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  1. WilliamR

    Name that Plane - Army

    Saw one at my airport (KFFC) last summer. it was being used by a private organization as a camera ship. Possibly the same one. William
  2. WilliamR

    Help: Buying my first Mooney

    +1 for Dave and his team. Very thorough and very knowledgeable.
  3. WilliamR

    Sun n Fun 2018

    Last year I was very frank with Mooney's presentation (weak). This year, I will do the same. The aircraft presentation was very well done. One of Fred's sales guys told me the truck/stage, etc was cheaper than the tent. Unbelievable. The drinks, food, etc were first class. I just wish they actually had some products from their "accessories" website. My girlfriend saw a shirt on the website she really liked. Instead, she ended up with a Cirrus shirt instead as her impulse buy. Remember, market the lifestyle, not just the plane. I think they did that well. I would say, without bias, Mooney's/Premiere's display was the best of any of the single engine pistons. Fred was also very good (as he always is) talking with me about upgrading. It's a tougher financial premise for me than others given I don't have a revenue generating business to take advantage of bonus depr. No one at Beech approached me despite me looking over the plane closely as I'm interested in a 6 seat plane. Sure do miss the large homebuilt crowd of the late eighties. Always enjoyed that in middle school and high school. Now it's a shadow of the past. I too have had overzealous volunteers block me from certain display areas in the recent past. The price..meh. I guess my threshold of financial pain is higher than others. Looks like there's an option to volunteer to get around that. Nice, option. Sure wish I found the alt chamber. Wanted to do that. Just too many distractions. William
  4. WilliamR

    Places to stay in Bahamas for a CB?

    Bimini, I would say is quite touristy given the cruise ship arrival. However, you can stay pretty cheap on the island(s); North and South. Fishing there is phenomenal. Beach is nice. Lots of history there. Great Harbour has some cheap studio apts on the beach near the golf course for not a lot. They go fast, though. You can find them on VRBO. TC, as mentioned also has some good vrbo deals. Pittstown Point rates are very reasonable. Not sure of their status as they were hit pretty hard the last couple years with hurricanes. I plan to check them out in the next couple weeks as I will be staying near by. Note, there is a $150 credit available for pilots at participating "resorts" for a 2 night stay. Getting the credit is easy at most places. Most places deduct it from your final bill. Rollezz on Cat Island is very reasonable if you factor the pilot credit. William
  5. WilliamR

    RV-8 PIREP

    I can certainly attest to the hobby horse ride you get from trying a 3-point cement runway landing. Not fun. Unfortunately, I didn't know any better at the time and the "check pilot" was more clueless than me. To the OP; surprised you didn't mention aileron buffet in the roll. Does yours not do that? I've rolled a couple of 8a's that had a pretty good buffet when rolling somewhat aggressively. Oh, and that's a terrific looking 4 above. I wonder how rudder authority is. I found the 6 with a similar tail setup heavy and a little lacking. Maybe, because the 6 is wider obviously than the 4. The 7 (same fuselage as the 6) I've flown had better rudder authority given it's larger size and was lighter. I think the 8 is the best compromise of traveling machine and "gentleman's aerobatics" plane. William
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    Insurance renewal

    Just went through Falcon for USAIG at the end of Jan. $1MM smooth, $165,000 hull, $2,178 (within $100 from last year). $1,250 for similar coverage is a screaming deal. William
  7. WilliamR

    florida destinations

    Thank you. Got confused with Ray's in Atlanta. Funny, how only a year fogs the addled brain.
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    florida destinations

    +1 on Triad at Everglades City. They are typically ranked #2 behind Ray's in Miami as best Stone Crab. Milo (Triad's owner) was very gracious to pick me up at the airport and take me back. All you need is to bring a cooler. They have ice and, of course, whatever size claws you want. William
  9. WilliamR

    High FBO fees.

