I'm considering buying a Sling TSi. I flew it and took it up to 10k to check the cruise speed at various power settings. Normally, one would want to cruise in ECO mode, I presume. In conventional piston airplane engines, one typically wouldn't cruise at more than 75% power. However, the TAF sales rep said there's no problem cruising at higher power settings, up to and including max continuous power, which is 95%. He says this will not harm the engine or reduce it's lifespan, as the FADEC will protect the engine. 

True?

  • Re: Cruising at high power settings

    by » 4 weeks ago


    Rotax engines can run at 5,500 rpm all day long. (5,800 WOT for max 5 minutes gets you 141 hp) At 5,500 rpm you're getting 135 hp all the way to 15,000 feet. Your fuel burn will be higher at 5,500 but you can run it there all day, assuming your temps stay in the green. I have a Magni M16 Plus gyroplane with the 915. I cruise at 5,200 rpm and that usually gets me somewhere around 31" manifold pressure. 51" is max so its certainly not overtaxing the engine. Good call on the Sling TSI. If I flew fixed wing, that's the plane I'd want. Modern, fast, long range, and powerful with the 915.


  • Re: Cruising at high power settings

    by » 4 weeks ago


    Thanks for the reply. Do you know at what point the 915iS goes into ECO mode? Is it a certain percent of power or manifold pressure? I couldn't get a precise answer out of the Sling demo guy. (They said that previously ECO would display on their Garmin display, but after a recent engine update, that stopped displaying for some reason.)


  • Re: Cruising at high power settings

    by » 4 weeks ago


    Mike wrote:

    Thanks for the reply. Do you know at what point the 915iS goes into ECO mode? Is it a certain percent of power or manifold pressure? I couldn't get a precise answer out of the Sling demo guy. (They said that previously ECO would display on their Garmin display, but after a recent engine update, that stopped displaying for some reason.)

    Anything over 36.9” of manifold at 5500 RPM will kick it out of Eco mode. Fuel burn at 36.4” and 5500 RPM is 7.8 GPH on the TSi. 


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