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Old 09-26-2022, 10:21 AM
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Default RV-8 Turbaero Retrofit?

I met the guys developing the 200hp Turbaero turboprop engine at Sun N Fun last summer. I am very interested but I have wondered how we could retrofit our aircraft to accommodate this engine. Anyone else thinking the same? I know it will fit space wise, but it would require new engine mounts, cowling, fuel filler on the tanks, and probably a larger fuel supply line to name a few things. I'd love to get other people's perspectives on this if anyone else is also thinking about buying this engine once it comes to production.
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Old 09-26-2022, 11:07 AM
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Default RV-8 Turbaero Retrofit?

Still not likely they could achieve the same BSFC as a piston engine, so you would have to also consider larger fuel tanks or shorter range.
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:01 PM
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And $80-100,000
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Old 09-26-2022, 04:13 PM
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Id wait til they at least get a running prototype before even thinking of whats entailed in a retrofit.
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Old 09-26-2022, 07:12 PM
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Chris---they will build the engine mount---or a supplemental mount to install it in the 8. I guess. You can take most everything FWF and scrap it----a new dry sump oil tank will be needed, similar to the one they had in the 7A mockup at OSH. A fuel header tank will be needed, probably mounted in ( what used to be) the forward baggage area. Probably 2-3 gals. The diagram I have didnt show returns, but I suspect that there will be some sort of bypass return to the header tank.

The pics I took at OSH show the 7A mockup and part of the mockup plumbing, mainly the oil system. Keep in mind this is a mockup and most likely will all be changed once other systems get in place. No, we didnt build them.

If you want some other info, email me at tsflightlines@gmail.com

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Old 09-26-2022, 07:44 PM
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Chris, not trying to be critical at all, just don't understand why you'd be interested. Can you go into the expected advantages a bit?

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Old 09-26-2022, 10:44 PM
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Reliability of a turboprop? More power, longer TBO, yes its not for everyone. I really don't care if it eats more fuel.

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Tom, thank you for the pictures from Oshkosh I guess I missed that.
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Old 09-27-2022, 01:15 AM
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Chris, not trying to be critical at all, just don't understand why you'd be interested. Can you go into the expected advantages a bit?

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If this engine can be made to run, many of the Reno sports class racers will want to install it.
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Old 09-27-2022, 02:45 AM
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You are correct in that there will be changes necessary in order to retrofit the Talon. We will be working, ideally in conjunction with Van's, to develop FWF packages for RV's to make this swap as seamless as possible.

We will be detailing the install of the Talon on our RV7T (turbine RV-7A) - we have a build thread on this forum (https://vansairforce.net/community/s...d.php?t=208523) as well as a YouTube series documenting the work going into it. As we progress, you will be able to follow along and see what would be required to install a Talon on similar airframes.

In terms of advantages..... performance, reliability and maintenance, TBO, NVH, fuel used. We have always promoted that the engine will not necessarily be for everyone, and it depends on your typical mission - for those that like to fly high and fly fast, would prefer to run Jet-A, like the sound/smoothness/reliability of a turbine etc. it will be a very viable alternative.
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Old 09-27-2022, 08:22 AM
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If this engine can be made to run, many of the Reno sports class racers will want to install it.
No turbines allowed in Sport Class.
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