News, facts, and comments on the coming revolution for piston-engine aircraft.
In 1998, one diesel engine flew on a converted airplane for the first time since 1945. Today, close to 4,000 singles and twins are flying. This is the beginning of a worldwide trend which will eventually allow a rebirth of the piston-engined aircraft, around new specs and new missions.
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News of September 25, 2003
SMA Announces they have obtained C182 STC
“Following the positive feedback of the experts and Test Pilots from the national Flight Test Center, the French authority, DGAC, delivered on Thursday September 18 the Supplementary Type Certificates for the SMA SR305-230 powered F182 and C182. The Supplemental Type Certificate Nº F81SF001 covers the installation of the engine on Reims Aviation F182 Q aircraft. The certificate FIM15SF001 is applicable to 182Q, 182R, T182, 182S, 182T, and T182T Cessna models. Applications for the validation of the STCs internationally have already been dispatched and acceptance will follow normal procedures.”
-- SMA Literature
posted at 4:15 AM
News of September 20, 2003
Cessna 182 Database
Do you own a Cessna 182 model P and higher and plan to remanufacture an engine getting close to TBO? Or even better, a 182 with a damaged engine and/or propeller? Contact us now! We are building up a database of such planes. This winter, the conversion of such planes to diesel with an SMA-305 and new propeller fitted for lower RPM will be STC'd. We will get you the best rates if we can regroup several planes.
posted at 4:18 AM
Maule Air's new diesel aircraft is flying
Aviation Consumers flew the craft and writes a very positive account. It is an M-7 airframe with an SMA SR305 aero diesel. This is the first U.S.-made diesel-powered airplane on the market today. AC says: "We flew the thing and found it smooth and surprisingly quiet." The new M-9 carries a $55,000 price premium over an equivalent gas model. Our prognostic: The M-7 diesel will demonstrate excellent performance at higher altitudes, a significantly lower fuel consumption and therefore longer range, and will be trouble-free. Maule Air has information about it on their website, www.mauleairinc.com. It is in the Maule News section.
posted at 4:17 AM
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Every month: news, facts, and comments on the coming revolution for piston-engines aircrafts between 130 and 400 HP: Retrofitting a diesel engine to run on Jetfuel or Kerosene, reduce Gallons/Hour by some 30%, eliminate ignition systems (magnetos, spark plugs) and their problems, eliminate mixture control, increase TBO to 2,400-3,000 hours, increase performance between 6,000 and 12,500 ft., and drastically reduce Operating Costs.
The letter is intended for piston engines aircraft owners, manufacturers, fleet operators and FBOs, re-manufacturers of engines for these aircrafts, manufacturers of engine components and ancillaries, and all professionals acting in decisions of engine exchange or refitting at TBO, in North and South America, Pacific Rim, African continent, and all parts of the world were Avgas, Mogas, Kerosene and Jetfuel are available.
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