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Wayne Cease

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  1. Probably too many cheap, er frugal, Mooney owners. I would think Dyson + Sabre Cowl + 201 windshield for E and F models and J model too would make great 21st century Mooneys. They would be faster and up-to-date on avionics. They wouldn't be $50-80k any more though. Wayne
  2. A chute? Wow. From the article on AOPA. Also saw mention of the chute in the article on AVweb. Pollack said a weight-saving carbon cowl for Ovation models is under development, but “the big thing we’re working on is a useful load retrofit. This is a big one, this is a game changer.” A useful load increase of 300 pounds to 500 pounds could pave the way for a whole-airplane parachute, new landing gear designs, and additional utility that could “change the platform” and put the company “in a position to really compete.” However, he stressed that supporting the existing fleet remains t
  3. Rebuild old Mooneys to modern. Buy/license the Sabremech cowl STC, gut the avionics and install Dynon (get them to finish the AP part of the STC). That should lower the weight and add a few knots. They could also offer painting and engine rebuilding concurrently with that work. They have the tools and people to do the work. One stop shop to completely modernize one's Mooney. Wayne
  4. ^ This Go to Epps at PDK or Hill at FTY. The staff at both are great. PDK is busier. Wayne
  5. There are some people in the FAA working to fix this mess so you do exactly that. But it's a slow turning supertanker. Wayne
  6. Really. They are stepping on Google, Apple and Microsoft's business of spying on us. Wayne
  7. There are plenty of 310 hp NA IO-550 engines. Going to 350 hp is just under 13% more hp. That shouldn't be too hard. More hp, more heat though. Wayne
  8. I have heard Cirrus owners say that. They don't want to dead stick it in as they'd be on the hook for a new engine. Pull the chute, then the insurance company sends them a check and they get to go plane shopping again. From the insurance company's perspective that's fine. Its reducing their risk. Everyone has walked away from a chute pull inside the parameters. Not everyone walks away from a dead stick landing. And one can do more damage to things on the ground with a bad dead stick landing. So a chute pull limits their pay-out potential. Wayne
  9. Generally speaking, yes. Definitely from an insurance perspective. There have bee about 20 Cirrus planes that have been brought back to service after a chute pull. Wayne
  10. Yes. It was well outside the parameters. Low overcast with mist and near freezing temps by a VFR pilot. There are questions about whether the chute was fired off on impact or after he got below the clouds. It was a very high energy impact. Radar showed a 2,500 fpm climb followed by a 3,600 fpm descent just before the crash. Wayne
  11. I was surprised how fast I got used to the side stick. Years ago when I did the Cirrus Transition program I thought it would take several hours. When I got done with the first flight I realized that I had hardly noticed after the initial climb. The side stick sits quite nicely where your hand is from the armrest. The feedback from the bungees on the early models isn't the best, but most of these planes are on AP flying on a cross country flight. I flew a SR22 last month with the AP out (for repairs) and it wasn't as bad with the feedback as I was expecting, but it was trimmed out well, so
  12. There is a lot of nice things being said on the COPA site about the SureFly. They are also saying that it makes hot starts a non-issue. Someone also stated that SureFly Aero is working on a STC for replacing both mags. It would require dual electrical systems, which makes the Cirrus people happy as they already have dual alternators and batteries.
  13. ^ This The Mooney is faster, but not enough to matter much; maybe at the extreme end of travel distances. It's more bragging rights. Plus the SR22 front seats feel more open with side sticks instead of yokes. My Angel Flight passengers really like not having the yoke in front of them; SR22 and Baron with the single throw-over yoke. Wayne
  14. My comparison for the "a lot more" was to the C/E/F/J models not the M20M. Wayne
  15. Too many CSOB Mooney owners. At least for upselling to newer planes. Nothing wrong with being frugal, but it does make it harder to sell newer/better planes to that market. Some of the Acclaim or Ovation owners might move up though. Cirrus has marketed towards the "buy now and trade-in later for a newer/better model" crowd. No, not everyone does that, but many do. I seriously doubt there are many C/E/F/J owners that are planning on buying a new Mooney. Yes, it's more expensive, but a new Mooney offers a lot more capability. Unfortunately it's a lot more expensive than a 50 year old
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