Barrett Precision Engines Building Up Superior XP-400 Engines

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Barrett Precision Engines is building the XP-400.

Superior Aircraft Parts, supplier of the XP-400 kit engine, announced during Sun 'n Fun 2013 that it has appointed Barrett Precision Engines of Tulsa, Oklahoma, as the first authorized engine build facility for the company's 215-horsepower, XP-400 Engine.

"We helped Superior get the XP-400 back to market," said Rhonda Barrett-Bewley as she showed off the engine on its stand at the Barrett Precision Engines tent (booth NE-037). As is typical with Barrett engines it comes with cold air induction, a counterweighted crankshaft, honed valve guides, new engine clearance limits, custom paint and more. "This engine is available for $37,000," said Barrett-Bewley.

The Barrett-built XP-400 engines come with a 2 1/2 year, 400 hour warranty.

“The Barrett family has developed an enviable reputation within homebuilders, competitive aerobatic pilots and certified aircraft owners for taking good engines and turning them into truly great engines,” Glen Golden, Superior’s V.P. Sales and Marketing said. “We couldn’t be more excited to have their engine building skills and expertise available to XP-400 Engine buyers.”

Currently it takes 12-13 weeks from order to delivery for a Barrett XP-400 engine.

Contributing Editor Amy Laboda is a freelance writer and editor of Aviation for Women magazine. She's an ATP-rated pilot and instrument and multi-engine Flight Instructor with a passion for teaching and flying in light aircraft. Her steady rides these days are a 18-year old Kitfox IV and a fresh Van's RV-10.

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