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  1. I'm so glad I finally read this thread. An incredible story, as one of your 9 lives was used up Dan. Get back in the saddle as soon as possible. Good that lots of frugal Mooney pilots are checking their detectors and maybe investing in new or better equipment. Almost everything in this thread reflects what's valuable about MS, in my option. I'm also believing you had a very capable co-pilot, Dan. Well done!
  2. The last fly-in was a blast with 10 Mooney's, and a few cars, bringing 24 people together, with a lot of EAA folks, for a cookout at the EAA Hanger in Leesburg. After lunch most went to David and Ruth's home and ran model trains. It was a great day. Our next event will be this Saturday, February 11, to Bartow (KBOW). All events start at 11:30. Future Schedule February 11, Bartow (BOW) March 11, Fort Pierce (FPR) April 8, New Smyrna Beach (EVB) May 13, Flagler (FIN) June 10, Sebring (SEF) July 8, Williston (X60) August 12, Lake Wales (X07) September 9, Lakeland (LAL) October 14, Flagler (FIN) November 11, Vero Beach (VRB) December 9, Punta Gorda (PGD) David appreciates it if you can e-mail him (daveanruth@aol.com) by Thursday night to let him know if you plan on attending, He then calls the restaurant on Friday with an approximate head count. No one is obligated to come if they told him they would come, but then can’t make it. Do some flying and meet lots of Mooney drivers.
  3. Depends on how much you want it and what you can afford
  4. All those cars living outside are in BIG trouble
  5. Nice move George....and you'll still have the throttles in your left hand and the stick yoke in your right hand.
  6. Dear Mooney Enthusiast, We had great weather for our last event and 7 Mooneys and 1 Beechcraft Skipper brought 16 people together at Punta Gorda to visit, eat, and have a great excuse to fly our airplanes. Our next event will be this Saturday, January 14 at Leesburg (LEE). Since there is no restaurant at the airport, EAA Chapter 534 is going to cook hamburgers and hot dogs for us. After lunch we will car pool (weather permitting) to our house and run model trains in the back yard. We have 1,000 feet of G-guage track in 4 loops and will probably have 6 or 8 trains running. It is about a 20 minute car ride from the Leesburg airport. All events start at 11:30. Please check your e-mail before attending as sometimes I make last minute changes of various reasons. Future Schedule January 14, Leesburg (LEE) EAA Chapter 534 will cook hamburgers and hot dogs for us at their hanger. Then after lunch we will drive anyone interested to our house to see Ruth’s garden railroad with 1,000 feet of G gauge track in four loops. Weather permitting we will probably have 6 or 8 trains running. February 11, Bartow (BOW) March 11, Fort Pierce (FPR) April 8, New Smyrna Beach (EVB) May 13, Flagler (FIN) June 10, Sebring (SEF) July 8, Williston (X60) August 12, Lake Wales (X07) 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. Hope to see you soon, Dave and Ruth
  7. The EAA hanger area should work. Good luck!
  8. There was a nice turnout at our last event with 9 Mooneys and 16 people at Vero Beach for good food and great company. Our next event will be this Saturday, December 10 at Punta Gorda, PGD at 11:30. All events start at 11:30. Future Schedule December 10, Punta Gorda, (PGD) January 14, Leesburg (LEE) EAA Chapter 534 will cook hamburgers and hot dogs for us at their hanger. Then after lunch free drive anyone to Dave's house to see Ruth’s garden railroad with 1,000 feet of G gauge track in four loops. Weather permitting there should be 6 or 8 trains running. February 11, Bartow (BOW) March 11, Fort Pierce (FPR) April 8, New Smyrna Beach (EVB) Dave would appreciate it if you can e-mail him (daveanruth@aol.com) by Thursday night to let him know if you're going to try to attend, so he can call the restaurant on Friday with a head count. No one is obligated, if they said they're coming and then can’t make it for any reason. Hope to see you soon.
  9. Maybe not, Mike http://img07.deviantart.net/b5f7/i/2012/342/d/8/beautiful_girl_by_imaginationphotos-d5nehaz.jpg
  10. Notice from Dave....please answer him directly at daveanruth@aol.com Dear Mooney Enthusiast, Our last event was canceled because of Hurricane Mathew. Hopefully no one went. Our next event will be this Saturday, November 12, at Vero Beach (VRB). All events start at 11:30. Please check your e-mail before attending as sometimes I make last minute changes of various reasons. Future Schedule November 12, Vero Beach, (VRB) December 10, Punta Gorda, (PGD) January 14, Leesburg (LEE). Will will be fed EAA Chapter 534. and then those that would like to see Ruth’s Garden RR running will be car pooled to and from our house. 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. QUESTION: Every once in awhile I get asked to have an event in the Panhandle, but have always refused because I did not know of any airports in the Panhandle with a restaurant we could taxi up to. This past weekend I was at Panama City Beach for the Mooney Summit ( a very nice, well run event ) and found out there is a restaurant on the airport about 1/2 mile from the FBO. The FBO would run us to and from the restaurant. So, please let me know if you would or would not be interested in flying to Panama City Beach for a Mooney Lunch. If I did it I would pick a month that was unlikely to have afternoon thunderstorms for the return trip. Hope to see you soon, Dave and Ruth
  11. ...Ran into him at a Lakeland night spot, during SunNFun about ten years ago. Most interesting guy, and of course an amazing pilot. Later, noticed him in the parking lot with two youg ladies. Fighter pilots never change..... RIP, Bob.
