Zenith 701

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  1. Ted DuPuis

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    Assuming it's this one:

    http://www.zenithair.com/misc/turbine-power.html

    It's probably fun, but performance is probably decent while not extravagant. <150 lb install weight is good, but 90 HP is so-so, and prop RPM of a bit over 3,000. Really it's not as good of an option as an O-200/235/300. You have higher RPM and less power. The 50 lb weight savings is worth something, though.
     
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    But. But. But. Turbine! ;) lol.
     
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    As much as I like turbines, I like pistons, too. Both have their place. If you're just tooling around counting cows and want low fuel burn, pistons are great.
     
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    Radial!!!!

    (I'm just messing with you, of course. Trying to help the evil devil sitting on one shoulder out so you'll ignore the halo'ed one on your other shoulder. Hahaha.)
     
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    Yea, a Rotec R3600 would be sweet, but I can't imagine it's even close to being as economical as the other options.
     
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    But between the low failure rate, higher TBO, better DA performance, cheaper fuel, smooth running, and BETA, I'd say that would be well worth it.


    Or if you can't wait, this would be a similar option, just with more seats and a tailwheel

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    http://www.airplanemart.com/aircraf...ne-TurboProp/1986-PZL-104-Turbine-conv/13074/
     
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  7. Ted DuPuis

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    Depends on the mission. A Zenith is a plane I'll be flying low, not high. And outside of my personal 360 ft strip, probably won't be operating super short.

    Jet A isn't cheaper than MoGas I buy at the QuikTrip.

    O-300 sounds more fun to me.
     
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    But that lower failure rate and sure as heck beta would make a world of difference in a low level STOL plane.

    There's a reason all the single otters you see are converted to turbines, and why the guys who can afford turbo beavers go turbine.
     
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    Well, virtually everyone who can afford to go turbine does. Yes, they're better in lots of ways (especially reliability), but everything's a trade-off. I'll stick with piston.
     
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    Indeed, but asking 80k, sell for like 70k, that's in the realm of most 182 folks.

    And if anyone buys that thing, I'll ferry that one for cost ;) but ya gotta give me a little extra time, since I'd have to do a little backcountry camping along the way ;)
     
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