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    M20R 310HP

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  1. Last week...a beautiful flight over NC, TN, AL, and MS to get the best fried chicken in the world at the Country Store in Lorman. It is the best. I mean THE best! The ribs in Memphis weren't bad either!
  2. Consistent with my experience - e.g. last week flew MI -> MS at 10k / 175 IAS at 12.8 GPH LOP. Can’t beat it.
  3. Keep in mind too that Reg’s do not require a standalone clock - even for IFR. A clock permanently installed clock visible to the pilot is required for IFR, but the requirement can be satisfied by a GMT clock function on an existing installed instrument - e.g. the clock on the 430W satisfies the requirement - BTW I did confirm this with AOPA legal -
  4. I have a 2000 O2 with the 310HP STC and TKS - and I would echo these sentiments - I'm also 6' and find the vis just fine. I regularly fly MI -> NC -> FL and find this is a fantastic plane for this mission. We have the Great Lakes Ice machine up here, so the TKS is really nice to have. I have/am gradually upgraded/grading panel. Higher altitude would be nice sometimes, but I can get to the low flight levels if I need to (has O2) but east of the Rockies I don't really find much need to - and a NA engine is much less complexity to deal with. As has been said, the Ovation loves 9-15K, so having O2 is really important and at those altitudes a cannula works for most every situation. Bottom line - the Ovation is simply a fantastic machine. A great, super stable IFR platform. Fast, efficient, and a true joy to fly. - Bob
  5. This weekend's quick trip to NC - Pics of return in OHIO enroute from NC to MI - CAVU over the Blue Ridge then threaded through light rain storms associated with a weak front at 7K at/around dusk in OH/MI. In and out of IMC for 2 hrs, but generally smooth. Absolutely beautiful cloud formations + lighting - photos don't do it justice. (BTW - great Avgas price at 0VG - Lee County VA - a great facility w/courtesy car, etc - largely unattended, but nicely done, a great fuel and biobreak stop). Wife thought it one of the most beautiful flights we have taken - I though so too - 175KTS at 12ish GPH - engine purred the entire way...smooth as glass...CHT's in the high 2's and low 3's. What a pleasure to fly, this airplane. What a machine. Sigmets for icing along the route at 13K+ - can winter already be upon us?!? - Bob
  6. This weekend I will make note of these - starts are fine - just a problem with a hot engine at the end of flight - acts like vapor lock. - I will return with the numbers - thanks!
  7. OK - the 310HP conversion is done - prop is balanced and the governor hits exactly 2700. I am here to tell you that what y'all said about it is definitely true - a different airplane on the takeoff roll - pushes you back in the seat. Without much optimization, takeoff roll was reduced by at least a third, and initial climb performance is just as impressive. All in, I missed a chunk of great flying weather while it was in the shop - but it was worth it. FF is at 28.5 and CHT's are nice and reasonable. Only draw back is my idle stall has returned; it's not idling too low (700-ish), it is apparently too rich, given I need to lean it out when I taxi to get a smooth running engine. Something to adjust at the next oil change; I am based in a class C, so stalling can be awkward depending on field location. Thanks to all of you for your advice on this - I know it is going to be well worth it on the shorter, high DA (carrier) airports I sometimes use. - Bob
  8. The airport on Jekyll is great (09J) - no avgas, 3700', and instead of rental cars - they have street-legal red bug electric GEM carts - a short walk to the Jekyll Is Club Hotel in any event. Landing from the south puts the Hotel and Wharf (the rest. on the wharf is a great place to sit at sunset) off the right wing.
  9. I'm sure it it will go up like a rocket below 0 OAT! I did the top-prop conversion a while ago and that in and of itself was a huge improvement. When I did, they wouldn't give any trade-in value for my 2-blade MC. It's in the hangar, and I'm trying to think about what to do with it. It's in good shape (~1100 hrs), w/recent annual. Maybe a wall decoration? ;-)
  10. Thanks to everyone for your help on this topic - dropped my O2 off today to have the conversion done - will post a PIREP when done and after experiencing O3 power! - Bob
  11. Thank you - I didn't realize this - interesting.
  12. I am just about to add this combo to my R - and your Pirep makes me look even more forward to flying with it (if that's possible). I am just curious - why 2 altimeters? Less typical that 2 attitude indicators, etc (esp w/GPS alt available) - just curious if there is a specific reason/need b/c of your mission. Best - Bob
  13. Respectfully, everyone is taking this way too seriously; he wasn't issuing an indictment of modern avionics or anything else. And given what he has done, he is certainly entitled to his opinion on such things - he chased the demons beyond the barrier after all. I met him at the Wright Brother's celebration at Kitty Hawk in December 2003, and it was certainly one of the highlights of my aviation life. Personally, it made me smile. - Bob
  14. This is great info - thank you. I am surprised - Isn’t an increased FF spec part of the mod? If it isn’t, to what should it be set to ensure correct op in all conditions? Thanks - Bob