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Old 05-22-2013, 08:53 PM
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Location: Fairbanks AK
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Specs: superior IO-360, catto three blade 1 lb crush plate, dual skyviews and a full classic aero interior.

Left : 510
Right : 515
Tail : 80

Empty weight : 1105
Empty cg : 82.109

When I load two pilots and full fuel I can only get 42 pounds of baggage before I'm outside the aft cg limits. Anyone have any ideas on how to move the cg a little farther forward at the empty weight so I can carry more baggage?

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Old 05-22-2013, 09:22 PM
rockwoodrv9 rockwoodrv9 is offline
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Location: Meridian ID, Aspen CO
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Im thinking the same thing for the 9A I am building. I want a Catto and the 6800 battery, but I am afraid I will not be able to carry the baggage I want to. I think it is more of an issue with the 7, but what are people doing to keep the CG in the right place for baggage? A little more weight up front makes a big difference.
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Old 05-22-2013, 09:30 PM
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by doing some calculations with the CG Calculator, if I add a 20 lb crush plate I can increase my baggage capacity to 65 crash from the 40 i am currently at.
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Old 05-22-2013, 10:49 PM
eddieseve eddieseve is offline
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Sydney, Australia
Posts: 588

Specs: RV-7 VH-EWS tip-up

Lycoming YIO-360 M1B
Sensenich FP Prop
Single Skyview with Transponder and dual auto pilot
Garman 695 GPS
Classic Aero Sportsman interior with front carpet.
DJM tail wheel

R Wheel----513.92 lbs
L Wheel----513.92 lbs
T Wheel-----68.00 lbs

Total-----1095.84 lbs


Eddie Seve
Sydney Australia
First Flight 16th July 2012
RV-7 Phase 2, 30 Oct 2012
820 hrs Mar 2018

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Old 12-30-2013, 09:33 PM
John Courte John Courte is offline
Join Date: Jul 2005
Location: Los Angeles, CA
Posts: 621

Just did mine:

RV7 313TD tip-up
Lycoming O-360-F1A6/AFP FI and Superior Sump,
Hartzell CS prop
Classic Aero Aviator interior

Right Main: 523
Left Main: 524
Tail Wheel: 67

Total: 1114
CG (Empty): 80.17

*Weighed in level attitude with 8 qts of oil
Phase II as of 7/19/2014
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Old 01-01-2014, 07:17 AM
rv7adak rv7adak is offline
Join Date: Jul 2006
Location: north central Illinois KPNT
Posts: 10
Default W & B

My w & b
ready to fly VFR painted seats carpet wheel pants Dynon TruTrak
Lycom IO360A1A 200HP Hartzell C/S
right wheel 405
left wheel 405
nose wheel 308
empty 1118
cg 79.25

Dave K
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Old 02-16-2015, 08:43 AM
Mike Coady Mike Coady is offline
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Taylorville, IL.
Posts: 107
Default RV7A weight/balance

I have an RV7A with an O-360. I weighed the plane with no fuel but full of oil and without the gear leg fairings or wheel pants. Empty weight was 1,060 lbs.
R main 385
L main 390
Nose 285
CG: 79.2126


It also is very predictable in stalls with a short buffet before it breaks.

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Old 02-17-2015, 06:56 AM
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Join Date: Jan 2013
Location: brazil
Posts: 316

I will have dual battery on my Firewall, I think it will help a little
Guilherme Plassmann (Brazil)
RV7A (Mr Flame) slow kit S/N 74285 Finished 04/14/15😀😀😀😀flying
Superior IO360
Sterba prop
TSFlightlines hoses
LR30,PRM1,C560,C510S,HS125,B350 FAA/ANAC Pilot

Donation made 2016
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Old 03-14-2015, 08:49 PM
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Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: Friendswood, TX
Posts: 193

Left 477
Right 481
TW 70
Total 1028
CG 81.51
Titan IOX370, single G3X touch, whirlwind 200RV constant speed prop, painted.

85 lb baggage capacity with full tanks and the wife and me (320 lbs). Looks like no acro with a passenger though . Oh well!
RV-7 Flying Since March 2015
Titan IOX-370
SDS Tunable Injectors
EFII Dual Ignition and Fuel Injection
Garmin G3X Touch
Whirl Wind 200RV Prop
7XS0 Polly Ranch Airpark, Friendswood, TX
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Old 05-14-2015, 08:28 PM
rv7flyer rv7flyer is offline
Join Date: Jan 2009
Location: colorado
Posts: 21
Default Weight and Balance

Empty Weight= 1.043
Cg: 79.19

Engine Lycoming 0-360 A1P
Propeller Whirl Wind 200 RV
Tru Trak
No Paint
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