Hi all I am looking at the Viking 130 for my Zenith 650B taildragger, any comments would be welcomed.


Jim M.

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There is more material than time.   Viking's standing as one of the top engine options for Zenith aircraft was established through hard work, a reliable product, and constant improvements in FWF details that can only be admired.  I have been on the "waiting list" for years, but circumstance and location have made my second E-AB purchase difficult.

-1- Review this Forum posting history.   Takes time but you will find Builder/Viking Owners who would be happy to talk to you personally.  Reach out to them.

-2- YouTube Video Channel - Dozens of Viking installations presenting Builder/Owners speaking of their experience working with Jan and Alissa.


-3- https://www.facebook.com/Hondaaircraftengines/



I have the Viking 130 in my 750 Cruzer and can’t say enough about how happy I am with it. Tons of power, silky smooth, and all the modern technologies. Plus, you just can’t beat the amazing customer support provided by Jan & Alyssa. The ultimate is to pair it with their VIP (as a few others have done) but I have the DUC prop and it’s doing well.

Thanks for the replies.   Viking has been super responsive to my email questions and a quote.

Jim malugin

I can't say enough about how happy I am with my Viking 130 on my 750 Big Tire Cruzer.

Just be aware that the 650 has a 1320 weight max compared to the Cruzer's 1440. So make sure your mission can accommodate the lower useful load of the 650. I tried to buy a 1/4 share of a 650 partnership and none of the other pilots and I could fly together with any substantial fuel without breaking the 1320 limit, and that was with a Rotax, which is ligher (and 30 HP less) that the Viking 130. So if you are a FAA standards guy (170lbs) then it might do, but if you are 6'1" 265 like me, the 750 might be a better choice. If you already have the 650 built and are replacing a 0-200 then it will be nothing but goodness for you.

I have the V130 on my 650 tail dragger.  Works great - love it :-)


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