After trying out the Corvair, Richard spent 6 months and some money to redo his airplane with a Viking 130 engine.  He made aviation history yesterday by being the first to fly a low winged Zenith aircraft with the Viking 130 engine model.  I spoke with him today and he could not stop talking about what a huge difference the engine has made to his airplane.  We hope to have a takeoff video from him shortly in order to get a before / after comparison to the airplane being powered with the earlier engine.  Richard already has a video showing that.  

Congratulations are in order for a job well done.  He used the Homebuilthelp Viking installation DVD and said it made all the difference.  

Dick has set his Wordwind prop pitch to 22 degrees and will fly more this weekend.  Cant wait to get his before / after data.  He has weighed his airplane to get the new CG and it was within half lbs of the Corvair engine, ready to fly - fluids, radiator and all

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Comment by Jan Eggenfellner on October 28, 2016 at 6:38pm



Comment by Timothy D. McCall on October 28, 2016 at 12:42pm


Be carful not to pull the firewall right off the airframe.    :)


Comment by Bob Pustell on October 13, 2016 at 7:21pm

Which model Corvair did Dick have? If he traded a 100 HP Corvair for a 130 HP Viking the performance increase would be significant. If he had a 130 HP Corvair I would expect less difference. He could have traded a 100 HP Corvair for a 130 HP "stroker" and got a similar boost, I expect.

I await comparison numbers with interest.

Comment by Kenneth Buchmann on October 9, 2016 at 10:50am

You go Richard perseverance  prevails Good work

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