August 2015 Update
It has been a busy month since our team returned from Oshkosh, USA. As always, EAA’s Airventure was a wonderful event, and hugely successful for us at ADEPT. Despite our display material being destroyed by a windstorm at the beginning of the show, visitors still managed to find us.
At Oshkosh 2015, our focus was to engage with Aircraft Manufacturers and Organisations that are eager to utilize our modern engines to improve existing aircraft types, and with those who are developing new aircraft types, and do not want to be restricted by old engine technology. This focus led to excellent results, with solid interest from 19 Organisations, and potential sales of hundreds of engines in the next few years. Of particular note was the number of main stream manufacturers of Type Certified aircraft who approached us to establish what they need to do to bolster our certification plans, and specify our engines in their Aircraft. Exciting times!
Back home, we have been concentrating on some extreme testing of our engines: Establishing lowest fuel octane capabilities, and performing some potentially destructive detonation tests at our in-house Dyno facility. We are happy to say that the engines are proving to be durable and robust – just as we designed them to be!
All engine builds to date have been at our (very space constrained) Technology Development Centre, and progress is now underway in establishing our production facility. We are in the depths of deal structuring with various investment partners. Major equipment has all been specified – so now it’s time to begin implementation. The plan is to progressively grow production capacity to meet demand, so our interactions since Oshkosh have been very useful from a planning perspective. If all goes according to plan, 2016 will be the year that General Aviation engine technology finally moves forward!