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  1. Agreed, the market will take care of any imbalances. If one shop wants to charge a significantly high markup their customers will either stay (because the service they receive is superior) or vote with their feet. Likewise, if another shop is charging almost no markup, people will either have to spend a lot of money in avgas to get there (which will reduce the "discount") or the service center won't be in business very long because they aren't charging enough to cover their costs.
  2. It's hard to believe that people would have an objection to you adding a margin to a purchased part but I guess there are a lot of crazies out there. I also wouldn't expect to pay the same price for the same part at every MSC because each MSC has it's own expenses that can vary significantly based on many variables (rent, local labor rates, utilities, ect...).
  3. Thanks for the clarification @M20Doc. If I hear what you're saying correctly, Cirrus and Diamond are essentially fixing your margins and your ability to make a profit from those parts you sell? While Mooney does not provide MSRP, you are free to add a reasonable markup to the parts you buy from Mooney as you see fit.
  4. @mike_elliott is correct, the parts are sold to the service center and the service center then sells them to owners. Individuals are not able to buy from Mooney directly.
  5. Wow, that's very impressive. Reading that article is a reminder of how society as a whole has lost its sense of humor over the last 40 years. Speaking of Tampa, landing at KTPF RWY 22 at night with RWY 22 at MacDill only 4 miles to the southwest is also interesting (especially since you're in an industrial area with a lot of lights on top of tanks ect... that can easily be confused for airport type lights).
  6. As a side note, I'd like to know what happened that made the person fly it for 10 hrs then pay to have it sit in a hangar for 15 years (assuming he doesn't own the hangar). Not sure about Jacksonville area, but in south Florida that would be about $90K in hangar rent for that time period.
  7. Having a TLS to part out right now would definitely have some value. I believe the last one was the aircraft that crashed in Chandler. BA’s part sales sold through a ton of stuff on that aircraft.
  8. When Mooney went from the TLS to the Ovation they moved the height of spinner tip down 1 inch. Apparently it was 1 inch too high to hit you in just the right spot . Say what you want, the dimension difference in the propeller or engine had nothing to do with it...
  9. Yes, Banyan at FXE will rent you anything you need.
  10. Ah ok, yes at least you know what all those things cost if it comes back with no corrosion. You’ll need to get inside the plane to read the Hobbs. Pretty much the only way is to lay on your stomach head first into the passenger foot well with a flashlight (unless you’re an Olympic gymnast and can bend over in the seat to see it).
  11. The toughest part is the personal restraint not to bug the people doing the work too much. I’ve found there is a fine line...
  12. And you’re in Jacksonville? If it were sitting some where like Vegas or the California desert I’d be a little more enthusiastic about the project but I’m assuming any exposed metal has a decent amount of rust? While rust on its own not bad, it makes you wonder about other corrosion if not treated. Btw, since it’s my vintage (and happens to be same color scheme), Hobbs is in the left side of the passenger foot well if you haven’t seen it yet.
  13. Cue everyone suggesting the model they own. I’ll start by saying you should get a Bravo. In all seriousness, it may be the most under appreciated model and it’s not overly complex besides watching your temps since it’s got a pretty decent density controller. For instance, on takeoff there’s no “setting power” like the 231. It’s throttle full forward, Boost pump automatically turns on, and the density controller does the rest.
  14. I’m not saying it can’t happen but I always laugh at this scenario. Anyone who has been through an avionics upgrade and knows the work that goes into configuring units with various HSIs and PFDs knows how far fetched this scenario is. If there are thieves who can sit in a plane with a flashlight in their mouth and seamlessly integrate an older Garmin box in a matter of minutes or several hours (assuming the second aircraft doesn’t have the same EXACT panel as the first aircraft) they deserve the avionics tech equivalent of the Nobel prize. They probably would make way more money opening an
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