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Small aircraft engines get a boost from their racing counterparts

May 31, 2011, 12:33 pm

For all those racecar enthusiasts that may have toyed with the idea of taking to the skies and investing in pilots life insurance, Enhanced Aircraft Systems has recently announced the availability of the O-408 and IO-408 engines, according to the company's website.

These engines incorporate the racing industry's technology in order to develop advanced components such as, crankshafts, connecting rods, pistons and piston pins. The recently developed pieces can be incorporated into new engines, or retrofitted for existing Lycoming, ECi or Superior Air Parts, the company reports.

The idea behind the design was to shift the weight from the rods and pistons to the crankshaft. This transfer of weight reduces vibrations and stresses on the aircraft and its parts, according to Aircraft Maintenance Technology.

This higher powered O-408 and IO-408 engines generate lower vibrations than their O-329 counterpart, even though they produce 230 horsepower, the site reports. The Lycoming O-329 engine generally produces less than 200 horsepower, according to bush-planes.com. 

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