> We have done close to 100 hours of testing on them, and are prepared to
> guarantee at least 5 mph increase in cruise speed.

Lets talk real world, practical world. Tell me you are kidding? 5
mph? 3 knots something I can barely tell on the ASI?

> made over an 18 month period, all at gross weight, and all the results have
> been carefully recorded. There is also a gain in rate of climb of
> about 1.5minutes in a 7000 foot climb, which is over 56 ft/min..

Under "labatory conditions" in which most pilots wouldn't meet as I am
sure weight and balance has to be spot on? As these test been done
with WB toward forward CG, but still in the envelope? And will ATC
care that I climb a little slower then with wheel pants on, probably
not. I get 500 fpm climb from 6K to 7K with 4 adult passengers.

> all three to be very close to 20 lbs. But bear in mind that there will be
> fuel savings associated with that, so you won't have to carry as much fuel
> for a given trip.

3 gallons of fuel saved in a given trip??? I am not so sure that will happen.

I'd think I would rather have the 3 gallons of fuel where I need it
the most IN FLIGHT, then extra 20 pounds hanging underneath me.

I just don't see the benefits when it comes to REAL world flying, not
for a measily 3 knots. Plus, like another person said, now you can't
check the tire pressure or inspect the tires as easily.

My average trip is 160 NM which I plan 110 knots. This makes a 1 hour
45 minute trip. If I plan 113 knots, this brings it down to 1 hour 41
minutes. Exactly how much fuel am I really going to save besides the
4 minutes??? I doubt the folks waiting for me at my destination
airport will even notice that I arrive 4 minutes earlier.

Not enough performance improvement to justify the cost of wheel pants IMHO.

Allen


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