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    Tyler, TX
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    Grumman AA5B Tiger

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  1. glafaille

    Winter's coming... That means *DISCOUNT*

    Might be a good time to get into ADS-B installs. At least the easiest ones, GDL82 or Stratus ESG.
  2. glafaille

    Cheap IFR GPS

    I wish someone like Dynon would come out with an inexpensive GPS only navigator. No comm, no VOR, no ILS, just waas GPS navigation.
  3. glafaille

    Cross the Atlantic with a Mooney

    Those of you interested in this sort of adenture flying might like to read about the adventures of Max Conrad.
  4. glafaille

    Retirement location

    With that in mind, it sounds like your wife and daughter will decide the location for your retirement. Sounds like you have a losing hand. It’s a waste of time to consider where you would like to live, they will decide for you. Young folks today are very mobile. Will you be following your daughter all around the country when she moves? I have a friend that retired and was happy in Arizona, daughter lived in hot and humid East Texas and convinced Dad and Mom to relocate to the area. 2 years after moving, daughter accepted a job in Arizona and split, leaving Dad and Mom “high and dry” or rather “low and moist”. They have decided to stop chasing the daughter and are staying put despite their preference for Arizona. Just too much hassle to move again. If you are forced to live in a place you don’t like for “wifey” and daughter, you may have significant power in deciding the configuration of your retirement facilities as you are the one giving up so much for them. Airport property, hangar, ownership, man cave, airplane upgrades, etc. are all on the table if you play it right.
  5. glafaille

    Retirement location

    If you retire in a nice place, with a great climate, and lots of recreation opportunities, the kids will come to you.
  6. glafaille

    Retirement location

    First of all the Grumman is about as fast as your basic C model Mooney. It’s nice to live close to good cheap airline service because: 1. Friends and family can easily visit 2. I want to travel to places not easily flown to in a Grumman or Mooney. Italy, Ireland, New Zealand, Hawaii, etc. 3. Some day we all have to hang up the spurs. Doesn’t have to mean you quit traveling.
  7. glafaille

    Retirement location

    One should pay particular attention to those things that are impossible to fix when selecting a retirement locale. At the top of my list is: 1. Climate, climate, climate 2. Reasonable cost of housing 3. Low taxes 4. Access to cheap airline flights so I can travel out, and friends and family can easily travel in. 5. Medical facilities, we are healthy now, but who knows what the future holds. 6. Recreation options. Needs to be a fun, vibrant area with lots to do. I live in a very hot and humid place now and don’t care for it. Therefore, in retirement I am seeking a dry, not too hot climate. Most of my retirement possibilities are out West.
  8. glafaille

    QUESTION: M20E Vs M20F

    Think carefully! I too own a Tiger, ended up with it after an unsuccessful search for a Mooney. in my opinion, the F is not a big step up from a Tiger. The backseat room in the Tiger is generous, maybe more than the F, plus the backseat folds down in the Tiger giving a lot of room for STUFF. The canopy and visibility on the Tiger are also nice and a godsend in the summer. The F will give you just a bit more speed depending on mod status, but will cost more in maintenance and insurance. The F may save you a bit on fuel over the Tiger. The useful load on my Tiger is right at 900 lbs which seems pretty good to me, not sure about the F. I’ve flown plenty of IFR in theTiger and find it quite suitable but I have an Stec 30 autopilot that works very well. A good autopilot is essential for IFR these days no matter what plane you have. Are you sure the hassle of selling one to buy the other is worth it? If I sold my Tiger I would be looking at a J model or Bonanza to make it worth the hassle.
  9. I agree with gsxrpilot. I use a similar procedure: Run one tank for the first hour including taxi and climb, switch to second tank and run that one dry, switch back to the first tank which now has 1 hr and 30 min fuel remaining. I should be in a descent to my destination when I make the final switch. With fuel at the tabs I use the same procedure except the intial switch is done at the top of climb. This way I am left with 1 hr and 30 min in the initial tank, just like before. Any time I switch back to the first tank I should be very close to my destination, (within 30 min).
  10. Aren't the sumps placed at the lowest point in the fuel system? Aren't the sumps drained before flight? The fuel line pick up point should be above the sumps, right? Unusable fuel accounts for the fuel remaining in the tank (sump) that is not available to the engine, specifically to catch garbage in the fuel system, right? I drain my sumps before every flight and rarely detect anything abnormal in the sample. If I did find a bunch of garbage in the sample, I doubt I would fly the airplane until the source of the garbage was identified and corrected. Sounds like the problem my have really been some really bad fuel, a failure of the pilot to drain the sumps before flight, or poor aircraft system design that doesn't incorporate a fuel sump (home built aircraft?).
  11. glafaille

    A Stumper

    Sometimes when troubleshooting wierd electrical problems, I start by shutting everything off that I can, and I mean everything. Lights, radios, heats, everything. Then start testing by trying to duplicate the problem while switching each thing on one at a time, followed by more testing before switching the next thing on. I can usually narrow the problem down pretty quick to the offending device. So in this case, I would start by shutting everything down and keying the mike, check for a change in manifold pressure. Then turn on the beacon and key the mike. Then try the transponder etc.
  12. glafaille

    Log Review - Knoxville/Crossville, TN

    With the right app you can get as good of scans with your phone as a desktop scanner and in a fraction of the time. I use an app called Scanbot on my Iphone, another one is Turboscan but it isn’t as fast but takes slightly better scans.
  13. glafaille

    Log Review - Knoxville/Crossville, TN

    I have been known to call the local FBO and pay one of the more tech savy line guys to take pictures of the logbooks. I’m not really sure why sellers are unable to figure out how to take pictures of logbooks with their phones. It takes all of 20 min or so to copy all the logs for a 50 year old airplane. The guy is smart enough to fly the plane but not take pictures with a phone, amazing. This is one of the things that makes purchasing an aircraft so difficult.
  14. glafaille


    Although those that are listed here and properly priced seem to sell quickly, and without paying broker fees.
  15. glafaille


    Exactly! Some people don’t really want to sell their plane. I once met a guy who came accross a plane at a well known Mooney dealer. The plane was way overpriced and had been for sale for a very long time with little interest. The buyer found out the fax number of the sellers wife and faxed an offer to her at a low ball price significantly less than previous offers made to the husband/owner. The wife accepted the offer without hesitation or further quibbling and the plane was sold. One must figure out the sellers TRUE intentions, this seller’s wife wanted the plane sold. The husband did not want to sell so he overpriced the plane.