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VIKING 130 OR CONTINENTAL 0-200

When you install an O-200 engine, or a Viking 130 aircraft engine, the weight of the aircraft will be about the same.

HOWEVER

  • You will have 30 more HP and close to 100% more static thrust.  
  • You will have a 2018 model Honda, usually built in America - not a 1945 design now sold to China
  • You will have 5,000 Honda dealerships from where you can get parts.  
  • You will have DIRECT, into the cylinders, fuel injection.  No carburetor anywhere
  • You will pay much less for much more.

NEW! Every Viking Customer has their own page on our website to showcase their aircraft which will also coincide with the map. If you want your aircraft displayed, please send me in some pictures at Alissa@Vikingaircraftengines.com

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  • Some have the belief that UL engines somehow are airplane engines and Viking engines are not.

    It is interesting to see how UL is slowly learning. Since the first engine was delivered to the US and the dealer asked Viking for help and to borrow a set of fuel pumps, to the latest UL sevice bulletin regarding their fuel system:  

    UL service bulletin

    Viking mentioned the issue in the sevice bulletin over one year ago here:

    "Since the fuel is at low pressure (suction) as it enters the hot engine compartment, any exposed metal fuel pump body or fuel system component could cause the fuel to boil and cavitate the pump, dropping the pressure from 43.5 psi to less than 10 psi. Once the pressure has been dropped, the pump will not be able to re-gain pressure due to the 43 psi fuel regulator at the other end of the engine fuel rail. (Here is where a small bleed bypass around the pressure regulator would be handy but this is not implemented by either Rotax or UL. The bleed would allow some fuel to flow, re-priming the pump with fresh fuel and again be able to make pressure) "

    Full article HERE

    From this "fix" to their system, and not a complete redesign, it is still years behind what Viking offers their customers and are now also shipping to UL installers.  

    http://ulpower.com/content/service-bulletins/service-bulletin-2019_02.pdf
  • Viking Zenith Steel Nosewheel Bungee

     

    Another failed nose-gear bungee on my 701
    Posted by Sebastian Dewhurst on April 29, 2019 at 1:30pm
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    Funny thing – the original bungee on my 701 lasted for years. But with about 5 years and 200 hours on the aircraft, I was persuaded to replace it. So, I ordered one from Zenith, also the bungee replacement tool which helped - only to find the bungee was too big for my plane. It was really loose and with the gear off the ground, I could push the bungee off the pegs on the nose gear leg.

    A quick call to Zenith, and Roger kindly digs up a smaller one and sends it to me. It fits nicely, thank you! But, the bugger failed only a year later! Nasty sensation – felt like the prop was going to hit the ground. So I order a new one, and replace it (getting pretty good at this…)

    Another year or so goes by, and I’m out in my 701. I land out somewhere in the middle of nowhere (which is kind of the point of having a 701). Taking off, during the 701's trademark ridiculously short ground run, the nose feels a little lower than it should be. But then I’m airborne, so all seems well – for a couple of seconds. Then it feels like it did last time I was flying a twin and the instructor pulled one of the throttles to idle – the plane just starts yawing hard to the right. Full pressure on the left rudder pedal has no effect. An old joke goes through my head – something about being up here for ever if all I can do is go in circles. The plane does seem flyable though, which is obviously a relief – flyable if I don’t try and make a left turn, that is. It’s going to be right traffic today, I think!

    Then, as soon as it appeared, the problem seems to go away – only to be followed by the strong smell of burning rubber. By this time I’m less than five minutes from South Lakeland Airport, but I descend to tree-top height and keep over open pasture as much as possible, in case it becomes prudent to abandon ship. I also turn off the fuel pump and have my hand on the ignition switch, ready to transform myself into a glider if I see any sign of fire.

    Turns out I don’t need my glider experience with the RAF all those years ago. I land and remove the cowl, and here’s what falls out:



    This explains the stuck rudder as well as the burning smell. When the bungee failed on the left, the remaining part of the bungee tried to twist the nose gear to the right, and then fell and jammed between the gear leg and the firewall. Eventually, it must have fallen out - at which point the rudder freed up – and of course it fell onto the exhaust and started to cook.

