Thu, Feb 16, 2012
It would be hard to make a list of some of the most inventive
and innovative companies in GA without putting Tornado Alley near
the top. The creator of a number of upgrades and the inventor of a
host of GA technologies, this company (we believe) is poised for
even greater things than it has accomplished already... despite
some pretty tough impediments in recent years (even beyond the
vagaries of an economy hitting for the dumpster).
TAT has put their stamp on a number of upgrades for some of GA's
most popular birds... The Beech Bonanza, the Cessna Cardinal and
C-185, the Cirrus SR22, and soon... the Beech Baron. Our own
experience with their work, via our Cirrus G3 Turbo has been an
eye-opener... offering reliability, economy, easy operation and the
comfort of knowing that we've been sitting behind a mill that has
piled up an amazing record for just plain flying its heart out.
There are interesting times ahead for TAT... some months ago,
Tim Roehl and his crew announced a new electronic wastegate turbo
density-normalized controller for (first) the SR-22, deemed "TDN"
to signify that the engine is Turbo Density-Normalized. The system
will be the first part of a series of new, electronic engine
controls being developed for Tornado Alley Turbo for use on a wide
range of general aviation aircraft. The TDN smart controller will
feature automatic adjustment of mass airflow to the engine to
compensate for “hot day” conditions.
In addition, the system will feature the codenamed "World Peace"
component (details have not yet been released) that will provide
substantially improved LOP operation of the engine to ensure
adequate engine mass flow, allowing the pilot to obtain near
maximum continuous engine horsepower.
Beyond that, TAT is behind the development of a new generation
of aviation fuels for GA use, G100UL... and that's but the tip of a
pretty big iceberg. Mark our words, some of the most intriguing
advancements in the GA propulsion game could be coming, soon, from
these guys... and we can't wait.
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