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  1. flight2000

    Promotional give away

    Can't compete with the kids, but these two are pretty good and bring a tear to my eye each time I look at them...
  2. flight2000

    Coming back in to the fold

    Where are you in D.C.? Richmond Executive (KFCI) has hangars available for $288 a month if you want to drive 90 minutes to get there....I was paying $487 a month out in Reno for a small t-hangar, so I feel your pain. I used to own an M20E as well, so understand your lose and remorse for selling...to a degree... Take a read through this thread as well. Some good info in there to consider. Cheers, Brian
  3. flight2000

    Folding Bike - Jupiter Bike 2.0

    I can't say 100% for sure, since it's been awhile since I had my Mooney, but I believe they will. This is the folded up size of the bike: H-27" L-31" W-12.5 M20E Door Size: Width = 18.50, Forward Length = 28.50, Rear Length = 26.25 (it;s tapered a little from front to back) If someone has a Mooney close to the Richmond area, I can bring one of the bikes to try and see if it fits through a standard Mooney door. Cheers, Brian
  4. flight2000

    Folding Bike - Jupiter Bike 2.0

    We just spent two days tooling around Niagara Falls on these Mini Euro Urbano folding bikes. Folds down nice and compact so we can fit three across in my baggage compartment and they only weigh 24 pounds each. Easy to get around with these and they are on sale for $350 each. Get three for one compared to those other bikes. Are they designed to be ridden off trail and over 100 miles in a day, no...but neither am I... They are great for getting in and around town though. Just another option as I have no skin in the game since I have mine already and I'm completely satisfied - as is my family... https://zizzo.bike/pages/shop-urbano Cheers, Brian
  5. flight2000

    Mooneys vs the others

    I've been on both sides of that fence and yes, they're both nuts about their aircraft.... Personally, anything that has wings and fly's is beautiful in my eyes. Brian
  6. I have the same set-up and I've never had my Mini 4 shut down on me due to heat (and that's in the Virginia heat too... ) with this installed and running. I have a Stratus USB port installed, so the X-Naut runs on ships power. My iPad sits on the yoke, also running of ships power. You can get them on sale for less then this, but you have to watch for sales. Highly recommend this for keeping your iPad cool and operational - even in direct sunlight and 90 degree heat down low. Of course, there are those that can build something similar at a much cheaper price than $179 (I think I got mine for $139 in 2016), but that's not me... http://www.aircraftspruce.com/catalog/pspages/x-nautipdm13-19503.php Cheers, Brian
  7. flight2000

    FS: 1987 M20J 205

    Short answer, no. The Seller pays the broker fees if they are using them as the mediator for selling the plane. Only time you would pay a "brokers fee" would be if you hire someone as a buyers agent to help you look/weed through all of the aircraft for sale and then represent you for the transaction. The price you see is a starting point, negotiate away if you feel differently and think the plane is worth less than asking...at the end of the day, you have to be comfortable paying what you're paying for a 30/40/50 year old airplane...or younger if you can afford it.... Some of AAA's inventory is owned by them, but a good portion is also on commission/brokerage. This would have an impact if you were trying to trade in an aircraft you owned already. Jimmy is very open with his help and is easy to communicate with via email or phone - if he's in the office. They are a small operation and he does deliver and pick-up aircraft all over the country, so he is not tied to the office all of the time. Just a little patience sometimes if he doesn't get back to you instantly... Good luck! Brian
  8. flight2000

    ADS-B / FlightAware question

    For those that are worried about privacy, suggest making it at least a little harder by using a P.O. Box for your aircraft registration with the FAA. To easy to do a reverse look up and see when your 500 miles away after departing in the morning. I've been doing that for years and never had any issues with getting fan mail from the FAA that way... Just some more food for thought. Brian
  9. Best Buy has the Mini 4 on sale for $299 right now. Wouldn’t hold my breathe waiting for a Mini 5 to come out. Cheers, Brian
  10. flight2000

