• TurbAero's Talon turbo-prop engine. (TurbAero)
    TurbAero's Talon turbo-prop engine. (TurbAero)

Adelaide company TurbAero has bought a Van's RV7 project to use as a platform to install a Talon turbo-prop engine, the company announced this week.

TurbAero founder Dave Limmer said the company would complete the airframe then convert it to a turbo-prop over time.

"We're currently working through the process of detailing the work required to develop a firewall forward package for this aircraft and we will be displaying an example of a Talon installation at AirVenture [Oshkosh] this year," Limmer said.

"The reason for our choice of an RV7 is that it represents the most popular range of kit aircraft in history, and the TurbAero Talon should be an ideal powerplant for the Van's range of aircraft.

"It will be the perfect airframe in which to test our Talon, and to demonstrate the engine in future."

TurbAero's TA200TP Talon puts out 200 hp on take-off with a maximum continuous power of 190 hp. Weighing only 123 kg and drinking about 47 lph of turbine fuel, the Talon engine is being seen as ideal for the experimental aircraft category.

TurbAero will display an example of a Talon installation at Oshkosh next week.


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