Harley Davidson aircraft engine. Harley Davidson aircraft engine conversion from Hogair.

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Harley Davidson aircraft engine by HOGAIR.

Over the past couple of years I have done several stories on the HogAir, Harley Davidson aircraft engine conversion for ultralights and light sport aircraft. This year I had a chance to meet Brett Ray the owner of HOGAIR and to interview him on his conversion.

Brett produces the reduction drive, wiring harness, oil tank used on the conversion in house. He then takes a brand new stock Twin Cam 88 Harley Davidson 95 inch counter balanced motor and installs the necessary components. This gives the customer the newest technology available from one of the oldest motorcycle engine builders in the world.

Brett has been a long time Harley guy, having raced them as a kid, and then building custom parts and frames. So when he decided to build his own plane  he chose to work with something he new inside and out, the Harley Davidson engine.

Some of the advantages of the Harley over other engines include air cooling, so a rad is not required, and higher torque and horsepower at lower rpm settings. The Twin Cam 88 puts out more torque the most of it's competition. Top rpm is 5,000 cruise comes in at 3800 to 4200 rpm. No carb heat is required. Fuel consumption in only 3.5 to 4 gallons per hour of regular unleaded automotive fuel. Parts are readily available across North America.

Pricing is another area where the Twin Cam 88 conversion shines, complete it comes in at several thousand dollars less than it's major competitors.

Brett's first installation was on his Zenith 601 which he flew for several years and put several hundred hour of trouble free flying on. His latest installation in on a Rans S-6. While he is using the Harley Twin Cam 88 engine he has done some modifications to it. He is using higher compression pistons and a different cam profile, for more torque and horsepower at lower throttle settings.

Brett's reduction drive is also available in several different ratio's and the prop mounting flange extension can be ordered in almost any length to fit different installations. The HogAir conversion comes complete. Once installed all a customer has to do is connect the fuel line, battery, a ground wire and a hot wire and the engine is ready to start. The engine comes with two exhaust pipes, which it is suggested the customer connect to a two in one exhaust system, which will gain up to 10 HP.

Unless you are at an airshow and want to attract attention. Brett started his display model engine up several times at the show, each time the crowd increased 100 fold around his booth.

Currently the engine has been installed in the Zenair 601, several models of powered parachutes, the Rans S-6, the Loehle P51 Mustang, a Baby Ace, Flybaby, KR2.

HogAir usually has engines in stock for immediate delivery, and can do custom orders in 30 to 60 days.

For more information on the Hog Air Harley Davidson engine package contact:
15942 Mine 25 road
West Frankfort, IL 62896
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