N 43TZ Tecnam Bravo
Special Light Sport Aircraft (SLSA)
Only 36 hours on new Rotax 912
Airframe TT: As
of 3/20/2016: 504
Engine: Rotax 912ULS
2 Serial #6784399
(click photos to enlarge)
Total Time: on Engine and
hours as of 3/20/2016
(has had full 25 hour service including carb re-sync).
AIRCRAFT YEAR: 2005-2006:
Body built in December 2005.
states airplane 1st flown @ Tecnam Factory in Jan 2006.
Logs suggest plane was probably sold to original owner in
that's when avionics were installed.
Why a new
engine on a plane after less than 500 hours? About
a decade ago Rotax had a (little publicized)
production run involving slightly defective
casings, described in a Rotax technical
document as “Case Fretting."
In some engines, this added friction to the
crankshaft, producing premature wear to
crank and gearbox. I noticed the original
engine’s power was below spec and flew to
Rainbow Aviation for an annual that would
include full engine diagnosis. Rainbow
Aviation discovered that the serial number
identified my original engine as having one
of the questionable casings with the
friction issue, which was verified using a
simple test involving loosening head nuts
and through-bolts on the casing.
I decided to play it safe and had Rainbow’s
staff replace the engine and gearbox with
brand new units.
An added bonus — the TBO on new Rotax ULS
II engines is 2,000 hours!
locate in Ashland, OR
Propeller, make and model: See attached photo of
the sticker on the prop.
Factory original: GT Model GT-2/173/VRR-FW101SRTC
Make and model of any avionics. or instruments
which come with the aircraft:
1) Factory standard gauges set with
vertical speed indicator (see photos)
2) New LED style trim gauge (big
improvement over the original), installed 9/24/2015
3) New (2005) certified vertical
compass, installed by by JLC Avionics 9/24/2015
4) Dual control intercom by PS
Engineering, model PM Series 1000 II
5) Garmin SL 40 radio
6) iFly 740 GPS navigation system,
mounted on panel (see photos): New summer of 2015.
Latest model. Highly capable, intuitive GPS with touch
screen, easy updating system. Includes front of dash
panel external GPS antennae.
7) iLevel II SW ADSB w/external antenna
sends wiFi to GPS, Also feeds iPads etc. via Wifi. New
8) Garmin GTX 320 A Transponder
(altitude encoding) recalibrated 9/24/2015
9) Altimeter calibrated by JLC Avionics
10) VFR night-legal lighting
12) Inside & outside temp readout
Electric elevator trim
New brake pads installed by Rainbow at time of engine install, Dec.
2015, which have 36 hours on them now.
All Tecnam applicable service bulletins have been
Dec. 11, 2015, performed by Rainbow Aviation
engine installed at annual
cabin cover made by Bruce’s Custom Covers,
specifically shaped for plane. In new condition,
for protection from elements when parked on
ramps. Covers all windows and doors, with velcro
pilot’s door opening for easy cabin access when
installed. Cost about $350 in June 2015.
POH states the plane will cruise at KTAS of
106 knots or better at 4 gallons per hour at
a pressure altitude of 4,000’ and above,
with a range of up to 728 nautical miles,
depending on altitude. I’ve verified this
with the new engine — I was getting 130 MPH
and 30 miles per gallon, average, on last
week's trip from here to the coast, on
automotive fuel, with the plane at max gross
weight on takeoff.
another cool thing about this model — it’s
impossible to mess up the CG as long as you
don’t exceed the max weight. I have done the
calculations for all possible combinations
of full to near empty fuel, heavy/light
passenger or lack thereof, and baggage, and
as long as the max weight is within bounds,
the CG is always well within limits.
Owner is selling this Bravo to purchase an IFR
certified aircraft. (Owner's CFI said this P2004
model, with ADSB driven attitude indicator as shown
in my photos, could operate in IFR conditions
sufficiently to perform the 3 IFR hours required for
a private pilot’s license — and his FAA examiner
also approved it for the IFR testing required during
his private pilot practical test — but it’s not
certified for IFR beyond that.)
- contact Stephen email:
or call 541-488-2669