Certified 4seat Rotax Airplane?

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  1. Patrojv

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    Hi, looking for wisdom, because my google skills did not work. Is there a 4 seat Rotax power airplane in the market today? Certified?

    Thanks for your help
     
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    We used to have P2006T at our airport. Very interesting plane! Not the most handsome plane on the ramp, but very practical. Nice cabin space and a twin with an operational cost similar to a comparable single engine plane of same performance.

    182 about 12 GPH while P2006 about 9 GPH.

    The biggest drawback appears to be range with about 660nm. IT also has twin Rotax 912 engines, and would be nice to see 915 turbo, maybe then it could lift more fuel to higher altitude. I think the plane is positioned as twin trainer, which would make sense with the design trade-off's.
     
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  4. Racerx

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    Sling 4 and Sling TSI, but they're not certified. They do make an LSA, but not 4 seats
     
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    There are a few at MYF that are used for twin training. Never seen a privately owned one actually. I understand the useful is somewhat limited as well

    Cool little planes, they're a "big" small plane (if that makes sense). Sounds like a small lawnmower when it taxis by and the rotax engines have a very distinct sound when they take off. I do like the idea though of a strutless high wing design.
     
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    And you don't have to worry about the engine/prop in case of a gear-up.
     
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    I want to dislike this airplane for some reason... but for some other, stronger reason... I like it.
     
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    Rotax has an engine that I believe they have obtained FAA approval for installation on a Cessna 150. I was sorely tempted last year when our engine needed an overhaul, but wound up just overhauling the O-200. The Rotax required a modified cowling, which was part of the kit.
     
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    ^^^ This

    Interesting airplane. There used to be 3 of them at my home airport. But with 100 hp 912 engines it would seem a modern day version of an Apache trainer, especially single-engine. :eek:

    Would be very cool to see a 915 turbo version.
     
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    ...making it a modern day version of a Turbo Seminole? :D
     
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    I hadn't thought of that, I wonder if the prop will clear if the wing rests on the tarmac
     
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    Wouldn't be much concern except to salvage the props. The Rotax has a slipper clutch that disengages the prop/gearing from the engine in the event of a prop strike. I don't think there's any teardown inspections for Rotax. Pretty cool feature. My Comanche is surely totaled if the prop touches anything!:D
     
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    Honestly, it doesn't fly bad on one. It's been years since I flew one, but I did by ATP in one back in the day. Wasn't worse than a PA44/BE76, probably a bit better. Fun flying airplane.
     
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    The P2006Ts have pretty good single engine performance, and according to Tecnam it's getting the 915s soon. (soon is undefined in this context)
    They also have the P2010 which has four seats, with 3 different engine options.
     
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    I poked my head in a P2006T at an AOPA event. My recollection is that it sits pretty low to the ground making for easier entry/egress than say perhaps a 182. Unless they stopped at just the right angle, one also had to be mindful of the props when boarding/debarking.
     
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    There is a certified version of the 914 but I’m not sure what aircraft it’s installed into. There is an STC for installation onto a C150 IIRC
     
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    now thats one high wing i might consider ...
     
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    It's the overhead panel, with its magneto and engine start controls. Big iron! :D
     
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    I think that may be it. This thing looks like a little airliner... the more I look at it, the more I want to get my multi.
     
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    915s will require the wing mods. No go on 915 powered P2006T for now.
     
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    Why do you prefer a Certified plane, are you going to teach in it? To me that just means more expense and older avionics. If not, the Sling TSi flies really well. If you like high wing, they're test flying that one now.