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    M20E SUPER 21 ('66)

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  1. Bob_Belville

    Got my renewal insurance quote today...

    Yeah, at one time I understood the underwriters got reg # and "locked" their quote and there was no advantage to calling several brokers but I think that it is possible that brokers, even larger ones, do not check the whole market anymore. 3 years ago I had to change brokers to find hull coverage after a gear up.
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    Got my renewal insurance quote today...

    What is the broker commission formula? Are there bonuses and other incentives that compromises their nominal "loyalty" to the plane owner? In my case, a very well respected Mooney savvy broker did not offer me the best price and I had to change brokers. The difference was huge. I saved 2/3 and went from $5000 in motion deductible to zero.
  3. Bob_Belville Website Update

    You probably mean "on my Mooney"....
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    I've never had an issue with the Aspen displaying the 155 signal.
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    flying characteristics between a 201 vs the m20E

    The E is "shorter coupled" which might make it less stable in the pitch axis but I doubt that there's a lot of difference. When @Danb dropped me off at MRN on our way home from Sun 'n Fun his longer, heavier Bravo bounced us around a little in what was reported as a 3 knot breeze.
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    fuel sending units.

    Jerry, if your customer wants to do it right the CiES is the way to go. I think senders are about $350 ea. They can be analog or digital. JPI gets another $350(?) to convert their EDM to digital input which includes a new cable.
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    Ain't we all? Well, not me, I'm busy spending my children's inheritance.
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    For one thing it's Busch. If "drinking his Kool-Aid" refers to using Savvy Aviation expertise and being grateful for @kortopatescontributions to this space then there are a great many Kool-Aid drinkers here, including me.
  9. Bob_Belville

    Southwest Uncontained Engine Failure

    I understand the need to transfer communication from center to approach to tower but that did add to her workload as she pointed out at one point. Surely there's protocol to minimize freq changes in an emergency...? She had a copilot and apparently her spare engine had adequate power, even with a lot of fuel and a full plane to allow a reasonably normal landing - I think she must have requested a long final to avoid any steep turns?
  10. Bob_Belville

    How much did Mooneys cost new by year/model?

    My first '66E left the factory at about $18,000. I bought it in '77 for about $18,000. And I sold it in '88 for about $18,000. I have a little more than that in my current '66E. While the airframe changes have been pretty modest, the panel is many times more valuable. In the eighties I recall paying $10,000, including R&R, for a factory new IO-360-A1A (Norm Bender). That engine would be over $60,000 today. I doubt that there have been any significant improvements in that old design to justify the increase. I think the recommended TBO did move from 1400 or 1600 to 2000.
  11. Bob_Belville

    First time cutting my oil filter. Take a look.

    I cut the filter at every oil change and have Nathan r & r the screen at about every other oil change. Always happy to find nothing. (Nathan safety wires screens almost every day and makes it look easy.)
  12. Bob_Belville

    Ovation down north of San Antonio

    It seems unlikely to me that the engine was stopped before hitting the curb. I wonder if that stout street curb stopped the engine dead when the first blade hit it?
  13. Bob_Belville

    Exhaust spring question

    Auto Zone doesn't carry a tuned exhaust... well maybe for a Chevy big block...
  14. Bob_Belville

    TAX DAY-$$$

    Ditto. I do not lend to the government. Their interest rate is zero. We will drop the checks off at the post office before it closes.
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    Exhaust spring question

    To be precise, we spend $$$$$. Except Don Kaye who spends $$$$$$.$$. But I think you know you're a hypocrite to point out Hank's silliness.