It is more than a little intriguing that when it comes to “innovations” the world may be living in the 21st Century but already looking forward to the 22nd! That is, of course, is as true in the realm of General Aviation as anywhere else. Freshly off the 2015 Paris Air Show, the Aviation World is excited by what was shared, and when it comes to General Aviation there are a few things on the horizon that are pretty exciting, too! As a result, it is not surprising that MORE OF THE FUTURE AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING can readily be grouped together.
“One of the more intriguing things that was on the horizon a while ago, back in ’04 or ‘ 05,” Dale Wolcott, President of TURBINE TRAINING in Manhattan, Kansas, shared, “is what was referred to as ‘NASA’s General Aviation Propulsion (GAP) program. With the advent of their efforts in that realm,” he continued, “you know that MORE OF THE FUTURE AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING would be greatly affected.”
While giving the standard General Aviation Engines their due, GAP pointed out that there are several shortcomings, including but not limited to:
- Require Pilot Attention
- Costly to Buy, Operate, and Maintain.
- Intrude on Passenger Comfort with both Noise and Vibration.
“Much more recently,” Jason Wolcott, Vice President of TURBINE TRAINING, “there were also some intriguing concepts at the Oshkosh Airshow in Oshkosh, Wisconsin back in 2013. In fact, I’m still keeping my eye on some of the things suggested there with the idea of how they will affect MORE OF THE FUTURE AND CESSNA 208 TRAINING.”
These “things” include, but are not limited to:
- Aviat Aircraft’s (Afton, WY) work with Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and it’s advantages over 100LL:
- Runs Cooler
- Cuts carbon dioxide emissions by a third
- Higher Octane Levels
- Terrafugia’s Transition, a small airplane that doubles as a street-legal auto.
Published July 14, 2015