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  1. Please be careful up there, towers or no towers! HOMESTEAD, FL A small plane went down on Southwest 168th Street and 214th Avenue Thursday morning but the pilot and passenger got out safely. The flight instructor said the plane had an engine malfunction, forcing them to land on Southwest 168th Street, where the plane came to a stop in some trees. The plane could be seen sitting on the side of a dirt road.. The right wing was damaged. An air rescue helicopter landed at the scene, but the pilot and passenger refused treatment, police say. This is the latest in a recent wave of aircraft crashes and emergency landings in South Florida. On Wednesday afternoon, two people were killed when a helicopter crashed just after it left Kendall-Tamiami Executive Airport. On Tuesday, a small plane made an emergency landing on U.S. 27. On March 17, a pilot landed his single-engine Cessna on US-27 near Griffin Road after a mechanical problem. On March 16, three people were killed when a Piper PA-31T (Cheyenne) crashed shortly after take off from Fort Lauderdale Executive Airport.
  2. In spite of IFR weather last month 10 people in 7 Mooney's flew into Flagler for lunch. A good time was had by these competent instrument pilots and passengers. The next event will be this Saturday, November 11, at Vero Beach (KVRB) at 11:30. Future Schedule: November 11, Vero Beach (VRB) December 9, Punta Gorda (PGD) January 13, 2018: Leesburg (LEE). EAA Chapter 534 will cook hamburgers and hot dogs in their hanger, and then we car pool anyone interested to Dave's home to see Ruth’s outdoor garden railroad. They usually have 6 or 7 G gauge trains running on her four loops and 1,000 feet of track. February 10, Bartow (BOW) March 10, Fort Pierce (FPR). Please e-mail Dave ( by Thursday to let him know if you are going to attend. He then calls the restaurant on Friday with an approximate head count. No one is obligated to come if something better comes up, or the weather is to daunting. Get out and do some flying!
  3. It's a simple courtesy to let us know what your reaction to advise is, Bert. School is now out
  4. No surprise, Mike! Well deserved and well done.
  5. Our last event was canceled because of Hurricane Irma. Most members reported minimal or no damage to their property with the exception of one member whose plane was damaged while flying it out of state. Unfortunately we all know who that is. Luckily no one was injured in the incident, and the Mooney will live to fly again. Our next event will be this Saturday, October 14, at High Jackers Bar & Grill at the Flagler Airport (FIN) at 11:30. Future Schedule: October 14, Flagler (FIN) November 11, Vero Beach (VRB) December 9, Punta Gorda (PGD) Try to email Dave ( by Thursday night to let him know if you plan on attending. He then gives the restaurant an approximate head count. No one is obligated to come if they can’t make it for any reason.. Hope to see you soon!
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  7. Hurricane Irma

  8. Hurricane Irma

    I bet there are a lot of wings available, out and about. Heck, many of them are attached to old M20's that are selling for a lot less than $90K, and they might even have a decent and usable prop. I suggest you call Maxwell, flyboy. He has saved too many Mooney's to count!
  9. It's Raining Planes :-(

    As I get further away from GA, I haven't been posting all the fatal and mostly stupid pilot tricks I read about. Here is a M20C one that happened a few days ago:
  10. Sorry to tell you that it's far from over....we've been battling it for five years, and like a virus, it keeps coming back. No, the initial SS# was made public by a local hospital, NOT my name on MS
  11. Hurricane Irma

    Me too.....and I think you can do it!
  12. Hurricane Irma

    WOW.......and we wonder why the factory isn't a thriving business. Have you turned the plane over to anyone yet?
  13. Back when MooneySpace was starting up, I suggested to Craig that full name, physical location, airport base, airplane model and tail number be REQUIRED on our left side bio's. He didn't want to restrict access, so declined.... It seems to have worked out OK As for me, how do I know if BillC is a real name, and why he looks like a dog is beyond me?
  14. Hurricane Irma

