[jhb_airlines] Re: 4Gals

  • From: "bones" <bones@xxxxxxx>
  • To: <jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sat, 18 Aug 2007 17:48:56 +0100

Oddly enough this debate is going on in Prune right now.
Cessna have just launched a new aircraft  - the C162 Skycatcher - and nice
looking it is too. Basically a C150 on diet pills. See
http://www.cessnaskycatcher.com/ for piccies - especially the cockpit shots.
It looks a nice modern aircraft, but Cessna have decided that the engine to
go in it is the venerable O-200-A, built in 1948 and about as basic as a
mangle. The Prune debate is hotting up with most of the battle raging around
Cessna's concern for public liability being the reason why they shied away
from new, fuel efficient designs - old engines predate the laws and are
I tend to agree in that GA design has evolved very slowly in the last 30
years whereas any other form of transport hasn't allowed PL to significantly
affect development. The engine in your car is so much more advanced than a
basic aero engine - the O-200A still has a carb and magnetos instead of fuel
injection and electric ignition. This makes it liable to carb icing and
magneto failure with both being mechanical devices with wear and tear being
additional problems.
If they had banged an O-200-A in with electric ignition and fuel injection I
would have considered it a step forward..

-----Original Message-----
From: jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:jhb_airlines-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Alex Barrett
Sent: 18 August 2007 14:23
To: jhb_airlines@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: [jhb_airlines] Re: 4Gals

The local flying club issued planning tables for their C-152 fleet Gives: 

Full power climb = 8.7 GPH
Cruise = 4.2GPH 

So if we take a typical VFR flight from Shoreham to Lydd on a sunny summer
day =

10 minutes at full power =1.45 Gallons
30 mins in the cruise and decending = 2.34 Gallons
Plus a bit for farting about = 1.00 Gallon

Gives 3.791 Gallons all used. 

Perhaps an email suggestion to IVAO to bring the minimum down? or I guess
they just don't have many VA's on VFR ops! 

All the best, 


Assuming a quick 5 minute climb 

franklyn fisher wrote: 

As a matter of interest. 

I was flying a C172SP cruising 100 (cannot get the damn thing up to the
rated 120). 

Departure X2BS to FSWB (Binstead-Swanborough)= 44nm. 

Recorded fuel in tank, before departure and at arrival, 19L used =4 Gallons
rough translation. 

Could not get Pirep to accept L or less than 6G 

Next flight from FSWB to Clipgate. 

A slip of the keys. I think I uprated Chris from C2 to C3. hit the send
button too soon. 


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