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  1. at the risk of going "political..." The Wayfare decision makes life very difficult for small to to medium e-commerce vendors. The giants like amazon can comply. The rest of us, not so much. Smaller operators will suffer: pre-register with various states accounting nightmare - not just state, but also local taxes personal liability for sales tax "owed." No Bueno for eCommerce via not large internet sellers -dan
  2. The service bulletins and other support doc are served up from hubspot.com Dunno if their website is hosted on hubspot cms In my day job, we use hubspot for both, and it ain't cheap. It's good, but a zombie company will not be on hubspot for long -dan
  3. my money's on idle speed, too. -dan
  4. Beating a dead horse here - sorry. Cirrus has the profound need to promulgate and deliver transition training to buyers of new and used planes. all vintage of airframes were lawn-darting and burning up at a frightening rate prior to 2010 (?). The training program has made tremendous progress in reducing the accident and fatal rate to at or below peer group rates. No doubt this is expensive for them, but it saves lives, protects the company from litigation, and generally sends good "feelz" about the brand. Buy a new or used cirrus, get transition training free. https://cirrusaircraft.com/embark/ QUALIFYING FOR CIRRUS EMBARK Cirrus Embark is offered complimentary to pre-owned Cirrus buyers. A short questionnaire is required as part of your enrollment into Cirrus Embark. This questionnaire is used by our Cirrus Flight Training Advisors to determine if you meet the simple qualifications below: Must be the direct owner or designated pilot of a pre-owned Cirrus aircraft. You must be the direct owner of the pre-owned Cirrus aircraft to qualify. Indirect ownership, such as a flying club, does not qualify for the Embark program. Owners who are not pilots or currently undergoing pilot training may designate one personal pilot for enrollment in the program, provided they meet all other qualifications. Training must be conducted in the pre- owned Cirrus aircraft qualifying for Cirrus Embark and the aircraft must be in legal, airworthy condition. One Cirrus Embark training per pre-owned Cirrus aircraft purchase. For each purchase of a pre-owned Cirrus aircraft, only one direct owner or designated pilot may take advantage of the Cirrus Embark program. Must apply within one month of purchase and complete the Cirrus Embark program within two months of enrollment. Direct owners, or designated pilots, of pre-owned Cirrus aircraft must enroll into Cirrus Embark within thirty (30) days of aircraft delivery. Once enrolled into the program, the owner or designated pilot must complete the training within sixty (60) days. Must be used to complete Cirrus Transition or Differences Training Course. Cirrus Embark is designed for owners with little or no experience flying a Cirrus aircraft. Therefore, the training syllabus follows a strict lesson flow and is not meant to accomplish a flight review or instrument proficiency check. At Cirrus Aircraft, training is at the forefront of how we transform safety in aviation. Great pilots are always learning and we look forward to being part of your Cirrus Life. Welcome to the Cirrus family.
  5. FWIW... One of the ferry pilots that brings diamond twins over told me they wear depends under the Gumby suit. It seems like a sensible solution, but good grief: how difficult must that first pee be, what with going against 40+ years of conditioning? -dan
  6. Bryon, I've done three of the MAPASF PPP's in the last 20 years and believe it is a very good program, albeit lacking in longbody and Acclaim-specific content. But a proficiency program is, in my mind, different from a transition training program, the latter of which should have a checklist of stuff to cover and a curriculum than can be delivered on demand by qualified instructors. Maybe promulgate a list of CFI's and their model expertise on Mooney's website, as they do with service centers. Maybe I'm overthinking this.... -dan
  7. I had two very nice models made of our 231 some 15 years ago, and I cannot recall the vendor. If anyone here could point me towards a vendor they've been satisfied with, I'd appreciate it. -dan
  8. Cirrus aircraft had a horrific safety record well into the last decade. The company and the owners' group addressed this with standardized, well-thought-out training. MU2's were lawn-darting every other flight (or something like that). FAA mandated an SFAR, a well-thought-out training program. In both cases, the results were dramatic and have unquestionably saved lives. I don't want a Cirrus because I don't want to fly a dorky, slow airplane. I don't want an MU2 because my neighbors would hate me. But I do wish for better, formalized, standardized training for the long body Mooneys. I believe Cirrus will even put buyers of used aircraft through an approved program, or at the very least, it is available to them. Nothing for Mooney. It takes effort and resources, but if Mooney International could badge up a solid checkout / transition curriculum and promulgate a list of qualified transition instructors, then there is no reason to expect outcomes any different than Cirrus or Mitsubishi pilots have experienced. Build a culture of safety, training, and excellence. -dan
  9. This scenario seems possible to me, too. There have been a number of long body. LOC takeoff crashes, though none that I’ve read of recently. Not only elevator trim-pitch trim is dramatic in these planes. Rudder is substantially deflected at takeoff rudder trim. Typical outcome would be a roll over to the left, which appears to be the case here very sad whatever the cause. -dan
  10. Registration changed as of 12/20.2019. Prior owner was corporate in KS, so could be same. Another report https://www.kmbc.com/article/small-plane-crashes-tuesday-afternoon-in-olathe/30370954
  11. Was given S turns on final, then “Mayday.” https://archive-server.liveatc.net/kfrg/KFRG-Twr1-Dec-28-2019-2100Z.mp3 Great job by the pilot. Chalk up another Aviator “save.” -dan
  12. Perry, if all you are getting is 30.1” of MP in the climb, that is way too low. As is the fuel flow, though I don’t ever fly at this setting in the climb. Full throttle climb is SOP for me. The TSIO550 has an enrichment circuit that kicks in at full throttle, which should keep things more chill. CHT also looks high Fuel flow looks steady, but remember low boos on at full power above 12,000. my climb (310HP STC) is 33x2700 and fuel flow of 38GPH (ish). Are you able 33” in the climb? I’d suggest trying a “balls-to-the-wall” climb and see if that works better. If unable 33”, then there is an induction system problem most likely. I’m in the west burbs of Chicago, so just PM me if you’d like to fly together. I hope you enjoy your new plane... there’s nothing like the Acclaim! -dan
  13. First time out in a couple of years, and I was a bit of a spaz. Took three for sure, and among our party of three we took 16. We had to hurry because Grinnell Municipal Airport just re-did the runway, but they won't get the lights installed until May. Runway NOTAM'd closed sunset-sunrise. Simply a perfect day to be outside walking around in tall grass w/ guns and dogs - sunny, not a breath of wind, high 30's. Dogs didn't overheat, and we didn't freeze. Thanks for asking :-)
  14. ...lemme try that again... Flew to Grinell, IA yesterday with a co-worker to meet with a vendor and shoot some pheasants. All of northern IL was 1000 OVC or less with good visibility. Departure just before sunrise to scud run to a nearby field to pickup co-worker was busy, to say the least. I wouldn’t try this except locally and with a current obstacle database, and stuff happens fast. on top of the overcast, and after the sun had come up a bit, we were treated to a Glory that I think photographed ok. on the night return leg, we were scratching our heads to identify a huge glowing area near Rochelle, IL. Post flight internet search identified it as a large hydroponic tomato operation, Mighty Vines. I’ve never seen something like that before, and sadly, the pictures didn’t come out at all.