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How About A Biofuel Piston Engine For Your Aircraft?

by John M. White |

We know 100LL is going away, we just don't know when. So, how about a biofuel piston engine for your aircraft? A Biofuel Piston Aircraft Engine One that can run on a range of fuels like unleaded 85 octane motor gas, standard avgas, liquid petroleum gas or biofuel. Or one that can use any one, or a combination of, all of these? Well, a company by the name of Adept Aviation located in South Africa believes they have come up with the solution. A 320 hp engine that sets new standards for performance combined with low life-cycle costs. The company believes that there is a lack of modern fuel efficient engines available today to power new and existing light aircraft. With this in mind Adept Aviation has designed and developed the following engines for general aviation aircraft:
  • 320T - a 320 hp turbocharged engine;
  • 280N - a 260 to 280 hp normally aspirated engine;
  • 300R - a 300 hp + normally aspirated competitive racing engine.
Adept predicts that the engines will be competitive, price-wise, with new Continental or Lycoming engines with similar power output. The company is in the process of certifying these engines through the European Aviation Safety Agency. Each Engine:
  • Is turbocharged or normally aspirated;
  • Utilizes advanced internal combustion technology;
  • Is light weight, weighing approximately 30% less than traditional engines of similar horsepower;
  • Is fuel efficient;
  • Is liquid cooled;
  • Is compatible with Avgas or Mogas;
  • Has FADEC controls;
  • Utilizes advanced materials;
  • Has high power density.
The engines boast the lowest lead, nitrous oxide and carbon dioxide emissions and noise levels, setting it apart from existing technology and benchmarks a new standard in the general aviation industry. Are you ready? Until next time keep your wings straight and level Hersch! JetAviator7 All the calculations show it can't work. There's only one thing to do: make it work. — Pierre Georges Latécoère, early French aviation entrepreneur ps: Don't forget to sign up for our newsletter "All Things Aviation" here!

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