Tue, Jul 28, 2009
Turbo FADEC Certification Newest Achievement In TCM's Catalog
Of Aviation Firsts
At EAA AirVenture Oshkosh 2009, Teledyne Continental Motors
(TCM) announced that it has received FAA Certification on the first
Full Authority Digital Electronic Controlled (FADEC) - Turbocharged
Engine - the TSIOF-550. The TSIOF550 joins the IOF240 and IOF550 in
TCM's growing line of certified, production FADEC engines.
"We developed and certified the Turbo FADEC 550 in response to
requests from airframe manufacturers wanting a high horsepower
engine offering mated with advanced electronic engine controls"
stated Rhett Ross, President of Continental Motors. "TCM's
engineering team was able to create a product that has exceeded our
expectations and will certainly impress airframe manufacturers"
The certified TSIOF550 engine boasts an impressive rating of
350Hp at 2600 RPM and a 22,000 foot critical altitude. TCM's
PowerLink FADEC allows for single lever, electronic engine control
that reduces pilot workload in the cockpit down to selecting a
desired power setting using a single control lever. With the single
lever, the pilot selects the power and the system automatically
manages fuel to either "Best Power" or "Best Economy" depending on
the pilot's preference. As demonstrated in recent efficiency
test flights, the system ensures ease of operation and automatic
adjustment of fuel flow to maintain fuel economy and engine
operating parameters without constant pilot involvement.
An experimental version of the TSIOF550 has been flying on the
front of a Lancair IVP for over 550 hours. The TSIOF550 has enabled
the IV to achieve economy cruise speeds of 255 KTS while enjoying a
17.5 gph fuel burn. The TSIOF550 Powered Lancair is on display at
TCM's AirVenture Oshkosh 2009 booth, #229-234.
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