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Old 04-06-2014, 07:09 PM
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Hi Bill,

I think you qualify!

Holding 168 ktas at a density altitude of 15.7 is pretty impressive. That modified Ronz airfoil on the 9 just does not want to give up airpseed as altitude increases. Makes for a great x cntry flyer.
I agree with you that a stock RV9/a airframe, with a stock 180 hp 360, can not exceed Vne in level flight at any altitude. BTW, the 210 mph Vne is actually north of 182 ktas.

Enjoy your RV9/180----we have certainly enjoyed ours---for the last 8 yrs.


Dave B.
RV9a/ECiIO360/James Cowl/WW RV200 Prop
Flying since 3/06 and still smiling!!!
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Old 04-06-2014, 07:33 PM
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Originally Posted by db1yg View Post
.... BTW, the 210 mph Vne is actually north of 182 ktas.

Enjoy your RV9/180----we have certainly enjoyed ours---for the last 8 yrs.


I stand corrected. (and updated my post)

Yes, the -9 is a great airplane and it just loves flying high and fast. The super slow approach speeds (55 Kts solo / 60 Kts heavy) make me smile every time I'm in the pattern.
Bill R.
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Old 04-07-2014, 11:19 PM
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On the way to the paint shop...We'll see if the new paint job makes it any faster!

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Old 04-10-2014, 06:46 PM
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Went for a flight to test the new plenum top (isn't sealing as well as I'd like as is obvious by oil temp shown). I'm towards the end of engine breakin so running it hard still...sure am enjoying the speeds if not so much the fuel burn. Was very bumpy down low so I enjoyed a stout climb, took this pic then returned to the barn to address the plenum seal. 210 knots! Woohoo!

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Old 07-06-2014, 12:33 AM
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Joined the club and saved almost 30 minutes flying to NE Montana. I will pay back the wind gods on the home though.

11,500' over the tall stuff. Great view too.
Bruce, Katie, Hana and RV-8 HulaGirl
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Old 09-28-2014, 11:06 AM
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Default Johannesburg 26/9

Finally made the club!

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Old 09-28-2014, 07:52 PM
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Default 222 kt

We had great tailwinds coming back from Manitowoc, WI in June, but I had forgotten about this thread. We climbed up to 15,000 ft to go over Lake Michigan (I had planned for 17,000 ft, but the tailwinds were so high that I only got to 15,000 ft before hitting the middle of the lake).

We went back down to 9,000 ft once we hit the east shore, but Toronto wanted us back up at 15,000 in their area, or take a big vector over Lake Ontario. I really like to stay within gliding range of land, so back up to 15K we went.

The average ground speed for the whole flight was 201 kt, including two climbs to 15,000 ft, and going 10 nm east of the airport for a GPS approach to get through the flag to land.
Kevin Horton
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Old 09-30-2014, 07:55 AM
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Flying back from Billy Bishop (CYTZ) to Neuville (CNV9)
Denis Gu?rette
Flying RV-7, C-GUED
Quebec City, Canada

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Old 11-10-2014, 01:16 PM
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Flew to MYEM Eleuthera, Bahamas for a week at the beach and managed to follow a cold front on the way down. Nice tailwind that managed to take about half hour off the trip.
205 kts @ 6.6 GPH
Cant't beat these RV's

This helped make up for the 60 kts. head wind I had going to OSH this year.
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Old 11-30-2014, 07:03 PM
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Went out to check the wheel pants and found I gained a few knots in cruise. Surprised that the winds were 28 kts at 2500 feet I was able to get 200 GS with 26/26.

Not bad for not having all of the fairings on!

Mike "Strike" Messer, CFI/CFII/MEI, ATP
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