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.
The Type Club Coalition is the latest group to join AOPA in urging a quick review of proposed reforms to the third class medical.
Aerospace and defense giant Lockheed Martin stirred the pot with an Oct. 15 announcement that compact fusion could power vehicles, even aircraft, within a decade. Skeptics were quick to speak up, while Lockheed filed for patents and hopes to find partners in government, academia, and industry.
Nextant Aerospace, adding a remanufactured King Air to its remanufactured Hawker 400 offering, says the King Air (Nextant G90XT) will fly early next year.
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