Thanks for the response.
Yes, I did training with a CSIP shortly after purchasing the plane. I totally knew about the temperature colours, but completely forgot about them… I don’t flip to the engine page until the run-up (using the analog gauges until then), thus I’m not use to seeing white bars on a cold start.
Perhaps that I forgot about the colors is testament that I always fly them in the green.
Yes, I’ll purchase the membership (I’ve put it on my Christmas list). FYI, in addition to all the great support here, there is an added bonus I found this year… It gets you better and cheaper parking options during Oshkosh week !
On the point of colours… I was taught “Rich of peek” (to be on the safe side). But now leaning towards “Lean of peek” because I find it more efficient and cylinder temperatures run cooler… And the reason I’m seeing white bars now.
Main reason I’m thinking more “Lean of peek” is that we all know the heat is a engine’s main enemy for longevity.
Attached is a graph I made (extract from POH) as a quick guideline when planning trips (on my iPad). Just wondering what others think? The F.Eff column is fuel efficiently (range) and compares best setting (100%) to worst (60%). Of course it’s hard to put a factor on time… For me, every minute is one I get to log, for others it’s never fast enough.
In my initial post, the graphic was me at 2500ft MSL (1800ft AGL). You can see I was around 14gph and the engine was running pretty cool (white bars!). The graph below would suggest around 16gph for being “Lean of peek”… So guess I was pretty lean.