What fuels will the engines run on?
a. They are intended to run on Pump diesel, JetA and Kerosene.
2. Is it possible to replace a Rotax 912/914 with the TA120TP?
a. We intend to develop a mounting system that will match both the Rotax firewall and bed mount attach points while maintaining the prop flange in an identical location to the Rotaxes. The main consideration will be weight and balance issues due to the lighter weight of the TA120TP. Since all installations are different, it will be up to the owner to adjust the location of items/add ballast to maintain the centre of gravity for his aircraft in the correct location.
3. What propellor options are there for the engines?
a. Due to the characteristics of a free turbine engine, any propellor used on the engine will also need specific characteristics. We intend to work in conjunction with a single constant speed system manufacturer and blade manufacturer to offer a full range of propellors to suit all applications (low and slow, high and fast, STOL, etc.). We will not recommend using any system but the one that we have developed and tested with our engines.
4. What gearbox ratios will be available?
a. We intend to offer 4 standard ratios that will, at optimum cruise rpm for the power turbine of the engines, provide output rpms of 1800/2250/2700/3200 respectively. These ratios will cater for most of the existing applications including large slow turning props, through the Rotax 912 optimized props, legacy engine props to the high speed small diameter props.
5. How will prop rpm be set?
a. It will either be pre-programmed by the factory in the ECU to suit the application, or alternatively, be user set by way of a selector switch and digital display. Pre-programmed factory limits will be installed to prevent the user from setting an rpm that is outside the limit for his prop system.
6. Can I maintain the engine?
a. Other than routine inspections (visual inspections for obvious damage) and fluid replenishments/replacements where required, it is anticipated that all maintenance will be done by an approved and authorised representative.
7. Where will I be able to get the engine maintained?
a. In each country where the engine is sold, we would like to have an authorised maintenance facility. Turbine Aeronautics will provide training to maintenance staff to qualify them to maintain the engines. Major overhauls will likely be done at a centralised facility, who will have the full range of equipment and spare parts inventory to conduct any maintenance or overhauls on the engines.
8. Will the engines come with a warranty?
a. Yes, we expect that a minimum 1 year/500 hour warranty will be offered with the engines.
9. Are there any features of the engine that will help me recognise an impending failure?
a. Yes, the engines main computer (the Engine Control Unit - ECU) will have a data acquisition function to supplement its engine control and protection functions. The data acquisition function will record all the sensed engine parameters and on a periodic basis, the aircraft operator will be able to download that recorded data and forward it to the Turbine Aeronautics engine health monitoring team who through their custom developed maintenance program will be able to identify any trends in the data which may point towards an impending problem. This system will enhance the chances of any potential failure being identified well before it actually happens. The download by the operator will be simplified such that he will simply plug in a memory stick to the appropriate port and hit the download button. When finished, he will be able to plug that memory stick into his computer, log on to the Turbine Aeronautics maintenance website, enter his details/password then upload the data. Our team will respond with a report within a specified timeframe.
10. Will there be a phone/web support hotline?
11. I have no knowledge or experience with turbine engines. How can I get qualified to fly with your engines?
a. Turbine Aeronautics plans to offer turbine transition training courses that will include both the theoretical and practical knowledge required by the FAA to qualify you to operate our engines. Full details of the training requirements will be posted on this website once we have completed discussions with the FAA and the requirements have been determined and our course has been approved by the FAA. We anticipate that a small amount of online pre-study will be required, followed by a day in the classroom, then a flight or two in a turbine equipped two seat training aircraft.
12. Will Beta (reverse pitch) range be available?
a. We intend to have a Beta range available.
13. When can I expect my engine to be delivered?
a. The first TA200TP deliveries are planned for Q3 2020. The first TA300TP deliveries are planned to be 6 months after delivery of the first TA200TP, so early 2021.
14. What is included in the engine purchase price?
a. The engine, ECU, fuel pumps, any reservoirs and associated plumbing, sensors for engine monitoring are likely to be included in the purchase price.
15. What else will be needed to complete my engine system?
a Propeller system, EFIS, throttle quadrant, engine mount
16. What EFIS systems will be usable with the engine?
a. It is likely that the recommended EFIS system will be a Garmin G3 system. However, with the rapidly developing range of EFIS systems becoming available, the most suitable will be determined closer to the first deliveries of the engines.
17. Will new engines be tested before delivery?
a. Yes, the intention is to run each engine for 2 hours before it leaves the factory to ensure that no defects or problems are evident, prior to it being shipped.
18. Where will the engine be manufactured?
a. It is the intention of Turbine Aeronautics to source the majority of its components from high quality suppliers from Australia, the US and other regional countries, and assembly and pre-delivery testing will be conducted at our proposed Adelaide, Australia based facility. All suppliers will be vetted by the Turbine Aeronautics Quality Department and strict quality control measures including periodic facility inspections of sub-contractors, inspection and testing of delivered components and thorough component inspection before assembly will be instigated to ensure the components used will meet our strict quality standards.
19. Will Turbine Aeronautics offer firewall forward packages?
a. Turbine Aeronautics plans to work with third party providers to offer firewall forward packages for the popular kit aircraft.
20. What are the projected dimensions of the engines?
a. The estimated dimensions (to be confirmed once the redesign is completed): TA120TP - 32" long from intake to prop flange, 15" diameter / TA200TP - 34" long, 18" diameter.