Teledyne Continental Motors Unveils Biodiesel Project | Aero-News Network
Aero-News Network
RSS icon RSS feed
podcast icon MP3 podcast
Subscribe Aero-News e-mail Newsletter Subscribe

Airborne Unlimited -- Recent Daily Episodes

Episode Date

Monday

Tuesday

Wednesday

Thursday

Friday

Airborne On ANN

Airborne 08.31.15

Airborne 09.01.15

Airborne 09.02.15

Airborne 08.27.15

Airborne 08.28.15

Airborne Hi-Def On YouTube

Airborne 08.31.15

Airborne 09.01.15

Airborne 09.02.15

Airborne 08.27.15

Airborne 08.28.15

EAA/ANN AirVenture Innovation Preview

AIP-#1 Vimeo

AIP-#2 Vimeo

AIP-Part 1 YouTube

AIP-Part 2 YouTube

Tue, Apr 01, 2008

Teledyne Continental Motors Unveils Biodiesel Project

Collaborates With McDonalds For Fuel Source

ANN APRIL 1st "SPECIAL" EDITION: And we thought reducing the weight of the venerable O-200 was impressive. On Tuesday, representatives with Teledyne Continental Motors announced the company is also jumping into the aviation diesel fray, with its new O-200TD-F.

"This engine will not only revolutionize the general aviation segment, but also change the way everyone looks at small aircraft," said TCM Marketing and Communications director Mac Little.

Mounted to the nose of a Cessna 152 technical demonstrator, the first FADEC-equipped O-200TD-F comes in at just a hair over 250 lbs, and generates 125 horsepower at the prop at a low 1900 rpm. Little says the turbocharged O-200TD-F is exceptionally smooth in normal operation, and develops about the same amount of noise as a conventional O-200.

But that's not the engine's most saleable feature, Little adds.

"Look at this over here," Little said, pointing to a canister mounted to the rear of the four-cylinder engine. "That is the aviation world's first biodiesel fuel converter. That useful gadget -- patent pending, and please, no pictures -- will allow pilots to burn used vegetable oil grease and other sources of fuel without the need for expensive home-converting equipment.

"Let's face it -- nearly all pilots have been to McDonald's a time of two in their lives," Little continued. "And many of us are on first-name terms with employees of our local fast food eateries, if only because we often grab a morning snack on the way to the airport. Those fast-food outlets are only too happy to have someone come and haul away their used cooking grease -- and with our unique engine, you can collect about 10 gallons of grease at a time, dump it in the tank, and our engine does the rest!"

Little acknowledged the engine is still under development, and cautions owners of current aircraft to NOT dump cooking grease into their planes. "But if all goes to plan, in a couple years pilots will be able to do exactly that!" Little exclaimed. " And just think... the air over your local airport could soon smell of french fries... that will no doubt help calm neighbors nervous about having airports in their backyards... am I right?"

FMI: www.tcm-maciscrazy.com

Advertisement

More News

Aerospace Update: Swiss Team Wins Gordon Bennett Balloon Race

The Swiss Team of Kurt Frieden And Pascal Witprächtiger Won The 59th Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett Competition The Coupe Aéronautique Gordon Bennett, the FAI>[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Linx (09.03.15)

NASA JPL Education Site The Education home page for NASA JPL is the perfect place for parents and teachers to find activities for a budding rocket scientist, engineer, technician, >[...]

ANN's Daily Aero-Term (09.03.15): Magnetic Variation

Difference between true north and magnetic north, varying with position; magnetic variation drifts with time.>[...]

Aero-News: Quote Of The Day (09.03.15)

“We want this to be a gateway to aviation, and for the existing industry to embrace these craft.” Source: AUVSI president and CEO Brian Wynne.>[...]

Woman Who Suffered From Septic Shock Skydives For First Time

Jump Follows Amputation Of Both Hands And Feet, Done To Raise Awareness Of The Condition A woman in Oklahoma who lost both hands and feet to septic shock last year has done somethi>[...]

blog comments powered by Disqus



Advertisement

Advertisement

Podcasts

Advertisement

© 2007 - 2015 Web Development & Design by Pauli Systems, LC