Viking Announces 180-hp High Altitude Honda Civic Turbo Conversion

Viking 1.5 Turbo

Honda is now building gasoline direct-injected turbo engines, and Viking Aircraft Engines is converting the 1.5-liter powerplant for aircraft use. Direct injection differs from typical aircraft engine fuel injection because the fuel is injected directly into the cylinders, not the intake manifold ports. Direct injection is also used in the 130-hp Viking 130, which is based on the engine from the Honda Fit.  Continue reading "Viking Announces 180-hp High Altitude Honda Civic Turbo Conversion"

Zenith Aircraft Sponsors Engine Day at Oshkosh 2015

Oshkosh Engine DayOne of the best things about the Chris Heintz Zenith designs is that the airframes accept a wide range of powerplants. On Friday, July 24, from 10 am to 2 pm, the Zenith Exhibit (#640 in the North exhibit area) will host a dozen or so engines, from 80 to 150hp, that can be installed in front of the firewalls of the many Zenith designs, from touring to STOL.

Participants include Rotax, Continental, ULPower, Superior Air Parts (including their new Gemini diesel), Viking and Corvair, with others expected as well. Continue reading "Zenith Aircraft Sponsors Engine Day at Oshkosh 2015"

Firewall Forward Options for Van's RV-12 on Display at Sun 'n Fun 2013

Pete Krotje flies his Jabiru 2200 powered RV-12.
Pete Krotje flies his Jabiru 2200 powered RV-12.

The Van's Aircraft RV-12, with more than 200 units sold, is quick becoming one of the most popular two-place kit aircraft that can be flown by Sport Pilots. Though Van's Aircraft provides the builders with a capable firewall forward package, including a Rotax 912ULS, some builders are looking for powerplant options.

At $18,500, the Jabiru 2200, an 80hp engine with firewall-forward kit including cowling and prop from Jabiru USA Sport Aircraft LLC,  is an economical choice for RV-12 builders looking for direct-drive simplicity with great fuel specifics, according to Krotje, who has been selling Jabiru's in the U.S. since 2001. Continue reading "Firewall Forward Options for Van's RV-12 on Display at Sun 'n Fun 2013"

Zenith Open Hangar Event Set for September

Zenith Aircraft Company will celebrate its 20th anniversary at an Open Hangar Day and Builder Fly-In gathering on Friday and Saturday, September 21 and 22, in Mexico, Missouri. Rod Hightower, president and CEO of EAA, will be the special guest at a banquet on Friday.

Many seminars and workshops on various topics will be held over the two-day event. Last year's seminars covered subjects such as aircraft weight and balance, avionics (both Dynon and Garmin), engines (Jabiru, UL Power, Corvair, Viking) and EAA. Again this year, aviation suppliers (of particular interest to Zenith kit plane builders) will display products, and Zenith will hold hands-on workshops on kit aircraft assembly and maintenance.

Seminars will begin on Friday afternoon at the Mexico Airport. Several hundred participants are expected, mainly existing and new Zenith Aircraft builders and owners, along with those who may be interested in building a Zenith design. There is no cost to attend.

For more information, call 573/581-900, or visit

Light Sport Engine from Viking to Debut at Sebring

Viking Aircraft Engines is releasing its new gold edition engine, which will be on display at the 2012 Sebring Aviation Expo held January 18 to 22 in Sebring, Florida. The Viking engine is the brainchild of builder Jan Eggenfellner and shares its moving parts with the Honda Fit automobile, the Honda outboard marine engine and a Honda race engine, according to the company. It is not manufactured by Honda.

The Viking-110 firewall-forward package is $13,000.

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