Piston-Powered Evolution




Lancair originally introduced their Evolution kit with either a Pratt & Whitney PT-6 engine or the Lycoming TEO-540 piston engine. However, as they began selling the turbine-powered kits the piston program got put on the back burner. Now they are reviving the piston-powered version of their flagship airplane at a substantial cost saving over the turbine model.

The piston Evolution is powered by a Lycoming YTEO-540-iE2 power plant featuring a full FADEC engine control system and making 350 horsepower. It will allow the piston Evolution to cruise at 242 knots. The complete kit with everything, including typical builder assistance, comes in at around $900,000. The turbine Evolution cruises at about 300 knots behind a P&W PT6-135A engine making 750 shaft horsepower, but at a cost of about $600,00 more.

The good news about the piston Evolution is that it uses about half the fuel of the turbine version at the same speed. And I am sure most people can think of something to do with the money they will have left over.

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Dave Prizio
Dave Prizio has been plying the skies of the L.A. basin and beyond since 1973. Born into a family of builders, it was only natural that he would make his living as a contractor and spend his leisure time building airplanes. He has so far completed four—two GlaStars, a Glasair Sportsman, and a Texas Sport Cub—and is helping a friend build an RV-8. When he isn’t building something, he shares his love of aviation with others by flying Young Eagles or volunteering as an EAA Technical Counselor. He is also an A&P mechanic, Designated Airworthiness Representative (DAR), and was a member of the EAA Homebuilt Aircraft Council for six years.


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