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About Mooneymite

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    Perpetual Student pilot

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    : Grass strip south of ATL
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    29,600 hour student pilot.
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    1974 M-20C

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  1. How many hours is too many??

    How and where an aircraft was when it was not flying is probably more important than flight hours. An ad that says, "always hangared in AZ" would catch my interest before one that said, "low hours".
  2. Lots of pilots on Mooneyspace will tell you an autopilot is really important. I'm not one of them. Remember, most classics come with the PC. I like to fly my plane and already fly way too many autopilot hours at work. The other factor is that I'm speculating better/cheaper autopilots are on the way over from the experimental world that are going to be easier to maintain than the STEC's, etc. of yesteryear. Buy a sound, corrosion free airframe with adequate avionics (WAAS GPS and ADS-B). Enjoy flying your plane.
  3. SOLD KING KX-175B 760Ch $300

    When did that happen?
  4. You are correct! spell check just doesn't know the difference between TX and AL!
  5. 4R9....Dauphin Island airport is a fun airport to land on. It sticks out into Mobil bay. Gives you the feeling of landing on an aircraft carrier! However, you get exactly what you pay for. There are no fees, there is no FBO, there is no fuel, there are no crew cars, there are no pretty line-girls, or any line-people at all. Just a wide spot to park and walk the short distance to a couple of restaurants that feature terrible service and mediocre food. If you're a real CB you'll love it.
  6. Bad day for Mooney’s on Spruce Creek

    As you "regulars" know, when these gear-up-landing discussions come up, I do not trust humans to put the gear down 100% of the time. I've seen what EGPWS has done for the airline/jet community. Technology can fill in for human inattention. Since the G-430 is installed in so many aircraft, it seems a fairly cheap software/connection change could make lights flash and horns (or voices) sound if the aircraft GPS altitude comes within 400'-500' of database field elevation with the gear not down. Garmin? A great addition to safety.... How about it?
  7. Why a Mooney? Let me tell you....

    The Mooney is a time machine. Whenever I think about the cost of ownership in dollars, I remember my Mooney's value in time saved.
  8. Instrument rated!

    Congratulations! You have just increased the utility of your aircraft by 200%.
  9. Bad day for Mooney’s on Spruce Creek

    Checklists are a wonderful aid. I believe in them and use them "religiously". However, I can tell you for certain that the same distraction that makes one put the gear down will make that same pilot forget the checklist. Obviously nothing is 100% except death and taxes. However, the airlines' track record would substantiate the answer is the EGPWS.
  10. Bad day for Mooney’s on Spruce Creek

    But lots of pilots have proven it can be done....
  11. Bad day for Mooney’s on Spruce Creek

    We just had a gear-up at a field near me. It was bad enough that it was a gear up, but here are the "other details" I heard: Owner was bringing a new-to-him $180K airplane home. First approach was not satisfactory, so he went around, retracting the gear. Next approach was better, but the gear was up. As the aircraft entered the flair, the pilot realized the gear was up and cobbed the power to it. The aircraft rolled onto the left wing and the airplane essentially destroyed itself. Other details (all hearsay): No insurance. Accident occurred while an FAA guy just happened to be watching. Pilot had no current flight review. Pilot had no current medical. The good news: neither pilot, nor passenger was injured.
  12. Static Leak Troubleshooting

    18 Hours! I hope this includes the install, not just looking for the leak. If your static system uses the plastic lines, they can be very sneaky. A hairline crack will not show up until a little pressure is applied...and this has to be done with the proper precautions in place! Since the shop is suggesting a 1000'/min leak and you probably didn't have anything like this when you last flew your plane, I'm suspecting it is a split in a plastic fitting, or line somewhere which only shows this magnitude of leak while being tested. Keep us posted.
  13. No Start Issues

    Mike, the two parts that commonly fail are the capacitor and the points. Both are relatively inexpensive and available through Aviall. Perhaps someone could provide the part numbers and save "someone" the time of looking the numbers up. Replacing the entire SOS box may be unnecessary.
  14. Pilot Error is 85%

    While turbine engines may fail less often, they can (and do occasionally) fail in spectacular manner. We all have to be mentally prepared and trained for the big bang. Multi-pilot crews? You fly with Debra. Use her (as I know you do) as a resouce for safety. Always IFR.... if you have a ticket, use it. Simulator trips? More and more flight schools are getting Frasca, or Redbird sims. Pressurization? Hmmmm...cuts both ways. One more thing to manage. We also have freedom, in most cases, from outside pressures to complete flights. We can think like a dispatcher when planning trips. I think we can all incorporate these airline efforts into our own operations.
  15. Pilot Error is 85%

    The airlines have a huge vested interest in squashing out human error. Their efforts have included: ● Greater dependence on automation/technology (a double edged sword). ● Training. ● CRM. ● Dual Dispatch. ● Prayer (or, if you prefer, Good Luck).