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  1. Frankly, I thought that was the big plan when this all started a few years ago. The reality is that the Mooney is pretty much handmade and the most expensive resource in any business is the human resource. Mooney is not making wood wings anymore (imagine the labor in that!) and it really is just tedium to rivet an aircraft together where the parts are formed on jigs or pop out of presses.
  2. New article in P&P on this (Mooney Ceasing Production). Sort of sad, especially this: "Despite best-in-class performance, a recently updated design that includes larger windows and a second, pilot-side entry door, the aircraft have sold poorly even at a time when sales of some competitors’ planes have held steady or surged."
  3. Close-up of the plaque below. The absolute beauty of this exhibit is that the frame is uncovered and you see the incredible woodworking skill of the Mooney factory not to mention the controls and retractable gear mechanism. In fact, the woodwork may have been done by Art Mooney himself (Al's brother).
  4. I finally got to the new Lone Star Flight Museum in Houston on Saturday and it was special ‘cause they let vets in for free all weekend and today. The museum was in Galveston for quite a while and was severely damaged by one of the hurricanes. I had visited it last just before it moved to Ellington. Anyway, I was blown away by what they have done. As I got closer to the airport I saw what I thought was a brand new, ultra-modern terminal building that turned out to be the museum. The place is just over the top! Anyway, the reason I am posting here is that the museum is very Mooney centric (see photos, the “Naked Mite” is just too cool) and has a simulator room with eight or so stations where you can fly an Ovation. I found that to be quite humbling Something worth seeing and you can fly in if you like—they are also very pilot friendly.
  5. Years ago when I first bought The Mistress, I took a sound level meter from the lab and measured 85 dB at the pilot's seat. That (at the time) IIRC was the threshold for OSHA ear damage. That was with the old plastic panels, I has probably improved since I did the Jaeger Spatial Interior, but you are not going to get commercial air levels in an old Mooney cockpit/cabin.
  6. Frankly, if you are a pilot you need to get your feathers ruffled on occasion, builds character and also tends to tone down that basic pilot's affliction: inflated ego. Besides, ruffling feathers works for birds, why not pilots? Ruffled feathers: Birds will ruffle or fluff their feathers during the preening process. This helps remove any dirt or feather dust, and also helps to return the feathers to their normal position. Birds may also be observed fluffing their feathers as a way to relieve tension.
  7. Both of those photos are just begging to be memed, or is it memefied
  8. I suggest you let it leak out completely and then use it as an "Aviation Object D'art" in your office, mancave, hangar, etc. (see photo). Then get you a PAI-700 and leave it on the co-pilot's seat. The hangar elves will find it and install it for you. When you go in for annual and your IA says "W(here)TF did that come from?" you just tell him the truth: hangar elves. Then tell him you want him to add a compass swing to the annual and you are good. The PAI-700 is really spectacular, like a Mother Nature powered HI!
  9. That looks good, but not as comfortable as the straps. I also wonder about weight. In other words, why didn't Mooney just use metal handles? Anyway, you can buy a 'track ready' Porsche 911 (RSR) where the interior is pretty much stripped and the door handles have been replaced by straps---again, for weight saving (although there the entire mechanism is gone).
  10. I am pretty sure the strap above the visor on the copilot side goes to tapped plates welded to the cage. I can't remember what the door strap is mounted to, but it is certainly not the plastic panel and it is more than sturdy enough to allow you to do what you shouldn't do (slam the door).
  11. I've used the online free SavvyAnalysis system for years and really love it as a flight logging method and I have never found the need for Savvy's subscription engine analysis service. Mike takes all the data that we freely upload to him and does statistical analyses (he's a mathematician) on it that feeds his maintenance philosophy, books and talks. He is a total straight shooter and a master at his craft, bar none. I have his books, he is quite a heretic when it comes to maintenance. Oh, what's one of the hallmarks of a master? He's not afraid to ask for a second opinion. I like what @Junkman said: "Think of it as sort of AAA for your airplane". Great to have and really want to never have to use it.
  12. LOL. I have various markers lined up to let me know "when it's time" for various things. One of those is the Mooney, when I can no longer get to the pilot's seat it will be time for a Cessgnat. A buddy who is an FSDO up north made the following FB comment when he saw I bought a Mooney: You don't fly a Mooney, you wear it!
  13. Excellent point. Aircraft that cannot fly can be very expensive to move.