Steve Yucht

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    M20R OVATION 2
  1. carusoam, I transitioned with Rob McGuire at KGNV. Great guy and would recommend him to anyone in the area.
  2. 100kts, 90kts,80kts (downwind, base, final) quickly dialing in up trim to slow to 68 over the numbers (higher if gust factor is needed or at max weight). Power off on short final if possible. If it looks like I'm sinking fast in the flair I'll twist in 1.5 turns of throttle. My O2 has VG's so she handles well in slow flight and doesn't fall even if the stall horn goes off in ground effect. Low time Mooney rookie who just finished my transition training. Take what I say with caution.
  3. I have them on my 2000 O2 and feel more confident knowing that I have a few extra kts of protection when slow. I have nothing to compare to as they came with my plane when purchased. Being able to confidently land at 68 kts with total control and no float makes them priceless to me. Once I realized that keeping speeds lower (except when gusting) was the key to great landings, they were a no brainer. BTW I have no problem doing 175-180 kts in cruise.
  4. Moonbeam. I was going to name her Moonshine but thought that might invite FAA ramp checks
  5. MB, I was in your place a few months ago. Still finishing up my PPL and starting my presumably long search for an Ovation 2 DX. As it turned out I found my near ideal plane within a couple of months. While the timing wasn't perfect I went ahead and purchased it. Insurance costs $7100 for the first year. It's a challenge trying to fly two planes and I decided to finish up my PPL in a 172. I only have about 6 hours in the M20R (I couldn't resist flying it a little) and it's a dream, but definitely different from flying the 172. I wouldn't say its any harder to fly, but it definitely requires more attention to engine parameters and airspeed. Definitely requires a lot more attention to stay ahead of the plane. So if you get the Mooney now you may prolong your training before getting your PPL which will cost you more. The additional insurance premium of being a student will be significant. Ultimately you have to decide if the added cost of owning the plane "early" is worth it. Since I was looking for a very specific model with very specific setup (no AC and no TKS) I felt the added upfront cost was worth it for a plane I plan to have a long time. That said, if you can wait I would. The added cost would have been nice for the avionics upgrade I am doing now.