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Hi Greg, (Down Under)
I pondered long and hard, spoke to many persons who were familiar with
the performance of planes with different wing loading, and they all
the short wing standard model. (I believe the XL has the same wing
They said the Standard would be a better IFR Cross Country platform, they
N104MW is a little pitch sensitive below 4000Ft, (I have no reason why) but
it holds altitude very well.
To answer your questions:
Are the factory specs on the button.?
I don't really know, the factory specs (at lease the ones I have) is for
a 200HP O-360 Fixed prop. I am using 220 HP and an adjustable prop.
Take off roll, climb performance and cruise are better than Velocity's
During the second test flight, the test pilot (Tom Geta) said he took
the plane to 200KIAS during flutter test. (Nose slightly down of course)
The factory specs would only be pertinent to the actual aircraft
they were obtained from. Your plane may be a tad faster or slower, clime
may be better or worse, no two planes are built the same.
Would I build a std Elite again?
Yes Yes and Yes!!!
I'm no cowboy but I like landing hot and flat. (85KIAS no chance of
Having built over 150 BMW racing engines over the last 30 years (A hobby)
I have developed an ear for a finely balanced and tuned engine. The
engine at full bore is music to my ears. Maintenance seems very simple,
top plate and oil pan can be removed to inspect all moving parts within the
engine. The cylinders are sleeved, $100 bucks each, compared to $1200 ++
for a cylinder barrel for the other brands.
By the way, for engine monitoring, I am using a product made in Canada by
AUDIO FLIGHT AVIONICS. It monitors 10 engine functions and talk to
you in a sexy female voice if any of the set parameters approach high or
Yes, I know, I kinda skirted your original question as Rick did, but until
I have a chance to fly with a co-pilot to make precise figures, I do not
to give out any erroneous information.
PS. I had all systems checked and re-callibrated this week end by a pro
My airspeed indicator was off by 8KIAS on the high side. However my Rocky
Mountain was right on.
Velocity Elite RG Franklin/IVO