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n6233u

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Is there a list anywhere of experimental (and/or certified) aircraft listing their performance specs in comparison?
 

BJC

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I don’t know of one, and if there were one, I would be leery of its accuracy. Kitplanes published an annual listing, provided by the kit providers and plans providers of E-AB aircraft, complete with top speeds and stall speeds. There was, to be generous of the data providers, lots of optimism.

Sources that I believe to be reasonably accurate in the HBA category are Vans, Glasair, Pitts, Bearhawk and a few others, BUT, not all homebuilts conform with the factory airplanes that set the performance standards.

I do trust data measured by C.A.F.E. for the specific airplane tested (but not all examples of that design).

Edit: Added link CAFE Foundation


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pfarber

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Such a list is useless. Any number of small changes in build quality could affect the actual results. If you want a speed range, well, sure... most airplanes go from 120mph to 160mph cruise. Depending on HP. There are many examples that will break that guideline like a Glasair that goes insanely fast for the HP.

But if your airplane had excessive weight or poor build quality you could easily lose 10mph off specs.
 

n6233u

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Having built a couple of aircraft I can vouch that build quality affects everything. I wanted to know advertised specs just to see where each plane fits in the grand scheme of things. The Kitplanes annual listing is what I was looking for, thanks!

Is there one for certified aircraft?
 
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