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  1. Career Advice

    I think its likely to see cargo and maybe corporate jets to go single piloted IFR (abandon the 12.5K rule) before airliners. 1 - There will never be a pilot shortage at a major airline. There will be a shortage of pilots willing to work for fast food wages...or even PAY to work. 2 - Civilian training is faster but not superior to military flight training. It will always be competitive to get INTO the military. The military doesn't treat their mid-grade officers well which is why there is a shortage of experienced mid-grade officer pilots. If primarily interested in flying go AirGuard first before going regular active duty. A military pilot with 1500-2000 hrs of tactical fighter time is more competitive for a job at a major airline than a regional airline pilot with 10,000 hours as a first officer. 3. 4 year degree required for American, Delta, United, Fedex, UPS and currently SWA. Alaska and Hawaiian are the only two legacy airlines that MAY hire you without a degree but you will likely be a coming from a foreign airline or ACMI carrier like Atlas to get hired. The big hiring boom will last for 10-15 years and then expect a period of stagnation. The mandatory retirement numbers are pretty staggering over the next 5-10 years. I would expect every military pilot that leaves and every CURRENT regional airline pilot to be able to eventually move to a major inside 10 years. A pilot just starting as regional first officer in the late 2020s will likely be at the regional for 10+ years and without a degree..permanently. Regional airlines understand they are a stepping stone to a major which gives them leverage to treat their pilots pretty poorly. My advice to your son if he wants to be a pro pilot. Get his certificates and hours as fast as possible and get on with a regional and expect to stay there until he completes a degree. Get a degree that he can use to pay the bills if he loses his medical. I've heard engineering pays well at the entry level. Good luck!
  2. What is wrong?

    Still writing it...keep gettin interrupted.
  3. What is wrong?

    PM sent with some info
  4. With all the recent upgrades being installed, what are projected VRef values for installed items like single or dual G5’s? AOPA has 11,800 for a GTN 750 but nothing for Avidyne etc. What is the projected value of an IFD 440 or 540? I know the usual guess is VRef is 50% of the installed cost of new but that isn’t necessarily holding true for the GTN. disclaimer - I know VRef is just a tool and not what things actually sell for...
  5. Cost of ownership "budget"

    The only costs that have matched my predictions are the fixed costs. Aka - loan/hangar. Every other expense has been exceeded as things pop up. Fuel/operating costs alone were much higher than I expected due to unforeseen ramp/landing fees. (Unexpected trip to Hilton Head included $60 landing fee and $7 fuel) Dont forget supplies/tools/iPads will exceed your estimates. Remember that the a 430 needs $500 annually to keep current and foreflight or XM cost money as well.
  6. Where do aircraft based at GA04 get fuel?...or is there fuel available at the field? Are the lights bright enough for night landings?
  7. Unfortunately this house is on the market about 10 months too early. Good luck with the move and enjoy Cumberland/Adams county! I have family in that area and fly into N94 all the time!
  8. Step Retract Bellows M20C

    Anybody heard anything new from Brittain?
  9. Joining the Mooney club - M20C

    Unfortunately I will be on the road with my bird during that time but if you need a CFI with M20C experience in the future shoot me an IM.
  10. Joining the Mooney club - M20C

    That looks like Rusty's M20C at W75! Rusty has done a great job taking care of my M20C. I highly recommend getting some hours and short field practice before attempting W75 on your own.
  11. Step Retract Bellows M20C

    John - I don't think I ever got your PM. I've heard the latest attempt at getting a seal made failed.
  12. Panel lights rheostat M20C 1965

    This was helpful. I'll try to squeeze under my panel tonight and take some pictures. I have every scrap of paper on this airplane back to 1965 including an original sales brochure.
  13. Panel lights rheostat M20C 1965

    I don't know what is or isn't original - the panel was redone in the early 90s. Is the current dimmer the original and just moved? What I do know is that I have the original parts manual and diagram and I can't make sense of what mine is relative to the panel. I'll try to get pics of the back of mine later.
  14. Panel lights rheostat M20C 1965

    It might be original! (Unlikely). It has several leads off the back that have been soldered to the switch. One of the leads has a pigtail that has been wired to another post on the rheostat.
  15. So it seems like every time I fly something else breaks. Today it was my panel lighting. The dimmer switch functions as an on/off and dimmer rheostat. They were fine a couple weeks ago but tonight the switch just turns the lights on and off but no dimming. Pretty sure the switch isn't original as the panel was modded years ago with post lights. Any idea of a particular part number, replacement switch or a way to troubleshoot the current rheostat?