“We’re excited about our expanding customer base,” said Rhett Ross, president of Continental Motors, commenting about the growing number of aircraft manufacturers that have committed to jet-A-powered diesel engines. The newest customer for Continental’s CD-155 engine is Cessna, which selected the 155-hp diesel to power its Turbo Skyhawk JT-A.
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News and issues concerning general aviation aircraft engines (both piston and alternative engines).
Austria-based engine manufacturer Rotax (Booth SE-014) has always been, at its roots, about performance and efficiency. After delivering 49,000 Rotax 912 water-cooled, 4-stroke Rotax 912 engines in the past 25 years the company is expanding the engine’s performance window once again with the introduction of the 912iS Sport at Sun ‘n Fun 2014. Several engines have already been shipped to OEMs, and the engine can be found on a new Kitfox at the company’s booth here at the show.
Williams International (Booth No. C8118) is offering an expanded version of its Total Assurance Program (TAP) for engine maintenance called “TAP Blue.” Under the new program, Williams will cover “virtually every natural and unnatural event” that might befall its FJ33 and FJ44 engines including damage from lightning, hail or ingestion of birds or foreign object debris. Another new coverage item is all service bulletins, not just those that are mandatory.
Six General Electric H80-powered Thrush 510Gs now operate with China’s Beidahuang General Aviation Co., following delivery of the airplanes on September 6. A subsidiary of state-owned Beidahuang Group, in 2012 the company placed the largest single order for Thrush aircraft ever when it committed to 20 Thrush 510Gs. The Thrush 510G agricultural aircraft became the first aircraft to enter service powered by H80 engines in late 2012.
Swiss-German logistics specialist Kuehne+Nagel has launched KN EngineChain, “to meet the growing need for companies in the sector in relation to services dedicated to the transport of engines.”
The company notes that while technical work on engines is regulated in detail by aviation authorities, “When it comes to the logistics of engines, the regulatory text is quite generic and needs to be aligned with the high value of the product.”
Russian airlines Aeroflot and UTair, along with leasing group Aviation Capital Services (ACS), have ordered 126 of Honeywell Aerospace’s avionics suites for various new aircraft that they have on order.
Tanis announced Wednesday at AirVenture that it had received FAA supplemental type certificate (STC) approval for installation of its engine pre-heating systems on all Lycoming and Continental four-cylinder engines.
Chinese entities already have bought several well-known U.S. general aviation companies including Cirrus and Teledyne Continental Motors. Here at AirVenture this year, Chinese companies are looking to expand two-way trade with U.S.-based GA companies and have set up several tents and pavilions aimed at showcasing the potential of China’s growing, albeit slowly, GA market.
Engineered Propulsion Systems (EPS) is preparing two recently purchased Cirrus SR22s as flying testbeds for its clean-sheet design Vision 350 diesel aero engine. One of the airplanes is located at EPS’s New Richmond, Wis. headquarters, while the other is being prepared for flight testing in a hangar at the Mojave airport in California. The engine is on display outside the Innovation Pavilion at EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, mounted to an SR22 firewall.
Claiming “the weight and size of a 320 with the power of a 360,” Engine Components International (ECI, Booths 269 & 270) unveiled its new TITAN 340 Stroker Monday morning at AirVenture 2013. “It looks like a Lycoming, it sounds like a Lycoming,” the company added, “but it has a higher power-to-weight ratio.”
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