    201/231/252 for family/commute

    Everyone keeps throwing out the Turbo models, but seem to have missed this statement in his original post. This may or may not be important since we don't have an operating or purchase budget mentioned that he'd be comfortable with. So with that in mind, here's what Air Power, Inc is showing for overhaul costs on the engines. Other boutique engine builders may be a little cheaper or more expensive, but I use this as a bench mark when comparing. This is only for the engine itself and not the work to remove, R&R, and replace in the aircraft. That will vary by location around the country because of varying labor costs. 231 TSIO360LB: New $59,200 Rebuilt $49,700 252 TSIO360MB: New $71,765 Rebuilt $58,776 Encore TSIO360SB: New $76,675 Rebuilt $62,925 M20E IO360: New $56,182 Rebuilt $33,449 Overhauled $28,949 M20J IO360: New $57,812 Rebuilt $34,763 Overhauled $30,263 Ovation IO550G: New $50,918 Rebuilt $43,775 Beech E33A/F33A IO520BA: Rebuilt $39,595 My recommendation and some other ideas: Start with a list of your must haves and nice to haves on a spreadsheet and then figure out the operating costs for each model you're looking at. Look at the useful loads and how much you want to play with fuel loads to keep you within CG. I can send a W&B spreadsheet to play with numbers for both the aircraft I've owned. Look at your typical load with the family and how many times you'll be balancing the fuel load. The newer the M20J's got, the worse the useful load. Look at the anticipated growth of your kids and the space you have (kind of hard as I wasn't expecting my son to go from a 4'5" 9 year old to a 6'5" 19 yo....). Look at the typical fuel burns and compute the yearly expected usage and factor average cost of gas per hour And most important - find a local aircraft to have your wife and kids sit in. She's already familiar with the bigger aircraft, so need to find a Mooney for her to sit in along with the kids if they haven't been in one before. When we were shopping in 2017, I found an M20J (SW's owners plane) and a Rocket ($132K) at Skywagons over in Placerville, CA because I wanted to stay in the Mooney family while upgrading to a "bigger" plane. Then I found a C210N ($159K) and F33A ($145K) for sale down in Carson City to look at. When they sat in the F33A, I got smacked for not going with this one in the first place.... (an E33A is one year removed from being an F33A). Cheers and happy hunting. Brian
  11. flight2000

    201/231/252 for family/commute

    If it’s just you 75% of the time and you still have access to a Bonanza or Sarratoga when needed, I’d get a modified M20E. I flew out of Reno for 2 years, 12 months with my previous Mooney and 12 with the Bonanza I have now. No issues with either bird getting over the Sierra’s, only upgraded because I needed more room for my boys and the 270 pound baggage capacity in the Bo. Yes, I burn more gas (8.5 gph vs 12.7), but also carry more with 1184 useful load versus my previous M20E’s 934 useful. I always followed I80 between Reno and Sacramento. More places to land if the fan quit on me. Usually cruised over between 10 and 11,500. Not sure who said an older Bonanza was more expensive to maintain, but that has not been the case for me. Yes, the overhauls are more compared to the 4 cylinder IO360, but your feeding 2 additional cylinders. Last time I checked 6 cylinder turbo’d TSIO360 engines cost more than my IO520 to overhaul. Everything will depend on the aircraft you buy and the recent maintenance. Pick the wrong aircraft and it’ll eat your wallet - Mooney, Piper, Cessna, etc. Makes no difference. Whatever you buy, make sure it’s the best one out there for sale and have a Mooney knowledgeable mechanic do the pre-buy. There are some good shops in California that know the Mooney inside and out. Cheers, Brian
  12. flight2000

    Interesting Ice formation

    It could be just the picture, but the cap looks like it's canted forward slightly, meaning it's not seated properly. That would cause the gas to flow out exactly where the ice formed. Been there, done that.... Brian
  13. flight2000

    Recommendations on Selling Mooney

    Controller.com is another option (and it's free ). That's how I sold mine and absolutely concur with John on having lot's of picture and scans of the logs handy. Cheers, Brian
  14. flight2000

    Name that Plane - Army

    The Army is no longer using these. We retired the last group about twenty years ago. My guess, it belongs to one of the air museums that still has operational Mohawk's: American Wings Air Museum, Blaine, Minnesota operates three Mohawks Carolinas Aviation Museum flies two Mohawks to airshows Cavanaugh Flight Museum flies one Mohawk American Warplane Museum in Wisconsin flies 2 or 3 Mohawks Army Aviation Heritage Foundation, Hampton, Georgia Flies 631 "B" Model and 005 "d" Model[4] Air Heritage Museum, Beaver County Airport, Pennsylvania currently flying 1 Mohawk Cheers, Brian
  15. flight2000


    Well, after being over there for about six years, there have been a handful, but not more than two hands worth that I can remember. Not sure what's up with all of the gear ups lately. It's got to be killing our insurance rates though. Brian