Aero-TV: Trace Engines - Re-Engineered Turbocharged Power
C.E.O. David Czarnecki Profiles the 600 horsepower Trace Engine
Until recently, general aviation manufacturers had only one option, the turboprop, for powering market aircraft.
Trace Engines LP spent years developing and designing an alternative
solution to meet the aviation industries need for a modern, cost effective
reciprocating engine. Fully certified and ready for production, the Trace
V-8 engine represents an evolution in engine selection.
The turbocharged, liquid-cooled engine
improves operational performance by increasing speed, range, and gross
weight without increasing operational cost; TRACE Engines estimates that
with the combined lower cost to purchase, repair, and overhaul, operators
can save 35% to 50%. As Czarnecki explains, while a turbine engine
displays constant power degradation as altitude increases, the turbocharged TRACE V-8 maintains cruise power all
the way up with an estimated 600hp maximum takeoff and 500hp maximum
continuous; an equivalent turbo prop
engine would need to be rated as much as 1,000 horsepower at sea level to
match the TRACE engines output at altitude. The result is an average 27
gallons per hour fuel rate, less than 30% than the fuel rate of an
equivalent powered turbine engine.
Currently, typical installations can be found in singles with gross weights
up to 6,000 lbs and twins up to 12,500 lbs. The starting price remains at
200,000 for an engine package, with total installation costs varying due to
time and labor. TRACE Engines LP is located in Midland, Texas where its
production facilities are able to produce around 100 engines a year for
over 40,000 potential aircraft retrofit opportunities.
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Gipson's RV-10 with Geared Drives LS1 Engine Runup
Bill Gipson of Conroe, TX runs his RV-10 with the Geared Drives PSRU and
LS1 Firewall Forward Package built by Bud Warren. Notice that the engine
runs great at any RPM. We are expecting fuel burn rates from this
combination in the range of 7-15 GPH. With torque multplication throught
the Geared Drives PSRU the performance will be astounding! Be sure and
notice that there is no gear noise at all heard with this redrive, just the
smooth throaty sound of a Corvette engine.
US navy begins tests of ADVANCED F-35 on aircraft carrier
The US Navy has begun to test the F-35 stealth aircraft on an aircraft
carrier. The Lockheed Martin F-35 Lightning II is a family of single-seat,
single-engine, all weather stealth multirole fighters undergoing testing
and final development. The fifth generation combat aircraft is designed to
perform ground attack, reconnaissance, and air defense missions. The F-35
has three main models: the F-35A conventional takeoff and landing (CTOL)
variant, the F-35B short take-off and vertical-landing (STOVL) variant, and
the F-35C carrier-based CATOBAR (CV) variant.
The F-35 is descended from the X-35, which was the winning design of the
Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) program. It is being designed and built by an
aerospace industry team led by Lockheed Martin. Other major F-35 industry
partners include Northrop Grumman, Pratt & Whitney and BAE Systems. The
F-35 took its first flight on 15 December 2006. The United States plans to
buy 2,443 aircraft. The F-35 variants are intended to provide the bulk of
its manned tactical airpower for the U.S. Air Force, Marine Corps and Navy
over the coming decades. Deliveries of the F-35 for the U.S. military are
scheduled to be completed in 2037.
F-35 JSF development is being principally funded by the United States with
additional funding from partners. The partner nations are either NATO
members or close U.S. allies. The United Kingdom, Italy, Australia, Canada,
Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands, and Turkey are part of the active
development program; Several additional countries have ordered, or
are considering ordering, the F-35.
The F-35 appears to be a smaller, single-engine sibling of the twin-engine
Lockheed Martin F-22 Raptor, and indeed drew elements from it. The Exhaust duct design was inspired by the
General Dynamics Model 200 design, proposed for a 1972 supersonic VTOL
fighter requirement for the Sea Control Ship. Lockheed consulted with
the Yakovlev Design Bureau in the F-35B STOVL variant's development,
purchasing design data from their development of the Yakovlev Yak-141
"Freestyle". Although several experimental designs have been developed
since the 1960s, such as the unsuccessful Rockwell XFV-12, the F-35B is to
be the first operational supersonic, STOVL stealth fighter.
Acquisition deputy to the assistant secretary of the Air Force, Lt. Gen.
Mark D. "Shack" Shackelford has said that the F-35 is designed to be
America's "premier surface-to-air missile killer and is uniquely equipped
for this mission with cutting edge processing power, synthetic aperture
radar integration techniques, and advanced target recognition."
Lockheed Martin states the F-35 is intended to have close- and long-range
air-to-air capability second only to that of the F-22 Raptor. Lockheed
Martin has said that the F-35 has the advantage over the F-22 in basing
flexibility and "advanced sensors and information fusion". Lockheed
Martin has suggested that the F-35 could replace the USAF's F-15C/D
fighters in the air superiority role and the F-15E Strike Eagle in the
ground attack role, although the F-35 lacks the range of the F-15.
Some improvements over current-generation fighter aircraft are:
Durable, low-maintenance stealth technology, using structural fiber mat
instead of the high-maintenance coatings of legacy stealth platforms;
Integrated avionics and sensor fusion that combine information from off-
and on-board sensors to increase the pilot's situational awareness and
improve target identification and weapon delivery, and to relay information
quickly to other command and control (C2) nodes;
High speed data networking including IEEE 1394b and Fibre
Channel. (Fibre Channel is also used on Boeing's Super Hornet.)
The Autonomic Logistics Global Sustainment (ALGS), Autonomic Logistics
Information System (ALIS) and Computerized maintenance management system
(CMMS) are to help ensure aircraft uptime with minimal maintenance
manpower. The Pentagon has moved to open up the competitive bidding by
other companies. This was after Lockheed Martin stated that instead of
costing twenty percent less than the F-16 per flight hour, the F-35 would
actually cost twelve percent more. Though the ALGS is intended to
reduce maintenance costs, the company disagrees with including the cost of
this system in the aircraft ownership calculations. The USMC have
implemented a workaround for a cyber vulnerability in the system.
Electro-hydrostatic actuators run by a power-by-wire flight-control
A modern and updated flight simulator, which may be used for a greater
fraction of pilot training in order to reduce the costly flight hours of
the actual aircraft.
Lightweight, powerful and volatile Lithium-ion batteries similar to those
that have grounded the Boeing 787 Dreamliner fleet.