Originally Posted by Eric B
As they say, the only dumb questions are the ones not asked. Looking at price of a new 912iS and comparing to the Powerplant Kit purchased from Van's, there is about a $12,000 difference. I'm guess it boils down to one being an engine and the other being a kit, including prop, engine mount, etc? I listened to a YouTube video that was basically a podcast about the engine. It was stated that at TBO, it would nearly be as economical to core charge the engine and get a new one. Opinions? Looking at the -12 as a short crosscountry/trainer platform for my young family.
Van’s gets OEM pricing on the Rotax engines that allows the to sell them at as good of a price as you could buy one anywhere else (just like factory new Lycomings).
As you guessed, the rest of the power plant kit is all of the stuff that doesn’t come in the engine crate (prop, exhausts system, oil cooler, radiator, mounting brackets, hoses, fuel system components engine mount, etc, etc, etc).