I have just taken possession of an M20B, and was looking for any advice on power settings for climb and cruise.
I've been using 25 squared on the climb just because that's how I was taught years ago. But I recently read a Mapa article suggesting WOT and 2700 all the way to altitude. Thoughts?
Been leaning on the climb once the key value falls below 47(approximately 75% power). Cruising at 2400 and WOT, and as lean as I can get it without engine roughness.
One issue I've noticed is that I'm burning a bit high. Did a 56 minute flight yesterday up to ft worth and burned 12.8 gallons @6500, ISA -10 C. On the way back 1:06 and 13.5 gallons @9500. These are at least 10 to 15% higher than predicted from the charts. The airplane has the exhaust mod installed, so perhaps it's just due to the extra 5hp it supposedly is producing. Also I keep forgetting about automatic enrichment when at WOT; if I back it off full maybe it will help lean it more.
Any general tips on the most efficient way to fly the M20B will be greatly appreciated.