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  1. I am planning a trip to Sun and Fun this year. On past trips I have used Kissimmee (KISM) and combined Sun and Fun with Orlando activities. This year I am looking to stay closer to Lakeland and spend more time at the event. If anyone has any thoughts, comments or recommendations for airports or hotels I would be appreciative. Thanks
  2. Ray-Ban Aviators. Had them 10+ years, no plans to change. Annual amortized cost seems reasonable.
  3. How many has Diamond sold compared to Cirrus? Cessna discontinued the 400 and I believe you can add a chute to the 172 and 182. Anyway, it is just my opinion (and remains so).
  4. IMHO Anyone who believes a four place, single engine airplane manufacturer can compete with Cirrus without a whole plane parachute is kidding themselves.
  5. When the Mooney Factory was purchased by the Chinese it was my belief that their long term plans depended on selling Mooney's in the developing general aviation market in China. If that had happened the USA market could benefit from all the technological advances put in place at Mooney. It appears that might not be happening. Two questions:. Can Mooney find a market for these airplanes(without a parachute) at current pricing? If they find/develop the market can they produce airplanes to meet the demand? I hope so but have my doubts.
  6. Thanks, that's helpful.
  7. I am also considering the Amsafe SOARS system for install on my M20R. Questions I have relate to actual experience with the installation. - Time to install - Any particular issues with installation -Seatbelt comfort after install -Recommendation for installers Any help would be appreciated Thanks
  8. I guess he just likes S&F and OSH and aviation. I applaud him for it.
  9. I am considering an N # change on my Ovation and am looking for a paint shop for this project. The aircraft is based in upstate NY so a shop in the Northeast would be most convenient. I would consider other locations. Any recommendations you have would be appreciated. Thanks.
  10. I am curious as to how new Acclaim and Ovation sales have been materializing, now that FAA certification has finally been received. It would seem that there should have been some pent up demand for the new models. That is if two doors was really the answer. Hopefully they are selling. Success of the factory is obviously on our best interest. Any info out there?
  11. I am planning a vacation trip to Singer Island (Palm Beach Area) next month. I am interested in any observations you may have regarding local GA airports/FBO's. Fuel prices have already been obtained and are easy to update so due not need that info. Jim
  12. Same exact situation for an M20R. Plus a leading edge touchup. Interested?