    On SSI, I've stopped there several times to run across the street for some BBQ this past summer. I've never been charged a fee despite not getting their expensive fuel. In fact, earlier this year I arrived late on a Sunday after a great day of golf nearby. They called Southern Soul BBQ for me while taxi-ing in to see if they were open. It was close to closing time (they were not open). The FBO felt bad and offered to drive me to Barbara Jean's. Again, no charge. Maybe it's just my rugged good looks. Ha! BTW, to park even for a few hours down the street from me in midtown ATL yesterday it was a flat $45. Larry got a deal in ATL. William
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    Upgrade from C to K? Should we??

    Dave, I upgraded from a '62C to an '86 K (252). I won't comment on price, although I probably should given I will probably put mine for sale within the next couple months as I will likely be upgrading further (Malibu). I mainly fly East Coast and my most heavily traveled trip is between Atlanta and Southwest FL. In order of priority the K gave me the following things the C could not (btw, loved my C - great first airplane) 1. No more Johnson Bar (hate retracting the Johnson Bar gear on an actual missed appch) 2. Speed 3. With Altitude comes options. I often think as I'm cruising to FL at 15K' or 17K' that I'm happy not to have to wind and weave my way around build ups between 4k' and 10K'. It's also always out of the haze layer, even in summer and always cooler. I've encountered more unexpected icing in summer than winter. Downside - a couple of the girls I'm dating are not fans of the nose hose. Can't blame them. 4. Loading flexibility with the easily removable/replaceable back seats. 5. Redundancy - backup vacuum system and 2nd alternator 6. Speed brakes. For example, coming over the top ATL from the south landing runway 3L/R at PDK you need all the drag you can get. 7. Way better interior and exterior lighting 8. Higher gear and flap speed 9. Smoother engine My all in costs (assumes no financing or upgrade costs; includes engine reserve, op costs, other maintenance reserves, hangar, ins, etc.) flying 150 hours a year is around $250/hr. I change my own oil and do light maintenance with A&P oversight. Happy to provide my cost model for the plane on request. I've owned my plane for almost 10 years. Hope this helps. William
  11. Also, I would tell anyone if they don't like AOPA or the company they work for, or any other organization, either get directly involved with its management or quit (and let them know why). William
  12. Cliffy, you might get more traction if you don't use words like stupid and BS (yelling/bold, no less). Also, there are at least a few pilots on that board not associated with FBO's or AOPA. One of those members owns a Mooney, in fact. Another flies Angel Flight missions is his Piper Malibu. Sure, those pilots are CEOs and former CEOs. So what? I also doubt the fees are on the backs of small airplane owners for the benefit of large jet owners. I know the fees paid flying the Beechjet I work with are much higher (almost a logarithmic function) than for my Mooney for the same airport and FBO despite taking up only twice the space and the same number of people using the facilities (usually just three of us in the jet). Fueling time is not much different either. I thought that disparity was typical. The real focus should be airports that receive fed funds should also have public access (without fees) and FBOs should be required to publish all fees and fuel rates. You kind of do that, but get wrapped up in a bit of class warfare and a diatribe on why you don't like large "jet center" FBOs. Level headed, clear direction will often win the day. Or, I'm just absolutely full of crap. Either way. William
  13. WilliamR

    Wonderful World of Flying #2

    The original invoice on my '86 252 (purchased in early '87) was somewhere around $180,000 which included every option offered from what I can tell/remember. I'll have to dig up the invoice and post a pic. Btw, notice the very high oil and CHT temps at altitude. I'm guessing cowl flaps were not opened and fuel looked to be at peak EGT based on the chart on the visor. Plus, of course, at FL 270 there's not much air as noted in the video William
  14. For longer range planning in addition to the advice given above, I'm partial to http://www.emc.ncep.noaa.gov/mmb/namsvrfcst/ and http://www.usairnet.com/cgi-bin/launch/code.cgi William
  15. WilliamR

    252 oil change

    On my 252 I use a gallon sized zip-loc bag around the filter after I've initially loosened it. It takes quite awhile for most of the oil to flow out and fills most of the bag. I simply hold the bag waiting like 5 minutes which is hard because I usually can't sit still for more than 3. I also make sure I have a filter at the ready to put on. An absorbent pad tucked between the cowl flap bar and firewall under the filter catches any errant drips. I rarely make a mess. The form a funnel would be a good replacement to my absorbent pad. William