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Old 01-19-2018, 11:30 PM
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Hi Brian. Am not too sure of it's history, I flew it then walked away from it as I would have fallen for it had I stayed much longer...BUT having said that am still dreaming of it!:-) It's a 2001 build, deep red colour with very fine gold pin stripping, 2 x glass panels, oddly enough am not a fan of glass, old 6 pack guy here It has manual trim & manual flaps, manual flaps I found hard to operate but I know that can be changed. Man what a blast that was to drive!
That sounds like the one I was referring to. He had Red Rider painted on it somewhere. Built by a friend of mine, and sold to someone downunder within two years of building it. When he built it, it was a very basic VFR panel, so whoever bought it after that, added the glass.

Where are you in OZ? My wife is from Melbourne and I have spent a lot of time there.

PM me your email, and I will send you a pic of mine Rocket.

Brian

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Old 01-20-2018, 03:36 AM
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That sounds like the one I was referring to. He had Red Rider painted on it somewhere. Built by a friend of mine, and sold to someone downunder within two years of building it. When he built it, it was a very basic VFR panel, so whoever bought it after that, added the glass.

Where are you in OZ? My wife is from Melbourne and I have spent a lot of time there.

PM me your email, and I will send you a pic of mine Rocket.

Brian
Hi Brian, that's the one I'll send you a private message
Cheers
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Old 01-20-2018, 04:04 AM
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Michael drugs would be cheaper down under trust me ! Go outback well away from the rat race that is Australian cities & expect to pay $US11-12 USGal as this country has the mentality to rip off aviators at every opportunity!
I kinda know there is no cure but they are coming up with all sorts of cures these days
I've found that Rockets will equal the fuel burn of a typical RV if you want to fly that slow.

...who am I kidding- nobody has that kind of self control!
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Old 01-20-2018, 05:03 AM
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Too funny there Michael, no one has that much control as you say

I'm no expert on RV's, flown a few but not owned one, (trying like **** though to do so!) yet. but having said that I know an RV7 (which I have flown) 190 gee gee's CS prop & super clean/straight does 175ktas up high @ 34LPH, not too sure what 260 gee gee's will do TAS wise in a rocket for the same FF. Anyone? Be interesting to know.

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Old 01-20-2018, 09:12 AM
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My 200 HP RV-8 does 165 KTAS @ 8.5 GPH. Thats a number used for flight planning, but generally has been dead on for this airplane. Several times I've had the occasion to fly the Rocket in no particular hurry and when leaned to 8.5 GPH, it trues out at 165.

That said, my -8 will not do the 205 KTAS cruise my Rocket delivers at ANY fuel flow.

Owning a Rocket is like having two airplanes.
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Old 01-20-2018, 02:25 PM
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Thanks Michael, I kinda figured as much. 165 kts is not to be sneezed at in any airframe for those FF numbers.
Most of my private flying has just been for fun so outright speed hasn't been an issue (owning a 7ECA sees to that but is cheap!) but these days am looking at covering some miles so a good cruise speed for around $80 an hr in fuel is what I am looking for, RV's have that requirement pretty much all sawn up


Thanks for the numbers
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