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  1. Shout out for the great CFI work that Parker Woodruff did for me over the weekend. Spent over an hour answering my noob questions on the drive out to KGGG and many hours in the air teaching me the ways of the Mooney. Was even nice enough to grab the one-way car rental and pick me from KDAL! Genuinely a nice guy and skilled instructor. And oh yeah, I was afraid to jinx it but I now have N5675Q in my stable! Brought her back from Don Maxwell over the weekend to Phoenix. My co-pilot of ten years has bequeathed the name "Goldilocks" upon her.
  2. that's what I was thinking. Seems impossible to me that it would reduce the costs on the other mag. ...3rd paragraph from the top under "overview" https://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/eppages/surefly_08-17074.php I guess it doesn't explicitly say both mags, maybe I read into it too deep. "Replacing just one magneto eliminates magneto maintenance and cuts associated costs in half! Zero maintenance. Zero rebuilds. Zero overhauls. " ....i guess you could say that it eliminates magneto mx on that one mag. seems misleading to me.
  3. Thanks for all the insights so far. So my mags are coming due, and I'm considering the surefly. Couple of noob questions and comments, please correct me where i went wrong and if I missed anything: So the benefits of the surefly are: -less mx/ ~4x longer life -better starting -theoretical ability to lean further -can remove the SOS ...according to spruce, when you replace just one magneto it eliminates the mx and overhaul costs for both mags? How is that possible? ...So assuming my spark plugs and spark plug wires are good, about $1700 in parts (for the surefly and slick harness) + about 11 hrs of labor?
  4. Thanks hammdo for starting the legwork for me. I'll be in the market for the same, assuming everything continues to go well with the sale. I'll be looking for some instruction around feb 9th in longview (KGGG) if any CFIs plan out that far, PM me, I will be excited to give you the work!
  5. yeah i saw that 170 kgs... nice!
  6. What does she cruise at? Kts/gph Thanks!
  7. On one of the threads I saw someone mention a "book" or something that had the approximate value of components. Does anyone know where I could find such a product? The comparison of avionics is difficult for a steam-gauge raised man like myself.
  8. Yeah i've been perusing skyranch, that looks like it would be ideal. They've got a few hangars for sale there now also. Now if only I had $1.3M lying around, I could skip buying a standalone hangar altogether...
  9. thanks KLR. You're right, that one is ugly on the outside! (but it's the inside that counts, right?) I was reading the bcool stuff on the a/c page. Definitely intriguing. And I guess that would last long enough for the short flight. Haven’t moved to PHX yet, but likely we will be on the north side of the city so probably more like 110 nm so ~45-50 mins +whatever the time cost to climb. Forgot to mention in the OP, can you fit two small kiddos in the back of a C for the occasional weekend trip with the family of 4?
  10. Thanks Aspen, I'm in ABQ actually for the next few months. Sounds like I might have to take a drive down to take a look!
  11. Thanks to everyone on this thread that has posted constructive comments. I am also looking to jump headfirst into airplane ownership with a mooney. The fuel efficiency and speed is what has drawn me to the mooneys (or is it moonies?). I would plan on using my airplane to commute several times a week from phoenix to Tucson. I think that an ovation/ovation 2 might be the right way to go for this, anyone have any thoughts? Sounds like a turbo won’t be worth it at the lower alts, and I can’t find any J models for sale with air conditioners (which will probably be a necessity on the short-haul, low-alt flights in the sonoran desert). This makes me believe that you can’t put an A/C in a J- can anyone tell me why? Is there another suitable alternative to an ovation? Anyone have an opinion on a M20S? looks like those might be hard to find. The Ultras are likely out of my price range. I’m a dirty helo guy by trade, with about 150 hrs of complex ASEL time, so fixed wing isn’t something I’m super familiar with and I would appreciate any input from the seasoned veterans.