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Viking Aircraft Engines

The company is using Honda L15-series car engines for their conversion to an aircraft application. You may buy them new from Honda but most customers opt for used engines that have been used in cars for less than 6 months or 5000 miles. After they leave the Viking factory assembly line they can be considered as a rebuilt/new aircraft engine.

The result is an engine with the latest technology for the lowest price available. The fuel economy is world class; the power to weight ratio is superb. The quality of the engines is as good as Honda gets it and to ensure reliability, Viking performs dynometer testing combined with thousands of hours of infight testing.

Honda builts these engines in thousands per year (unlike other aircraft engine manufacturers) with enough parts readily available and, more important: for a reasonable price. This guarantees the customer benefits from the absolute latest in engine technology for the best price.

Honda Based Engines

Viking Engine

The Viking 130 is as close to a Honda Fit (called 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 engines using this principle.

For those of you flying with the Viking 110 (see image above) we have the engine installation manual available.

Zenith CruZer

The Viking company Zenith CruZer is faster than any other flying at 126 kts / 154 mph TAS @ 8500 ft DA. It also has the shortest take off 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 engine are:

Viking 130 EngineViking 130 Turbo Engine
Viking Turbo Engine
  • 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 3600 reduction drive gear parts in stock, including 2700 gears
  • No complicated fuel return system needed
  • Worlds only GDI (gasoline direct injected) aircraft engine
  • The oil system is included within the engine, no external hoses or cooler
  • An unbelievably smoooth running engine, your airframe and avionics will love you for that!


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.

Engine specifications

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 ModelDrive TypeHorsepowerWeight
V130 (1.5 L)Geared130 hp / 97 kW210 lbs / 95 kg
V150T (1.5 Turbo)Geared150 hp / 112 kW250 lbs / 113 kg
V170T (1.5 Turbo)Geared170 hp / 127 kW270 lbs / 122 kg
V190T (1.5 Turbo)Geared190 hp / 142 kW270 lbs / 122 kg

For a power/torque comparison of a Viking 130 to a ULPower UL350iS see this image of the V130 power curve.

Turbo Engine

The new Viking turbo engine is based on the 1.5 Liter Gasoline Direct Injection Civic engine capable of 174 HP upto 192 HP. To get an idea of the technologies used in this Honda engine, have a look at the next video: Honda Turbo 1.5 L engine animation.

Company information

Viking Aircraft Engines can be visited (for an appointment to fly!) and reached at:

Viking Aircraft Engines
735 Air Park Road, Hangar C3
Edgewater Florida, 32132 USA
+1 3865 662 616
[email protected]
www.vikingaircraftengines.com (includes a forum)

Text adapted and used with permission of Viking.

written by EAI.

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