KSMooniac

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  1. ...and here we go! Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  2. I would talk to Bevan again, especially if it hasn't been a long time since they serviced the servo. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  3. The small quantity of planes in your target zone will be your biggest challenge. You can probably find annual production numbers on the web, but know that the peak was in the early 80's and then a steady decline until J production stopped in 98 with only a dozen or two made. 205's were quite limited...Less than 100 IIRC in total over two years. So, consider the total population that is still airworthy, has been upgraded, and might be for sale in the next few months...and at a price that you think is not upside down immediately. You might have to do some of the upgrades yourself if you don't want to wait for years for a unicorn to appear. Another tactic is to reach out to the bigger Mooney shops and let them know what you are looking for, and they might give you leads to those nice planes that aren't flying much anymore and perhaps you can get one before it hits the open market or an estate sale situation. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  4. I agree! And that is also a big reason why my daily driver is now 15 years old...and I bought it when it was 7 years old for little money. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  5. I'm an engineer, am good at math, but I follow a strict rule of never adding it all up! [emoji4] Having said that, you're likely interested in fixed costs mostly...then your usage costs are mostly fuel and whatever reserve you might want to include. I don't. But you need to be able to pay for a big expense at any time...either have cash or ability to get a loan (not a credit card!) Consider: Hangar...variable all over the country. $100-$500/mo. $325 for me, nice big t hangar at a muni airport Insurance...variable with experience, location, etc. $1200 for me/yr IFR database subscription... $600 for dual WAAS/yr for me Property taxes...none in KS for me, YMMV Annual...variable based on shop/location/owner assist factor, etc. $400 for me this year doing 90% of it myself under supervision. Figure $1500-2000 for a regular shop annual with no squawks Oil and filters... Maybe $300-400/yr for me flying 100 hrs/yr and doing my own changes Ipad subscription, satellite weather subscription...whatever you choose That gets you to the starting line. Maybe you need tires, gear donuts, fuel tank work, a gyro overhaul, a new $300 battery, an engine overhaul, or similar in any given year. Or your wife wants a new interior. Or you want a new GPS or PFD...now you're in the 5-figure checks easily. Most planes come with an excess money detector...be warned. I wouldn't give it up, though! The ability to go hundreds of miles away on a weekend trip at $0.25/mile in fuel costs while going 175 MPH and bringing friends or the dogs or bicycles is worth every penny. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  6. Good planes priced well have always sold very quickly. In this market, good planes priced even a bit on the high side seem to be moving. You'll need to be ready to pounce when you find one that meets your needs. I'd still argue that J only has to have ADS-B out. WAAS GPS is certainly nice, but it is a luxury. I would think for trips on the east coast it is less useful than in my slice of the plains since airway routing is still common whereas I get GPS direct almost always. I understand if a new pilot came up on GPS and moving maps that it would be hard to downgrade to VOR's but hundreds of thousands of us did it for many years. An iPad and ADS-B in make a great supplement to a vintage panel to help situational awareness while you're debating the merits of a 50k panel upgrade, or if a J or Bonanza might even be the right plane for you. I think I told you at OSH that holding out for a later model J with a very modern panel could take years...most folks that make the investment will not relinquish them until it is time for the estate sale. You might get lucky, though, or you may sit on the sidelines for years while looking. (There was a famous troll here and on Beechtalk years ago that got booted from both sites because he was an endless shopper/tire-kicker that always ran down the "junk" on the market and insulting folks instead of defining his mission and buying a plane that met his needs. I don't even think he was an intentional troll, and he got MANY genuine offers of help before folks grew tired of his arrogance despite being inexperienced. Don't fall into the trap of paralysis by analysis, or you'll never jump in and participate in all of the fun we're having!) Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  7. To me the obvious answer is buy the J and don't go nuts on the panel...just learn to fly it and use it. A panel full of screens won't increase utility much aside from WAAS approaches if there isn't a W navigator already there. Take your friends up. During training you should put people in the back and see how different it feels and performs! If you sold it in a year or two you might not lose anything aside from the transaction costs. 