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  1. Ok, I’ll say the same thing I said the last thing they closed - and I posted it on other thread - I feel for the families. Looks like this one might be for good. They can’t expect workers to come back after a second closure and defaulting on promises. Luckily it’s not 2009 or 2001, hopefully they land on their feet. If I was a billionaire I’d buy the company myself, give them all jobs and make it right. As it is, I guess I’ll have to forgo my purchase of a 700k plane and keep flying my 1965 C model. I’d be a bit more optimistic and less negative had I not seen they broke promises to their workforce. Having been through that myself, it makes me think less of upper Mooney management. Hopefully these employees will land on their feet. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. When I purchased my 65 C I flew it from California to Ohio with a non-working PC which I had been told was inop. Once I looked into it, I found an easy to fix leaky aileron servo. I was amazed at how much easier to fly the plane was after that. I’d recommend trying to keep the Positive Control system if you can. If you do decide to take it out, you’ll find many here interested in it, a testament to how many of us enjoy the systems. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Good looking bird! I have 5553Q, probably a cousin! My panel is not even half as nice as yours! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. I wish the 229!families of the laid off workers luck. It’s terrible. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Plus 1 on JayLW. I just went through this after buying a plane in California and FLYING it AWAY to my home state. The state of California may attempt to tax you, and then they will ask for “flight records” or or other documentation proving plane is out of California. I showed my hangar lease agreement in my home state and flightaware activity proving my plane was no longer in California. It was a pain in the *** and they asked not once but TWICE for money and I had to go through it again, but I’ve not paid any tax. Just to reiterate, I’m not based in California and day after purchasing plane I flew it out of California and didn’t return. Although it was a pain I wouldn’t let it deter me from buying another plane from California. Be aware that your own state may tax you and also read up on differences between purchasing from a broker vs an individual. It can make a difference in some cases. The idea of meeting seller outside state lines doesn’t work because in my instance, it was the COUNTY not the state which attempted to tax me. They did this from their old hangar records from the planes last known position. They simply went to the faa registry and saw me as the new owner and wrongly assumed that not only was I still basing the plane in California but also in their county. They of course were wrong on both counts, but the burden of proving this fell on me. Not an attorney, just been through process. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Before you take them out consider doing the following: 1. With power OFF walk over to plane, and with fingers gently extend guilty speedbrake to full extended position then let go and it will flop back down to retracted position. 2. Repeat several times. 3. Now turn on power and see if they extend. I’m not promising anything, but I went through exact same issue with mine and after reading these forums came across this advice and tried it. It obviously worked. That was over a year ago. Let us know how it goes. Dan Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. I don’t know answer but out of curiosity, what air race is this? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. A fixed step will cost you seven knots of speed and cause a slight yaw to starboard. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. That’s what I did. And I was told specifically airwolf will not support walker anymore. This is confirmed by their service bulletin on their website (which I saw after). I’m just asking here if anyone knows another supplier. I also think it’s important that I share my experience, as airwolf offers many products. My last plane had two of their oil filter kits which I installed and was pleased with. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Thanks guys. Was hoping for new one but looks like I’ll have to either buy entire kit or have this one re-flanged. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. My plane has a Walker Engineering air/oil separator installed years ago with a leaky part. The part is the “air syphon” and I contacted Walker engineering (original stc holder) and they said stc now owned by airwolf. I called airwolf and they won’t sell me individual part (although it looks exactly the same) since they no longer support the original airsep. Funny thing is they will sell me a new airsep (which is listed in spruce as the “airwolf Walker airsep” for 500 bucks. So, I’m not only looking for this part but also for some answers. I looked on airwolf website and they list a bulletin saying they no longer support any Walker engineering airseps. So am I out of luck or is there another source? Thanks in advance! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. What do you use to lubricate? I’ve noticed after getting mine back from avionics shop that lots of warm air is coming in. I found at least one hose for fresh air at copilots side detached - which I reattached. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. Nice looking plane! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. Glad to hear this story seems to have a happy ending. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  15. A RAT for the Mooney? Whoah Daddy! Let’s see it! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk