New LSA Propellers And Engines, Too
Two new engines debuted at the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo. Vulcan Aircraft Engines displayed its Vulcan concept powerplant, which is close to being flight tested. President Kevin Sweeney said the four-cylinder horizontal-inline diesel will be in the air by Sun 'n Fun, with demo flights in the company's CH701 scheduled for Oshkosh. It's an all-new design that fits within the profiles of the Rotax 912 "not accidentally," said Sweeney. Meanwhile, UL Power brought its UL260i, a Belgian product that is ready for delivery. UL Power’s John Pescod said the first 25 customer engines are in production now, with delivery expected in February. Four refined prototypes are flying, and the fleet has logged more than 250 hours while the test-cell engine has more than 1,300 hours. Specifications of the 2.6-liter, direct-drive engine include 95 hp at 3,300 rpm; 82 hp continuous at 2,800 rpm; 160-pound gross weight; and 4 gph burning either mogas or 100LL.