Zenith Aircraft Co. and UL Power North America now offer complete firewall forward kits for the CH 650 kit aircraft following the successful installation and testing of the 130-hp UL350iS powerplant in the low-wing CH 650 cruiser.
Under the new fiberglass cowl the firewall-forward engine package includes the modern technology direct drive, air cooled, light weight and fuel efficient UL350iS aircraft engine. The 130-hp powerplant is a horizontally-opposed four-cylinder four-stroke air-cooled engine with FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control): multipoint electronic fuel injection with automatic altitude and temperature compensation. The full firewall-forward kit includes everything builders need to install the engine in their Zenith airframe, including engine mount, oil cooler, fuel pumps, propeller and spinner, and fiberglass cowl, company officials said.
UL Power North America’s complete product line ranging the UL260i at 97-HP to the UL350iS at 130-HP will be available in various Zenith kit aircraft models, according to Robert Helms, UL Power’s general manager.
“We’ve been flying our factory demonstrator CH650 with the 130-hp UL350iS for a few months now and we’re extremely pleased with the performance and operation of this engine,” said Sebastien Heintz, president of Zenith Aircraft Co. “We plan to offer the same firewall-forward kit also to our STOL CH 750 customers, since the two designs share the same firewall.”
In related news, UL Power North America has named Vertical Performance Services as its service center: “As we continue our growth in North America it is critical that we have local service and support that is familiar with the modern technology embodied in the UL Power line of engines,” said Helms. “Vertical Performance has been working with FADEC systems in aircraft engines since 1986 and brings a wealth of experience to benefit customers across North America.”