1st performance report from B&B Sport Aviation in August of 2000
"On our RANS S-12XL Trainer, it is now possible to fly without the helmets or intercom - At Cruise Power settings, we can actually hear the wind whistling by!
Report filed on August, 2000
PERFORMANCE FIGURES OF NEW PROP:
RANS S-12 XL Partial enclosure, Rear Cabaine Fairings, No Flap Filler, 582 C box 3:1 ratio, new composite prop & spacer **13.25 degrees pitch, 200 lb. Pilot.
INDICATED CRUISE SPEED
5500 rpm 70 mph 55 mph
5650 rpm 77 mph 60 mph
5800 rpm 79 mph 65 mph
6000 rpm 80 mph 70 mph Level Flight Highest Achievable Indicated Airspeed 85 mph
* Same S-12XL, only w/ 582 B box 2.58:1 Ratio and 3 blade Powerfin propeller
**Maximum achievable rpm 6150
CLIMB: 40deg. Angle, at 3000 feet msl, Temp. 60 deg.:
5900 rpm No Flaps 750 fpm @ 50mph
5900 rpm 1 Flaps 900 fpm @ 45mph
5900 rpm 2 Flaps 600 fpm @ 45mph
FURTHER PERFORMANCE FIGURES:
**New Pitch Setting at 12.5 degrees
5600 rpm 65 mph
5800 rpm 70 mph Level Flight Highest Achievable Indicated Airspeed 90 mph
CLIMB: 40deg. angle, at 3000 feet msl, Temp. 52degrees
6350 rpm No Flaps 800fpm @ 50mph
6350 rpm 1 Flaps 1100fpm @ 50mph
6350 rpm 2 Flaps 750fpm @ 50mph
**Maximum achievable rpm 6400
NOTES: After decreasing the pitch from 13.25 to 12.75, the noise level naturally increased slightly. Cruise settings however, are still very comfortable. The sound has a mellow like deepness to it. Again, this is the quietest combination that I have ever experienced on any S-12. The Turbine like smoothness and noise reduction alone make this combination a must for any Rotax powered aircraft, especially the Pushers. The Powered Chute and Trike guys should really find this a great benefit…especially with the 5 blade!
The tool used for setting the pitch angle is very unique and simple to use. I have also found it to be very exacting. As you torque down the prop bolts the blades maintain the established setting with zero drifting.
Although this prop has yet to be named, it’s gaining a good reputation around here. We sold 4 of them to 4 different pilots, with one demonstration!
I think I've found the perfect propeller for the S-12. The prop itself is a little unusual because it has a gentle leading edge curvature that begins half way down, tapers and ends at the tip with a nice round curve instead of the usual "hacked off" square tip. It also has forward dihedral. Initially I had decided to not only switch to the C gearbox (3.00:1 ratio), but also to install a 2.5" prop spacer. This combination would not only slow the prop down but also give the air (as it separates from the flaps) a chance to clean up a little before reaching the prop. As it turned out the 2.5" spacer was also needed in order to keep the prop from striking the fairing on the rear strut. The initial pitch reference was set at 13.25deg. This was the quietest setting but only achieved 6150 max. rpm. It sure was quiet though! For the first time ever, I could hear the wind whistling by! Leveled off at 5600 rpm I took off my helmet/headset and the could hear the gentle drone of the engine and prop working together as the wind whistled through the cracks between the windscreen and the Lexan doors. I said out loud, "This is GREAT!" and I heard myself!"
“The performance is so incredible...”
“…I just received and installed the 5 bladed KievProp that I ordered from you. The performance is so incredible that I need to tell you about it. I fly an AirCreation 582 Clipper, two-place trike. It came with an Airplast 4 bladed prop on it. This is supposed to be a top notch, high performance, quiet prop. It was pitched at 6450 RPM at full power climb out. I could cruise at level flight by myself (I weigh 190 lb.) at around 4800 RPM, with a 200 lb. passenger at around 5700 RPM. I could get around 800 fpm by myself, and 600 fpm with the same passenger and 16 gallons of fuel. The Airplast prop got damaged and there was no way I was going to pay the French over $2300 to replace it. You sold me the 5 bladed American manufactured blade to hold me over until the Kiev came in. Its performance was just a little less than the Airplast and slightly more noisy at the same pitch. The Kiev came in and it was like putting a turbocharger on my trike. Taking off, I have the feeling that my craft wants to flip over backwards. Pitched at 6450 RPM, I don't yet know my full power climb out rate because my VSI redlined at 1000 fpm. I'll get it with my GPS later. With a 200-lb. passenger and 16 gallons of fuel, I get 900 fpm. My cruise rpm went from 5700 rpm down to 4900 rpm with the same passenger, by myself, 4800 rpm down to 4500 rpm. The prop is so quiet, we forgot about it. The fuel consumption per hour seems to be about the same as the Airplast. I highly recommend this prop for anyone who wants to increase the performance of their craft. Donald W Anderson, BFI, WSL, Sebastopol, California
"I put one on my trike and it was like moving up to a 582 without having to buy one."
--Bob Bullock, Watertrikes.com
"I just put a KievProp on my RANS S-10. Right away, I noticed a difference. The low-end vibration that I had with the Warp Drive, 582 B Box was gone. This prop is very smooth and has increased my performance by at least 10%. I can't say enough good things about it! Thank you!" --Jeff Howell
"I noticed an increase in the thrust right away. I never had to ride the brakes while taxiing before. I was also surprised by the increase in climb. It really got my attention! And with less noise, my wife doesn't complain when she goes along!" --Bill Neff
“The Kiev prop from Ted Bryant was set initially at 11.6 degrees and seemed to be pretty close. It was very quiet and smooth.”– Steve Ambross