Dnigolian wrote:MrMorden wrote:zaitcev wrote:If I wanted a 2-seat airplane, I would have to pay for Rotax or even a small ULpower (260i). I could consider AeroVee turbo if they ever put it on the market (after the death of Jeremy Monnett).
There are several Sonex flying with the Aerovee turbo. It can be bought here, cost is $10,999:
Like it, but again may be more engine than I need. Just looking to be able to get off the water with 2 people. Beyond that I want fuel efficiency (for distance, not cost) and reliability. Guessing the turbo is less reliable than the non. I'll look into a "gently used" 912.
Honestly, I think that is your best bet. Water is draggy, and getting off with two people and less than 80hp would probably take more room than many lakes provide. A used 912ULS like the one I posted for $9500 is a better and more reliable engine at the same power as the turbo Aerovee is for $11k. BTW, there is no posted TBO for an Aerovee engine, but most require overhaul at 300-600 hours, vs the 912 TBO of 2000hrs. VW overhauls are much cheaper though.