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Vulcanair Shows Off 8.3 Gph Fuel Burn in 180HP Skyhawk Alternative

New Cowling Offers Lower Head Temps, Increased Efficiency in Vulcanair V1

The Vulcanair V1 is shaping up to be more efficient than before now that the design sees a freshly revamped cowling, providing cooler head temps and lower fuel burn than the original spec.

The V1 has been making the rounds and seeing lots of interest on the tour circuit, according to marketing VP Michael McMann. At the October University Aviation Association Convention, passers-by were reportedly impressed at the modest fuel burn for the 180-hp Lycoming IO-360 equipped in the high-wing, tricycle-geared aircraft. In its current installation, the new cowling drops CHTs by 30º compared to the original design, decreasing wear and adding a few of those all-important maintenance dollars back into operator pockets over the life of the plane. 

McMann said that the Vulcanair is seeing considerable gains in efficiency, too, with a 75-80% power setting seeing about 8.3 gallons per hour in terms of fuel burn. Not too shabby, particularly when that power setting is supposedly sufficient for most training flights. 

He said the Vulcanair V1 presents a “trifecta of savings”, offering the “lowest acquisition cost aircraft in its market for certified, four-seat Lycoming 180 HP aircraft with what may be the lowest cost of maintenance,” all topped off with “a significant reduction in fuel flow and operating costs.”



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