Supermarine Aircraft Factory Tour 2011
Bill Gunn, safety director for the Texas Department of Transportation - Aviation Division, receives an exclusive tour of the new Supermarine Aircraft Company factory located in Cisco, Texas. At the request of our government, CEO Michael O'Sullivan is opening this branch factory in Texas which will bring much needed economic stimulus to the Lone Star State. Better quality video
Larry Ketterlings P-51 Engine
Geared Drives FWF engine package for P-51 at idle and run up very conservatively since we were testing ignition only and there was no prop installed. Note how smoothly the engine transitions from low RPM to higher RPM. Nice rumbling sound through the short custom Exhaust, volume increased via the collector with baffling within to provide back pressure and guard against shock cooling the valves.
Aero-TV: Flight Design At Oshkosh - C4 Project Update
Updating Flight Design's Promising New Four Seat Offering
Oshkosh 2012 was a great place to make news... or update news in the making. One such update concerned the greatly anticipated Flight Design C4.
One of the hottest new aircraft proposals currently offered to the general aviation market, "...development of the C4 continues with engineering of the engine installation, avionics selection and certification plan to meet an aggressive development schedule."
Due to other high priorities in 2011 and early 2012, such as attaining EASA (R)TC certification for the CTLS and introducing the new fuel-injected Rotax 912 iS engine on our new CTLSi model, which included a substantial redesign of the fuel system, the C4 program has reportedly not moved ahead quite as quickly as they "originally planned."
First Flights are expected in Spring of 2013.
Last fall, Flight Design announced that it had conducted a thorough review of the current engine suppliers and their technologies and decided Continental offered the best fit for the C4. The new 6-cylinder IO-360-AF (Alternative Fuel) being developed by Continental Motors for the C4 will be able to operate on 100LL avgas as well as alternative fuel(s) to 100LL. "This was a key prerequisite for Flight Design and our C4 customers, as the future of 100LL is uncertain at best," according to FD's John Doman. Beyond the alternative fuel advantage, the IO-360 series from Continental has an excellent reputation for reliability, long life and smooth operation.
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Truyeart LS1 Engine for his RV-10 Starts for the first time!
Another Geared Drives LS1 engine package for RV-10 roars to life for the very first time! The engine starts easily and runs at low RPM since it is not good for it to run without the load of a propeller on it. We run it long enough to test the systems, check for leaks, test the PSRU etc. At the very end of the video you can see the breather on the PSRU kick over the little bit of overage of oil as it seeks its natural level in the gearbox. This is normal for a first run up.