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  1. Anyone still at Oshkosh this weekend? I'm planning to fly in tomorrow evening (about 6:30pm arrival), be there all day Saturday and leave Sunday AM. First time flying in myself, although I did go a few years ago with a friend in his 210.
  2. Haha, no - thank YOU, you're the one doing the real work in building community here. All I did was some mental masturbation.
  3. I agree with you, but I also think the Mooney brand needs to have a strategy to empower the Mooney community and work with us to foster that goodwill and brand evangelism. We are their greatest asset, but their marketing strategy is probably outdated and not community-empowering focused. It's definitely a tough challenge for any Community Manager as Mooney-owners probably aren't the easiest group of people to engage in a way that is strategic and in service to their company goals. If I was Mooney, I would consider these initiatives to build community: 1) have a social strategy that encourages legacy Mooney owners to show off their aircraft, awards free parts to best voted aircraft, with the message and branding being that "Mooney's last forever." 2) have a strategy to empower Mooney owners to host Mooney-specific fly-ins and fly in new aircraft for display for those flyins. 3) reassure Mooney owners that they love supporting the fleet with parts, etc. 4) listen and be transparent. we want to see the return of something like an M20J at a competitive price point, but there are probably real reasons why Mooney can't do that and remain profitable. it would be nice to have someone from Mooney address these concerns in a customer-facing way that protects their interest (obviously they can't be completely transparent and give us #'s and data), but at least be listening to the community and thinking about real ways to address the needs of them. 5) find a way to empower the Mooney community to grow the GA market as a whole. tell the stories of those Mooney owners whose lifestyle has been transformed thanks to their time machine. more time with family, friends, etc. 6) although the pilot population is mostly male and it makes sense that their marketing appeals mostly to men, I think rethinking that strategy and broadening the horizon as the industry is becoming more diverse and being a proponent for that diversity. 7) inviting some Mooney owners to give feedback, some form of beta-program to help develop better feedback loops and help people in the community feel included as a result. 8) put a program in place where MSCs can host Mooney-specific events/fly-ins/etc to increase education among Mooney maintenance among owners. they should have some leverage in order allow these repair stations to use the Mooney logo and be a "licensed repair station." Just some ideas from someone whose job it is to build communities around brands (not aviation field).
  4. @Alfredosorry we didn't get a chance to meet - glad you had a great adventure out here with family and got your JPI fixed. Next time I hope you visit and stay with us Very cool that you decided to land at JFK too, what a thrill!!!
  5. Sweet tip! I'll definitely investigate next time, although the problem seems to have been fixed w/the shims so far.
  6. A guy not in the cockpit telling someone to put the gear up and flaps down based on what he sees and interprets in a different airplane than the one he is flying? This would drive me absolutely mad. I also hate the guys on UNICOM who tell you anything but the wind. I remember landing in Vermont once and the UNICOM guy was basically telling me not to land the runway I was landing at because of a 20knot crosswind. When you're flying, you can make all the decisions you want. Unsolicited advice, unless it's something like hey dummy, your gear is up...isn't welcome.
  7. Update: Took it to Weber and they installed a few shims, which I think corrected the problem.
  8. Meh, I had an O-360 and same exact deal. My lifters and cam were even more worn than what is seen in this picture. I think any Lycoming that sits is going to be vulnerable.
  9. @JoshManjust curious if you ever solved this and how? noticed some rudder play/slop in my G model as well recently and a recent nosewheel shimmy, wonder if they are related in some way.
  10. Just to answer some questions: 1) Yes the shop I went is an MSC, although I'll be honest. The two younger kids they put working on my plane to lube the gear exclaimed they have never seen a J-bar Mooney and couldn't believe a Johnson Bar Mooney existed. They went into the cockpit and played with Jbar for a while. I prob got billed for them playing with it too, ha. I found it a little surprising that an MSC has never seen a Jbar Mooney. I suppose they get more business from the Acclaims, newer models, etc and all the vintage owners prob do their own work in supervision with an A&P (which is a place I'd love to get to). 2) I believe it has been a while since the shock discs needed replacement. I asked my shop during annual if the discs were still good and they said they I deferred the item, but it's possible they never really measured them the way outlined in the service manual. That could indeed be the issue.
  11. Was in the shop yesterday to check preload and lube flight controls. What a PITA to do multiple times a year when you fly more than 100 hours a year. I mentioned to the shop that I had a slight nose gear shimmy very occasionally and they did some stuff to the nose gear, lubricated various parts of it...and now the shimmy is way worse. Any idea on what could have caused this? The shop seems to think a new tire or a balance of the nose gear tire could fix it. Do Mooney's have a shimmy dampener? Just looking to educate myself on the issue. Looking back in the logs, before I bought the plane back in 2008/09, about 1000 hours ago, I see this: ""Replaced nose gear truss with repaired supplied by Lake Aero Styling. Replaced nose gear pivot truss with repaired. Installed new nose gear steering horn. Installed M20-202-001 nose gear tracking kit." As an aside, I'm sure the 100hr lube AD has been discussed a lot, but I'm curious, what do you guys pay to have it done? How do you handle it? I just recently started using a new shop and it was our first time working together on this. I removed and reinstalled the three piece belly myself, but they still charged me 5 hours of labor to do the gear lube, preload check, etc which seemed a bit on the high side to me. Was not a great experience to be dinged for 5 hours of labor and then land with a dramatic worsening of the shimmy, especially when I did all the dirty work of r&r'ing the panels.
  12. So sorry to read. Keep us posted on how the dispute goes if you go through with it.
  13. Some banks will do it, for instance quoted me around 7% for a 7 year loan. You can also look into unsecured financing via SunTrust bank - you can get approved online for a 20-30k loan.
  14. Anyone know where a place in northern california might be to rent a Mooney? I was going to come up for a work trip in mid July and wanted to spend some extra time and see if I can rent a Mooney to fly around California a bit. I searched previous threads and saw San Carlos used to have one through the flying club, but looks like it's no longer a part of their fleet. Anyone have other ideas or know a place?
  15. Total fuel cost for the trip was about $1340 (including the few overnight fees charged). Not bad for round trip to California and back with many stops in between for two people.