Austintatious

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    N305RK
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    305 Rocket

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  1. Uhh, 70% isopropyl is plenty flammable, with the added bonus of not being able to see the flames.
  2. Yeap, that was my hopes when I picked the color... Plus, the plan is to put some yellow vinyl decals on the tail and it looks really good with the blue.
  3. FYI AVGAS will take that right off! I used it under both Nacelles and wings on an Aztec and made it come off real easy. I followed up with a wash and wax.
  4. Well, its been a long road but I almost have her back home. What a think?
  5. Wow, that is in your Mooney! Yea, I cant imagine wanting to be in one for 8 hours!
  6. Ohh, The 800NM rang I posted was with reserves.. to 0 fuel would probably be 950 miles + glide (lol) .
  7. Agree with trailboss.... that is an average of 3 hours a month since it was new... and it is likely that it has gone long periods without being FLOWN. This means the oil has time to run off of the internal parts of the engine leaving them susceptible to rust. If it were me, I would want that engine thoroughly examined/scoped to look for rust that may have formed inside it. Manufacturers say the engine is due for OH at TBO or 10 years... This engine is 28 years old with at least half its expected hours.... Not real confidence inspiring to me. That being said, most of my experience is with those noisy high pitched sucky/blowy sort of engines
  8. If the practical useful load is 11-1200 lbs, with 80 gallons onboard, that means a FF UL of 620-720 lbs I think it is pretty fair to say that any Mooney is going to go faster than any BO on equal fuel burns. The difference is of course varied depending on what exactly you are comparing. But With this cursory look, it appears the BO is pretty much right in line with the Mooney when It comes to how much you can put in it and go X miles. I wouldn't be surprised if in some cases the Mooney would win out, being able to carry more weight for the distance to be traveled, either in extra fuel or butts and bags.
  9. Would you mind giving specifics? I looked at BO's as well as Moonies and the difference didnt seem so great. What is your UL? Fuel capacity? FF UL ? Full fuel range ? For my Rocket UL= 1050 lbs Fuel cap= 75 gal FF UL = 600 lbs Full fuel rang = ~ 800 miles (max econ , FL190, 190 knots)
  10. I dont think it quite did 200 knots... maybe the 700 HP version! lol.
  11. you know what plane always grabs my eye... The Swift. And I cant believe they are not faster than they are. I would LOVE to have a 4 seat tail-dragger that could do 200 knots. Seems like it should be possible, but it just doesn't exist.
  12. Well, that is appreciated... Just trust me when i tell you I take aviation safety very seriously. I have been in an accident, it was no fun at all and I fly professionally for a living so being safe is my job.
  13. Insurance required 2 hours of instruction in the aircraft. The PO was an instructor and we ended up doing several test flights after maintenance where I flew and he instructed. I will do some stalls at altitude soon enough. I am always careful. Dont worry bout me, Ill be fine.
  14. I cannot speak with a great deal of Mooney experience. I just purchased a Rocket and have put about 10 hours in it so far. What I can offer you is a Mooney Noobs initial impressions. -The aircraft handles like a much larger airplane. It does not have a light sporty feel. This is something I actually really like about it and makes it a great IFR aircraft, though I do not intend to fly in LIFR since it is SE. -I have not done stalls so far in the aircraft, however from what experience I do have you would have to really not be paying attention to get it into a stall. It takes effort to get her slowed down as the air frame is pretty clean even with gear and flaps out, I find myself using speed brakes even when fully dirty. This combined with a pretty low stall speed to begin with mean that you really would have to have your head up your butt to inadvertently get into a stall. Again, I cannot comment on stall characteristics as I have not done any yet ( I know, shame on me)... The flying has mostly been for acceptance and relocation. It is in paint now and when I fly it next I will be doing stalls so i can report back. -You absolutely cannot be fast on landing. You WILL float and float and float -You ABSOLUTELY cannot shove the nose forward to stop said float. You have to hold the nose up on landing and if you are worried about landing long you had better go around. -The Rear seats are surprisingly roomy. I am 6'1" 240 lbs and Dare I say that the rear seats are more comfortable than the front. -If you are Older/ out of shape or otherwise creaky, getting in and out might be a bit of a challenge... you climb up the wing and then down into the aircraft. -these planes are fast (especially the rocket) It baffles me that mooney has everything but the experimental glass ships beat when it comes to speed/ efficiency. The more I look at other air-frames the more respect I have for what Mooney is. I believe a great deal of their performance is due to the tail design. -useful load is obviously different for each aircraft... However as another poster stated, there is usually fuel that can be left behind. Be certain you are comparing apples to apples when you look at useful loads. Don't look at a 900 lb useful load aircraft and automatically assume it has a lower FF UL than an aircraft with a 1000 lb UL. It may hold less fuel/need less fuel to go the same distance. I looked at BO's when I was deciding what to buy and do not think the Bonanzas are in all cases better than the mooney when you really look at the numbers. Final thought... I bought an aircraft to travel. I wanted to be able to go 190+ knots and do it efficiently... Mooney has the only Piston Singles that can do this unless you look at experimental.