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Sun, Apr 11, 2010

Mistral Moves Toward Certification Of 300HP Multi-Fuel Rotary Engine

Taking Pre-Orders For Experimental Engine Series

Mistral Engines has announced that the company has made significant advancements in its efforts to receive the FAA certification for its all-new, 300 horsepower, G-300 rotary aircraft engine.

“We are extremely pleased with the progress that our engineering and development team has made in recent months on the G-300 engine,” said Philippe Durr, CEO, Mistral Engines. “We have the engine mounted on a Maule MX-7 flight test aircraft and it is currently undergoing ground power tests at our U.S. base in DeLand, Florida.”

Durr also stated that, along with the pending flight tests, the company’s engineering team is on the verge of successfully finishing structural testing in the US. The company is also testing extensively its proprietary Full Authority Digital Engine Control (FADEC) system achieving very positive results so far. Engine endurance tests are also scheduled to begin in the third-quarter of this year.

The normally aspirated Mistral G-300 is a revolutionary three rotor engine that is intended to bridge the performance, reliability and cost gap between current piston and turbine engines. The company says that the new engine series “will deliver a responsible solution to the environmental, social and economic challenges faced by general aviation in the 21st century.”

The company reports it is seeing significant interest from aircraft, helicopter and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) manufacturers around the world. “Because of our confidence that we will receive FAA type certification for the G-300 within the year, we will be accepting advanced delivery pre-orders for the experimental version of both the G-200 and G-300 engines beginning at AERO Friedrichshafen,” Durr said. “We are already in active talks with a number of world-class aircraft overhaul facilities about obtaining FAA Supplemental Type Certificates (STC’s) for our engines on popular general aviation aircraft.”

The company has also announced a strong presence at European and U.S. trade shows for 2010. The Mistral Engines will have its innovative rotary aircraft engines on display at AERO in Friedrichshafen, EBACE in Geneva, EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh and AOPA Aviation Summit.

FMI: www.mistral-engines.com

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