New Century Aerosport, Inc., located in Olathe, Kansas, has introduced the Radial Rocket RG, a retractable landing gear version of its fixed-gear tailwheel-equipped Radial Rocket. The RG features a tricycle landing gear configuration. First flight of the new RG model took place at Johnson County Executive Airport in Olathe, Kansas, last December. Continue reading "Retractable Gear Radial Rocket Announced"
Lycoming Engines has been awarded the prestigious Shingo Prize for Operational Excellence, making it one of only two companies to achieve the honor at the business-wide enterprise level.
Dubbed the Nobel Prize for manufacturing by Business Week magazine, The Shingo Prize is awarded annually by the Jon M. Huntsman School of Business at Utah State University to companies around the globe that achieve world-class operational excellence. The prize was established in 1988 and named in honor of Dr. Shigeo Shingo, the legendary engineer who created many of the Toyota production system’s processes. Continue reading "Lycoming Wins Shingo Prize"
Engine builders looking for cost-effective components for newly constructed engines or overhauls have some additional options thanks to Engine Components, Inc. The San Antonio, Texas-based company has introduced a new idler gear assembly for the O-540 series engines, further expanding its catalog of items for the six-cylinder engines.
This new gear, which carries an FAA-PMA (parts manufacturer approval) stamp, joins the wide range of components for the 540 series. It is among the more than 70 new part numbers, and one of more than 360 components the company makes for this engine family.
For more information, visit ECI's website.
TCM said more than a year ago that it wanted to get an aerodiesel into its product line and now it has one. The company bought diesel technology already developed from a European source and is forging ahead with its own program.
AvWeb's Paul Bertorelli is in Mobile, Alabama, at the Teledyne Continental Motors headquarters for an alternative fuels summit. Here is the first of his reports:
Teledyne Continental says it's bullish on piston-engines that burn Jet A and today in the company's Mobile skunk works, it took the wraps off the project for a group of visiting journalists. It's a 230-horsepower four-cylinder, four-cycle design that’s readily scalable to a six-cylinder version with up to 350 hp, a power range that will clearly match TCM's products on the gasoline side.
Well, not really. But we found this project while practicing a little work avoidance (ah, that would be research) here at the KITPLANES world headquarters. It is a nine-cylinder radial engine made up of Honda XR600 dirtbike cylinders and heads. Continue reading "New Honda Aircraft Engine Breaks Cover"