Soloy Aviation Solutions was one of the sponsors of a July 12 record-setting non- stop fuel efficiency flight of 848 nautical miles that lasted over nine hours and burned a mere 56 gallons of fuel.
The aircraft used to achieve the flight was a Cessna 182 Skylane that featured an SMA SR305-230 compression ignition (diesel) engine powered by a 50-50 blend of biofuel comprised of Camelina plant seed oil with petroleum Jet-A fuel.
Two pilots completed the flight: Ross Mc Curdy, a high school teacher in Rhode Island, and Thierry Saint Loup, (left) an executive at SMA Engines in Texas.
The pilots took off from the Essex County Airport (KCDW) in New Jersey on July 12 and flew an 848 mn triangular course to Buffalo, New York (KBUF), Portland, Maine (KPWM), and back to Essex County Airport.
As a sponsor, Soloy Aviation Solutions officials said they were “extremely interested in the efficiency performance of the SMA engine in a C182 airframe.
Last month Soloy announced a partnership with SMA to bring to market the second generation SR305-230e engine and turnkey STC conversion program to Cessna Skylane operators worldwide.
Under the agreement, Soloy will co-develop an engineering program with SMA to provide the Cessna 182 a more powerful SMA SR305-230e ci engine, as well as improve its installation and aerodynamics package for the airframe.
Applicable C182 aircraft models will be finalized as the program gets underway.
The engineering and testing program will be completed and validated at Soloy Aviation Solutions’ facility in Olympia, Washington (KOLM) under EASA (European Aviation Safety Agency) regulations.
Soloy and SMA are targeting mid 2017 for completion of the SR305-230e ci engine conversion STC.