Fri, Jan 15, 2010
Add 150 SHP To Their Certified OE600 Powerplant
A production engine with an experimental camshaft to over
750 horsepower has been tested by Trace Engines, the company
announced Thursday. The additional 150 horsepower on the certified
OE600 (600hp) Trace platform enables an extra safety margin for
short field take off applications. It also enables even faster
climb rates to cruise altitude with similar fuel consumption. Trace
Engines is preparing for type approval of the new engine which will
be designated the TE750, and has begun critical testing.
The FAA Production Certificate for its 600 horsepower, liquid
cooled, turbocharged V8 engine for the General Aviation market was
received by Trace in October last year.
According to Chief Operating Officer, David Czarnecki,
“The increased horsepower on our new engine will open doors
to general aviation applications that are currently powered by
750hp turbines.” Czarnecki added that many aircraft companies
around the world should benefit from the Trace piston engine power,
increased speed and performance at altitude, dramatically lower
overhaul costs as well as substantial fuel consumption savings.
“We are also excited to be able to offer our additional high
performance at the exceptional value of piston pricing,”
Czarnecki further added.
Trace Engines also will offer its TE750 with enhancements to its
current production certified OE600 model. The most significant
advance is electronic fuel injection and ignition. “Our plan
is to optimize the performance of our Trace Engine for all
operating points, which electronic engine management will allow us
to do. With this optimization, we can offer gains in fuel
efficiency and adjustability per airframe.” added Czarnecki.
The electronic engine management will also be applied to the OE600
engine as a performance enhancement kit for engines in service and
will ultimately become stock on all engines from the factory once
FAA certification is complete.
Development and validation testing should be completed in 2010,
with full certification expected early next year. Given the limited
modifications to our Type Design Data, the testing will mostly
involve approval of the electronic engine management system.
Czarnecki also added, “Trace Engines will be pushing to bring
our new 750 horsepower model to market as soon as possible and are
currently seeking STC partners for select airframe
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