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I hope you get some valuable input. The 582 sure looks like a nice engine and if I had a 701 would give it serious consideration.
Thanks, I am in the learning research phase.
It's listed as an engine option in this article from the zenith site here:
Also listed here, where the Jabiru 2200cc is noted as a popular replacement for it.
However they no longer have the performance specs available on the zenith website, they only have them up for the 912. So I gave them a call to see if they still had the specs available and Roger is supposed to get back to me with them.
It's great to having choices. Hope others chime in who have real world experience with the engine/airplane combo.
By the way, Viking Aircraft Engines is just now starting to deliver 3 cylinder engines for the 701.
From an e-mail conversation with a CH701 Rotax582 owner here is some performance info:
Vy - 50mph
cruise 75% power about 65 mph
full throttle 69 mph
burns around 5 gph
Before building my Jabiru 2200 powered 701, I was taken for a flight in a Rotax 532 powered one.
It had good climb etc. , similar overall with the J2200. over the years I have considered a 582 as a replacement engine, but not needed to do that so far.
From a leaflet I picked up at Oskosh - '95 or '96 most likely, the factory specs are:
Performances: 582 (65hp)single/ gross: 912(80hp) single / gross:
takeoff roll 60ft / 115ft 50ft / 90ft
top speed 85mph / 85mph 95mph / 95mph
cruise 75% 75mph / 75mph 80mph / 80mph
stall 25mph / 28mph 28mph / 30mph
rate of climb 1400fpm / 1200fpm 1600fpm / 1400fpm
range (std) 250 n.mi 270 n.mi
with wing tanks 450 n.mi 450 n.mi
In those days the empty weight was 460 lbs and gross 960lbs
stop press: changes in last published factory figures I have from 2002, for the 1100lbs revison design:
single / dual single / dual
stall 28mph / 30mph 28mph / 30mph
takeoff roll 60ft / 115ft 45ft / 90ft
langing roll 80ft / 140ft 80ft / 140ft
service ceiling feet 15,000+ / 12,000+ 15,000+ / 12,000+
std range(miles) 300 400
endurance 4hrs 5hrs
The numbers given to me above are from an older kit with weights of 485 empty 920 gross. Am I correct that the early 701s from the 90s had a max installed engine weight of 130lbs?