  12. Do you wash your hands after that, paying close attention to your fingers, right Bill? +5 for Plexus
  13. Dear Mooney Enthusiast, Our last event was very pleasant. We met at the parking lot next to the sefl serve fuel at Lake Wales and the airport manager drove us to the terminal. When we all arrived he piled all 15 of us into one very large van and drove us 4 or 5 minutes to a restaurant. He ate there also, so was there when we were ready to go back to the airport. It worked very smoothly. Our next event is thia Saturday, September 10, at 11:30 at Lakeland (LAL). In October we will be going to Premier in Fort Lauderdale (FXE) for lunch. They will have sandwiches, etc. for us in their hanger. After lunch their maintenance people will put on a presentation. I would like suggestions about what you would like to hear about. All events start at 11:30.Please check your e-mail before attending as sometimes I make last minute changes of various reasons.Future ScheduleSeptember 10, Lakeland (LAL).October 8, Ft. Lauderdale (FXE) Premier will be hosting us in their hanger.November 12, Vero Beach, (VRB) December 10, 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.Hope to see you soon,Dave and Ruth
  14. Check the cabin....hypoxia for sure!
  15. If is sounds too good to be true, especially in this case, it is! Caveat Emptor....
  16. Seven Mooney's, one Cessna, and one Navion brought 17 people together at Sebring for some great visiting and good food last month. The weather was basically VFR except for some rain on the west coast that delayed one couple getting home. The next meeting will be this Saturday, August 13, at Lake Wales. We will meet at the parking area near the self service fuel, and the airport manager will run us to Woodie's BBG in a city owned van. He assures me it will only be a 4 or 5 minute ride. They will also run us back after lunch. All events start at 11:30.Future Schedule August 13, Lake Wales (X07). We will be driven by the airport 4 or 5 minutes away to Woodies BBQ.September 10, Lakeland (LAL).October 8, Ft. Lauderdale (FXE) Premier will be hosting us in their hanger.November 12, Vero Beach, (VRB) December 10, Punta Gorda, (PGD)Please e-mail Deave (daveanruth@aol.com) by Thursday night to let him know if you are going to attend so he can give the restaurant an approximate head count. No one is obligated to come if something comes up at the last minute. Come on out....
  17. Sometimes....but in their case, they charge double for it. You will not find a better Mooney painting than Hawk. Mine was painted there 6 years ago, after visiting a many shops and talking to many more. Joe at Hawk is the best.
  18. David reports a great time was had last month at Williston. While Ruth and David had to drive because of head colds, 7 Mooneys, 1 Cessna 310, and 1 Bonanza were there with 18 people in attendance. We had a good time visiting, telling tall tales and the food was OK. Our next event will be this Saturday, July 9, at Sebring KSEF. All events start at 11:30AM Future Schedule July 9, Sebring, (SEF) August 13, Lake Wales (X07). We will be driven by the airport 4 or 5 minutes away to Woodies BBQ. September 10, Lakeland (LAL). October 8, Ft. Lauderdale (FXE) Premier will be hosting us in their hanger. November 12, Vero Beach, VRB) Please e-mail David (DaveanRuth@aol.com) by Thursday night to let him know if you are planning to attend. He then calls the restaurant on Friday with an approximate head count. No one is obligated to come if they then can’t make it for mechanical, weather, health, or any other reason. Get out and do some flying!
  19. I have a set of new, undrilled LASAR Wing Tip lenses, still wrapped in their protective covering. I paid $135 each for them, plus tax and shipping. Make me a reasonable offer for the pair.......
  20. This particular accident is a confluence other divergent vested interests at a different time. It's not nearly as absolute as you suggest.
  21. While some may know the truth about the crash eventually, don't hold your breath or expect to be included. The Egyptians have to protect their carrier, the French need to protect their manufacturing business, and the USA has the DOJ to 'alter' anything that isn't in the best interest of the administration. Money, politics, and self interests. A wonderful trifecta.... CAIRO, June 19 (Reuters) - Investigators have begun analyzing the two severely damaged black boxes from EgyptAir flight MS804 as they seek to explain why the plane plunged into the sea, killing all 66 people on board. It would require "lots of time and effort" to fix the two badly damaged black box recorders, sources on Egypt's Aircraft Accident Investigation Committee told Reuters on Sunday. The committee said it started the analysis of the devices, with representatives from France and the United States, which are crucial to explaining why the Airbus A320 crashed on May 19 en route from Paris to Cairo. The memory units from both the Cockpit Voice Recorder and the Flight Data Recorder were extracted from the devices and dried in a military facility for eight hours, the committee said in a statement. Investigators are now conducting electrical tests on the memory units, the final step before trying to extract data. If intact, the cockpit recorder should reveal pilot conversations and any cockpit alarms, as well as other clues such as engine noise. But crash experts say it may provide only limited insight into the reason for the crash. With the data recorder, investigators have a greater chance of discovering the cause, provided its chip is still intact. Investigators need to further analyze the memory units before deciding if they can be fixed locally or if they need to be sent abroad for repairs. Search teams retrieved the Cockpit Voice Recorder on Thursday which they said was damaged but had the memory unit intact. They found the Flight Data Recorder on Friday.
  22. It will be a long haul for the family...praying for them. DONE
  23. Much better odds for you and your family of staying healthy on professionally flown commercial carriers, but not as much 'fun' for the weekend GA pilot.
  24. The odds of it being his time increase exponentially if he focuses on the 'fun' of flying, at the expense of the 'work' of flying....always being on top of your flying and planning responsibilities. Other than owner's skimping on maintenance, I believe this is the major cause of guys running out of 'luck'.
  25. It's just my way of flying, but when everything is going to poop, especially on takeoff, you best have a very good feel for your plane and basic airmanship. All the bells and whistles going off, the passengers questioning, if not screaming, and your $15K GPS's plus other gizmos flashing colors and giving you more alarms...will probably not help IMH experience. Practice, training, planning beforehand, more training, serious practice, a cool head, and did I say professional training, just may save you, your bacon, and your family.