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 March 03, 2006
Will the lowest priced true IFR airplane be the IndusAviation Thorp 211 with Wilksch diesel?
The Experimental Thorp 211 is an old proven design for a two seater, low wing, fixed gear plane of 100 to 120 HP, equipped with various engines. Visit www.indusav.com. It derives from the 1945 T11 75HP Sky Scooter designed by John Thorp who founded the firm. The T11 eventually became the T16, prototype of what was to become the famous Piper Cherokee. It is presently manufactured by the IndusAviation firm, an India-US joint venture in Dallas TX who acquired all production rights in 2003. Meanwhile, Wilksch Aero Engines, (visit http://www.wilksch.com), chose the T211 as a demonstrator for their 3-cyl two-stroke 120HP aero diesel and now claim amazing performances: While it complies with US LSA specs, it flies higher, faster and much longer than the 100HP Lycoming equipped Thorp; enough to qualify for real cross country IFR flying. The price ready to fly with a 100HP gasoline engine is close to $85,000. Wilksch engine price plus full IFR instruments would probably mean a ready to fly price slightly over $100,000, making it the lowest priced IFR airplane. We are following this idea closely. Contact us if you are interested.
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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.
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