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SantosDumont last won the day on September 14 2016

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  1. There's more than one of us. I'm also leaving my M20F for a RV-14, but the F will always have a special place in my heart.
  2. Santos Dumont is basically the Brazilian version of the Wright brothers. In fact if you ask any Brazilian who the first person was that achieved heavier than air flight they will say that it was Santos Dumont and then launch into a diatribe about the US campaign to alter history.
  3. That shell is worth negative dollars if it’s not flying. Even scrapping it for parts would cost someone time and money to cut it up. Maybe offer $1k for it. Otherwise put your money towards something that can actually fly.
  4. I finally found a mechanic that I like in Vegas! He got furloughed from Maverick due to COVID and sent out a really professional letter with his resume offering his services as an IA to all the plane owners in the valley that he could find in the database. Judging by the effort he put into the letter it seemed like he had a great work ethic, and I needed an annual, so I figured why not try him? Got the annual done in my hangar in 3 days at a very fair price. Very happy to refer him to anyone that needs a mechanic in Vegas.
  5. Well, you might want to consider an F. It's not going to be that much slower than a J, but definitely will cost less. I do wish I would have bought an A36 instead, but that's just because I have 3 kids and they don't fit in the Mooney. I bought the plane for me and with a wet PPL I never thought I would want to put my whole family in it. But after owning for 4 years I've decided my "fun" plane is going to be a RV because 99% of the time I'm by myself, so I don't need 4 seats, and the Mooney can't fly upside down.
  6. I have a 12,10, and 8 year old... I couldn't imagine giving them LESS space back there.
  7. Well I got my PPL in Tehachapi, I just thought that was what flying is supposed to be!
  8. Because he said he had two kids that are going to double in size very quickly.
  9. I used to be based in Tehachapi and would run up to SJC or down to SAN for work. My dispatch rate in the winter was about 50%. Unless you like having an O2 hose in your nose, there's not really any need for the K. If weather is that bad that you need to go high, you're gonna need FIKI to come down through it, and then you might as well just fly SWA. I'd choose the J.
  10. I bought my F with a wet PPL and 90 hours total time. A vintage Mooney is a great platform to use for your instrument rating.
  11. I was wondering what happened. I figured I did something wrong and needed to clear the cookies in my browser.
  12. It doesn't have WAAS though. I thought about getting a Garmin 375 last year when I did ADS-B, but then Tailbeacon came available and it made a lot more sense to just spend $2k on that and be done with the install in 10 minutes, then spend $12k installing the 375 and be down for weeks. Well, it made sense at the time... then of course a few months later COVID hit. Weighing heavily into the decision was that the few times I have flown the ILS to minimums made me really not ever want to do that again, just because I do it so infrequently that it required a huge amount of concentration that
  13. People have really strong opinions about the flames. I bought the plane because it was the first plane I found with the equipment that met my mission profile that wasn't snatched up before I could actually see it in person. A few Mooneys I got a call back on with an appointment to see the plane on the weekend saying sorry someone already bought it. So I think the flames actually helped me a bit there and scared off some potential buyers. At first I was a bit embarrassed by them, but as I flew the plane around more, people would notice it on the ramp, and kids would always point with a big
  14. Yeah I have all the paperwork for it... it was $100k.
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