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  1. yeah- it seems crazy to me, too! I'm calling Parker in the next day or so- maybe he can shed some light on this for me. I've been working with Falcon; the underwriter is Old Republic.
  2. I appreciate that... maybe it is age based... I just turned 41! ;-)
  3. Anyone else get a quote for insurance that’s 40% than last year? sad.... I have a perfect safety record, thousands of hours in retracts, turbine, pistons, twins... owned my mooney for 7 years with a perfect safety record. Have not had a single mishap or issue in any of the aircraft I fly. No claims against me or anything... CFI, CFII, ATP... and still my insurance is up 40%! how long can GA go on like this? I can’t imagine that safety rates in GA are going to get better by pricing out the people that fly for a living. It’s sad.
  4. I think the key to drive home is that if the approach is looking ugly, and requires more than a standard rate turn to capture centerline, that it’s best to just take it around rather than try to “make it happen.” Over the years I’ve seen far too many mishaps in both military and civilian aviation that I attribute to “trying to make it happen” when prudence dictates just taking it around and trying again in a more stabilized manner. That sort of decision making is not necessarily natural for the type A pilot (accepting that one may have ended up in a position where it’s better and safer to abort the approach, landing, mission). one way I’ve heard an instructor phrase this phenomenon with a positive reinforcement is this... “just take it around.. go arounds are free- and you get some extra flight time for them!” the real stink is this, though... I’m willing to bet that if this was a wrapped up approach turn stall... Imthat it wasn’t the first time this pilot had been in this predicament... and had made the approach “happen.” It was just the first time (and last) that he spun it in.
  5. That’s a great video! Smart wing design on that thing. Also amazing how little of that aircraft appeared to be remaining, and how they were still able to recover the flight recorder. Thanks!
  6. Technically a skid is not cross controlled... as cross controlling literally means aileron one direction, rudder In the opposite (crossed controls), vice a skid where the rudder and Aileron are in the same direction. you can easily wrap up the aircraft in a base to final turn with lets say left wing down, left rudder, then cross controlling by leaving the rudder in but rolling to the right.... that plus backstick pressure to pass through the critical AoA could result in a snap roll left. Which would be considered cross controlling, although from a skid entry. I get your drift- we are trying to say the same thing- he wasn’t in coordinated flight- and that, in some capacity, led to the spin in (most likely). edit: I see where the disconnect is- the reason for spin entry in both circumstances is a cross controlling action + stalling- hence you saying “cross control” (which makes sense)... a skidded turn tends to be the “lead-in element” of said spin- that’s where I’ve crossed the wires- as a skid itself isn’t a cross controlling action. It’s what the pilot does as the aircraft wraps up that is the cross control. So yeah- all that to say- we’re saying the same thing
  7. definitely exceeded critical AoA to get the plane to wrap up like that. An accelerated stall alone though wouldn’t necessarily cause the spin... it would have to be an uncoordinated accelerated stall, with some level of spin inputs into the turn (ie, “bottom wing+ bottom rudder”... a skid). In a slippery plane like a cirrus- i wonder if the pilot would even recognize how little bottom rudder it would take to enter that spin, though. Even applying just a little (not recognized) might be enough. a cross controlled stall with bottom wing (wing down) + top rudder tends to be righting in most aircraft (think forward slip). So the pilot most likely wasn’t doing that.
  8. That is EXACTLY what I meant! I’m glad you looked that over and found it! 5’ of Scat tube costs about $25 from spruce (don’t bother patching it) and only takes about a half hour to replace... just sayin!
  9. Was their another aircraft performing a runup in the runup area? Were your wemac or overhead vents open? I found a ripped SCAT tube going to the muffler when I noticed a rise in a CO on the ground- I think it’s best to have it looked over, just like you’re doing.
  10. Ahh gotcha- I didn’t pick that up out of the original post... too subtle for my hard head, I guess!
  11. Rather than dwell on the politics of COVID, I thought I’d just add a little “what we’re up to” post, since I’ve been away from Mooney space for a while. As a flight instructor in the USAF, We've been deemed an “essential business:” we’re still training students so I’ve had the good fortune to continue to fly. The briefings have been a bit different, with “social distancing” and masks as the norm. For those that have seen a fighter squadron before, you’d be pretty disappointed to see that our coffee makers are all shut down, the popcorn machines are shuttered and our squadron “heritage rooms” (bars) are basically a ghost town. Part of my ground job involves some of the supporting agencies on the field (RAPCON, tower, ground, airfield ops/management)- these hard working individuals have been working crazy hours to keep the skies safe over Phoenix, and I’m proud to be associated with them. As a military member, I am currently restricted to a 100nm radius from my home station for personal travel. I have been taking the Mooney out to see if I can test the limits of those boundaries. Over the weekend, I took my son down to E63 (Gila Bend), and filled up on AVGAS.... would you believe it, but it was only $3.30 a gallon!! I can’t remember the last time I paid that little! Hard to believe, six weeks ago I was paying that for 87 unleaded! So I guess that’s one good thing that’s come of this mess? Hope you all are safe and healthy.
  12. Agreed. That’s the reason why an instructor is there, really... to anticipate this sort of issue and be ready to stop it.
  13. Because it’s a different circumstance. During involuntary servitude, one is compensated for their work, despite the “involuntary” part. The same cannot be said for slavery. thinking of being impressed into service aboard British warships in the 17-1800’s.... or if you’ve ever “Sea Wolf” by Jack London... great examples there.
  14. Welcome to the world of aircraft ownership/upgrades/shop work. It’s definitely *not* right- particularly compared with the rest of the known service world! I think because the number of shops is so limited and the liability so high, that the some of the ones left operating are over saturated with work and can “get away with it” ... so they do.. even after commanding top dollar. Hopefully the juice is worth the squeeze for you, though- and you get a beautiful looking product back (albeit a bit later than anticipated).