Is a Turbo Mooney a Better Buy than a 201?

    By Richard “Zef” Zephro

    This article is in response to a comparison between the 201 and turbo charged Mooney. You can find it at http://www.mooneypilots.com/M20K231_Evaluation_Report.htm
     
    The author was a good reviewer and published a well thought our comparison. But, I disagree with some of the things he had to say, particularly about operating costs being as significantly different as he states. Gami injectors are far more effective on the Continental engine vs the Lycoming, so consider adding Gamis which will pay for themselves over and over in the 231, not to mention the possibility of eliminating the 2 hot cylinders and perhaps a future top overhaul.…

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    Strength of The Mooney


    1962 M20C Perched in Flagstaff

    By Richard “Zef” Zephro

    While flying out of San Antonio (SAT) to Midland, Texas to show a Mooney 201, the air traffic controllers vectored me directly into a huge thunderstorm, which I penetrated at 4,000′.

    In what seemed like a few seconds later, I was catapulted at around 10,000′ out the side of the storm. I think that flight made me about 2″ shorter due to the G forces, and the 201 had stretch rivets all along the spar, as well as the roof of the fuselage. All the paint popped around the rivets and they had to be re-struck.…

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    How To Keep Your Mooney Rust Free

    By Richard Zephro

    Our fleet of aircraft is not getting any younger! While a Mooney for instance can last several lifetimes; indefinitely really;  nothing can last and last without proper maintenance including ourselves.

    A recent reminder of that came with removing the interior panels for refinish on Mike Dugger’s recently acquired 1980 Mooney 231 Turbo. This is a relatively young (time-wise) airframe and had just received a thorough annual inspection by Dugosh in Kerrville.

    They had inspected the tubes in the “normal” places and pronounced the airframe as “healthy”. We agree as it was obvious that someone along the line of ownership cared about the tubes and had them inspected and coated with an epoxy finish.…

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