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Old 11-07-2017, 06:18 PM
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What pattern speeds do you use flying your RV-6

Wheel Landing: abeam touchdown, base, final, crossing the threshold?

3-pt Landing: abeam touchdown, base, final, crossing the threshold?
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Old 11-07-2017, 06:55 PM
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Mid-field - <100 knots.

Abeam the numbers (and flap extension) 85 knots.

Base - 80 knots.

Final - 70 knots

Across the fence - 65 knots

Flare - 60 knots.

I always 3 point.
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:45 PM
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Some numbers here for fixed pitch props -

http://www.vansairforce.com/communit...pattern+speeds

The post caused a lot more consternation and comments than I expected...
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Old 11-07-2017, 09:51 PM
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Abeam the numbers 100mph manual flaps full out.
Base 90mph
Final 80mph solo and 85mph with a passenger.
Stalls at 62 indicated with a passenger.
Don't get slow. The sink rate comes on fast.
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Old 11-07-2017, 10:18 PM
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Always 3-point. Abeam threshold 70 kts, Base 65 kts, Final 60 kts, Across the fence and flare flying by feel and looking outside.
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Old 11-08-2017, 07:23 AM
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I use the same numbers most are posting here. Normally 3 point the aircraft but wheel land now and then. The wheel landings give me the opportunity to practice both a wheel landing and a 3 point on one approach after the conversion!
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Old 11-08-2017, 08:48 AM
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Abeam the numbers 100mph manual flaps full out.
Base 90mph
Final 80mph solo and 85mph with a passenger.
Stalls at 62 indicated with a passenger.
Don't get slow. The sink rate comes on fast.
These are about my numbers as well, with one exception... I put flaps out one notch at a time. First notch as I get below Vfe on Downwind. Second notch on Base. Final notch or two (I have four) on Final, either 30 or 40 degrees as needed depending on how the approach went or how steep I want to be.

I find trying to put out *all* the flap at once, at 100mph, takes a really strong pull, but putting out a notch at a time, as the speed drops 10mph at a time, makes each pull very easy and light. If I ever upgrade to electric flaps, i'll probably do the same thing, just because I know it's easier on the hardware.
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Old 11-08-2017, 10:39 AM
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these #s are spot on for rv newbe flying. just like you learned in flight training.
i like the glider approach. chop the power and use the flaps like spoilers. the rv glides, slips, and slows down so well that my speed on short final is key. this is where the rubber meets the runway. this is where i try to be perfect. straight with a chirp or two.
by now the rv was in florida and time to do ifr, i fly rotors. departure 6:30, 3 fuel stops, arrive stuart fl 5pm. tails winds and clear skys.
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Old 11-09-2017, 07:04 AM
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I would say it depends on type of runway your landing on and what type of flying environment your in.The numbers suggested I would say are great short field numbers but if your at a large airport with lots of runway were the controller runs you out 3 miles before turning base why would you slow down till you were on short final?I guess what I'm saying with an RV and its speed range you should be able to fly the pattern at any speed required like a jet on your tail or a Cessna 150 in front of you.
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Old 11-09-2017, 09:01 AM
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Bob, that's easier with a constant speed prop, but you're right, flying from a large international airport (which I recently switched to) it's not always necessary to slow down that early. I find that there are enough Cessnas in the circuit that dropping to their speed range makes it easier for the tower at times.
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