Just letting you know that I now have 85 hours up on the R3600 and it is running very sweetly. No issues to date. Starts easily, runs very smooth, sounds great and very economical with the TBI injection. Product support is exceptional and prices for parts are very reasonable. I can certainly recommend this engine.
Here is an update of our Rotec R3600 powered "Vintage Hatz" project. The aeroplane is finished, just awaiting the flying wires. Some paperwork to be done... and then ready for first flight! Here is a link to a video showing the first start of our Rotec R3600 - at tribute to the amazing and excellent work of Rotec's Paul Chernikeeff and family. Without the advent of this radial engine such a project would not have been possible!! 9 years in the building....
Best regards Hans & Sam Gautschi, H.C.#78, Switzerland
Our "Vintage Hatz" is cmpleted and passed the second of 3 final inspections with no issue. The major final inspection by the BAZL (Swiss FAA) to pass for sign off to first flight and there will be no more excuse! Watch a link to a youtube taxiing video:
Off topic but interesting, these engines have been put in many motorcycles both forward facing and side on. If anything adaptable and I tell you what a bike with one of these would definitely up-set the neighbors! Here are some google pic's.
Excellent work! The Hatz sounds great with the Rotec Round Rumbler up front. I think you guys are going to have a lot of fun with that machine. As an aside and a further connection with us antipodeans, as you taxied off the concrete onto the grass there is a PAC750XL visible on the far side of the airfield. Made in Hamilton, New Zealand (my home location). There must be a skydiving outfit on your airfield.
Yes, thank you for compliments! We have great fun - it's poor man's Waco although in our eyes it cost a fortune in materials! You are right, this NZ aircraft is a parajump hauler. It's quiet effective and carries a lot of jumpers, but's it's weight is no good for that grass strip, which has to be reinforced with perforated sheet metal plates. We are fortunate to have this airfield close to our home (less than 10 km) and we are allowed to fly off the parallel glider towing strip as long as the test phase endures! Hopefully it will never end, otherwise we will have to go to another field much farer away! This is Switzerland, whished we had your conditions, which might be similar to Australia or the USA! Owning and flying a private airplane is very, very expensive in all ways in this country, but nevertheless we had much fun redesigning and building this aeroplane. Greetings to down under from Hans & Sam, Aeroplaneworks, Switzerland
P.S. do you know you have an ex Swiss citizen by name of Gilles Kupfer, who built a Jurca 3/4 scale FW-190 in Switzerland, but then came over to NZ for living and flying his bird! If you know him, tell him best wishes!