Scalewings SW-51 Improved with More Power, Range | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Most Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date



Airborne-Wednesday Airborne-Thursday


Airborne On YouTube



Airborne-Unlimited-06.12.24 Airborne-FltTraining-06.13.24


Wed, Mar 06, 2024

Scalewings SW-51 Improved with More Power, Range

Mustang Now Offered With Aux Fuel Tanks and Rotax 916is

The Scalewings SW-51 Mustang has been further improved with some new options on the order form, thanks to factory upgrades and further design refinements.

First off, the SW-51 can now be equipped with a Rotax 916iS, bringing 160 horsepower of turbocharged, fuel injected grunt to the front of the plane. It's a fine mill to combine with the Mustang, especially now that it's been given a new 2,000-hour time between overhaul. It's an all-around upgrade to the earlier 915iS, increasing TBO by 800 hours and adding 30% more torque while retaining the Rotax family's miserly fuel consumption.

The Mustang can now be had with a pair of added in-wing aluminum auxiliary fuel tanks, adding a total 18 gallons to its overall capacity. Given its standard capacity of about 23 gallons usable, a Mustang so equipped becomes a very long-legged aircraft. When equipped with a fuel-sipping Rotax, a stock aircraft sees about 3 hours of absolute endurance at cruise (using the hot rod 916iS engine at Scalewings' estimated 7.5 gph)... but with the 18-gallon aux tanks? That plane carries 43 gallons of fuel. Give it some wiggle room to account for unusable gas, and the aux tanks could add around 2 to 2 and a half hours of cruise time on top of the 3-hour standard. That's a good chunk of cross country flying for an 'LSA' when you're humming along at 180 knots true.

Currently, Scalewings says a basic kit runs around $230,000, but ready-to-fly, completed premium aircraft bring that up to about $450,000 overall. It's pricey, but how many competitors can pass so convincingly for a P-51 to the point of having the rivet marks? That top-tier price includes an awful lot, too, like a ballistic chute, lighting, a taxi camera, retractable gear w/ mechanical backup, and a glass cockpit that manages to remain spiritually faithful to the original P-51.



More News

USCG MH-60 To The Rescue (Again) -- Rescues 4 Boaters

Capsized Vessel Located Near Dauphin Island, Alabama The Coast Guard rescued four boaters after their vessel capsized near Dauphin Island, Alabama, Thursday. Coast Guard District E>[...]

Gray Eagle Order Placed for Army National Guard

Reserve Components Looking to Improve In-House General Atomics Aeronautical Systems announced a fresh order for a dozen Gray Eagle 25M UAVs with accompanying equipment, for fulfill>[...]

Aero-Biz Survival 101 (1120a): Expert Ideas To Help You Through Tough Times

Brand New! Avoid The Need For A Comeback... Get Your Marketing Right, Right Now! Some time ago, the Aero-News Network, responding to numerous requests, established a marketing and >[...]

Airborne 06.03.24: Rotax 915/916 SB, Starship 4 Ready?, B-17 Mementos

Also: Hubble On Pause, FedEx Pilots Picket, Nexus eVTOL, VFS Honors The Rotax folks have published a Service Bulletin after issues were noted that may affect all R915i and R916i se>[...]

Mid-Continent Instruments and Avionics Mourns Former Leader

John W. Winter of AEA and Avionic Fame Passes John W. Winter brought Mid-Continent Instrument Company into the modern era in 1980, purchasing the firm and using it as a base for ex>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus





© 2007 - 2024 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC