- Sep 17, 2008
The total thrust from that engine (347 to 397 lbs) is about half or two-thirds of what a 150 HP Lycoming piston engine can generate. It won't give you a lot of speed without tiny wings and a really long takeoff roll.There are surprisingly a lot of turbine engines used for sale on ebay. It looks like the boeing 502 seems to be a good one to start with. One person said their's was generating 247lbs of thrust and they added an afterburner system to it to make another 100 to 150 lbs of thrust. At only 9500 thats a very affordable engine to start with and should give enough thrust to play around. Thanks for the idea hillberg!
As far as oxygen at altitude: We're not talking trying to stay conscious here. We're trying to keep the brain working at full capacity. The brain needs a lot of oxygen, and the instant we start climbing it's getting less of it. Flying at night, your eyesight starts to suffer above 5000 feet.
Here's a good article on the subject:
Pilots Primer - Oxygen issues for General Aviation pilots - Canadian Owners and Pilots Association