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  1. Except for the pucks, the tanks, low prop clearance, difficult to properly close door, difficulty in getting factory parts....
  2. And instrument training is all about undoing that! Instrument flying a sim is much easier cause there’s no feel. All the challenge is ignoring what you think you know for sure From feel and flying what almost seems like upside down just to follow the instruments.
  3. This is great advice. One thing I’d add is beware of young time builder CFIs! They can disappear at the drop of a hat when they get enough hours and find a job. Might be different for the time being but by the time you are completing your training, it may be inconvenient to have to change to a new CFI solely for the reason that yours bailed!
  4. Nobody flies like that any more! We all use GPS, IPad, magenta line and stuff. Don't get me wrong, it's good to be in the mindset. Reading, talking about it, thinking about it really gets the gears going. I think you can shortcut some of your knowledge based training by being well read and in the loop before you even start. You'll be able to grasp the teaching and convert to long term memory on the first try rather than the instructor having to repeat. But that's about where it all ends I think. The real "feel" of flying an airplane is nothing like a home desktop simulator. Actually when I started flying real planes, I was surprised how much easier it feels than simulator or RC. Being there in person with real feel is just different. However, the fact that flying RC or simulator is trickier doesn't necessarily mean it teaches you to fly a real airplane. However, when you're talking about 500 hours, IFR, owning a Mooney, it's hardly about learning to manipulate controls or plot IFR courses. It's like 90% mental. A combination of knowledge, experience, and judgement to make the right decisions in every phase of making a flight and scrapping one. Very little of this will come from a simulator (at least one without an instructor and a real training program behind it). It sounds like you already maxed out or nearly maxed out what you're going to learn without getting into the real deal. Good luck.
  5. NYC 3 airports don’t have a Signature!!!
  6. I didn’t know Nancy was part of the arrangement!?
  7. I can think of many reasons to bust bravo and tell ATC unable: Traffic conflict VFR weather conflict Fuel or engine trouble Navigation issues Medical issue However, given his snarky/argumentative responses, I doubt that was the case. Reminds me of the nutjob who wanted to land in JFK so he landed on rockaway beach instead:
  8. Depends on if you need the airplane or want the airplane. If you need it to get around right now while avoiding covid, makes sense. If it’s a hobby/leisure plane, then you might be missing out on the buying process and there’s no place to go right now cause of Covid. Except maybe doing touch and goes at Newark or Kennedy
  9. The risk of taking on more airplane than the insurance carrier thinks you’re qualified to take (or qualified to take at a moderate cost). It doesn’t change with or without insurance. I’m just saying it’s a warning sign rather than just a financial matter.
  10. Just food for thought. If the insurance company doesn’t really want to take on your risk or needs to charge an over the top amount, you should contemplate that risk further. It’s not just forgetting to put the wheels down, although it’s a big part. There’s no substitute for experience. A bit of a catch-22. How do you get experience to lower your risk without taking on a lot of risk by flying to get experience? Training! Lots of it. In addition to instructors, make friends with people who can fly with you. Please remember while self insuring that you are taking on risk beyond just money when you and your loved ones are in that plane.
  11. "The plane came to rest at the end of the runway and the pilot was able to escape the wreckage by himself. The pilot was originally taken to a nearby hospital and then airlifted to a regional burn center. The pilot has not been publicly identified." "BUENA VISTA, Colo. — A small plane crashed on take off at the Central Colorado Regional Airport in Buena Vista located in Chaffee County, according to the airport's manager Jack Wyles. Wyles said the pilot was flying a small, single-engine Mooney plane, when he tried to take off around 2 p.m. on Tuesday. " Mike, you might be able to coax that info out of Jack Wyles, the airport manager: Manager: JACK WYLES 27960 COUNTY ROAD 319 BUENA VISTA, CO 81211 Phone 719-395-3496 ALTERNATE PHONE 719-966-9098
  12. Mine is a Safeflight that was installed in the 80s and came with my plane. I love that it is analog with a needle so you can see rate of change in addition to an indication. I'm not as good at math and spreadsheets like you so I just fly with the ball on the inclinometer and the needle on the AOA centered for consistent approaches.
  13. I just use an AOA indicator to nail the optimal approach "speed" every time without doing any math or charts.