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3/13/2018

Yeah, …. I know.  Its been awhile since I posted anything.  But, I did by an airplane last September.  I’ve spent the last 5 months learning to land the thing.  Still not greasing them on often enough.  The darn thing really likes to bounce!  But, I have been out in the garage.  And, I’ll be updating the build log soon!

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New (to me) Sonerai IIL

 

9/17/2016

I got to meet a larger than life hero of aviation today.  Mr. R.A. “Bob” Hoover:

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Reno was fun.  But, I wish I could’ve stayed for the finals on Sunday!

The Aircraft:

The Airplane is an RV-8 kit plane designed by Van’s Aircraft, out of Aurora, OR.  Van’s Aircraft, Inc. is (I believe) the largest and most popular of all the experimental amateur built (EAB) aircraft kit manufacturers.  According to their web site (http://vansaircraft.com) they have approximately 9,500 aircraft kits completed and flying as of August, 2016.

The aircraft I’m building (the RV-8) is a single engine, 2 seat, low-wing aircraft.  I plan on installing a 200hp Lycoming IO-360 engine with a constant speed propellor, and a basic IFR capable panel with ADAHARS and WAAS GPS.  Specifications and performance data below are copied from Van’s

RV–8/8A Specifications

RV – 8

Exterior Dimensions
Span 24 ft
Length 21 ft
Height 5 ft 7 in
Wing Area 116 sq ft
Weights
Empty Weight 1067 – 1120 lbs
Gross Weight 1800 lbs
Loadings
Wing Loading 15.5 lb/sq ft
Power Loading 12 – 9 lb/hp
Powerplant/Systems
Engine 150-200 hp
Propeller [in prototype] Fixed or C/S
Fuel Capacity 42 US gal
Other
Baggage 125 lbs

RV–8/8A Performance

RV – 8

Solo Weight 1400 lbs
Gross Weight 1800 lbs
160 hp 180 hp 200 hp
Empty weight and performance measured with Hartzell 2 Blade C/S prop
Speeds and ranges in statute mph (sm)
Speed – Solo Weight
Top Speed 206 mph 214 mph 222 mph
Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft] 197 mph 204 mph 212 mph
Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft] 175 mph 182 mph 189 mph
Stall Speed 51 mph 51 mph 51 mph
Speed – Gross Weight
Top Speed 205 mph 213 mph 221 mph
Cruise [75% @ 8000 ft] 195 mph 203 mph 210 mph
Cruise [55% @ 8000 ft] 173 mph 180 mph 187 mph
Stall Speed 58 mph 58 mph 58 mph
Ground Performance – Solo Weight
Takeoff Distance 300 ft 275 ft 250 ft
Landing Distance 350 ft 350 ft 350 ft
Ground Performance – Gross Weight
Takeoff Distance 650 ft 575 ft 500 ft
Landing Distance 500 ft 500 ft 500 ft
Climb/Ceiling – Solo Weight
Rate of Climb 2,000 fpm 2,300 fpm 2,700 fpm
Ceiling 21,000 ft 23,000 ft 25,500 ft
Climb/Ceiling – Gross Weight
Rate of Climb 1,400 fpm 1,650 fpm 1,900 fpm
Ceiling 18,500 ft 20,500 ft 22,500 ft
Range
Range [75% @ 8000 ft] 855 sm 790 sm 780 sm
Range [55% @ 8000 ft] 1,030 sm 955 sm 940 sm

 

 

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