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  1. I have accepted that when I retire the plane has to go. Not a problem for me since I learned long ago not to fall in love with "things". I love my family, friends, pets and other people, but things not at all. I'll sell the plane and get out of aviation altogether or maybe consider a simpler aviation solution! Have you given thought to "Downsizing" your airplane in retirement? Travel while working for a living is a different endeavor than traveling while retired. While working you are time constrained, but when retired you are not, no need to be back on a certain day, or limited to a defined number of vacation days. Therefore a slower cheaper plane might work as well as your Mooney since speed is no longer the priority. Why not enjoy the journey in something slower and cheaper? Perhaps a rag wing Piper might breathe a little adventure into your retirement travel. They can be had for 1/2 the cost of a Mooney, fly on autogas, parts are readily available and inexpensive. Plus they are stupid simple and cheap to maintain. There is a whole world of grass strips and Fly Inns out there waiting! I'm looking forward to a simpler retirement with a taildragger!
  2. Ice

    In my younger days I flew night freight in Barons not equipped for ops in icing, no boots, no heated prop, no alcohol, just the standard heated pitot. Furthermore we were REQUIRED to maintain a 95% on time delivery record without consideration for weather, mechanical problems or anything else. Regardless of aircraft or equipment, one must always strive to minimize exposure to actual icing conditions, ice accumulates on the airframe regardless of installed equipment and adversely affects aircraft performance. Even the most capable aircraft can be brought down by extended exposure to heavy icing. Therefore having the proper equipment only buys you a bit of time to escape the ice, aircraft without the proper equipment have a very small window to make an escape. The problem with ice is that no one really knows where it is. Icing is a very fickle and unpredictable enemy. It might ice up an airplane that passed along your route at your altitude 30 minutes ahead of you but not leave a trace on your aircraft. Icing can exist 1000 ft above or below you and not affect your flight at all. Therefore the concept of KNOWN ICE is one used most effectively in court rooms and crash sites. Personally, I would pay serious attention to multiple, recent reports of icing along my route and at my altitude by aircraft of similar or greater performance capability. Light icing reported along my route and altitude by a C172 is a different animal than light icing reported by a B737. The former would not necessarily cause me tremendous heart burn, the latter very likley would. Icing reports over an hour old are not as reliable as those reported within the last hour. Continuous icing reports for an extended period are a problem for sure. The trick to staying alive in icing is the same as any other sort of aviation risk. ALWAYS have an escape plan. For instance, multiple reports of icing along a route and altitude you intend to traverse is less of a threat when the ceilings are well above the MEA and good visibility prevails beneath, the escape is to decend below the clouds and continue. If the freezing level is well above the MEA but the ceilings are below then you may be safe flying at altitudes where ice can be expected, the escape plan is a decent below the freezing level. BUT, if the freezing level is lower than the MEA and low visibility exists from the ground up, you may be setting yourself up for a bad day regardless of the existance of icing reports.
  3. FAA ADS-B Rebate - almost done, and GDL-82?

    TTaylor: I just checked the Freeflight Systems website and all their ADS-B Out solutions appear to be around $3,000. Where did you see them for $1,900? By the way, the link you provided doesn't seem to work. Thank you.
  4. Sad Mooney

    A partnership gone sour over a maintenance bill is rumored to be the reason for the neglect. It had a fresh engine when it was parked over 10 years ago. About 100 AMUs would make it a very nice plane!
  5. Sad Mooney

    Here it is. After closer inspection, I think it is an F model, but not sure.
  6. Thinking of straying from the fold

    Bklott: Very good information concerning the Bonanza V tail line. I found the same info and more which just made the airplane a "Bridge too far" for me. Another problem you may have overlooked that is common through most of the Bonanza and Baron line, is the spar carry through cracks. There is a 500 hour inspection of the structure in the fuselage that carries the loads from the wings. Cracks have developed in this structure in many airplanes and correction requires a very complex and expensive repair. Any airplane with known cracks suffers a significant reduction in value. All that said, the straight tail Bonanza is free from the V tail problems and is a terrific aircraft. The Debonair is the least expensive of the straight tails and similar to vintage Mooneys in acquisition costs. I believe they are still subject to the spar carry through i spection though. Parts are reported to be very expensive for all Beech products.
  7. Sad Mooney

    There is one at my field, I think it is a 201. Been sitting outside untouched for 10 years according to the "old timers". I'm told it is the result of a partnership gone sour, a big fight over a maintenance bill.
  8. Check those fuel tank vents!!!!

    On some planes a largesh pipe cleaner inserted into the vent will prevent bugs. Remove the pipe cleaner before flight BUT if you forget to remove it, the pipecleaner should pass enough air through to prevent total blockage. To clear a blockage, a foot long length of weed wacker line can be inserted into the tube and by twisting and wiggling a bit you can pretty much clear out almost a foot of vent line. It's unlikely the bugs will travel that far up the line anyway.
  9. Foreflight Scout - ADS-B Receiver $199

    Surprised that the Scout does not include GPS? Really? I'm surprised people buy Ipads without GPS. Why do pilots even bother with wifi only Ipads? The GPS on my Ipad works awesome and the accuracy is excellent.
  10. Here is the new Ping Buddy from Uvionix, except it's now called the Foreflight Scout and sold thru Amazon.
  11. Going to be hard to find the winds blowing your way traveling Westbound. Max didn't have near as much weather info as we have today. I wonder how long he waited in Casablanca for just the right weather?
  12. Steingar: Sorry but you are mistaken on this particular record setting flight. Max Conrad flew a Comanche 180 from Casablanca to El Paso. Same engine as the C model Mooney.
  13. His record from Casablanca to El Paso still stands. Someone with a Mooney could give it a try!