While it may seem like Déjà vu all over again, Premier’s “have it your way” approach to converting 172s to Jet A may finally get the shift to diesel power off the ground.
It’s not like there aren’t already options on the market for Cessna 172 owner/operators who want all the Skyhawk’s pilot-friendly familiarity with the added benefit of a fuel/money-saving diesel power plant.
PART I: Expand your flying envelope with inspiration and tips from this Boston-based flatland pilot
Things aren’t looking good at 6 a.m. on Monday, the morning my wife Theresa and I have planned a 10 o’clock departure from Hanscom Field, our home base near Boston, on the first leg of the trip of a lifetime to California and back.
A roundup of modification and conversion options for your engine
There are many things in aviation that we’d all like more of: more runway in front of us, more altitude below us, more speed, more fuel in the tanks, more legroom for passengers, more useful load and more engine power all come to mind.
If you’ve ever fooled around with a gravity knife, you can imagine the eureka moment Dr. Reiner Stemme likely experienced while trying to develop a motorglider providing both uncompromising soaring and outstanding powered performance.
S-20 Raven AIRFRAME SPECIFICATIONS Wingspan: 30 ft. 3 in. Area (sq. ft.): 152.7 Mean Chord (ft.): 5.05 Aspect: 6.0:1 Length: 21 ft. Height—Taildragger: 6 ft. 7 in. Height—Tricycle:: 7 ft. 11 in. Number Of Seats: 2 Doors: 2 Baggage Volume (cubic ft.): 21.2 Baggage Capacity (lbs.): 80 Fuel Capacity (gals.): 26 U.S. POWER PLANT Engine: more »