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October 12, 2012
By Alyssa J. Miller
Electroair on Oct. 12 received FAA approval for its four-cylinder Continental electronic ignition system to be installed on the Cessna 120, 140, and 150; American Champion 11, Diamond DA20, and Piper Cubs (O-200/IO-240 engines). In addition, it also has approval for its four-cylinder Lycoming version.
The systems offer a 10- to 15-percent gain in fuel efficiency, smoother engine operation, improved high-altitude performance, and reduced sparkplug fouling among other benefits, a company spokesman said. During a test flight in a Cessna 150, the company said that the aircraft burned 4.2 to 4.4 gph in the traffic pattern (leaning in the pattern). The four-cylinder system sells for $3,400.
Electroair also said it hopes to receive FAA approval on a six-cylinder version for normally aspirated Lycoming and Continental engines in the next four to six months. It will retail for $5,500.
By November, the company plans to be added to the Piper Seminole, Twin Comanche, and Apache approved model lists.
AOPA Director of eMedia and Online Managing Editor Alyssa J. Miller has worked at AOPA since 2004 and is an active flight instructor.
AOPA has joined the “Know Before You Fly” campaign that seeks to educate users of unmanned aircraft systems about safe and responsible operations, including where and how high unmanned aircraft may be flown.
A metal detector enthusiast recently unearthed fragments of a legendary World War II aircraft, and the U.S. Navy deployed a team to investigate in February.
New Zealand helicopter company Composite Helicopters is moving from kit to certified carbon fiber rotorcraft.
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