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Old 11-21-2016, 05:32 PM
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Any reason an RV3 can't be flown in an LSA category? I know they have carbon cubs with 180 engines that are LSA.
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Old 11-21-2016, 05:46 PM
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New build, or pre-existing? If it's ever had op lims that allow weights, operation outside of light sport parameters, then no.

New build, with weights/limits within light sport parameters...well, there's precedent......

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Old 11-21-2016, 05:55 PM
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Look up speed min/max for LSA.
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Old 11-21-2016, 07:14 PM
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Default Rv3. LSA

In Australia we have three rv3's registered as LSA's. we do not have a restriction on max airspeed. We have a restriction on max take off weight and a minimum stall speed which the rv3 fits

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Old 11-21-2016, 07:19 PM
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The LSA limitations have nothing to do with HP but everything thing to do with gross weight, stall speed, speed at sea level with max continuous power, and more.

You will have to work hard to slow an RV-3 down. Limiting max continuous power is one way and may be a questionable solution.
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Old 11-21-2016, 07:20 PM
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In Australia we have three rv3's registered as LSA's. we do not have a restriction on max airspeed. We have a restriction on max take off weight and a minimum stall speed which the rv3 fits

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You operate under different rules than we do in the States.
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Old 11-21-2016, 07:21 PM
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I'd suspect if it's a new build and you used a 2x4 for a prop, you may be able to achive LSA status. I've seen where some RV 9's were claimed/registered as LSA's so it's possible. The Panther is pretty much a copy of the -3 and several of them are registered as LSA.
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Old 11-21-2016, 07:34 PM
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The Panther LSA has a larger wing than the Panther Sport. It also has a larger wing than the RV-3B.

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Old 11-21-2016, 07:45 PM
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Come on, guys; look at the Carbon Cub LSA & experimental versions. Do you really believe that the exp version won't go faster than 138 at full throttle with a 180 HP engine? It's the same plane as the LSA version.

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Old 11-21-2016, 11:56 PM
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It is doable if you can get the stall speed slow enough. An 18 inch extension on each wing will give the stall speed needed. You will also need to alter the HS for control.
Install an 80hp whatever, or use an O320 and a 54 pitch prop. Limit rpm to 2700. Climb out will be impressive and top speed will be 138mph (120kts). But it must be done form the getgo.... iow.. first flight.
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