which is by the Pacific Ocean too - is this a definitive no-no for keeping a plane outside? I assume the nice paint job I have may wear pretty soon, so I might look into budgeting for a paint job or something sooner than late
  5. Thanks! Did the checkout today. Probably the most expensive checkout I've done, but now I can use it while I'm out here and even go out to Catalina which is nice (although part of me thinks I shoulda just flown my M20G here in the first place haha!). Most of the learning I felt like I had to do was around LA airspace, the VFR transition over LAX and procedures entering/departing Santa Monica airport. Definitely tired after all that flying, but happy too! -Alex
  6. Thanks! It does have an automatic wastegate.
  7. Thanks for the tip! It's 240/hr. I hope they are nice to me on the checkout, but I will admit that cowl flaps will be a bit new for me since my M20G has fixed cowl flaps. I'll definitely need to think about them more. Why do they need to be closed before I speed up?
  8. Hey there! I fly/operate an M20G back home, but am spending 3 weeks in SoCal and thought I'd try renting a 231 for some trips. I have my checkout scheduled for tomorrow and thought I'd ask some of the 231 drivers for some tips to make sure I don't botch it: 1) v-speeds? short field landing tips (would love to take it out to Catalina or something) 2) how do you work a turbocharger? what are things to watch out for? 3) any other intricacies or differences from my '68 M20G to watch out for? and then any SoCal specific tips for airspace are also appreciated for those that
  9. I have an upcoming annual inspection next month and a decently bad nosewheel shimmy on landing (rudder pedals violently engage). I wanted to get a head start on looking for parts + planning. Reg shimmy: Taking all pressure off nosewheel can sometimes help it it a bit, or hitting the rudder pedals a bit back and forth myself can help. No controllability issue, but would like to get it fixed this annual. The nosewheel truss was rebuilt by LASAR in 2011 -- it looks to be in decent shape, but it does have some left and right play while up on jacks. Should this be overhauled/replaced pote
  10. Hey Mooney friends, It's been a while and I come to you fresh of a cross country adventure I wanted to share with ya in my 1968 M20G. Here was the route: Day 1: Friday: KIAG>KMSN (3hr 20min), $154.01 fuel cost (may include overnight parking fees) A quick leg after work on Friday evening, landed IFR on the ILS in moderate rain. A quick over night stopover, a friend who worked at UPS picked me up from the airport and we had lunch at Coopers Tavern (had a pretty awesome Swiss Mushroom burger out that way)! It was neat to see the capitol building in Madison and learn how it was
  11. Just bought that used Dahon III, excited to use it next time I'm on a solo trip. Thanks again for the link!
  12. Cool, thanks! I'll give it a try. Is it possible to fit two? Did you have to take the tires out to fit them through the baggage door?
  13. Thanks! I have an older folding bike that I've put in another airplane, but not in the Mooney (partly because I don't want to put it in through the door). I'll contact the guy on Craigslist for the Dahon. You're saying it folds up more and will go through the hatch? If so, thanks so much for looking up that one in my local area. I'll see if I can buy it!
  14. This thread comes up every now and then, but thought I'd see if anyone has any PIREPs for folding bikes that will fit in a baggage door in a mid-body (I have a G specifically but I'm sure if it fits in F/J it will work too)? Can you load it in through the baggage door? Just one or can you get two in there? Thanks!
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