    If a new wing is in your future, see what the factory will charge you. A salvage wing will, I think, carry the sigma of a salvage title.
  15. Hurricane Irma

    My power just came back last night, and clean water is back this morning. So sorry to hear about 61Z, Mike. A Mooney that flew as well as it looked. I have a feeling from everything you've said, that she will fly again, hopefully with you at the controls. Ft. Lauderdale did OK in most places. Lots of trees down and landscaping in tatters. 5 days without power was easy compared to the 14 days without power after Wilma. This time I didn't have a Mooney to worry about. Back to clean-up, both outside and inside. I trust you are the partner handling the insurance claim, Mike. Good luck!!!
  16. New Mooney 201 prebuy

    Scott, you're gonna love the MSE and you've been put on the FL luncheon mailing list. Note, he fly-in to LAL for today is off. Back in the day, the Air Force had me flying monsoon season missions in this crap and I had no vote in their decision. Where in FL are you located? Hope your ready for a visit from Irma. We're getting gusts to about 35 knots and light rain in Ft. Lauderdale right now. Looks like the west coast of FL may get hit hard, and the Keys are being hammered. Here we go.....
  17. New Mooney 201 prebuy

    Phil Jimenez in Avon Park is an excellent resource, with a sharp eye and a down to earth good guy.
  18. Hurricane Irma

    The fifth largest/strongest Atlantic hurricane ever.
  19. Hurricane Irma

    This should clear everything up:
  20. Fly-In to LakelandCNX

    Discretion being the better part of valor, and Mooney Strong not including hurricanes, Saturday's fly-in to Lakeland has been cancelled.....
  21. From Dave: We had a good time at our last event in spite of the weather forecast. Four Mooneys brought 8 people to Lake Wales for lunch at The Crazy Fish Bar and Grill. The restaurant is not located at the airport, but airport staff drove us there and waited to take us back so there was no delay returning to the airport. I believe everyone made it home without weather problems. Our next event is this Saturday, September 9, at Lakeland. Since Hurricane Irma might be heading our way, I may cancel lunch at the last minute, so please check your e-mail for a message from me before taking off for Lakeland. All events start at 11:30. Please check your e-mail before attending as sometimes I make last minute changes for various reasons. Future Schedule September 9, Lakeland (LAL) October 14, Flagler (FIN) November 11, Vero Beach (VRB) December 9, Punta Gorda (PGD) I really appreciate it if you can e-mail me ( by Thursday night of the week of the event and let me know if you are going to try to make it, so I can call the restaurant on Friday with a head count. No one is obligated to come if they told me they are coming and can’t make it for mechanical, weather, health, or any other reason. OTHER OPTIONAL NOTICES: 1) The president of the local EAA Chapter has asked me to tell you that there will be a fly in at the Leesburg Airport (LEE) on Saturday, October 21. It will start with coffee and donuts at 9 AM, followed at 10 AM with a Wings meeting. Afterwards the chapter will be cooking lunch for all who attend. 2) A member, Bob Plasczc is looking to buy a vintage Mooney, probably an E or F model. If you have one for sale you can contact him at 3) A member who has recently moved to Amelia Island has asked if we would like to have a lunch up there. I assume we would fly into Fernandina Beach Airport (FHB) and he would arrange for transportation to run us to a nearby restaurant. Before I agree to this and set it up I would like an idea of how many of you would fly up there weather permitting. I would probably want to do this in May 2018.
  22. Sorry, no Mooneys, but if you love aviation, you'll really enjoy this:
  23. Fly-in at LASAR! Who's Coming?

    No Bennett, I didn't win N335BB, and I sure like your lady friend.
  24. Good luck finding land to build a hanger on in SoFL. Local governments, airport management, and land owning speculators have everything fixed and controlled. It ain't supply and demand. It's greed, and manipulative control of local building codes and fees, not to mention local taxing authorities. Welcome to SoFL politics!
  25. ....and I was about to say the price you're asking for a '99 S is to LOW, especially when compared to subject '81 J model