Garmin recently introduced an aggressive new line of avionics for experimental aircraft. In this video from the Aircraft Electronics Association show in Las Vegas, KITPLANES took a look at the new products and spoke with Garmin's Jim Alpiser about the new line.
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At Aero Friedrichshafen, ULPower showed off its new line of six-cylinder engines, from 145 HP to 200 HP.
Rotax has added a new engine to its line of popular four-cylinder, four-stroke aircraft engines: the 912iS. The new engine represents somewhat of a technological leap for aircraft powerplants in that it features port fuel injection and an electronic engine management unit. Company officials rolled out the new engine at BRP/Rotax's company headquarters in Gunskirchen, Austria, on March 8. The launch customer, among several, for the new engine will be Pipistrel Aircraft, of Slovenia, an LSA and soon-to-be manufacturer of certified aircraft. Rotax clearly intends the 912iS to be a “green” engine with improved fuel economy and lower emissions as some of its design goals. Continue reading "New 912iS Engine from Rotax"
While the industry awaits an unleaded replacement for 100LL, Continental has moved rapidly forward to certify a new version of its six-cylinder IO-360 that will run on lower octane fuel. At AOPA's Summit in Hartford, Connecticut, the company's CEO Rhett Ross told us the new engine will be used in the four-place C4 announced by Flight Design earlier this year. The engine's designation is IO-360-AF for alternative fuel and it's intended to operate on fuels such as 94UL with sufficient detonation margin. The IO-360, which is used in the Cirrus SR20, normally has an output of 210HP, but for the AF variant, Continental has essentially de-rated it to 180 HP by installing lower-compression pistons (7.5 to 1) and with minor tweaks to the fuel injection system. The version we were shown, which represents a new type certification for Continental, has conventional magnetos, but it might eventually use Continental's PowerLink FADEC system. Continue reading "AVweb video: New IO-360 from Continental"