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My "new" Mooney

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7 minutes ago, Skates97 said:

 

My old hangar was plenty wide, my new one is virtually the same width as yours, 39'. A previous resident painted a with mark at the rear/top of the hangar where the center is. I have tape on the floor and painted lines out the front to line it up just after I moved in. I don't know if the airport there will let you but if you can it sure makes it a lot easier to push it back in.

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Edit: Looks like you were posting right as I did, nice to see you have the lines already.

Yeah, all the hangars (I think?) have white painted lines already, you can see them in the first photo I posted at the top of the thread.

3RM definitely weighs more than 4BE. I could push 4BE around easily, didn't even need the tow bar (could steer her just by putting different amounts of pressure on the root of each blade). Glad she came with a tow bar. Almost tempted to get a little tug or something for her. But I could use the exercise, tbh.

Now if only the hangar doors weren't so unwieldy. (Three part doors that stack up over a "dead" panel (the back of the hangar on the opposite site). It's actually, IMHO, a better design than the bigger T hangars on the field, where opening the two part sliders blocks 1/2 of the hangar on either side, and you have to move your car to park in front / get the plane back in. (I can leave a single car in front of that "dead" panel where the other three stack, and block no one, not even myself.) But they hang loose, with a rod-and-hole arrangement to keep them anchored to each other (and rods that lock them into holes in the ground, and they're hard to get lined up, and the rollers up top are old and crusty. Lots of exercise... :) Still and all, though, so much nicer than a tie-down!)

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When I arrive back at my home drome yesterday for the first time in 6 months my neighbor was just putting his Lance away.  I started asking about it and discovered that it goes at 120 mph at 75% according to the pilot.  I LOVE Mooneys.

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1 hour ago, steingar said:

When I arrive back at my home drome yesterday for the first time in 6 months my neighbor was just putting his Lance away.  I started asking about it and discovered that it goes at 120 mph at 75% according to the pilot.  I LOVE Mooneys.

Don't tell him your fuel burn, it'll ruin his whole week!  :D

If you run the same 170 mph true that I do; and if the Lance next door burns 15 gph; then we get 42% more speed using 40% less fuel than him . . . .

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3 hours ago, Skates97 said:

 

My old hangar was plenty wide, my new one is virtually the same width as yours, 39'. A previous resident painted a with mark at the rear/top of the hangar where the center is. I have tape on the floor and painted lines out the front to line it up just after I moved in. I don't know if the airport there will let you but if you can it sure makes it a lot easier to push it back in.

 

My hanger is 40' wide, which is still pretty tight.  39' would be even more challenging.   I'm fortunate that there's an electrical junction box and some conduit right at the center of the top of the back wall, so I just keep the tail lined up with that when pushing it back in, which has worked great so far.   I find if I'm looking at ground marks it's a little trickier to get it in efficiently.

I helped my neighbor push their Bonanza back the other day and was helping to spot the wingtips and figured out that, crap, it's not a Mooney it's a total non-issue to get this thing in the hangar.  

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5 minutes ago, EricJ said:

My hanger is 40' wide, which is still pretty tight.  39' would be even more challenging.   I'm fortunate that there's an electrical junction box and some conduit right at the center of the top of the back wall, so I just keep the tail lined up with that when pushing it back in, which has worked great so far.   I find if I'm looking at ground marks it's a little trickier to get it in efficiently.

I helped my neighbor push their Bonanza back the other day and was helping to spot the wingtips and figured out that, crap, it's not a Mooney it's a total non-issue to get this thing in the hangar.  

If I was just watching the ground marks it would be more difficult as you say. 

I use the ground marks to get lined up initially for the side to side clearance and then keep the mark in the back of the hangar lined up with the tail as it goes in to make sure I am going in straight.

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3 hours ago, steingar said:

When I arrive back at my home drome yesterday for the first time in 6 months my neighbor was just putting his Lance away.  I started asking about it and discovered that it goes at 120 mph at 75% according to the pilot.  I LOVE Mooneys.

Perhaps he doesn’t know it’s a retractable?

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1 hour ago, EricJ said:

My hanger is 40' wide, which is still pretty tight.  39' would be even more challenging.   I'm fortunate that there's an electrical junction box and some conduit right at the center of the top of the back wall, so I just keep the tail lined up with that when pushing it back in, which has worked great so far.   I find if I'm looking at ground marks it's a little trickier to get it in efficiently.

I helped my neighbor push their Bonanza back the other day and was helping to spot the wingtips and figured out that, crap, it's not a Mooney it's a total non-issue to get this thing in the hangar.  

I put a Mooney banner up high for just that purpose. Center tale and I am good. 

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4 hours ago, steingar said:

When I arrive back at my home drome yesterday for the first time in 6 months my neighbor was just putting his Lance away.  I started asking about it and discovered that it goes at 120 mph at 75% according to the pilot.  I LOVE Mooneys.

I’ve been looking at the lance, should be able to match C speeds burning 13-15 gallons?

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11 hours ago, steingar said:

When I arrive back at my home drome yesterday for the first time in 6 months my neighbor was just putting his Lance away.  I started asking about it and discovered that it goes at 120 mph at 75% according to the pilot.  I LOVE Mooneys.

Interesting. That doesn't sound right however. That's significantly slower even than a 172.

According to Plane and Pilot in 2008, the Lance 300-6 cruises at 158 knots at 75% power. Others suggest 135-145knots at 75%, but it's still way faster than the 104 knots the Lance owner indicated to you.

Piper PA-32-300 Lance specs

Different aircraft for different missions though.

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