Wed, Sep 01, 2010
While aviation seems to have more than its share of trials and
tribulations at the moment, it boasts one particularly solid
resource... that there are great people and solid companies ready
to take on the challenges of tomorrow. TCM's aero-diesel
development program is one such example of what gives us great hope
for the future of our industry... though we'll (no doubt) still
have to deal with bumps and bruises along the way.
ANN cornered TCM's Head Honcho, Rhett Ross a few weeks ago and
finally got him to fess up on some of the details surrounding this
exciting and innovative research program. Ross and TCM have made a
strong commitment to alternative fueled engines. It is this kind of
activity and this kind of commitment on the part of a major
powerplant manufacturer that makes the future of alternatively
fueled powerplants a bright one... a damned bright one.
Aviation can only benefit as a result of the use of new
technologies. Further; aviation has much to gain by having a choice
of new and hopefully less expensive (but certainly more available)
fuels -- and let's face it, aviation has been held hostage to 50
year old engine technology for 49.9 years too long.
The TCM Diesel, the TD300, is a four cylinder 230-250hp
Diesel/Jet A fueled prototype engine with the potential to make its
mark as a certified engine and start building market share in the
2011-2012 time period.
Join ANN's Jim Campbell as he weasels as much diesel
info-goodness out of TCM's Ross as is possible...
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