How to Upgrade Avionics For Less than $2k Using the Yoke!

    Nothing beats situational awareness via a moving Nav chart combined with GPS. This is my ’62 M20C. Garmin 296 on left (about $600 on eBay) and Ipad on right, (about $900). Plus, don’t forget, with the 296, you get a back up 6-pack. Also, flight planning is cut to seconds with ForeFlight. This is the easiest way to upgrade your birds avionics. Get in-flight weather with Stratus receiver for $799, which is optional. Currently, I still call in for weather briefings from Flight Watch (free). …

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    New-er Mooney Flight

    While flying in Durango, Colorado, I had the pleasure of meeting a fellow Mooney pilot who offered me a ride! I couldn’t pass it up. The new-er Mooney offers some serious power compared to my M20C model and the avionics are state of the art. (I’m tired of reading about all the hype in the plane mags, so I was stoked to experience it first hand.)

    First impression: You better be ready to work! There is a lot to manage. When you consider the computer, the complex flying, speed breaks and IFR, the pilot is going to be damn busy.

    It made me wonder if steam gauges on a new plane would make it easier to fly…The glass panel has tons of bling.…

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    2000 Air Miles for 2012 Summer Trip

    This trip took us about 2000 miles around Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. The highlight was flying the corridor over the Grand Canyon. LA Center helped me stay low and within my boundaries while sight-seeing. My fear of heights made it feel as though I was standing on the edge, looking down…My 10 year old daughter was too busy reading an “adventure” book to enjoy the adventure.

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    Start Learning from ACCIDENTS!

    Not enough pilots are learning from accident stats! Watch this video to learn what you need to know to save your butt…

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    How To Land a Mooney Properly

    This article is not so much for the veteran Mooney driver, but for those transitioning to the Mooney from the trainers.

    DOES THE MOONEY FLOAT? Yes and No.

    If you’re coming in too fast, you will not only pass the airport on flare, but you’ll pass the city! :o)

    EVERY AIRCRAFT should be flown by the NUMBERS, but especially an airplane as aerodynamically clean and one that has the greatest power off glide ratio in the business and in some instances, more than double the glide of others in its class. As you probably know, EVERYTHING in aviation is a trade-off.…

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