To me it seems very unlikely for direct injection to appear on a dedicated aircraft or similarly low volume engine. The costs of development are so high. Direct injection has yet to appear on a four stroke motorcycle and only briefly on a two stroke scooter (that I can recall). Was that scooter a Derbi? I have great hopes for a two stroke Direct Injection engine to escape the confines of winter and embrace the wheel, but so far those engines seem to be found only on snow and water, alas.Wish it had direct injection instead of carbs. How much do should the starter and alternator weight to get to the total dry weight? 8000$ is a bargain.
The weight makes it unique for single pilot aircrafts.
Now I'm dying to put missiles and rocket launchers on my 750. As if it doesn't have enough drag already. But I'd love to see the faces at the Zenith factory if I flew that to one of their events! Might be worth it.Ken Wallis Franklin twin-cylinder-powered Gyro picture in this vid:
As VB said the ceremony was very well done and I learned so much about Pete that I never knew. I was looking forward to spending more time with Pete in the coming months as he agreed to mentor me in aircraft structures design so that I could upsize the Skylite a bit to use his DP1 engine. In return I would continue to help him with CAD work on his engine and accessories. Such a missed opportunity and the world is a much lessor place without him in it. He really lived and accomplished the things that would take others two lifetimes to accomplish. He will be sorely missed in the aviation community.On June 5th, myself, addicted2climbing, and maybe 50 other people attended a 'celebration of life' service for Pete Plumb at Shafter airport here in California.
All of us who knew Pete were aware of just how much of an asset he was to aviation, but all of us probably learned some other detail we hadn't known, from so me other part of his life. At the end, few of us stood up to tell a story, or a humorous anecdote about one thing or another that involved Pete.
His ex-wife Robin, his daughter Kelly, and his son Nick were very grateful for the show of support. It is a very good measure of the man that people who went all the way back to high school with Pete were still close to him and there to share their stories. Pete's original home-built 50 year old lashed bamboo hang glider hang cage was on display; the rest of the original bamboo glider is still stored up in the rafters of his hangar. His home-made "Star-Guitar", closed-circuit electric guitar training simulator (waaay ahead of its time) was there; I hadn't seen it in 20+ years. Many of you might not know this but a young Pete Plumb was one of the primary team members on Paul MacCready's Gossamer Condor, and the record breaking Kremer Prize flight was done right there at Shafter. The photo of him in the Condor at Shafter was on the display table as well. Pete's son Nick is a team leader at the company that Dr. MacCready founded, which was a source or pride to Pete.
His beautiful licensed reproductions of the famous "Toby Mug" beer stein from the movie "12 O'Clock High" were there, and I am pleased to report that they will still be available from the family under the "Archbury" brand name. These are the coolest possible gift for an aviation movie buff. They come in two sizes, I'm definitely getting one myself.
The big take-away for all of us was the we had lost one of aviation's great craftsmen and innovators, whose heart and soul was built of balsa and spruce fibers.
Pete's right hand man over the last 5 years Bill Vasilovich did a very dignified and heartfelt job of leading the discussion and eulogizing Pete. We were treated to the coolest, most outside the box, totally Pete Plumb "missing man formation" I've ever seen... a Pawnee towing a Libelle sailplane, with a gorgeous Cessna 180 on one side of the diamond and a Meyers OTW on the other side. The Libelle released and pulled up into a wingover as the 'missing man'.
And for the record and thread relevance, I have to once again deliver the aggravating and unwelcome news that (as of last week) there is not yet any substantive progress to report on the fate of the O-100 engine. There are several significant financial and legal difficulties that simply have to be sorted out and dealt with, before any announcements can be made if and/or who will continue that project.
All I can say at this moment is that the family wants the engine to continue but only if it is viable and can continue correctly. They want to get all the baggage disconnected from the engine project so it can move forward, and they do indeed see the O-100 as something that is worth continuing as Pete's legacy. But the sad truth is that it might move forward, and it equally might not move forward, and it might be mired down in that baggage until the cows come home.