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    Hawhorne, CA HHR
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    M20K 262

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  1. My airplane was painted on site at Kerrville at the Mooney Factory a few years back. The paint did not hold up well at all, which is sad. I recently reached out to someone on this board as I wanted to consider revisiting the factory for an annual again, and...no reply. I hope things improve there....
  2. In my paranoid life, I use a mophie brick charged at home, and connect power to the brick which in turn charges the iPad. Battery dies? Alternator croaks? Easy peasy-iPad stays on. Brick is bigger than the iPad. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  3. That’s the point. my airplane was converted by mod works - I was told it was the original demonstrator. That’s not where the weight increased that much. Mkne went ti the factory and came out with new upholstery, avionics and paint.
  4. I remember having a few of these conversations at the factory over a decade ago with people far smarter. At the time, the focus was on selling ovations and bravos and getting the acclaim out the door to compete with Cirrus, not helping support an aging fleet. At the time, the company had just come out of another financial ditch. Gretchen was CEO, Barry was still CFO, our friendly Mr Ellis and others were in hard working seats, Bull Grebe, Mike and out since departed friend were three test pilots, and the factory was slowly trying to him back to life. Pre-J model tooling has been sold to Mexico for scrap. Tigger was collecting dust after the military said no before it made its trek out and back to now private hands, and the service center was trying to keep things afloat. One person pushing foe the service center to do these types of things no longer there tried to get some of these things done, but they were not as well regarded. He wanted upgrades from the 231 go 252 to be sold and done by the service center, and from the 252 to the encoré. Obviously there were serial number limitations, and the difference had to do with landing gear if I recall, and whether the drop testing data was available and components able to be sold. At the time, i believe Mr Bill Wheat was approached with the question but I don’t think the factory had interest. I have a 231 converted to a 252 and while at the factory I took a huge GW loss; I’d certainly love to get some pounds back. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  5. Oh, crap! I fell off the face. How much do I owe you? Let me check messages...
  6. I’m open to offers. Just add shipping from Canada 

    postal code S9H 5E4

  7. You think? Here’s a little virtue signaling demanding tolerance of what’s en-Vogue while slamming a poster whose politics are unknown by slamming them... What do Trump, black people like my daughter, corona virus and super spreading have to do with Mooney and declining aviation? You can throw a rock and hit a venomous person these days. At least in this forum we have the love of mooney’s in common. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  8. I thought this forum went out of their way in their terms of service to avoid political brattle. While this was not aimed at me, this post certainly seems out of line.
  9. I have a couple of transducers if someone needs them - a 201 and a 231 Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  10. Ugh. Monopolizing and Privatization of ramps at a public airport is disgusting. I wish AOPA did more to prevent this predatory behavior. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  11. Meh. Millennials and post millennials are far more entertained by Instagram, tiktok, millions of other goofiness than flying, scuba diving, building anything, carpentry, machine shop, aquariums, and a million other pursuits requiring developing a skill. It’s too hard!!!! ...the “spectator” and “critic” generation. Some salaries have risen to ungodly amounts while many of the generation continue to live mom and dad comfortably into their 30’s...and mom and dad ain’t buying them no airplane. Short attention span, ADD, idealism and fear. Ugh. I don’t know that I agree that flying is inherently unaffordable. One can buy an Ercoupe for less than $20k, and other models are in the same range. Even an older 4 seat Piper can be had in the 30’s functional and airworthy. You don’t need a GTN and AP to fly. In LA you can park a plane at some airports for $35 a month. 7 gallons an hour isn’t expensive flying. Now many millennials and post wouldn’t be seen on anything less than a Cirrus, let alone something “like a G6” to coin a song... Growing up people used to have crass jokes about “spatially gifted” (read full-sized) women being like mopeds - a lot of fun, but do you want to be seen riding one? An Ercoupe or Piper just doesn’t fit the image of many who live the Instagram life... 40-50 flying hours for a license is just too long for some in the Twitter generation. Besides, flying from point a to b? Why not like, Uber or Lyft? Doesn’t grandpa fly one of those a“ little” Cessnas? They couldn’t tell the difference between a 150 and a P210/310/340/337. And it probably wouldn’t be worth explaining. Don’t those little airplanes like fall out of the sky? Children are our future - remember that. To me, that’s the state of GA. I don’t see GA new airplane numbers growing, let alone exponentially. Low cost new airplanes? Yeahno-remember the $170k sport pilot seaplane that took a zillion deposits? With trailer, the Icon A5 scratches a cool half a mill now for a 2 passenger sport pilot bird. Any cheap GA birds in the horizon? It’s not even a liability issue anymore, or recouping the cost of certification - marketing people see the anchored prices of single engine GA planes, rotax powered or otherwise, and while the engine may be cheap, or the cost of manufacturing, or even certification, no new airplanes means our little DINKs will preserve most of their value or appreciate.
  12. Im an even cheaper CB than you, that I do my own installs. And I’d never go for the option presented to you with the Val. 1. I just did a search on Fleabay, and found several Ki-214’s for about 100 bucks. A straight swap would take at most a billable hour by an avionics shop, if that’s who does it upon failure. 2. If the MX170 and 214 are working, i don’t understand why any changes require to be made unless I misread. I get that you’re adding a 355. While new avionics generally intend to draw less power, I’ve been in curious situations where newer avionics fail (greater power draw) and the older ones live a little longer (alternator /battery failure). The GPS was the first thing to go. While I may be a CB, I’m also a belt and suspenders guy. I tend to keep a GDL 39 with a battery always on, and iPads powered by USB bricks being charged and powering the device...along with constantly on Garmin 696/796, or An Aera for the passenger to fiddle with anytime they want. That, and a portable 750L that includes NAV. LPV/gps approaches May be wonderful, but slow in rollout at Podunk, USA...and there’s never one when I need it last minute. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  13. So the taxpayer paying for a federal employee’s salary and pension, or the fuel taxes we pay for all those private controllers isn’t enough, meaning you think that paying extra fees makes you a better serviced customer? Huh. I find that line of thinking interesting. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  14. There is no reason for the controller’s behavior, contract or not. You’re in the air, and the controller has zero idea of the state of the airplane. To wait for “mayday” or “pan” calls just to get a controller’s special attention is downright entitled and unprofessional. Just because as a pilot community we tend to be more polite, more safety conscious since engine power is life support, or else, doesn’t entitle a controller to be a dork. This notion that “oh my gawd the airspace is getting so crowded and I have some many “dinks” in my airspace” is crap. I can accept that in a BIG class B where things have to be orderly, or even a congested class “C” (John King legacy for those amused by dating ourselves, but contributing to pilot load by getting snarky is obnoxious if not dangerous at times. You would think we have registered drone traffic clouding the skies along with burgeoning flight operations. Because covid didn’t put a dent on things? Pshaw. We sometimes carry sick patients, dogs, people afraid of flying, the gamut. As a controller, you’re a service provider. Act like it. Be courteous and friendly and expect the same from pilots, or go home. I’ve seen too many incidents caused by crappy controllers, and have even been the victim of one.
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