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Old 08-14-2022, 09:58 AM
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Originally Posted by Larry DeCamp View Post
Should we ground all Cessnas with standard category 4.4g wings ? What am I missing ?
Cessnas don't lend themselves to having quite as much "fun" as RV's do. Sure, you can loop an original RV-3 and keep the G's below 3.5. But if you screw up, and it happens, you'll be over 4.5 in a heartbeat. You wouldn't be trying to do that in a Cessna, it's just not the plane for it. The RV just screams "take me upside down" every time you fly it.

At least mine does... :P
Rob Prior
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Old 08-24-2022, 09:11 AM
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Default Wing mods

Absolutely do the wing mods. This shouldnít even be a question on a project of this magnitude. The 3 is a great plane that is a lot of fun to fly. There are a few areas I would focus on during the build to make it more enjoyable once finished. First, do the wing mods. Second, spend time on the gear and put serious dampers on the back of the legs. The shimmy is exceedingly annoying. Third, even the original wings can have wing tanks, at least I see that as an option in our old plans. A little extra fuel, more space behind the panel, and not having to worry about spilling fuel onto the windshield or dripping into the fuselage would make the extra time building wing tanks worth it in my opinion. Fourth, Iíd recommend 160 horsepower and a lightweight fixed pitch prop. Fifth, and probably most important, is to build it light.

Here is why you need to build it light:

If you donít list your own maximum weights, which youíll have to do if itís heavy, Vanís weights are as follows. Max is 1100 and Max aerobatic is 1050. Itís very easy to get to 850 pounds empty if youíve got paint, IFR instruments, smoke tank, and a big engine. The B wing is heavier still. At 850 pounds, plus a 200 pound pilot, youíre already at aerobatic Max and havenít even put any fuel in yet.

Keep it light!
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