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  1. Early Mooneys had ram-air. To be used at higher altitudes and in clean air, you would open a small door on the cowling. This allowed air to bypass the filter and would give about 1" of additional manifold pressure. More efficient air intake through the filters was created for later models, but it was pretty cool for the older models. If your filter, which was stuck on the outside of the cowling, ever iced up, you could also use the ram air to get undisturbed air for hopefully long enough to get out of the icing conditions.
  2. I would love to see 140 knts tas, no matter how I got it!
  3. I agree that having someone do the prebuy that hasn't been working on the airplane is important. If it checks out, then you can go back to the prior guy for continuing maintenance. When looking at the price, consider when the parachute and hose change is due. These seem to be the big expenses, so if they are due soon, negotiate on the price or just be ready to pay the the money when due. Otherwise, the planes are pretty simple if maintained by someone familiar with them. Not sure what else you may be asking for. Like every other airplane ever built, they are not perfect, but they are a very good plane for the role they fill. Just make sure that is what you are looking for! If everything checks out, buy it and have fun! I do suggest getting some dual in with someone familiar with the plane. At first, they can be tough to land. Once you become comfortable, it's not an issue. In the air, it seems like a pretty forgiving airplane. I have 1400 hours in various aircraft, but the CT series has been the most fun to fly!
  4. I bought my ctsw a year ago and split an annual with the purchase. I figured the annual would be ok until I could have one of our experts look at it. Well, it was just annualed by one of the experts from this site. There were a number of little issues that could have become major issues, like some hoses attached with stripped clamps or no clamp at all. The only thing holding these hoses on were the hoses themselves! One prop blade way out of adjustment from the other two. Lot's of stuff like this that may have not been found by an A&P not familiar with rotax or the CT series. Have a prebuy done by somebody that knows what they are doing! Good luck, they are a fun airplane!
  5. Our local sheriff's department sold a 2014 LS with all the high tech camera and lighting equipment. It had about 1400 hours. It sold on a government auction for the minimum bid of $100k. I think we all missed out on this one because I was told the camera equipment could be removed and sold for $300-400k!
  6. Lots of old Mooneys have had after market bladders installed for fuel. One time deal and no more leaks. Mine had it and they were great. Mooneys have a really tough airframe and wing. If there isn't corrosion problems, you won't have to worry about issues like spar cracks and similar issues starting to show up on other brands of older planes. One piece wing with the first ever failure in the last 6 months, but due to a pilot caused complete loss of control. Even then, people were surprised the wing broke. Engine compartment is tight though and a little tough to work in, but not too bad. The older planes had 180 or 200 hp. Good cruise at reasonable gas. The F model and 201 are considered mid body length, which is the 10 inch stretch I referred to. Same airframe, but the 201 has some speed mods. About 145 kts cruise on an F model and 155 kts on a 201, which is pretty good on 200 hp.Tons of after market speed mods available if you need faster... Plenty of room in back seat and baggage. People think they are small on the inside, but they are actually wider than the bonanza. The seating position is different, with a lower seating position, which makes them look smaller. The panel is also closer than most airplanes, again making them seem smaller. No problem with taller pilots. They are tighter getting in and out than some other planes, but comfortable once inside. Later, long body models have bigger engines and faster, but are much more expensive to buy and burn a lot more fuel.
  7. Mooney? Look at an F model. 10 inches longer than a C model, 5 inches to rear seats and 5 to baggage.
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    In my area of California, 100ll or 91 with ethanol are my only options. So far, 91 with ethanol has been working great.
  9. That's a wild ride. Sorry it happened, but just glad you are ok!
  10. Got mine today. They look awesome! Thanks Vic!
  11. I like the idea too, but I'll leave it for someone else to try first!
  12. Did you ever try the change to the 5.00 tire? I'm kind of curious if it will work before I order some tires!
  13. I guess some airports in California are now selling the newly approved 100ul fuel. Any issues with using this with the Rotax? I'm guessing it would be the ideal fuel, but I don't know much about it
  14. Ed, I saw your prior post and this and think it is a great option. I would prefer a vertical mount, but either way would be a huge improvement. Might be the best option for me!
  15. Thanks for the input on the 660. I think it may be to small for my old eyes too. I may have to look at different options, but the 760 won't fit. I don't have any external switches of the "XM music" type. I may take a quick look behind the panel, but radio wiring is not a strong point for me. May be time for an avionics shop, but I was hoping to avoid that.
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