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Old 09-25-2017, 03:05 PM   #1
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Hello all! I own a Fisher Celebrity in South America. Due to FE/DA here I am thinking of selling it and purchasing an ASII. Seen a few and they look lovely.
I do very basic aerobatics, Rolls, loops, spins (not in my Celebrity!) And would like to continue to learn.

Question is, what is the absolute ceiling for an O-320 powered ASII? I see in wikipedia a number of 20,000. Although not planning to go that high, anyone have experience with this? To leave my airport here, at 8,355 ft and DA around 10,500 I think i'd need it to be capable of at least climbing up to 12,000. Mountain passes can be crossed as low as 9,500.

Anyone with experience going into the teen altitudes?

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I'd be really surprised to see a 160hp Asii make it to 20,000 feet. Mine was 180hp. The highest I ever had it was 10,500'. I might have been able to nurse it up to 14,000'. I can't say for sure. No way it would have made it to 20k.

I've also flown a 150hp Asii a little bit. Big difference between it and my 180hp airplane.

I can't answer your questions with any certainty, but I will guess that you would be operating very near the edge of the performance envelope for a 150 or 160 hp Asii, especially if you have two people aboard. Maybe fly with the current owner from a lower elevation altitude airport, then climb to your desired operating altitudes and evaluate from there.
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I can tell you it would be a dog. I had a 1016lb 160hp AcroSport 2 and with 420lbs of people and 120lbs of fuel it was no hot rod at my 1300ft elevation home airport. Can't see operating it would be much fun even if it was "doable" from a 10,500DA home airport. No margin for safety in my opinion but if you're use to operating out of there maybe you would be capable. I 100% would not try with two people at first.
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