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  1. I don't fly myself because it's cheaper, that's for sure. I fly because it's awesome, but more importantly, I fly myselft because of the flexibility and because I can make travel an adventure with my family. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  2. I have a 2000 Bravo and my last annual was $4,700 and that was with one jug replaced. I budget $25-35k of ownership costs per year at around 150 hrs of flying. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  3. @Jim Peace, we can. I just need to know about it. I'm a one man-shop.
  4. Range on a stock C or E is a bit limiting when trying to fly long range XC (56 gal). Especially ROP. My old E model was fast and pretty cheap to operate, but Westbound was tough with winter headwinds. If I was looking at those planes again, I'd be keen on finding one with GAMIs and a good engine management gauge. LOP these planes can extend time aloft and range. On a separate note, I used my old E and now my Bravo for bi-weey commuting. That means dispatch rate and systems matter. If you plan on really flying a C/E/F across the country for anything other than pleasure, just go in with the mindset that those planes are fast but don't have things like O2, TKS, dual electrical, etc. If you are patient and can wait things out like icing, pop-up TStorms, etc. they will be awesome and meet your XC needs. Lastly, if planning on long-distance XC routinely, I highly recommend getting your instrument rating, if you don't already have it. Do it in your plane. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  5. Flying Magazine just did a quick article on the initial NTSB findings. I'll pull that report and look at it. Bottom line: plane was left outside in freezing precip, the pilot spent three hours trying to remove it, took off and lasted two minutes airborne. Stick Shaker and Pusher intermident until loss of control. Anyone know what the normal wings level stall speed is for a PC-12 in a takeoff configuration and clean? Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  6. GTX 345. I really like that it displays traffic both on the 530W and my iPad. With the iPad synced to the Bose wireless, I get audio traffic point outs via Foreflight. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  7. Agreed. If circling at night is above your risk tolerance, I recommend either train to get that proficiency should you need it, or alter night go-no go criteria accordingly. No harm in knowing one's limits, and I highly recommend not flying any approach you don't have currency in or confidence in IMC. Knowing one's limits is one of the best safety tools. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  8. On my M20E, on the first annual we checked the screen and found minor debris. It is something that is a good idea to check. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  9. Thanks@carusoam. Most of the details have already been covered. As a recap, WAAS capable receivers are authorized to fly LPV, LNAV/VNAV approaches. RNP approaches are not authorized with the 530W or 650. Hint: if the approach you want is not loaded in your Garmin and you've updated it on its 28 day cycle, your unit can't that approach. That being said, from the safety perspective, flying off of the iPad is a bad idea. iPads do not have FAA certified GPS units. iPads with Foreflight are great for SA but should never be considered a primary instrument reference for IFR flying. There were valid reasons to be cautious with icing, turbulence, etc. However, if you are uncomfortable flying a circling approach at night, I recommend practicing them at night at your local field with a CFII. Hindsight being 20/20, the decision matrix was either fly an approved approach for circling, or divert. Lastly, thanks to the OP for asking this question because it takes guts knowing you will get Armchair quarterbacked by 100 of your closes MS friends. This is how we all learn. In fact, I had to brush up on RNP requirements/limitations before posting. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  10. thanks@takair, moving to safety section. Fly safe Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  11. @chriscalandro &@mike_elliott, please take any open grievences offline. I recommend you chat versus text, but that's just a humble recommendation. Any more posts about notifying the pilot's family (for or against) will lead to this thread being locked. Fly safe. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  12. Everyone, as a reminder the safety section is setup to discuss safety,mishaps, prention, etc. in a logical and clinical manner. I understand this can be difficult when members know the mishap pilot. For this mishap there are very little details, so there is not much to analyze or discuss as to why this mishap occured. I recommend we hold off and cool off for a bit. Everyone has good intentions, and right now discussing who the pilot is, whether their family has been contacted, etc. is outside the intent of the safety thread and would be best suited in the General section of the forum. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  13. Very sad news it was a Mooney fatality. I think this one will be tough to do a full post-crash analysis with the lack of info. We will see what the NTSB comes up with. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  14. I bought my TKS Bravo for winter dispatch reliability. Easy trade for 5 kts. Do a search for Bravo power settings. After doing lots of reading I fly 29/2400 normally and 27/2200 for long-range. Light buffer normal with cowls open. Rattling is not normal. Sent from my Pixel 3a using Tapatalk
  15. Every military plane I've flown has AOA and it is essential, especially when max performing the airfoil. A lot of GA accidents happen from stalls/spins in the final turn. Yes, if you fly the correct airspeeds, it shouldn't be an issue. However, it's another tool that is much more precise than a stall horn. Lastly, when ice builds up on an airfoil, you can see the impact on the AOA. I also agree, the AOA must be calibrated in order to be useful. Do I want one for my Mooney, yes, but price is a driving factor. Fly Safe, Safety Forum Mod