Viking Aircraft Engines
The company is using Honda cars engines for their conversion to an aircraft application. These are not new but close and have been used in cars for less than 6 months or 5000 miles. After they leave the factory assembly line they can be considered rebuilt/new.
The result is an engine with the latest technology for the lowest price available. The fuel economy is world class; the power to weight is superb. The quality of the engines is as good as Honda gets it and Viking does dyno and thousands of hours of infight testing.
Honda builts these engines in thousands per year with enough parts readily available and, more important, for a reasonable price. This way the customer benefits from the absolute latest in engine technology.
Honda Based Engines
The Viking 130 is as close to a Honda Fit (Jazz in some parts of the world) car engine as possible, retaining all of its modern features. The cooling system is run with Evans liquid cooling without a pressure system and the engines are run at 66 % of the rated RPM as designed by Honda.
One of the main advantages of this engine is its low weight to power ratio compared to other engines in the market today. The fuel injection system is a GDI, gasoline direct injection. This is much like the system used in a diesel engine where fuel is injected directly into the combustion chamber. Normal gasoline fuel injection systems inject fuel just before the intake port, Rotax iS and ULPower are a good example of that.
The Viking company Zenith CruZer is faster than any other (126 kts / 154 mph TAS @ 8500 ft da). It also has the shortest takeoff roll of any CruZer. In fact, the airplane is so powerful; it can take off much shorter than a full fledged CH-750 STOL airplane.
Some of the advantages of a Viking aircraft engines are:
- Viking has a one year unconditional return policy for refund or exchange
- The 2016 Honda Fit engine manual covers all engine specifics in great detail
- The engines are Evans liquid cooled without pressure, no leaks or possible boiling
- The engines run at only at 2/3 Honda rated RPM
- The 130 is a perfect weight for the Zenith and a host of other experimental aircraft
- Engines are ready to bolt to the airplane as shipped
- Cowling, engine mount and propeller available along with all other accessories
- The 130 will outperform all other engines with 600 lb of thrust
- An inline 4 cylinder engine is not complicated, rather simplicity itself
- The Viking has no separate external exhaust pipes, just a single muffler
- No baffles required to direct cooling air over cylinders
- All parts are available from Honda or Viking
- Over 3,600 reduction drive gear parts in stock, including 2,700 gears
- No complicated fuel return system needed
- Worlds only GDI (gasoline direct injected) aircraft engine
- No oil cooler needed
Viking engines are used and flown in a large number of aircraft ranging from Just Aircraft, Cessna, Rans, Vans RV-12 to the Zenith Aircraft CH650 and CruZer to name but a few.
There are four type of Viking engines at the moment. Below an overview with the specifications, for current prices we refer you to the Viking company website.
|Engine Model||Drive Type||Horsepower||Weight|
|V130 (1.5 L)||Geared||130 hp / 97 kW||210 lbs / 95 kg|
|V150T (1.5 Turbo)||Geared||150 hp / 112 kW||250 lbs / 113 kg|
|V170T (1.5 Turbo)||Geared||170 hp / 127 kW||270 lbs / 122 kg|
|V190T (1.5 Turbo)||Geared||190 hp / 142 kW||270 lbs / 122 kg|
Viking Aircraft Engines can be visited (for an appointment to fly!) and reached at:
735 Airpark Rd Hangar C3 Edgewater FL 32132 US
phone: +1.3865 662 616
Text adapted and used with permission of Viking.