- Aug 10, 2007
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- Deeral NTH QLD
Agreed - two points:A 100 HP is still a 100 HP despite how it's produced. I love turbines got more hrs behind them than I can recall BUT the cost in all aspects is astronomical compared to our recip donks! Mounted in a light A/C means to get any sort of efficiency out of them you would have to operate yr plane differently, height, fuel planning and structural considerations IE TAS at Alt. are just some of the considerations. Maint and General handling of turbines are far different than their IC cousin donk, it's hard to kill an IC engine instantly but you sure can a turbine!
Your comment sound reasonable to the unlettered (me) and was also used as a suggested application for the waknel. In both cases, potentially very smooth running, high power to weight ratio and both pretty thirsty.Perhaps a niche application for these diesel-guzzlers would be to get a hybrid aircraft up to cruise level where electric power could take over; the batteries would have been saved the huge load of take-off and climbing, ensuring much greater cruise range.