|05-24-2011, 03:03 PM||#1|
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Kingtech K-80F first impressions.
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I'm going to cut to the chase.
This K-80F rocks. After spending about 10 whole minutes hooking up the required components for this new little blower and installing on my test stand, I prepared for the inevitable bugs that I would have to deal with.
Just a bit of history as to my jaded opinion on first start-ups. When I got my Jetcat P80SE, I had a number of problems including one that was very serious. The turbine would start but would leak kero like a pool with holes. It was a bomb ready to go off. The kero start was also spotty and I had a few miss starts. Down to Jetcat it went and a few weeks later it finally showed back up fixed and working.
Then I got the PST600 on my Falcon 120. It wouldn't start at first but changing the main battery fixed that problem. Then it wouldn't stay running for any length of time. So I spent a week trying to figure out the problem. Luckily Kelly and Kev-o on here were able to help me out and she turned into a fine running turbine for my Falcon.
These events soured me a bit after these first impression issues. But enter the Kingtech K-80F...The very first start-up was a no brainer and was a non-event. And much faster than my kero start P80SE was. It started so quickly it caught me off guard. I wouldn't say quite as fast as the Propane start but pretty damn close. The spool time is excellent. Takes about 4-5 seconds from idle to full power which is faster than my PST600 or my P80SE.
Component installation was easier than the P80SE because of the Kero start being internal and not having to install the external kerostart/glowplug. The only downside in my opinion so far is the lack of detail regarding the fadec operation. It's not rocket science but they really should be more detailed regarding how it works. Luckily I knew what to do from the P80SE but if you were fresh off the block it could cause a problem not having that info IMO.
But all in all this is a great little turbine at a heck of a price. I really can't see why I would want to spend an extra grand on a Rabbit for example when this pretty much does the same thing. The money I saved will get me my K140 even sooner now. Hopefully she performs in the air as well as the performance on the ground at this point.
All in all it's Kingtech or nothing for me at least on first impressions and price.
Member #4 of the 2 litre club! And proud of it.
|05-24-2011, 04:22 PM||#2|
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Re: Kingtech K-80F first impressions.
kewl!! what plane is she going on?
hopefully i see it at princeton
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