Hi everyone -
I'm a private pilot living in North San Diego. I've been flying for about 4 years but am on about a year sabbatical as I have two young kids. It's time for me to get back into flying and am ready to buy my own plane, I think an M20C, M20E or M20F would fit my mission and budget.
Previously, I've rented from Plus One Flyers out of KCRQ and have flown various Cessna's and Pipers. I'll base the plane out of Fallbrook (L18) and my typical mission would be monthly trips to the grandparents in San Luis Obispo (KSBP), a few trips a year to Sacramento and possibly a trip or so a year to Casper Wyoming (KCPR). I would like to be able to make the San Luis and Sacramento trips without a fuel stop.
Anyway, right now I'm deciding if a Short body Mooney would work or if I need to step up to an F. We're not big people, I'm about 5'10" and my wife is shorter. I'm around 165 pounds and the wife probably 40 pounds less. . We have a 10 month old and a 2 year old that would be part of the fun flying with us. My main concern is whether or not we'll fit in a short body Mooney.
Im wondering if there's anyone with an M20C or M20E that would be willing to give me a ride? I'm more that happy to cover fuel and any drink we consume while I pick your brain afterward. I'm pretty flexible on location. I can travel to meet you anywhere between San Diego and LA as work take me up there a lot.