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  1. pwnel

    IFR Setup

    Yes, good advice on the wallet. Last time I hung out with Jimmy, David and JD I came home to New York with an M20K. Not regretting it at all though :-)
  2. pwnel

    Another strike against SPOT

    Yip, down in Southern Africa we use Spider trackers permanently installed. Great product, but expensive. It's a necessity as there's no radar most of the time so you don't have the Flightaware hack. Similary countries like Botswana mandates 406Mhz ELTs.
  3. pwnel

    Should I buy in?

    Looks like a fine plane. Bought my 231 this year and can't be happier. Like you I was renting prior to that. Engine management on a 231 is critical. It'll be important that all the partners understand this intimately and fly the plane accordingly. If that's met, with 3 partners you'll also fly it enough which is key in keeping the engine happy. The more it's flown, the better. I might consider upgrading the JPI 700 for a JPI 830. This has data download capabilities which - when uploaded to - will really help monitoring how all partners are flying the plane. (I wouldn't let anyone who's not specifically familiar with 231 operations touch my plane - no matter how experienced). You're on Mooneyspace, which is good. I continue to learn a ton here as a new owner. Many very helpful folk around. Lastly, get proper transition training for all partners. Consider one of the MAPA courses.
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    Best paint shop in the South?

    would love to see results - maybe I'm unnecessarily worrying about this - or been reading too much Mike Busch. Your plane is a stunner though and I'm planning to have Hawk do mine over the winter months towards end of 2019 myself. (Seems he's already full this winter).
  5. pwnel

    Best paint shop in the South?

    Would be interested to see the iron content in your oil analysis before and after that period of disuse. I would minimally "pickle" the engine before going to Hawk (which certainly seems to be the most recommended shop around)
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    Best paint shop in the South?

    During a 3-1/2 month project what do you guys do to prevent corrosion in the engine? Under normal circumstances in humid Florida that's not something I'd like to expose my engine to. How is this dealt with?
  7. pwnel

    Mooney Pre Buy Recommendation in the San Antonio area

    +1 Had my 231 inspected by JD at SWTA in April. Very happy.
  8. pwnel

    Folding Bike - Jupiter Bike 2.0

    Yip, well as one can see from the PIREPs of folks who actually use folding bikes in their planes - none use the electric ones. Apart from the li-ion risk they're not practical for any substantial distance longer than walking from the FBO to the apron.
  9. pwnel

    Folding Bike - Jupiter Bike 2.0

    Bike Friday is good, but I just got a Dahon Speed P8 off of Amazon. It's a great sturdy little bike that I use all around NYC and used to take on the backseat of a rental C182. I have not tried to fit it into the luggage compartment of my 231 but sure it won't be a problem - removable backseats and all. These small-wheel electrics may be fine on the apron, but frankly my use for the bike is airfields where there are no crew cars or rentals. That often mean a mile or more into town on less than perfect roads. The little bike of the OP just won't work there.
  10. pwnel

    Runaway trim!

    Century 2000, but I would imagine it's the same thing. And yes, of course the "ELEV TRIM" button. I simply leave this on all the time so tend to forget about it. (only 3 months into Mooney ownership). So I have the gear C/B, Autopilot C/B and Alternator C/B marked for easy recognition for emergency procedures.
  11. pwnel

    Runaway trim!

    So I go the colored rings too the other day to mark C/Bs with. There's no electric trim C/B on my 85' 231. Or am I being blind/stupid?
  12. pwnel

    STEC 3100 Digital Autopilot

    This is key issue for me. It needs to respect the altitude bug on the Aspen for capture. You have this issue when flying the older G1000 C182's fitted with KAP140s. Utter crap, as you have to set BARO in 3 places and your ALT bug on the G1000 is meaningless as it's not connected to the KAP140.
  13. I have an NGT 9000 in my 231 (gauges are still steam) and it's very convenient having my iPad mini mounted on the yoke for moving map, traffic, weather and approach plates (linked by wifi to the 9000). But as I plan my panel upgrade I need to future-proof it for the next 10 years and I'm not willing to make Apple part of that equation. - The other iPads are simply too big. - I had my iPad shut off on several occasions due to heat I think it's convenient to use but if it's part of critical information (like an approach plate) that you don't have anywhere else, it's dangerous.
  14. pwnel

    430W Navdata download problem

    +1 on that. Made the mistake of trying to sign up online - don't even bother. Just call. +1 on this one too. My previous owner sold me a second data card which is extremely useful. I can update via Jeppesen at home and simply swop out card when I go to the airfield.
  15. pwnel

    CO Detector Discounts

    Still works on 6/19 - for some reason I had "airport2017" which is wrong. "aircraft2017" does the job.