Kaptain_K wrote:"But what you might consider if you wan't some more altitude performance, is finding a good low time 80hp 912, and turboing it with the Bullyhawk kit. That will essentially give you a 914."
I am thinking about doing this, find a good S7, Kitfox, 701, etc with an 80hp 912 and if I'm satisfied with the plane "Bullyhawk'ing" it for some decent DA performance.
There doesn't seem to be much feedback from the Bullyhawk kit though ?
I like more power as much as anybody but have never felt hampered in flying around Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming.....just saying. The stock 912S in my S-7S gets the job done just fine. I felt a need to say this for some thinking the performance was sorely lacking if not turboed, not so!
Having said that, the first time I get left in the dust behind a fellow S-7 pilot with a turbo (not to mention a constant speed prop, the next little accessory a lot of the turbo'd guys have, and after my recent little misadventure with a lost left brake line that resulted in ONLY a $300.00 prop blade, I was really happy not to have one of those pricey items) it will probably be time to check the account balance in the flying fund and man up
In the meantime I console myself with the thought that none of the abovementioned performance mods will help one iota when LANDING in the tight spots, (though BETA pitch is an option on the Airmaster I'm told?)! It will also be enlightening to see what the fuel burn difference will be when performing similar missions (NOT at altitude, but low level, JC to Dixie for breakfast with a stop at Mile Hi for instance) in similar craft, one turboed and one not. Maybe the turbo will be less or the same, maybe more, don't know....any indications so far there Steve? The maintenance issues are the next thing: the same or more? Especially with the gearbox perhaps, don't know, just guessing. Just looking for a reason not to spend more money, add weight and complexity