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  1. Avidyne IFD440 upgrade decision

    The answer is the IFD100 app: https://www.avidyne.com/products/ifd/ifd100.html
  2. Properly repaired and at some time point in the somewhat distant past, no issues whatsoever. More recent damage history will devalue it some but not much. The majority of these airplanes have damage history, not all has been logged . . .
  3. Was this 231 flown enough?

    Might be enough, might not. I've done three pilot transitions into 231/252s in the last year. One was ready to go after an hour, another wasn't ready for close to 10 hours and a third was pretty close to 15 hours before he was ready. All three had more experience than you quote. So the answer is, it depends (quoting Old Bob).
  4. The Columbia 400 is far superior to the Cirrus SR-22 with respect to the side stick. The Columbia is much more "Mooney-like".
  5. Twin Comanche- Partnership?

    Like any partnership, you have to trust your partner. I calculated the yearly fixed fees and he pays half on a monthly basis. Then he pays a small hourly rate for hours flown. Even though I routinely fly over 100 hours a year, that's nothing and almost all of our airplanes would be better off if they fly more. I want to make 100% of the decisions concerning my airplane. As sole owner, I decide what upgrades to do and when (and I also pay for them), I decide the maintenance, etc. He simply pays half of the calculated expenses for the opportunity to fly the airplane any time I'm not. I still have 100% access to the airplane that way and the airplane gets flown more and half of my bills are paid. I like this arrangement. It is also month to month. If I don't like what he's doing, he's gone. If he doesn't like what I'm doing he can leave with no issues. You need to be able to financially afford the airplane by yourself, but trust your non-equity partner and want the airplane to fly more. If those conditions are met, it is a wonderful thing for all concerned.
  6. Twin Comanche- Partnership?

    I generally keep an airplane a year or two and I don't figure an engine reserve. If I have to do engine work I write a check. If I have to do any work, I write a check. I have no idea when I'll sell an airplane so cannot possibly target a time point in the future to plan for it. I buy an airplane and sell one when my mission changes. I probably only have three or four different missions that I have gone between throughout the years but one airplane would have been ideal for my flying the last 25 years. The only reason I calculated those expenses in that detail is so I know what is fair to charge my non-equity partner on a monthly and hourly basis.
  7. Twin Comanche- Partnership?

    Where have I heard that before ?
  8. Insurance comparison M vs Ci

    My data is about 10 years old now but I owned a Cirrus SR-22 and Mooney Bravo back to back. They had the same hull value. I paid about 50% more to insure the Cirrus than the Mooney. And the Cirrus cost much more in maintenance. The Cirrus was four years old with less than 500 hours total time when I bought it and the Mooney was 17 years old with 2,500 hours total time.
  9. M20M Bravo

  10. Twin Comanche- Partnership?

    I have the best job in the world !!!! But you’ll never hear about this job from a guidance counselor sine they don’t know we (my very specific specialty) exist.
  11. Twin Comanche- Partnership?

    Actually I post 160 KTAS in my 231 at 10,000 ft and 9.0 GPH in cruise. But I climb out at 800 FPM and 25-26 GPH in the Mooney. In the Baron I climb out at 1500-1600 FPM at 35 GPH (17.5 GPH per engine) and cruise at 180 KTAS at 20 GPH (10 GPH per side). Overall in a given year, 200 Mooney hours is pretty close to 175 Baron hours. The math had been posted previously. I have routinely said going from a single to a twin is 50% more expensive, not double nor four times as has been suggested by some. I have a non-equity partner with significantly less ratings and experience than me that determines the price I pay for insurance, but he pays half the ongoing expenses so it is a good deal for both of us.
  12. Twin Comanche- Partnership?

    My experience is owning and operating five twins and ten singles over the last 25 years. I currently own both a Mooney 231 and Baron B55.
  13. Twin Comanche- Partnership?

    The $30 & $45 per hour did include engine reserves, my mistake. So that makes the Mooney about $30,00 per year for 200 hours ($150/hr) and the Baron about $41,000 for 175 hours ($235/hr). That’s only 35% more $$/yr to do the same amount of travel, not twice as much and certain not four times as much. While the Baron costs about 50% more per hour than the Mooney it only costs about 35% more per year to own, maintain and fly.
  14. Twin Comanche- Partnership?

    Not true. I just posted my actual numbers.
  15. Twin Comanche- Partnership?

    I've never owned a Bonanza but this is not true comparing a turbo Mooney to a Baron.