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Old 10-25-2011, 11:55 PM
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Default Mountain wave push to 268 KGS

This is a lousy picture, sorry. It was taken 144 miles west of ABQ. I was riding a mountain wave at 17,500. The back side of the wave had me slowed to 220 KGS and it was difficult to maintain altitude. I descended to 15,500 and got a much better ride.

Ron Schreck
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Old 10-26-2011, 09:56 PM
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Back in 2009 (Cayman Islands trip), Tuppergal and I departed Lee C. Fine (AIZ) near central Missouri for Cross City (CTY), Florida with a planned fuel stop at Chilton County (02A), Alabama. Winds were so favorable that we continued non-stop landing CTY (~691nm) in 3hr 45min. Rarely saw the ground speed dip below 200kts; That was cool! Rosie

Paul A. "Rosie" Rosales
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Old 10-27-2011, 09:03 AM
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Default 202 kts at 7.3 gph

Two weeks ago while over West Virginia we got 55 kts tailwind pushing us east. At 67% power and burning 7.3 gph we were making 202 kts ground speed.

Pull the power back to 50%, the fuel burn was 5.2 gph. Now we only get 182 kts ground speed.

Ted Chang, VAF #681
RV-9A #91048, flying since 8/2006. 2,050 hrs.

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Old 10-27-2011, 10:19 AM
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Default Nothing like a tail wind

San Luis Obispo (SBP) to Chino last year.

Tom Prokop
Chino, CA
RV-8A,180/CS/Carb, AFS 4500 EFIS/EMS
RV-6, sold, 820 hrs of fun.
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Old 10-27-2011, 01:06 PM
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APRS track of my RV-9A at 17,500 ft over the San Juans. Not quite 200 kts, but fuel burn was 5.6 GPH. Colder than *&#@@ and the back of my neck was freezing. 39.6 MPG , I'll take that any day!

Love APRS, and works great with a bent whip in the wingtip. Hadn't changed the call sign from my Mooney to the RV-9A.

Roger Bloomfield
Camp Verde, AZ 19AZ
RV-8 painted

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Old 10-27-2011, 10:04 PM
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I unfortunately don't have the picture to prove it, but Flight Aware has it on record since I had flight following. From St. Louis to RDU on New Year's Eve 2008--238kts over the Appalachains. Froze my butt off, but it was worth it
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Old 10-18-2012, 07:23 PM
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Where can I sign up for 200 kts Club patch?

Where is N666BK?

Не имей сто рублей, а имей сто друзей.
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Old 10-19-2012, 11:18 PM
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Previously I posted a 203kt pic taken during phase 1 testing. But didn't want Vlad's 204kts from O-320 power to 1-up me, so:

Coming home from Great Northwest Air Race III. I think I was at 11500 burning 8.4gph trying to beat the sunset. made with minutes to spare.

I saw 232kts straight and level during the Hill Country Race. I was at 5500', 2600rpm WOT and 13+gph 190kts TAS and getting a good push approaching turn 1....the downside was after the turn right into the teeth of the wind. TAS was 205kts in a slow descent and ground speed went to 160.
Retired Dam guy. Life is good.
Brian, N155BKsold but bought back.

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Old 10-20-2012, 10:55 AM
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Default Finally made it ... just because !

My lowly 150hp O320 with a fixed pitch does not have a lot of "ponies to spare" but it if frugal. So, what is a guy to do when it looks pretty calm on the ground but the winds will make any $100 lunch run less than idea ? Well, go out and join the 200Kts club of course.

So, with no other mission in mind, I flew off down low for about 30 miles and then climbed high for a fast run back

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Old 10-20-2012, 11:24 AM
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Default I'm still working on it

This is interesting, probably could be worked up into some semi-official status symbol.

Bob Axsom
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