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  1. Money For 4

    Be honest with yourself and assess the most common mission you will have is the best advice I could give. I went from an E model to a BE33 with the biggest reason being comfort for my 4 and the extra baggage capacity. All Mooney's are limited to 120 lbs in the baggage area - that's it. So I traded a little more fuel burn for more legroom in the back and tons of space for baggage (270 lbs capacity). I've never had an issue with CG either. Run the numbers on any plane you are interested in to see if it works for your common flights and then the max effort flights. I agree with Immelman - if you have a $150K budget between you and your partner - I'd be looking for 6 seats with the A36/Lance/Saratoga lines and go with six seats. I always prefer to be under gross then always be on the fence at max gross weight for performance reasons. Just my opinion on that of course. Cheers, Brian
  2. WTB: LASAR WingTips for M20J

    The LASAR tips go on the outside of the skins. Cheers, Brian
  3. Picture in the article makes it look like the prop departed the plane after it hit trees (or upon impact) on the approach end of the runway. Glad everyone walked away, but me thinks this might be another candidate for the chop shop. http://www.jsonline.com/story/news/local/door-co/news/2017/07/15/plane-crashes-during-washington-island-fly-fish-boil/481958001/ Brian
  4. Hell, for that I'll buy the after hours beer too.... Brian
  5. Still on the west coast. Definitely watching for the next one. Brian
  6. Going east or west, I followed V6. Stayed at 11.5 for the RNO-RKS segment with it being severe clear. The RKS-OMA IFR leg was KRKS-Arute-V6-Yutan-KOMA. Used O2 for the first hour at 13K then dropped down to 11K when the MEA allowed us to. That was the only time we went on O2 the entire trip. Going west, you could run the entire route lower, but the bumps tend to get worse down low the later in the day it gets. If it's clear out, you can follow I-80 through NV and stay as low as 8.5K. I did follow V6 from FMG to LCU and then went direct KRKS. Kept me out of the SLC Bravo airspace to the North and the controllers had no issue with me being at 11.5K. Cheers, Brian
  7. Cool, thanks Seth. I "officially" arrive on the 24th of July in Richmond. Plane is going into annual before I get here, so that'll be done for another year. Had a headwind on most of the route. Cheers, Brian P.S. I hate the humidity here....
  8. Let me say, I'm wore out after spending two days moving the plane from Reno, NV to Richmond, VA this weekend. ATC was fantastic the entire way and we didn't have to dodge all that much weather. There was a pretty big storm over Omaha that thankfully cleared out to the east before we arrived - we did get to see all the fireworks going off across the city which was pretty cool. Was not a bad ride overall once we got out of the NV/UT/WY areas, which had the typical annoying speed bumps along the route due to the heat - even at 11.5K and 13K feet MSL. Pretty smooth from about Grand Island, NE all the way to Richmond at 9,000 feet. Recap of the move: Friday: 1,116 nm's / Saturday: 913 nm's Total: 2,029 nautical miles.... KRNO -> KRKS (Sweetwater, WY): 3.1 hours, 510 nm (VFR w/flight following/radar advisories) Used Sweetwater Aviation - Nice facility, but nothing to write home about. Prompt service and they had us on our way in under 30 minutes. Fuel was $4.64 a gallon. KRKS -> KOMA (Omaha, NE): 3.7 hours, 606 nm (IFR) Parked at TACAir for the night. Rental car waiting for us and we had them park the plane in their hangar ($115 a night but I felt better knowing she was indoors and not outside with the thunderstorms in the area). Plane was fueled and waiting for us on the ramp at 0830 when we arrived. Only extra charge besides fuel and hangar was the airports $5 infrastructure fee. Normal handling fee was waived since I took on almost 50 gallons of fuel. Fuel price was $5.31 a gallon - $.07 cheaper than Signature. TACAir has a really nice facility. KOMA -> KBMG (Bloomington, IN): 2.5 hours, 456 nm (IFR) Used Cook Aviation for the quick stop. Nice facility, complimentary sodas, water, and cookies. Very nice for a small airport that is only really busy during NCAA sporting events being held over at Indiana University. Fuel was $4.60 a gallon. KBMG -> KFCI (Richmond Executive): 2.5 hours, 457 nm (IFR) Dominion Aviation will be my new FBO heading into the future. Already have my annual scheduled with them starting next week. Good time to do it since we'll be packing out the house in Reno and driving across the country later this month. Gas was the highest at $5.65 a gallon. Nothing like a really long x-country to see this great nation, but I'm done with the super long trips for now.... Some pictures from the trip are below. Cheers, Brian
  9. N number marking size question

    Nope, you're fine. When I repainted my 67E back in 2010, I went with 3" N Numbers and they are authorized under 14 CFR 45.22. Basically, any certified aircraft over 30 years old (measured from today's date) may retain 2" numbers (or larger) as the minimum size. The date the aircraft was/is painted is irrelevant in any discussion as an argument for saying only 12" numbers are legal. Cheers, Brian
  10. Touch screens are they good

    All I have to say is protect your radios that have any type of bezel/knob from loose iPads in the cockpit. Had a buddy that was cruising along in smooth air and hit a spot of CAT and the iPad went up off the co-pilots seat and karate chopped the entire lower knob off his 430W. That was an expensive trip to the shop... I've had no issues with the touch screens in flight on my GTN750, but it can be a little frustrating if the turbulence goes on long enough and you're making a lot of changes. Just takes a little patience and a steady hold on the lower support ledge that is built into the unit. Cheers, Brian
  11. Don't they waive that if the plane is out of California for the first 6 months? I can't make heads or tails of their laws sometimes.... Brian
  12. Virginia has a 2% sales and use tax of the "fair market value" of the plane if you move the plane into VA for more than 60 days (even if you are a non-resident ). I have no idea what source they use, but I'm not arguing with the tax department gal that gave me the FVM number to use... It's $5 a year after that for the registration. Brian
  13. Panel Pre-Buy Check - Do One....

    Yes. Only gained a couple pounds of useful load back since not a lot of wiring was removed - just reorganized, had poor/questionable connections repaired, and all wiring labeled better for future upgrades. Cheers, Brian
  14. Panel Pre-Buy Check - Do One....

    Nope, I believe the minion was the one holding it all together back there.... Cheers, Brian
  15. Panel Pre-Buy Check - Do One....

    For now, yes. I have an EDM-900 penciled in for the future once I recover from this upgrade...probably two years out for that. The Shadin FF, Insight G1, and mechanical gauges will do until then. Cheers, Brian