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    1989 M20J

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  1. I plan to use a 660 in a panel dock to address just this issue and it seems like it will be the easiest and most economical solution.
  2. I had really good luck with Executive Autopilots at KSAC. Got me in in a week and repaired in two hours.
  3. I have a Sidewinder and it's great.
  4. Excellent report on Executive Autopilots at KSAC they fixed mine today for $500. They were ready and waiting per my appointment.
  5. Glad to see these posts, I learned a few things. My KFC 150 started failing the test a month ago, and the plane goes to Executive Autopilots on Monday. Hopefully the fix will not break the bank.
  6. My seats are a little thin from age, and I use a cushion on the bottom and it does the trick. In addition, you may want to consider sheep skins from Rocky Mountain in San Jose CA. I don't know why these aren't more popular. The 172 I learned in had them and they are fantastic. $500 for a pair.
  7. I've had very good experiences at Top Gun.
  8. Excellent news about the cost of rebuilt ones. Nice to know. I worry about this happening.
  9. I was told $4500 all in here in expensive Northern California.
  10. assuming the seats were left all the way back last flight, do the Hokey Pokey: Put your right foot in, keep your left foot out, stoop and grab the windshield frame handle with your right hand, then left foot in, grab black bar and sit in passenger seat in one smooth elegant movement. To slide over, move your feet then hoist over using the same handholds. Exit in reverse. If teaching a passenger it helps to sing the song.
  11. I made the move after a vast 300 hours or so in dead-simple planes, and now have less than 40 hours in the Mooney. Haven't crashed yet. First, get Don Kaye's landing video. I found the key to landing is keeping the descent attitude solid to 5 - 7' AGL as Don says, then flare. Feels low, but seems to be the magic trick for me anyway. I tried eight planes that I liked on paper, but had to conclude I did not like them in real life. Had resisted Mooneys for what turned out to be bogus reasons, tried them, and it was "hot damn". Like going from a Chevy Malibu to a 911.
  12. I'm in an expensive area, but I pay about $20k per year fixed expenses which includes a hanger, taxes, insurance, subscriptions, $2800 for the annual, some incidentals, and also includes a $7k per year allowance for scheduled and unscheduled work on the plane. (The first year this has been about $5500 so not too bad). Then engine, prop and avionics reserve which I have at $25 per hour combined. I figure around $240 per hour wet for 150 hours per year, $170 per hour wet for 300 hours per year. And, yes, I am bringing in two non-equity partners because soon enough my wife will find out what this machine is truly costing.....
  13. I've been told that the non-certified bulbs make noise but have seen no mention of this on Mooneyspace. Any truth to this?
  14. It is true that the web site is not great. You have to dig and study to get information on it. There is a YouTube video about these units that helps a little. It seems that a 100 amp alternator is a must. Arctic Air claims that log book endorsements are the only things needed for installation, as the units are "portable". I suppose that is up to the A & P that mounts the control panel, runs the wire, and makes the hole in the plane for venting, presumably out the rear bulkhead, or a vent out the bottom. That seems like the biggest alteration. Also, Arctic Air says they will make the smaller, lighter unit with a bigger compressor so one can get most of the best of both worlds of their smaller/bigger units. But I did not explore the precise details of that type of unit when I talked to them. I was told it costs a little more. I got the guy who owns the company on the phone, rather than the woman who answers the phone whom I spoke with the first time around, and he gave me better and more complete information that she did. He was very helpful. This is not the first thing on my improvement list, and I'll see how I endure the coming summer months. But with the studying and thinking about this approach I have done, I do not see a good reason not to go this way. I will be very interested in reports from any and all who explore this equipment further!
  15. Ok now I see GHall's post. Reports are these things work well. Give Arctic Air a call they are very helpful. I may go this route myself.