1977 Mooney M20J
- 4041 TT, 1043 SMOH, 685 SPOH
- Garmin 430 WAAS, KX 155
- Century 2000 A/P
- Apollo GX-55 (VFR Only)
- True Flight GPS WAAS with XM
- New interior in 2006
- Some new paint, but some leading edge surfaces needing attention
Does have some damage. In 2000, it was damaged during a landing accident involving wake turbulence from a nearby helicopter that was in hover. According to the NTSB report, "The right wing contacted the ground and the nose of the airplane rotated 90 degrees to the right. The flight instructor then closed the throttle and the airplane impacted the runway landing gear first. The airplane came to rest upright on its landing gear." Careful examination of the top and bottom of the wing surfaces make it hard to discern the specific area of repair, so that's a good thing. The current owner (who did not own the aircraft at the time) reported that there was also an engine tear down.
FAA records have been ordered for further examination. He also offered to provide copies of the logs that could be reviewed on my own time.
Pictures and commentary:
The dark floor carpeting and black panel are a bit, well, dark for my liking. The True Flight GPS, which is velcroed below the throttle quadrant, banged right up against my knee. And I worry that having to look down at the display for weather and then back to the panel to fly is a bad recipe for potential vertigo or vestibular disruption during prolonged instrument flight.
Conclusion: Still in the running.