MICKEY

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  1. MICKEY

    GFC 500 and IFD 440/540

    Yes there are other options. Agreed it is a good argument that the STEC 3100 is of equal or better performance than the GFC500 and possibly on par with the GFC 600. HOWEVER, it does not yet have the proven system integration and redundancy of GFC 500. And neither are yet certified for the M20 series. Further in my humble opinion, most Mooney owners only want/need the capability/function of the GFC 500. The STEC 3100 is equitable or has more capability than what Mooney owners want/need. So the option is to out purchase their needs with a reasonable price by upgrading to the STEC 3100 with older Servos, OR purchase what they need/want with the GFC 500 new servos at a marginally lower price point but with proven systems integration. As of right now, I have two thoughts. 1. First to market in this arena will gain the Mooney market, and "Hose" the competition. And will ultimately prevail. 2. Best proof of systems integration with the competitor is a close second in driving the margin of win over the competition. (ie. if STEC shows that a Dual G5 system will integrate seamlessly with an STEC 3100 lateral/vertical/VNAV. With either an IFD 440 or GTN 650 navigator). So there are options. And honestly I am not sure which one I am going with for Autopilot. But if the STEC 3100 shows it can fully function in a Dual G5 world, I'd have a tough time saying no STEC. FWIW - Just a medical guy.
  2. MICKEY

    STEC 3100 Digital Autopilot

    I have a call into sureflight. awaiting a quote. I'll call tomorrow.
  3. Devils Advocate here.. Anyone know if you have a Garmin G5 and IFD 440/540 if the Navigator will work with the GFC500?
  4. MICKEY

    STEC 3100 Digital Autopilot

    Maurader, I called the guy just outside Lancaster 3 times. Still haven't received a call back. I'm trying to get on the books.
  5. MICKEY

    Selling Garmin GDL 51

    I'm interested. PM me.
  6. MICKEY

    FASTEST?

    Funny I see similar speeds closer to 160KTS at cruise! Hows your new 252?
  7. MICKEY

    STEC 3100 Digital Autopilot

    @Barry LeBlancSpoke with you this morning. I have a call into two avionics shops for cost to install. So I guess I'm in the queue? Call and let me know if there is anything I need to do. @MarauderThanks for the chat yesterday. I also talked to Aspen today. Informed me that the E5 is a different Processor and screen than the original PFD 1000. The new screen and processor are certified without back up vacuum system or AI. Also told me upgrading the E5 to a pro will allow me to keep the Certified STC without need to add another certified AI or vacuum system. Right now I am leaning towards an Aspen E5 with upgrade to Pro with a G5 back up AI. Then upgrade the STEC 60-2 to a STEC 3100. Took a while but these two upgrades would MAKE my airplane.
  8. MICKEY

    STEC 3100 Digital Autopilot

    Fair Enough. my biggest fear is an unnoticed fuel leak on the spar making it weak/unairworthy. Thats where the thought process came from. \ @Bob_Belville, I looked at your panel and noticed your upgrades. How did you get the flush panel? Where did you get it completed?
  9. MICKEY

    STEC 3100 Digital Autopilot

    Thanks for the input. I agree on much of what you say, but the real question is, "Is a 51 year old plane worth +8.5k ( dual G5's) or an +12k (Aspen) or more. And is it worth an upgrade to the STEC 3100. It looks really nice.. Also sent you a PM. Thanks for the input. E
  10. MICKEY

    STEC 3100 Digital Autopilot

    So I have a 67 M20F with an STEC 60-2. I have not decided on an EFIS yet (Dual G5's, Aspen, B/K AeroVue Touch). Anybody have any insight to upgrading the STEC 60-2 to a 3100 in my situation. Thanks for your input in advance.
  11. MICKEY

    Yoke upgrade

    Wow looks amazing. How often can I find the yokes? Can I find them from a dealer? How much for the re wire and finish?
  12. MICKEY

    Yoke upgrade

    Thank you guys. Very insightful and helpful. Where can I get these new Yokes? And what is the cost?
  13. MICKEY

    Yoke upgrade

    I have a M20F 67 with a jbar and an stec 60 A/p. I was thinking of upgrading my yoke as the Ptt is closer than electric trim on the left YOKE. Any recommendations? Prefer the newer yokes. With a change in electric trim placement, a/p disconnect, and ptt I assume it's a 337? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks MICKEY IMG951130.3gp