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About kommers

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  • Birthday 12/18/1963

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  1. Well, if you come near Atlanta, drop me a private note, I will accommodate you on 20J flight, weather permitting.. Sorry, no "C', sold it in 2015
  2. Try to say "aviatsiya". People will immediately realize that you are fluent in Russian and they will have tremendous respect for you
  3. I did replace plastic with eyeballs, too. Not because I like eyeballs more, but because plastic became very brittle over the years. I bought eyeballs along with the liner and replaced them all at the same time. BTW, at that time, I had two spare plastic grills but decided not to install them; instead, I sold them on Ebay. As far as design, eyeballs look better and it is easier to operate them. Very easy to install, too
  4. Ironically, new Johnson bar lock assembly was installed about 3 weeks before the incident for the sole purpose to replace old, worn-out lock that, according to my mechanic, could release Johnson bar unexpectedly at any moment. His own words were: let's not take any chances, this is getting dangerous, so let's replace the assembly before incident happened" Yeah......
  5. I have my own theory why they dropped me more than a year after the incident instead of right away. I suspect that there could be some communication breakdown between department handling the claim and department that writes the policy. My theory is that accident database was not updated fast enough to reflect July 2015 incident, so in September 2015 when they were writing 20J policy for me they were simply unaware of what happened to my 20C. Later on, they figured it out, but since new policy has been paid for in full, they had to patiently wait for the term expiration and inform me about discontinuance then
  6. Why would they see me as a loss-prone? Personally, I never caused any problem to the insurers... oh, I forgot, I once totalled my Camry in 2001, but that was on the ground and aviation insurers didn't know about it When it comes to aviation, technically, there was 1 incident with the planes I owned through my life, and 0 incidents with me as a pilot. Basically, I am punished for the sins of others and that "other" is actually the company that made a faulty Johnson bar lock..
  7. Hm... maybe, my English is at fault. After all, English is my second language although for the last 10-15 years, I was writing technical documentation that was accepted for "production" without changes.
  8. I thought I was clear. The ONLY incident that I reported to the insurance company was with Mooney 20C, and it was a gear collapse after the landing and rolling down the runway. As to 20J, I never had any incidents or accidents in this plane. Policy for 20C listed 4 pilots, that is myself, my mechanic/CFI, my wife's CFI and my wife. Gear collapse occurred when my wife and her CFI were flying. After the incident, I bought Mooney 20J and obtained a policy for her with the same insurer. To my surprise, the new policy for 20J was only slightly more expensive than my previous one for 20C although insured value was more than 3 times higher. My explanation to this was simple: new policy didn't have the people who were flying 20C when incident occurred. I must admit I was even cocky enough to request a separate quote for 20J with my wife and her CFI added back, but the quoted premium made the effect of a powerful laxative on me.. So, leaving my wife and her CFI out of the deal and with myself and my mechanic remaining, that insurance company gave me the brand new policy for 20J and I enjoyed it for a year, then I received a letter from them stating that due to the past incident (with 20C), my policy is not to be renewed. I had to find another insurance company, my premium effectively doubled since I had to report that 2015 incident regardless of the fact that I wasn't on board. Next year, I switched to Allianz and the premium came down again to remain relatively low for another 2-3 years. Then comes year 2019, Allianz informs me that they no longer insure GA and with yet another new company, that I had to find, premium skyrocketed again and guess what? They keep mentioning that 2015 incident with 20C as a reason for high premiums. I will cross 5 year post-incident mark in July 2020 with hope that since I no longer have to report the events of 2015, insurance companies will show some mercy..
  9. Well, this is a bit debatable... In July 2015 the gear of my 20C folded after the landing. I wasn't aboard the plane at that moment. Investigation named freshly installed Johnson bar's lock a culprit, thus leaving the pilot free of blame. The airplane was insured for 27K and insurance company wrote it off. Two months later, I bought 20J. This time, only myself and another pilot, were on the policy, neither of us was responsible for that accident. The insurance policy was issued by the same company that previously insured my 20C. A year later, I received a letter frommy insurance company that stated that policy is not to be renewed due to "past incident". For a record, I am not even close to 70, the incident occurred because of equipment malfunction, I wasn't there when it happened. Insurance company was in light aircraft business for a few years, I had a total of 3 years with them.. and yet, they declined to continue coverage.
  10. Agreed! I was using Joe for a few years by now. He got me my first Mooney insurance and I still get my Mooney insurance through him because I did shop around and nobody could beat his prices
  11. I had this issue for about a year in my 20J and my mechanic was losing his last hair trying to figure it out. Switch worked intermittently. Sometimes, it worked only to bring the nose down, but not up, sometimes, it would not activate at all. The reason was the pinched cable in the area of glareshield. One of our brothers in Mooneyhood already mentioned that in his post earlier
  12. thank you. I knew that my chances were next to nothing. I might try junkyards, after all
  13. Exactly! Math and physics, as well as Mooney landing distance have no influence on my wishes. Consider me irrational, this is is probably true in this case, but I do want right side pedals for 20J, or better yet, the entire kit
  14. Never heard of "right seat ready" training. I even asked my instructor, he just shrugged. Sounds too exotic for Georgia. Maybe, it is available in New Jersey? Also, it is not about just my wife. I fly with others, too and wanted to be able to control Mooney from the right seat. I am confident about my abilities to land the plane from the right seat (have done it before). but not sure that the guy in the left seat will be able to use the brakes properly. Again, from what I know in my situation, letting someone else, who is not certificated on complex aircraft, to fly in the left seat is illegal. Illegal, because officially, I don't have a complete control over aircraft. With that said, I almost landed a deal with another guy on Mooneyspace who had the right brakes a couple of years ago. Alas, he either changed his mind or forgot, I never heard from him again. If someone is ready to offer me the brakes, he will certainly make my new year. thanks