As it turned out, today engines for small aircraft have not been produced in Russia for a long time. Most of the ultralight aircraft plowing our endless expanses are mainly equipped with expensive Rotax or Subaru engines, which account for up to 80% of the cost of an airplane or helicopter.
Among those who responded to the need of Russian small aircraft for engines are scientists and engineers from Ufa, who developed the 120-horsepower DDA-120 engine. Its main advantage is its unique fuel "omnivorousness". In addition to traditional aviation kerosene, his “menu” includes quite “earthly” gasoline and diesel fuel.
Currently, a laboratory sample with one cylinder has already been tested, and by the end of 2017, Ufa residents will build a full-fledged prototype of the engine.
The engine will cost in the range from 300 to 500 thousand rubles, which is about 3-5 times cheaper than foreign analogues, moreover, it is much lighter and more economical than them. The creators of the engine hope that their brainchild will be in demand by manufacturing companies of Russian small aircraft.
To secure funding for the project, the developers decided to seek the help of crowdfunding and created a campaign on one of the collective fundraising platforms.