Monday, October 1, 2007
October 2007 Readback
Gemini 100 Engine
UK-based Powerplant Developments announced the development of the Gemini 100, a new two-stroke, three-cylinder diesel engine. The 100 hp engine will initially be offered to the LSA market. “The Gemini Engine introduces a number of uncommon, yet proven, engine features to the aviation industry,” said Powerplant Developments CEO Timothy Archer. “For example, it has a unique two half-crankshaft, two-pistons-per-cylinder design, which eliminates the need for a camshaft, valve gear and cylinder head joints.” Delivery to the experimental-LSA market is expected by April 2008; ASTM approval and delivery of certified engines to the S-LSA market is expected by November 2008.
American Legend Aircraft has reduced the empty weight on the three base models of its Legend Cub aircraft as follows: The open-cowl model, with a Continental O-200 engine weighs in at 830 pounds; the closed-cowl version with the same engine is 845 pounds; and the lightest-weight unit with a Jabiru 3300A engine is 800 pounds. Also new for the aircraft is the availability of an autopilot, utilizing the two-axis ADI Pilot II from TruTrak Flight Systems. Find out more at www.legend.aero.
Husky Night Vision
Aviat Aircraft plans to make Forward Vision’s EVS-100 available as optional equipment on new Husky aircraft or as a retrofit item for existing ones. The Enhanced Vision System responds to long-wave infrared, providing pilots with a night-vision system. Weighing 1.2 pounds, the sensor is mounted on top of the aircraft. The display may be mounted in various locations in the cockpit and provides a 40-degree-wide image of what’s in front of the aircraft. “This is clearly the most significant advancement in technology since the introduction of GPS or EFIS,” said Aviat Aircraft President Stu Horn. “GA pilots are going to be grateful for this kind of eye-in-the-sky technology whenever they get into MVFR or worse conditions.” Aviat will offer installed Forward Vision systems for $22,000. For more on the EVS-100 systems, visit www.forward-vision.net or www.aviataircraft.com.
Eclipse Concept Jet
Commanding center stage at the EAA AirVenture display area, Eclipse Aviation’s Concept Jet (ECJ) wowed crowds with its futuristic composite lines. The highly secretive project will form the vanguard of a market research project for the emerging single-jet category. Design to first flight took just six months, and the ECJ has already accumulated 30 flight-test hours at speeds reaching 250 knots at altitudes up to 25,000 feet. The ECJ is meant to showcase advanced styling and technology to assess market interest. Although there are no current plans to produce the jet, company CEO Vern Raburn says the aircraft “will allow us to obtain real, quantifiable data...we’re anxious to reveal the potential of this emerging category and our opportunity to add real value to it.” Visit www.eclipseaviation.com.
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