30 lbs ago I could take two adult couples 500 NM (IFR even) with weekend bags if we packed carefully. A J with good useful load works very well for that mission while some Bonanzas cannot due to CG issues. You'll have to evaluate each individual airplane against that mission as they're all different in terms of empty weight and CG. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  8. Any nice plane you buy right now will be at the top of the market...they've all gone up, even nice twins that were clobbered 8-10 years ago. A 120k J + 50k of panel upgrades won't get you into an A36 with an upgraded panel unless the engine is very high time in this market. Nice A36's seem to be 200+ in my very casual observation. A J can be a forever plane for many folks. It might be mine at 12.5 years ago far. I happily flew it through the last recession and kept improving it. It still meets my needs. I believe Mooneys lost less value than many other planes during the recession due to their low operating costs versus speed/utility so keep that in mind. If you sink 50 AMU into a 120k J today you'll be upside down for certain. If you flew it for 10 years and got the increased utility/enjoyment/satisfaction out of it, then I'd say you would not be upside down at that point. You'll never get every penny back out of any of plane unless you get a good one for free and start from there...but you might get every dollar's worth of enjoyment from owning a good one, or more. And every month you waffle is a month less of potential enjoyment. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  9. I believe a standard J cowl is right around 20 lbs and it would be reasonable to expect it go down to ~12-13 if re-made intelligently in carbon fiber. I don't know how much the LoPresti cowl weighs, but I'm curious. Getting weight off the nose is a very good thing in most Mooneys too. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  10. Doesn't look like mountain flying. . Should be a stunning experience though! I'd still try to time it to arrive KCOS in the evening instead of afternoon. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  11. You'll get more time to outgrow an F versus a C or E as it provides more backseat leg room and baggage space (5" extra, each). You'll also get 64 vs 52 gallon fuel tanks in the F. All are fine options, though, and you should try to buy the very best individual example you can. My brother and I grew up in the back of a C on long trips until I was maybe 10 or 11. I remember scorching hot 1965 brown vinyl seats in the summer more than cramped legroom. It is also better to (seemingly) over pay for a good one versus getting a bargain that has not been regularly flying or loved on in the last 5 years. You might save 5 or even 10k at purchase, but 5 years down the road that is insignificant, and might even seem like a fart in the wind if you buy a bad example. We have a ton of shopping/pre-purchase/what do I look for threads here if you settle in with a beverage and the search feature. There are also a few horror stories about bargain planes biting their new owners. Welcome! I'm Mooney-close in Wichita but don't find myself in Omaha regularly. If you're in my neighborhood anytime I'd happily take you up in my J so you can see for yourself. It is virtually the same as an F interior-wise, and like the C/E in the front seats. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  12. While the Advanced Pilot Seminars live version in Ada OK are currently not offered, I believe their online version is still available. It should be required consumption for any owner...it is that good in helping one understand what happens under the cowl, and especially while moving the mysteries red knob of death. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  13. I'm too lazy to decode your route but going due east to start will make it simple/easy as you'll avoid the really tall stuff. I've flown to/over/thru CO in my J numerous times, up to 17.5k on oxygen. It takes a while to get there. Your E will be similar, and you won't need to get that high staying north until you're east of the Rockies. Go high if there is a nice tailwind to catch. Last summer we flew to the Olympic Peninsula west of Seattle more or less direct from Wichita without issue. I think we went up to 14.5 for a while going west. If you fly passes thru anything tall, look for wind reports in the passes, winds aloft, PIREPS, etc and reconsider if they're 15-20+ knots as you might find downdrafts that exceed the climb capability of your E. Flying earlier in the day is likely smoother than afternoon heat, but I usually just keep flying unless there is active convective weather. This time of year there will almost always be cumulus building and wicked turbulence near Denver and COS in the afternoon, so you might try to time it to arrive in the evening. We flew into Denver in May about 4:00 PM and it experienced awfully violent turbulence. Had to reduce speed, wife asked if we were gonna die, etc. (Reply was no, but this is why I wanted to leave 2 hours earlier!) Enjoy! It is beautiful and a fun trip. Don't forget some survival gear/water/food. You'll be a long way from anyone over much of the route. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  14. Excellent! In all your ownership experience, have you ever painted a plane before, or was this the first? Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk
  15. I can't see the pics even after signing in to dropbox. Sent from my LG-US996 using Tapatalk