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  1. $4K for the annual alone seems quite high. The MSC near me charges $2600 for the annual.
  2. No airplane IR for me yet, but when working on my heli IR and CFII this worked well for me: Get a handful of hours with a CFII to learn the procedures, go slow and take a lot of notes. Then spend several hours practicing those procedures in FSX or X-plane. Even use the autopilot if you don't have a joystick. The objective is to know what to do and when, not necessarily how. When you have the procedures down cold, go back to the instructor and finish it. Saved me a lot of time and money. Getting my CFII in helis took 5 days. IR took longer because I needed the flight requirements.
  3. Posting this thread (or maybe starting a new thread) as a place for MSers to post flights for people like me, who have an empty right seat and just want to go flying. I will be flying out of Portland, OR area for the next 2 months, with nowhere/ and anywhere to go, just flying for the fun of it. I hate flying with an empty seat because so many aspiring pilots just need to build flight time. If someone wants to join me, I would love it. If Someone wants to "try out" a Mooney, great. If someone just wants to build hours, great.
  4. Ok, let's talk about some good too... Last month put down a deposit and scheduled at Garmin 345 install at Pacific Coast. They were booked until late July, so 3 months, not bad. I asked them to let me know if something earlier comes available and last week they said they had an opening 2 weeks earlier, even better for me. I'm not spending 10K, only 7. Dewey has been great communicating so far. Hope the install goes the same way.
  5. For family trips VFR, I think this is a solid choice. You will have several years of fun and plenty of time to decide if you really need upgrades. This may be your forever plane and you may never need a GPS. I wouldn't want to take this IMC for very long tho. And i would not want to get my IR in it, because I think learning GPS is the most important part of the Instrument Rating.
  6. Bob/Art, you are correct about Pearson. Head to the north, call advisory and come in. It's a really cool place to land if landing to the East.
  7. Shadrach, I don't mind the hijacking the thread, it makes for fresh discussion. The airport I fly at is Camas (1W1), the threshold is 6-700' from the trees. Landing at Pearson is a piece of cake, just look out for the bridge. That catches you off guard your first time.
  8. I don't recall exactly where I bounced, but It was well before my go around point. Probably around the middle of all the asphalt, near the "n"s in remaining.
  9. This is my doodle of where I was bouncing. the threshold is about 700' from the 50' trees.
  10. Not sure what you mean by this. i assume slowly decelerate to the desired speed? Or do you mean attempt several landings, increasing the speed each time. I do a high, slow, gradual flare which usually bleeds the speed quite well.
  11. I'm pretty sure I was getting anxious as the end of the runway loomed and pushed the nose forward, bounced and went to a go around.
  12. Jay, the first definition of bounce is what I did.
  13. Bob, thanks for the tips. You are a little off on my weight. I was probably 200 with all the clothes that day. Wife, son, and his seat were probably 170 so spot on. My instructor and I are gonna do a lot of touch and goes in 2 weeks. Starting a big airport, then coming back home for a bunch more. The speed and psychological were certainly the factors, but my speed on the last was the same. I can't wait to get a hangar at the bigger airport. Too bad that list is pretty long.
  14. 9201A - Referencing bounce aborts, that is how I am looking at it. I never had any bounces with the instructor, but I knew what to do from this forum. I also learned to recognize the internal pressures, but haven't incorporated it into my risk management yet. I still want to know what exactly I did wrong, but I will never really know. Next I am going to mount a virb under the tail to maybe next time, I can use video evidence to learn from.