Light-sport aircraft reach new heights
Innovations that are transforming aircraft manufacturing in general are not so evident in aero engines. Lack of competition is creating a headwind against engine innovations especially in light-sport aircraft (LSA) – higher-performance engines are needed to showcase the potential of these small aircraft. The EU-funded project B25Tr will unveil a new compact and highly efficient engine for LSAs that promises high power output with a very high power-to-weight ratio. Their water-cooled cost-efficient turbocharged engine will enable LSAs to reach higher altitudes with significantly decreased fuel consumption and harmful emissions. This reduction of fuel consumption (20 litres/hour against the 40 litres/hour) and polluting effects is good for the environment.
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