    You can imagine at this point I don’t even want to see another bungee. I recall something in a Zenith newsletter about a new bungee-less system, so I place a quick call to Zenith. Seb tells me that they have a kit for the 750, but not yet for the 701. But he helpfully suggests chatting to Viking Engines (who do the very attractively priced Honda engine conversions) - they apparently have a “steel bungee” kit. A quick call to Jan at Viking and a review of their site, and I place an order for one.

    Meantime, on removing the nose gear in preparation, we notice a crack in the flange that holds the top end of the nose-gear in position:


    Luckily, I have with me A&P extraordinaire Ray Torres, who rapidly fabricates some doublers and installs them. His Lake Renegade, which he restored from a basket case, won trophies at Sun n Fun – so you know he’s good at this kind of thing.

    A few days later, we install the steel bungee kit, and it works really well. At first try, as shown, the gear only had about 1.5" of travel. Another quick call to Viking and Alyssa tells me Jan suggests adding a spacer. They are getting ready for Sun n Fun so she offers to bring it over - that's service!


    We added the spacer today, and now have nearly 3" of travel. The kit features a neat pre-load feature so that, when the aircraft is in the air and the gear is resting on its bottom stop, the tension in the spring is removed. Think of it as being able to adjust how far off the bottom stop the gear has to travel before the spring engages.

    Anyway, this has the effect of DRAMATICALLY lightening the rudder in flight because the spring is not pushing the gear leg down onto the bottom stops the entire time. The old joke among 701 pilots is that the rudder is "set it and forget it" - the bungee makes it so stiff. But not anymore! The rudder is now as light and responsive as the other controls. Great improvement!

    My advice to anyone about to replace the bungee - order one of these kits. You won't regret it.

    Another failed nose-gear bungee on my 701
    Funny thing – the original bungee on my 701 lasted for years. But with about 5 years and 200 hours on the aircraft, I was persuaded to replace it. So…
  • Jphn Heather flying first solo in his own aircraft.

  • Just curious, how would the RV-14A fare with the 180hp turbo? I know the plane specs a 210 Lycoming but the reality is that at a higher density altitude in the heat of the day, a IO-390 might only be making 170hp to 180hp at takeoff. 

    • We have not moved to these airframes yet.  Maybe in a years time. 

  • A collection of photos from Sun N Fun 2019. It was a beautiful week and we couldn't ask for better company, customers and friends. The aviation community continues to be the friendliest we know and we want to continue to watch it grow by making our engines affordable, easy to maintain and with high performance so we can see the younger generation grow their love for aviation and it be an attainable goal.

    We were able to fly 3 airplanes to the show this year. Every evening Jan was able to showcase the Viking 90 on the Rans S12 by flying down in the ultralight area. New this year and we hope to continue was the "Engine Dinner" enjoyed by many as four of the main engine providers laid out everything necessary for a good ole' time!

    The Viking 90 is catching a lot of eyes and winning the hearts of many as it offers the same weight as the Rotax 912, performance without hesitation and a price tag that can't be beat.

    A huge thank you to all our friends and customers that continue to make what we do possible.

    We have a busy week ahead as we ship out the orders from the show this week and if you haven't already, take the opportunity to snag you an engine at $1000 off because the sale will end Friday! LAST CALL!

     

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  • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KtJtXfx3urc&feature=youtu.be

     

    John Heather took his first flight today in his Zenith Cruzer (powered by the Viking 130) Congratulations!

  • As we prep for Sun-N-Fun 2019. All hands on deck! We have a lot of loose ends to tie up. The Super Duty with the Viking 180 will be displayed at the Zenith Booth MD-026B for anyone that wants to take a peak at the black and red beast. 

    The Sp-30 and S12 with the Viking 90 in Paradise City will be doing demo flights. Not to mention, we will have the newly equipped Aventura by Aero Adventure with a Viking 130 flying in and displayed at the Viking Booth (N-079).

    There will be a beautiful Viking 130 powered Powrachute at their booth LP-012 and should have some customers stopping in as well! Wherever you go, you are sure to see a Viking powered aircraft and make sure you stop in and say hi to the Viking team.

    It is always an exciting week, all hopes that the weather holds up!

     

    MAKING AN APPEARANCE AT SUN-N-FUN

     

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