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AeroConversions offers affordable, light-weight Nikasil Cylinder upgrade for AeroVee 2.1 engine kit

Sonex Aircraft, LLC is pleased to announce another new enhancement to the popular AeroConversions AeroVee Engine Kit with the introduction of weight-saving Nikasil Cylinders. The Nikasil Cylinder upgrade package reduces AeroVee Engine weight by just over 9 lbs and is offered at significantly lower cost than Nikasil or comparable NiCom kits offered by competing VW conversion manufacturers. A new AeroVee Engine Kit can be upgraded with a Nikasil Cylinder set for $500. Existing AeroVee engine customers may purchase the Nikasil Cylinder upgrade for $750. Equipped with Nikasil Cylinders, the AeroVee Engine Kit is the lightest-weight fully-featured 2180cc VW aircraft conversion available in the marketplace today.

"Nikasil Cylinders are quickly becoming a standard feature in high-performance engines," remarks Sonex Aircraft, LLC General Manager and CEO Jeremy Monnett. "Higher-volume production has recently brought the cost of Nikasil coated parts down to a reasonable level for the recreational pilot. It is difficult to find ways to save 9 lbs on any aircraft, and this weight savings can make a significant difference for Light, Sport class aircraft that can utilize the VW-based AeroVee Engine. This optional upgrade further solidifies the AeroVee 2.1 Engine as the market leader in the affordable, light-weight, high-performance engine conversion market."

Nikasil is a trademarked electrodeposited oleophilic nickel matrix silicon carbide coating for piston engine components. AeroVee Nikasil coated aluminum cylinders replace standard cast iron cylinders, saving 37 ounces per cylinder and offering superior resistance to corrosion and wear. AeroConversions Nikasil Cylinder sets include Nikasil-coated aluminum cylinders, graphite-coated cast aluminum pistons, wrist pins, wrist pin snap rings, and piston rings.

The AeroVee 2.1 is a complete VW Conversion Engine Kit Package, by AeroConversions, a product line of Sonex Aircraft, LLC. The AeroVee 2.1 package is a 2180 cc, 80 hp aircraft engine that can be run on 100LL or auto fuel. The complete package weighs 161 lbs complete (152 lbs with Nikasil Cylinder Upgrade), and represents over 35 years of experience in pioneering and innovating VW engine conversions. All of the supplied components are brand-new, zero-time parts including conversion parts that meet high quality standards, machined out of solid billet, providing for the strongest and most consistent conversion components ever produced.

Press release issued by AeroConversions on April 9, 2009


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