The Valley Engineering
WINNER OF THE ULTRALIGHT INNOVATION -
CUSTOM POWER PLANT AWARD
AT OSHKOSH, 2006
40 HP @ 3600 rpm (peak) 32 HP ( continuous )
120 lbs COMPLETE* ( Fan Cooled, 1.98 to 1 PSRU, 70" X 40" prop. 250 lbs static
means dry weght, 20 amp alternator, starter, oil cooler, oil filter AND prop. In other
words... READY TO FLY!!
Videos of the Big Twin
engine is a Four-Cycle, two-cylinder, 990cc, V-Twin developing 40 hp at 3600 rpm. With a
Valley Engineering PSRU and Culver prop, it will do everything and more that the current
smaller two-cylinder, two-cycle engines do. All this with the reliability, low rpms,
smooth operation, fuel economy and throaty sound of a four-cycle engine.
Height from bottom of engine to top: 19"
Height from bottom of engine to center of crank shaft: 6 1/2"
Height from bottom of engine to center of PSRU: 11.5" - 12" depending on
Depth from back of engine to back of prop flange: 15" (fan cooled)
Depth from back of engine to back of prop flange. 13 1/2" (free air)
The premium package with Big Twin engine, Valley engineering Series
3 PSRU, custom manifold, Weber Carburetor, Valley Engineering custom
automatic-carb-heat, electric fuel pump and custom cut Culver propeller
designed for your particular aircraft's engine is $5495 (price good thru Feb 2017). Your engine package come
firewall-forward, ready-to-mount and fly! (or in a pusher configuration, firewall
hp Big Bad Twin!
By some modifications, tweaking and
tuning we've upgraded the 40 hp Big Twin to the 50 hp Big Bad Twin. The extra power makes
a BIG difference too. All dimensions the same as the Big Twin with a little bit more fuel
consumption... about 2 gallons an hour. The firewall forward package is the same too. Price
$6195 (price good thru Feb 2017).
Click HERE to read
the article about the Back Yard Flyer and Big Twin engine that appeared in the December
'06 Issue of EAA Sport Pilot Magazine
All the photos below are
thumbnails, Just click on the thumbnail for a larger photo.
(Oshkosh '06 photos by Monty Graves of
This view gives you a look at the custom-designed intake manifold. The original
carburetor has been replaced with a Weber carburetor. Also visible is the pulse fuel pump
mounted on top of the right-hand cylinder.
The Valley Engineering reduction for the Big Twin engines uses an automatic
belt-tensioning /slip-clutch (idler pulley) on a Poly-V belt to act as a one-way clutch.
This greatly reduces the torsional backlash resulting in a much smoother operation.
You can see the pulse fuel pump is the little black box on top of the rocker cover.
The white asbestos cloth tube covers the Valley Engineering automatic carburetor heat
Here's a good shot of the automatic slack-side tensioner on the Poly-V belt. Also
visible is the starter, oil cooler and oil filter.
When they first got the engine, they tested the Big Twin by mounting it on a dune buggy.
Larry got it up to the 50 and 60 mph range up and down hill. The buggy weighs in the
900 pounds range.
Then the serious testing started by mounting the engine on one of their WaterBug air boats
and running it at full throttle for hours and hours on the Osage river. They hired
high-school boys to do this and they all jumped at the chance.
With the reliability of the engine proven, the guys mounted it on a highly modified Legal
Eagle. This aircraft has Honcho wings and a wing span of 32 feet. They bought as a
test aircraft platform. They tested many different props and PSRU ratios to arrive at just
the right one.
Here's another look at the automatic belt-tensioning slip-clutch. Also, the
"piccolo" exhaust manifold that really smoothes out the engine sounds.
The Big Twin made its Oshkosh debut with the new Back Yard Flyer UL. It was flown every
day and at the end of the week, Gene Smith was awarded the Custom Power Plant award for
his innovative new addition to the line up of power plants available for sport aircraft.
This is a very compact engine with lots of features not found on other small engines.
Every Big Twin engine package comes with a Valley Engineering custom PSRU and Culver prop
custom-built for your specific plane.
A starter, oil filter, oil cooler, alternator and Valley Engineering's exclusive auto carb
heat feature are standard with the engine. Note the small size of the fuel tank. That's
all you're going to need because the engine only sips 5 QUARTS of gas per hour..
The Big Twin engine will virtually eliminate all the problems associated with two-cycle
engines and still deliver the same performance. No oil to mix, much more reliable
four-cycle performance, much less noise and much simpler maintenance.
Sharon Starks stands with Larry Smith just after taking delivery of her Kolb Twinstar with
its fan-cooled Big Twin engine package. No more Two Cycle woes here! The engine starts
with a simple push of the button and fires right off. Very smooth idle at 750 rpm and
very, very quiet.
Dick Starks runs the Kolb down the runway at Liberty Landing International Airport. At
just 2000 rpm, he was able to raise the tail. If it hadn't been raining, he'd have taken
her around the patch. Flight tests will be started as soon as the weather breaks.
Sharon Starks pops the Kolb off for the first time with the Big Twin purring away.
They first did a new weight and balance to see if there was any change. (none). Then
several "light on the gear" runs were made down the runway to just check out
acceleration. ( no difference there either.)
Sharon Starks makes a low pass down the runway at Liberty Landing International
Airport with the Big Twin put-putting away behind her at 2800 rpm. They were worried that
the new location of the prop; 5"higher than it had been before would affect trim. It
didn't. The plane flew just like it did before the engine change but with a LOT LESS
vibration and a MUCH LOWER noise level.
note: While this set-up is built and designed for airboat use, as you can see, it can be
easily adapted for use on Ultralight and some smaller Light Sport Aircraft.