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  • #61
    Mike has the 110 hp which has a different gearbox. My engine is the vertical mount and he went to a 3 gear box not a two. There are only a couple of these flying. Although one has over 100 hours mine is the only one on a slow speed pusher configuration which may be why I am experiencing something the others have not. I have yet to see the new cooling-venting he has done to my engine. I will let you guys know what I think when i have beat it up some.
    "at 55 I did'nt GO over the hill, I FLEW over it"

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    I don't always fly a gyroplane, but when I do I fly a Dominator. Stay airborne my friends!

    Currently building an Aviomania GS2 powered by a Honda 130 HP Engine. Expected completion about two weeks. Wait a minute....I finished it!

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    • #62
      Wow Joe! Not only are you an accomplished pilot, but you are also a brave man; I must admit I'd be pushing for money back and changing to a Rotax. But that's just me.
      Last edited by loftus; 04-06-2017, 07:58 AM.

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      • #63
        I'm on the edge of my seat waiting for more news !
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        Happy Flying, Chris S.

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        • #64
          No news is hopefully good news, and Joe may well be taking things slowly and carefully.
          Leigh.

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          • #65
            I am just about ready to fly again. I will be speaking with Ernie about new blades in a week or two and will be giving it another go. Finally what appears like proper venting has been added to the gearbox. To be honest I had the consequences of these incidents weighed heavily on me, in fact I have flown my Dominator only a few times since. But gradually I am getting the urge to finish this project. If it fails again I will be looking to the other gearbox provider for the Honda engine that has been mentioned on the forum.
            "at 55 I did'nt GO over the hill, I FLEW over it"

            Sport Pilot Powered Parachute
            Sport Pilot Gyro

            I don't always fly a gyroplane, but when I do I fly a Dominator. Stay airborne my friends!

            Currently building an Aviomania GS2 powered by a Honda 130 HP Engine. Expected completion about two weeks. Wait a minute....I finished it!

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            • #66
              the gear box problem is typical eggenfellner crap, his gear boxes never held up on the Subaru conversions and the pilots were the

              test pilots for the new improved versions which always failed,

              He destroyed the reliability trust of the Subaru now it looks like he is doing the same thing to the Honda engine.


              Best Regards,
              Eddie Sigman,Polvadera,nm
              (575) 835-4921

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              • #67
                Joe: SPG-2 gearbox is quite good if you can get it. Alex in Georgia can help you (Tango gyro importer) but I do not know if there is an adapter plate for it for Honda engine. I used it in Suzuki conversions (6 or 7 of them) and it lasted and to the best of my knowledge those conversions I did in trikes are still flying around the country with no failures yet from 13 years ago. I just gave up on them because I did not want to piece a conversion from used engines, making piece meal parts etc. and take on the headaches of engine support. The conversions were also heavier than Rotax which is a given for the same power. Any way, SPG-2 (not SPG-3, I have no experience with that model) gearbox is bulletproof and I can assure you it can hold up to 130 HP as long as there are no resonance issues noted which is rare.

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                • #68
                  If you get to the point of wanting a Rotax engine in it, I think there is a guy selling a re-built 914 engine. He is a Searey dealer in Canada and trustworthy. The problem is the TBO on that model for that year is only 1200

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                  • #69
                    What happened exactly? I remember the story about the forced landing after flying to Viking, and having to trailer the gyro back to his shop for some changes to the gearbox. Apparently you had another forced landing and bent up the blades? What does Ernie say, since he is so fond of that engine package?
                    Thats what she said.

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                    • #70
                      Originally posted by GyroRon View Post
                      What happened exactly? I remember the story about the forced landing after flying to Viking, and having to trailer the gyro back to his shop for some changes to the gearbox. Apparently you had another forced landing and bent up the blades? What does Ernie say, since he is so fond of that engine package?
                      Ernie does not use that engine anymore I think. He went to a Suzuki conversion from another company. I have looked at them as well and I have personal first hand experience with converting quite successfully G13BB 16 valve SOHC 100 HP engines.

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