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  • #16
    So if someone put a small turbine on a patrol like the rv 10 has how fast could it fly ? Is it a structure issue or a control issue at a higher speed ?


    • zkelley2
      zkelley2 commented
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      Speed has little to do with horsepower and most to do with drag. I'm sure you'd gain a good many knots if you cruised in the upper teens on o2, but down low where these airplanes normally live it'd be a rather small cruise increase and a crap ton more fuel burn.

    • Bdflies
      Bdflies commented
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      I sat right seat in a C206 Amphib with the Soloy turbine conversion. I could not believe the acceleration and climb angle! When asked about speed, the owner explained that the original VNE still applied, so as long as it wasn't 'indicating' past red line - you were good. Might be good up really high, but I sure wouldn't want to be at VNE down low in the bumps.
      It WOULD be fun to have that takeoff thrust and beta, though!