Documentation (operator’s manual and repair
manual) is complete and comprehensive. Modern
computer-aided design programs allow extensive
documentation to be produced relatively easily, and
UL has made full use of these capabilities, and made
them part of the accompanying paperwork. E-mail
and telephone support is also offered.
Though the UL350i is the current best-seller, the
260i has the largest installed base, with some 200
examples in the air, powering 35 different airframes.
Gus flew his 260i-powered CH 750 to Sun ’n Fun this
spring. Other popular airframes already flying with
the ULPower 260i engine include the Super Pulsar,
Thatcher CX4, Bushbaby Explorer, Raven, X-Air,
Dragonfly, Apollo Fox, Esqual, Europa, Avid Flyer,
and Kitfox. The new 350i is in at least one Savage
Cub, a Just Highlander, and a Polliwagen.
Why are builders attracted to the UL engines?
They’re traditionally laid out, yet modern in metallurgy and technology; they have a good
power-to-weight ratio; their physical size is compatible with many airframes; and they’re priced
reasonably, starting at about $16,600 for a UL260i
(including U.S. delivery) up to about $21,700 for the
350iS, as of publication date. With a 1,500-hour suggested time between overhauls, their longevity is
adequate, especially for sport flying.
Tim Kern, EAA 852075, is a private pilot and certified
aviation manager and consultant. You can find him online at
www.TimKern.com. Erick Crewes also contributed to this story.
For more information about these engines, visit www.ULPower.com or
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