March 17, 2009
By Thomas A. Horne
Mistral Engines of Geneva, Switzerland, and DeLand, Fla., will unveil its new engine—the 300-horsepower, normally aspirated, liquid-cooled, rotary-design G-300—at the AERO Friedrichshafen exhibition being held April 2 through 5 at Friedrichshafen, Germany.
Eight years in development, the Mistral will burn avgas as well as auto fuel and run 70 percent quieter than piston engines, Mistral said. It will also cost 20 to 30 percent less to operate than a piston engine, have next to no vibrations, and a 3,000-hour “target” TBO, according to the company. The engine will have full-authority digital engine control (FADEC).
Mistral said that it expects to earn FAA approval for the G-300 by 2010. Follow-on engine designs ranging from 200 to 360 horsepower will follow. Within the next five years, the company expects to sell Mistrals at a rate of 1,500 engines per year. Certification activities are now in full swing, according to a press release.
AOPA Pilot Editor at Large Tom Horne has worked at AOPA since the early 1980s. He began flying in 1975 and has an airline transport pilot and flight instructor certificates. He’s flown everything from ultralights to Gulfstreams and ferried numerous piston airplanes across the Atlantic.
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