UAV Funding Drives Aviation Engine Technology
Usually people consider general aviation as a risky industry, because the rate of accidents or death is much higher than that of even automobiles. The pilot has to make most decisions, meanwhile in commercial airline flights all the restrictions are in place.
This makes sense because you don’t want to have a bunch of bureaucrats riding along in the right seat with you when you’re flying your own private airplane. Nevertheless, one of the issues that has to do with general aviation is the reliability and durability of the aircraft engines. We can’t have flying cars, until we have engines that last longer, and don’t quit as much while in operation.
General aviation also suffers from very high costs, especially fuel use, and therefore it would be really great if these aircraft engines used a lot less fuel per hour. Now then, I was reading a few articles the other day and I had a thought, and let me briefly explain the concept, and a little bit of futurist thinking on the matter.
An interesting article in AVWeb or Aviation Web on June 10, 2010 titled; “Mistral Puts 300-hp Rotary Engine on Hold,” by Glen Pew seems to address the future of mid-range UAV power plants, and their reliable nature. Because of the massive amount of money being poured into the UAV industry-sub-sector, we are seeing incredible advances in fuel efficient and low-maintenance motors, capable of incredible endurance.
Think of the value that holds for General Aviation safety, with engines which can beat normal TBOs? TBO stands for Time before Overhaul, this is the time that an aircraft engine is expected to last, and most of the small general aviation aircraft last about 2000 hours, before you have to tear apart the engine for safety purposes. Imagine if you had to do that each time your car motor had been used for 2000 hours.
Consumers simply wouldn’t accept that, any manufacturer whose engine wouldn’t last any longer than 2000 hours would get a bad reputation in the industry, no one would buy their cars. If you think the Toyota, General Motors, and Chrysler recalls were bad, imagine how many recalls a company would get if their engines quit in the middle of operation every 2000 hours, and that was all the time they were expected to last.
So it is great to see that money is being poured into unmanned aerial vehicle technologies, because UAVs concentrate on reliable long endurance flights. And that means better power plants, and those engine manufacturers will be able to produce better engines for general aviation. This is a good thing. Please consider all this.
Lance Winslow is a retired Founder of a Nationwide Franchise Chain, and now runs the Online Think Tank. Lance Winslow believes it’s hard to write 20,000 articles; http://www.bloggingcontent.net/
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