N701RW with the new Rotax 912 uls engine package from Zenith. Picture taken after the first test flight. The original vw was removed because of performance and reliability. The engine block cracked on the way to Oshkosh which allowed the oil to be pumped into the engine compartment which nearly resulted in a fire and forced landing. I found one quart of oil left in the crankcase when I taxied in at Morris, Illinois.

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Comment by Dan Stanton on December 21, 2011 at 2:59pm


Glad to hear that you got the 912 in and every thing is working well.

I couldn't get comfterable with the VW either.

Sold the 891 and delivered it over the weekend to Ok.


Comment by Wayne Clagg on December 20, 2011 at 4:53pm
thanks everybody! After that deal on the way to KOSH I decided the goo lord had given me to many chances and warnings so I ordered the rotax. I never would have believed the difference in performance. Now I have an airplane that can haul two and I don't have to work on it as much. the vw was about like a helicopter!
Comment by Bob McDonald on December 20, 2011 at 3:00pm

Good looking bird... the Rotax 912S CH701 will out STOL the heavier CH750. Both will leave a big silly grin on your face :>) 

Comment by Chris Aysen on December 20, 2011 at 12:44pm

Wayne - Glad you're OK. Best of luck with the Rotax I think you'll like it. Do keep us posted.


Comment by Normand Lambert on December 20, 2011 at 10:22am

Hi Wayne,

Quite an horror story you had there ! Happy ending are always my favorite !


Comment by Andre Levesque on December 20, 2011 at 9:53am

Oh boy !!  not good.

The new Rotax engine should serve you well based on it's track record. looking forward to your comparisons...

Rotax  vs  VW    

Fly safe

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