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  1. I’ve been testing this app I purchased for $4.99. It is NOT certified and for VFR/VMC only. I downloaded it onto my iPhone. It works fairly well, but I have used it on only 5 approaches. In three of the approaches it worked perfectly. The localizer moves incrementally but it matched the aircrafts on all approaches. In two approaches I lost glide slope or never got it. To be fair to the app developer, this was probably operator error. I’ve noticed that if it’s blocked by the aircraft it will lose glide slope; and the test aircraft has a lot of blocking materials and avionics running. Placement on dash helped. The plane I tested it on was pressurized so I had to use the gps altimeter which lags behind aircraft, about 50 feet, but our approach speeds are high. It also has the capability of using IOS barometer which will allow your phones barometer to act as altimeter, but I haven’t tested it on an Unpressurized aircraft yet. (Yes, your iPhone has an internal barometer). It also allows you ability to build approaches but has internal database of all ils in USA which is pretty outstanding. Loading an approach takes less than 30 seconds once familiar with app. You can even load a previously built approach. So far I really like the app, well worth the $4.99 but like I said, I’m still evaluating. It’s amazing that a five dollar app could potentially get you down through weather in an emergency. Dan Lieff; ATPCFII Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  2. BigD


    Looks like a nice plane. Might be perfect for guys who prefer a new engine and avionics. Personally I’d check compressions and fly it. The panel is more modern than my Mooney, which I fly cross country routinely with my family. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. Great article! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. My old girl (65 C model) caries a family of four, 75# bags and full fuel 440 miles nonstop at 140 TAS and look good doing it! [emoji4] I’m constantly impressed by the design. Don’t let her eloquent lines fool you, there is a real workhorse underneath! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Piloto, Great post! Question: can you see the spacer and gaskets with governor installed or do you have to remove governor? If so, does that require entire engine to come off? Thanks Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  6. Wow, JetDriven, that was very nice of you to so thoughtfully drawn that out! Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  7. That was my first idea. Any idea where I can find one or will it need to be fabricated. Thanks! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. As a 6 foot owner with long legs of a C model, I’ll say that you should have leg room as long as you don’t mind running seat back into rear pax legs a bit on A-E modes. You’ll get 10 more inches of cabin space with F-J. I think the size of the Mooney is pretty misleading. If you do research and look at numbers it a surprisingly large cabin when comparing with other singles. Here are some numbers: Cessna 150 is the tightest with 38 inches/96 cm. Cessna 172 and 152 according to Cessna’s website is 40 inches / 102 cm wide. Grumman AA5 is 41 inches / 104 cm wide. Cessna 182, PA28 and Bonanzas have 42 inch/107 cm cabin widths Cessna 206/210 has 43 inches/109 cm Mooney cabin is 43.5 inches/110 cm wide. Here are some more numbers to include height and bonanza: Aircraft Cabin Width Cabin Height Mooney 201 43.5″ 44.5″ Beechcraft V35 Bonanza 42.0″ 50.0″ Cessna 182 42.0″ 48.0″ Piper Arrow 41.0″ 45.0″ Add this with a roomy baggage compartment with load from above baggage door, and fuel efficiency coupled with speed, just can’t lose. One of the things about Mooney is the single cabin door. It makes the plane less accessible than a two door Cessna, loading and unloading pax is a bit more, shall we say, controlled. From a happy Mooney owner, who flies regularly with a family of four. [emoji4] Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  9. Old nav light hole replaced years ago by new nav and strobe. They didn’t bother filling hole after installing new one. So, in all seriousness, besides a go-pro camera mount (probably not) what can I put here? Suggestions? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. I love the back windows on the A. So great to see an older plane flying again after sitting so long. It’s a testament to the engineering of Lycoming and Mooney as well as the maintainers willing to get them flying again! I’ve grown to love my short body Mooney! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. My C had an “inop” PC system when I picked it up after purchase. After a long flight across county home, I looked into PC system. I found one of the aileron Servos had a tear. This was an easy fix and the system immediately began working again. I was amazed as difference with a working PC system. There is some great advice here on the PC systems and occasionally parts for sale. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  12. Amazing interior! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. I only see 139 tas. I believe that’s due to my three blade prop out front. So 145 sounds good to me! Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. My plane came with the 201 mod on windscreen- I love how she looks with it. I also have one piece belly, not sure if that one is still available. I love my speed brakes. Also an expensive mod that I was lucky enough to not pay for, not a speed addition but certainly helps prevention of shock cooling. I might consider a top prop as a mod- should gain some speed. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk