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Old 12-03-2017, 06:58 AM
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Default RV-9 travel distance non-stop

Yesterday I flew non-stop from 82IS Landings Condominium Airpark (northwest of Chicago) to KPIM Callaway Gardens (northeast of Columbus Georgia). Total distance was approx 585 Nautical miles (670 Statue miles) and took a little over 3.3 hours, and burned only 28 gallons of fuel. Had slight headwind half way and slight crosswind over Georgia. Never got a good tailwind but that was ok cause the air was SMOOTH. Hung out at 9500ft all the way.

Thanks again to Vans for an efficient time machine!
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Old 12-03-2017, 07:49 AM
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That's a nice run Craig I love long legs. I imagine what kind of distance Greg could report with his supertanker.
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Old 12-03-2017, 09:56 AM
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That's a nice run Craig I love long legs. I imagine what kind of distance Greg could report with his supertanker.

Hoping to report KHAF-PHTO one of these days...
And eventually KMAF-KMAF, the long way.
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Old 12-03-2017, 10:26 AM
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They are just amazing planes, regardless of which model.

Now, the fact that you built the best (RV-9 taildragger) version there is, goes without saying.
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Old 12-03-2017, 11:08 AM
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The RV9 is sure efficient at cruise. The standard tanks are smaller than the 7-8 part of the family. I wonder how high the fuel capacity of a 9 has been taken with aux tanks, and what sort of endurance that provides in the extreme.

Has anyone built an RV9 with the O-235 that Vans put into the original factory build? I wonder what speeds and range they have found.
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Old 12-03-2017, 02:20 PM
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Has anyone built an RV9 with the O-235 that Vans put into the original factory build? I wonder what speeds and range they have found.
There are some and the thing has some LONG legs with the small engine.

I know one O-235 powered -9A that would fly non-stop from KOKC to KHKY non-stop, 793 NM and land with six gallons on board. That is an hour of fuel for that little engine.

When I asked him about those flights, he would say, "Yes, I am going slower but since I don't stop for fuel, I make the trip faster than I did in my O-320 powered -6A that I used to have."

The "small" tanks on the -9 really isn't an issue.

One thing I have noticed with mine is that with the tail down, I can get almost an extra gallon of fuel in each side, bring my total up to 38 gallons.

Craig, have you noticed that?
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Has anyone built an RV9 with the O-235 that Vans put into the original factory build? I wonder what speeds and range they have found.
There's an RV'er up Watts Bridge way that installed an [s]IO-233[/s] O-235 in his, in part to keep the weight down under 1320lbs MTOW for the RAAus category, but that's the only one I know of.

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Our 9a with a 115 hp 0-235 C2C. With duel PMags RotecTBI and 1 1/2" Vetterman pipes. Two blade 78"x 62" Catto.

Between 4500" & 8500" 2400 RPM = 120 - 125kts IAS (138 - 145 kts TAS), 5.3 GPH by Dynon fuel flow. Fuel tank top up shows 5 GPH. ROP.

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By comparison, I true out at 145KTAS, 2400 RPM with my O-340, burning 24.2LPH or 6.4GPH...
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This past mid-October moved my 9A to Central Florida from Buffalo for the season during a nice (except the last 90nm) VFR day.

KBQR(Buffalo)--KOKV--KEQY(Charlotte)
505nm, 3:25, 26gal, 8500, 5kt headwind to start, then neutral

stopped at KEQY for ~ and hour; snack, head call, fuel, walk around the field

KEQY(Charlotte)--SARDY--AMG--GNV--KGIF (Winter Haven) Took long route to avoid east coast weather though, still had to deviate around weather from Ocala down.
445nm, 3:05, 21gal, 8500, 7kt headwind

Sure is nice to be able to leave Buffalo at a reasonable time (8:30) and be parked in Florida by 4:00.

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Old 12-03-2017, 07:29 PM
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Last month we made a trip in the RV-10 from Pennsylvania to central Kansas for a weekend of Pheasant hunting. Trip home, Great Bend Kansas to Clarion Pennsylvania, 1046 statue miles, nonstop in 5.2 hours. 12 gallons of fuel left onboard upon landing (60 gal tanks). RVís are amazing travel machines.
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Old 12-03-2017, 07:57 PM
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Iíve flown from 07TS - KMAI non stop a couple times 639 NM.

Of course I needed a pretty decent tail wind to do it.

Burned about 31 gallons.

-Dan
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