Jetlag

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About Jetlag

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  • Birthday 09/02/1982

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  • Location
    KKLS
  • Reg #
    N9149X
  • Model
    M20M,YAK-52

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  1. Jetlag

    Nice opportunity for a Bravo owner!

    Garmin is all done. They completed the project in February about two months behind schedule. I was planning on picking up in December and then January but it wasn't ready yet. This month I wanted to get it but the time frame I had available it snowed all week in the SW Washington area where I base it. The one week a year it snows in Portland and Seattle. I could have got it home but I didn't want to risk being stuck in a hotel somewhere for a couple days on the way home and trying to find a heated hangar to put it in overnight. I had been planning on doing the flight in one day. Now my plan is to pick up the Bravo the last week of March and fly to the Grand Canyon for a vacation. I will be able to put 15-20 hours on it in March and give a report. Hopefully, everything is good to go with all the testing they did.
  2. Jetlag

    Nice opportunity for a Bravo owner!

    Radio silence, haven't heard anything from Garmin since I reported last time. I will email them on Monday and see what is going on. The deadline has passed and I would like a heads up on when I need to buy a ticket to retrieve my plane. I figured everyone is gone for the holidays so I didn't bother asking when the 20th came and went because I was busy too. On another note, we found out over Xmas my wife will be back in school and busy for another 3 years. So I would like to try and find a partner in this plane around the Portland Oregon area, instead of selling it. Our hours will go down to about 30-40 hours per year. We just won't have time to travel and use this plane. So if anyone knows of someone msg me.
  3. Jetlag

    Nice opportunity for a Bravo owner!

    The way it was explained to me Garmin choose the Bravo because it is the most represented model. It will cover all Long bodies. When they get the STC for the M20M it will cover the Acclaim and the Ovation. From Beechtalk I have learned that the GFC500 with G5 doesn't cover FIKI. The GFC500 with the G5 doesn't apply to FIKI planes. They where actively not looking for a FIKI plane when they took mine for testing. I have to believe it will eventually be approved but as of now from what I understand the GFC500 and G5 are not approved for FIKI. The GFC500 was not compatible with the G500 either when released either. My thinking is eventually they will have to make it ok for FIKI planes. So as of now something to thing about that the GFC500 won't work with FIKI.
  4. Jetlag

    Nice opportunity for a Bravo owner!

    They really weren't willing to wait around until I got back into town. They seem to be on a timeline and nobody wants to wait around. So we did a notary in Tokyo.
  5. Jetlag

    Nice opportunity for a Bravo owner!

    I don't think so. Garmin seems to be very careful. I even forgot to have one line notarized and they came back to me a few weeks ago saying the FAA wouldn't move forward until that was cleared up. We had to do a signing in Tokyo because I was out of town. I would highly dought they would give up and give me a field approval. Garmin has a huge interest in this going through. I have the impression they don't take on a project that they aren't sure about. With all the due diligence they did before they even excepted my plane for testing I think they already know it will be approved.
  6. Jetlag

    Hartzell Bravo prop?

    Has anyone heard any news on a new prop for the Bravo from Hartzell? I talked to Hartzell at Oshkosh and they were looking for a test plane to develop a prop for the Bravo and M20K. They told me they wanted to have the testing done by this winter. My plane was with Garmin, and they wanted a Bravo asap so they couldn't use mine for the testing. Wondering if anyone on this forum loaned their Bravo for the prop testing?
  7. Jetlag

    Nice opportunity for a Bravo owner!

    Not sure how long it will take them to offer it to the market, but certification will be done when I get my plane back. Right now my plane is in the experimental category. On return to me, I get my plane back in the Normal certified category. So they either get their GFC500 certified or they have to reinstall the King 150. They can't give me back the plane in experimental category with non-certified equipment. I would imagine the GFC500 will be available as soon as they get with their marketing department. It will be official when I fly away from Kansas with my plane as far as the FAA is concerned the GFC500 is approved for long body Mooneys. I'll have a good report on everything for the flight home. I have to go from Kansas City to Portland, OR at the end of December. I'm sure I will run into some weather and really get to test the system along the way.
  8. Jetlag

    Nice opportunity for a Bravo owner!

    response from Garmin when I asked how the process is going
  9. Jetlag

    Nice opportunity for a Bravo owner!

    Hello Andrew, We haven’t finished development flights yet, we have one or two flights remaining, before we go into cert. If we’re able to get into certification flights by the end of the week, which is our goal and we have a high probability of achieving that, we should be able to have the aircraft returned to you on December 21st. So I should have a more definitive answer by the end of this week. Not having the aircraft in for cert. testing there’s still some risk but it doesn’t seem like we’ll need the aircraft into the January timeframe. Regards, This plane was
  10. Jetlag

    Artec 345 elt

    I bought an ARTEX 345 which is a drop-in replacement for the elt, but u need to buy another antenna. That is the part I didn't know. That requires drilling out some fairings in the tail to put in the new 406 antennae. I just put in the doubler and antenna the came with the new ELT. So now I have a whip antenna that is very ugly. If you want the ARTEX with a blade antenna in the tail as we had before. You will have to purchase another antenna and 10+ hours labor. So the 406 upgrades that I thought was going to be a small less than 1k upgrade does turn out to be much more than that. Just my experience probably as a new owner but it was a shocker for me just wanting to do a simple upgrade.
  11. Jetlag

    Artec 345 elt

    I had a 406 installed in my plane. The local mechanic said he would have to drill out the fairing to install the new antenna. He made it sound like a big job that would really mess up my paint job. I had I whip antenna installed with a doubler. It looks very ugly and I regret doing it. I since have had some paint touch up done and it wasn't a big deal. I plan on installing the blade antenna now and getting rid of the whip on the fuselage.
  12. Jetlag

    Nice opportunity for a Bravo owner!

    I haven't heard anything from Garmin since I dropped off the plane regarding the status update on the STC. They did contact me on the panel layout, I approved it. Then later they contacted me saying my original clock did match up with the new panel Mooney sent them. They told me it would take a lot of millwork to put my old clock back in and asked if they couldn't just put in another model and they would pay for it. My contract says I get the plane back on or around December 20th. They are allowed to fly it up to 35 hours for testing. From what I have seen on Flightaware they have started flying it and must be at least 1/3rd of the way through testing. December 20th and 35 hours were supposed to be a conservative estimate to get their STC so it must be getting close. I am responsible for any maintenance items that come up and they need to have my permission for more than 35 hours. So I think everything is going as they plan. From what I understand they are not just retrofitting 2 G5s, they are making a whole new panel for me and moving things around. They have asked me where I what everything positioned and are paying for new panels to be made. I am ready to get my plane back. I got a great deal from Garmin, but seriously missing my Mooney.
  13. Jetlag

    GFC500 Update

    They told me between 25-50 hours. According to Flightaware, it looks like they just started flying my plane for the certification of long body Mooneys. I am scheduled to get my plane back in December.
  14. Jetlag

    An Absolutely Horrible Day!

    Hartzell is making a top prop for the bravo. They have someone's plane now and are doing the stc. Probably won't be done in time for you, but it would be close. But something to think about.
  15. Jetlag

    GFC500 Update

    My Bravo should be back from Garmin in early December also. I can confirm that long bodies get the Yaw dampener also. You loose rudder trim for takeoff until you engage the autopilot from my understanding. Last I heard from them was a few weeks ago and they wanted me to approve the new panel layout. They had ordered a new panel from Mooney and were getting ready to mill it.