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Discussion in 'Upcoming Events and Trip Reports' started by BJC, Jul 25, 2019.
Yup, long ways to go but you start with a functioning prototype.
Did anyone look at the jet fueled piston engine in the innovation tent? I did not have time. Two stroke. Two step piston, small top is combustion and lower bigger bottom is the intake for the next cylinder. I’m guessing double air/ fuel. Kind of a naturally aspirated supercharger. Designer is a F1 engine designer and hangs at Reno races. Modular design.
I've looked at these at Reno and talked to the designer, Andrew Higgs at length. Cool design and he's a smart guy, we'll see how they perform in real life. Being test run in Japan right now.
The world is full of blasphemers, heretics and infidels.
Not really new, but it would be new if they are genuinely "almost ready for certification."
"Certified for the experimental market" "FAA establishes TBO" " "starting price $89k"
None of that makes any sense to me.
Unless they just want to delay another ten years. Calling it a "Jet" is cool.
$89K isn't so bad considering it truly is FWF...including prop.
He kept saying TBO, my previous impression it was TBR. Is like to see those cost numbers.
With 100LL availability becoming an issue, it's nice to see someone working on the problem. Actually, surprised I haven't seen a notam this year on 100LL availability... A bit unusual.
I would love to see Continental bring back the C-85.
Cont could bring it back, but most people couldn't afford it.
More cost effective to buy a Cessna 150 for the engine. When all the old engines and parts are gone, then what? Looks like the VW is getting better looking every day. All new parts are made and at a low cost. The VW powered airplanes are going to get more and more popular for most people. Looks like in the future, for the average home builder its going to be VW or nothing.
89K for a firewall forward price. I wouldn't put any of my money in that business.
Industrial/mower engines might be the future of affordable engines made in the millions.
For the under 40Hp planes - maybe. For the next step up a rear drive VW with a Corvair 5th bearing like prop extension and purpose designed/built heads seems like a practical solution.
I don't see why a rear drive VW would need another bearing. The rear bearing is big.
VW production in Mexico was stopped about a week ago. I suppose most parts will still be available for decades.
I'm mostly thinking about a long prop extension to get a nice flow around the sdrawkcab engine. This will need some kind of support - especially if the engine is mounted on something expected to be flown with spirit.
The various extended prop adapters that put the last bearing surface on the prop hub work pretty well, so far. When/if someone builds heads that let us use more continuous Hp they will again become the weak link in the system - IMHO.
This means we either design a new case with the bearing surface incorporated or stick on yet another bandage. The bandage approach is probably cheaper?
There isn't a VW air-cooled part that isn't available. Even aftermarket cases exist, which is part of it's charm.
I didn't see it, but was the following was relayed via a discussion of a forum I believe in regards to an Audrino EFI on a Lyc flying in a RV. Using the existing EFI fuel block, electric fuel pump, and a Ellison as a backup. Something like $300 worth of parts, it is flying, more tweaks to come. Anyone else have more info, I don't want to miss-quote etc.
BTW I had a blast at Solidworks University volunteering trying to get people going with the software
My best, Anthony
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