Aircraft engine development isn't exactly a major growth industry, but we do see new products from time to time. At Sun 'n Fun, KITPLANES editor Marc Cook talked to Gus Warren about the unique, lightweight UL Power engine for LSAs and kit airplanes.
A step forward in what has been viewed as a stop-start development program for the Mistral rotary aircraft engine was announced today. The company says preparations are underway to begin flying the three-rotor engine on a Maule MX-7 testbed in Florida.
"We are extremely pleased with the progress that our engineering and development team has made in recent months on the G-300 engine,” said Philippe Durr, CEO of Mistral Engines. “We have the engine mounted on a Maule MX-7 flight test aircraft and it is currently undergoing ground power tests at our U.S. base in DeLand, Florida.” Continue reading "Mistral Rotary Moves Closer to Certification"
Lycoming has announced a new program that provides significant discounts with the return of a select engine core. "We have many customers that have flown behind Lycoming Engines their entire flying careers," said Todd Stoner, Lycoming vice president of marketing and sales. "This program is meant to reward the loyalty of those customers whose engine core was either rebuilt or overhauled at the Lycoming factory." Continue reading "News from Lycoming"
If you're building a Glasair Sportsman, you have the choice of a 180-HP IO-360 or the beefier IO-390. Which engine is best? It depends? In this video, Kitplanes Magazine editor Marc Cook analyzes the pros and cons.
New to the world of LSA? One of the things you'll discover is that your engine choice makes a big difference, in terms of both weight and performance. For an overview of the three top choices in the light sport segment, Marc Cook, Editor-in-Chief of KITPLANES magazine, visits Rotax, Jabiru, and Continental on the grounds of the U.S. Sport Aviation Expo in Sebring, Florida.
While this M-Squared ultralight may not look like a Mazda RX-8 sports car, its powerplant does share the same rotary-engine technology, with a single-rotor mill that made five big guys strain to hold it back during a runup test in Paradise City. So power, apparently, isn't lacking.
Better still, M-Squared boss Paul Mather (second from left) tells us he's shooting for an engine-and-all price for this machine in the $15,000 range.
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