Titan Tornado

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Titan Tornado

Postby theexternvoid » Sat Jun 02, 2012 5:25 pm

Anyone have experience with a Titan Tornado? Want to know opinions on it.

Looking at the web site, their prices do not include motor, propeller, or instruments. Any ballpark figure for how much those would add to the price tag?

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Postby IndySportPilot » Tue Jun 05, 2012 7:44 am

I have over 10 years experience with the Titan Tornado and have built 6 of them myself. It's one of the most fun and capable light planes available.

Many engine options are available, so price will depend on your mission. The smaller models like the 2 seat "D" model will fly with a Rotax 503 or 582. The "S"tretch model or "SS" Super Stretch model need more power and would be best with 80hp or better such as the Rotax 912 80hp, 912S 100hp, Jabiru 2200 85hp, or Jabiru 3300 120hp. I'm not as familiar with the 503/582 2 stroke engines, but should be under $7,000. The 4 stroke options start at around $15,500 (Jab2200) up to around $21,000 for 912S.

Propellers usually run around $700-$1100 depending on needs. Instruments and electrical system are really hard to pin down without figuring out exactly what you want to do. You can go minimal with Engine monitor, Altimeter, Airspeed, and a handheld radio, or outfit with glass panel, radio, transponder, cabin heat, nav/strobes, lights, etc.

I've got 800 hours in the Tornado most all S or SS models. I enjoy building them so much I became a dealer in 2005. I'd be happy to help you get an accurate price tag with exactly what you'd be looking for.

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Postby drseti » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:17 am

IndySportPilot wrote: up to around $21,000 for 912S.


Randy, the current price for a brand-new 912ULS, in the crate, is $18k. The weak Euro is really helping us in the US.
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Postby IndySportPilot » Wed Jun 06, 2012 11:39 am

drseti wrote:
IndySportPilot wrote: up to around $21,000 for 912S.


Randy, the current price for a brand-new 912ULS, in the crate, is $18k. The weak Euro is really helping us in the US.


Yes, but then you need a coolant radiator, oil radiator, overflow bottle, exhaust, and mounts. Titan sells as a complete FWF kit. It is though a great time based on the Euro. I'd love to pic up one of the new 912iS fuel injected models soon.

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Postby drseti » Wed Jun 06, 2012 12:16 pm

IndySportPilot wrote: I'd love to pic up one of the new 912iS fuel injected models soon.


Don't hold your breath. I understand they're still having some teething pains.
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Postby theexternvoid » Thu Jun 07, 2012 5:32 pm

Thanks for the info! I don't need a quote yet. I'm not a pilot. Knowing my past trends, I will probably contemplate it for a year or two before making the leap. I wanted a ballpark figure for the cost to know if I can even afford it and, if so, how much to budget for when I do decide to make the leap. When I decide to take up the hobby and if I still want a Tornado then I'll keep you in mind for a real quote.

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Postby Jim Stewart » Thu Jun 07, 2012 7:00 pm

I had a hangermate with a Titan Tornado. He loved it and flew it all over the Northern Sierras camping. It had a Jab engine and the little Dynon EFIS.

The only downside I ever heard him mention was that he couldn't find anyone that would fly with him for his BFR.
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Postby IndySportPilot » Fri Jun 08, 2012 7:49 am

Jim Stewart wrote:...The only downside I ever heard him mention was that he couldn't find anyone that would fly with him for his BFR.


That's one down side of the original 2 seat "D" model. The back seat is so small, you'll never get a CFI on board. The S and SS models are the way to go.

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Re: Titan Tornado

Postby Ralph » Sun Feb 25, 2018 9:08 pm

I'm looking to purchase a Titan tornado ll it has a 503 rotax engine I want to put a 65 hp engine on the plane. If I stick with rotax I think the 582 is the right engine. Also looking at the hirth but don't know how big of a deal it is to swap. Any suggestions?


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