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Old 01-07-2019, 08:48 PM
Rv3Dave Rv3Dave is offline
Join Date: Jul 2016
Location: Florida
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Been flying my new rv3b for a year, O.320 with low compression pistons (150 hp). 776 lbs empty weight. Cato 3 blade prop. I get 160 kts at 2500 rpm will easily turn over redline. Have not extensively explored top speed yet. Climb rates over 2000 rpm. I could probably use more pitch but for my mission profile I like the take off and climb performance.
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Old 01-07-2019, 09:36 PM
rv7charlie rv7charlie is offline
Join Date: May 2006
Location: Pocahontas MS
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The 'sleeper' wood prop is..Sensenich. I once had a 160 HP RV-4 with a Bernie Warnke (Catto is the modern day Warnke) prop that was crazy fast. Nothing special in the cleanup/cooling drag dept, and it was an honest 195 mph cruise a/c. The prop got broken and I never got the speed back with any other prop. I sold the plane, and the new owner later broke its current prop. He replaced it with a wood Sensenich, and it was just as fast as it was with the Warnke. The kicker is the price. Not as cheap as a Sterba, but about half the price of a Catto.

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