PDXBravo

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    Portland, OR
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    M20M

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  1. PDXBravo

    Icing encounter

    I can go up to 18,000 with an O2 cannula, 75% of the time, that gets me on top without needing to wear the full face O2 mask. I've gone up to FL220 for winds.
  2. PDXBravo

    Icing encounter

    I'm based in the Portland, OR area as well. Your story reminds me of the "IFR catch-22" prior to buying my Bravo (FIKI & turbo), IE: you need an instrument rating to fly in clouds, but anytime there are clouds, icing is almost guaranteed. Prior to my Bravo (in a Grumman Tiger) my MO was to only fly in IMC above the freezing level and this is, as you know, virtually impossible during winter in the Pacific NW when the MEAs are well into the freezing levels. As such, I wouldn't fly instruments and would quickly lose my currency and proficiency. With the Bravo, I'm primarily interested in determining where the tops are (Cloud Forecast in ForeFlight) so I can get on top, then I only have to deal with ice on climb out and descent. BTW: My experience with the Cloud Forecast is it typically understates the thickness of a layer. In the Pacific NW, FIKI TKS and a turbo has increased the utility value of my flying 10X. I can fly on all but the worst weather days. I simply wouldn't consider an airplane without both in the future.
  3. PDXBravo

    M20M flaps operating intermittently

    Gentlemen: I wanted to circle back and let you know that, as a result of your experiences, we were able to replace the limit switches at a cost of $30 vs the entire preselect relay board for $1700. The flaps worked flawlessly all day in my flight (city, desert, and ocean) across Oregon. A big thanks for everyone who commented here. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
  4. PDXBravo

    Any ex Grumman Tiger drivers here?

    I flew a AA5B for the last 7 years and recently bought a Bravo. I'll echo all of Emmet's comments and add: 1) Ground handling characteristics were the biggest challenge. Going from differential braking where you could turn the Tiger on a dime to the Mooney has been a slow process. 2) Constant trimming in the Bravo. In the Tiger you could get away from just muscling-through different stages of flight, in the Mooney you absolutely must trim the aircraft to maintain reasonable control.
  5. Typically stuck full up. I'm told I need a new flap preselect relay assembly. Any experience with this problem or alternative to what I'm told is a $1700 part? Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk