A Cessna 182 Skylane made a 1,485 nautical miles non-stop flight to reach EAA AirVenture Oshkosh.
Yes, you read it right.
This more than 9 hours flight was completed by Cessna 182 in one go.
What is more, the aircraft burned only 80 gallons of Jet-A fuel during the flight.
It is certainly quite an achievement.
Soloy Aviation Solutions is behind this remarkable feat, which demonstrated the fuel efficiency and performance of its SMA powered compression-ignition SR305-230E engine.
The Cessna 182 Skylane takeoff from Soloy’s home base in Olympia, Washington and landed only at Oshkosh, Wisconsin.
At the controls of the Cessna 182 were Soloy pilot Tony Uhl and Chief Engineer Steve Phoenix.
The EASA certified and re-powered Skylane climbed to a VFR altitude of 17,500 feet and the engine power was set to 60%.
a small tailwind enabled the aircraft to cruise at a true airspeed of 150 – 162 knots.
As per the flight plan, this long single leg flight was ment to be of eight hours and five minutes, but due to traffic delay at the destination, the Cessna 182 remained in the traffic pattern for nearly an hour.
The SMA compression ignition SR305-230E engine was running for a total of nine hours and twenty five minutes, and during this time it consumed only 80 gallons of Jet-A fuel.
The fuel efficiency and performance of the SMA engine is quite remarkable considering the nearly 1,500 nautical mile journey or spending nearly 60 minutes in the holding pattern.
This means the Cessna 182 traveled nearly 18 miles for every gallon of fuel burned.
Looks like the only person who is not surprised by this performance is Mr Uhl. The pleased pilot described this flight as really unremarkable. They were expecting this type of flight performance, with better fuel economy and great speed.
They were happy to see that the aircraft only consumed 250 ml of oil during this 9 hour flight. This is less than ¼ of a quart. Everyone associated in building this engine is quite happy.
James Cowan, Soloy’s CEO, view this non-stop flight from Washington to Wisconsin as an important achievement in high performance, environmental friendly engine conversion program.
It will provide an answer to areas where 100LL is becoming scarce and this compression ignition engine provides the answer.
Soloy will provide this eco-friendly and efficient solution to Cessna 182 operators across the world.
You can take a look at this SMA powered Cessna 182 Skylane from Soloy at Oshkosh Airventure 2017 at booth number 16.
For initial buyers, the company will take deposits and offer a large discount on the STC conversion kit.
Who is Soloy Aviation Solutions?
Soloy Aviation Solutions is a Washington state based company which was founded in 1969. The company specializes in rotary and fixed wing aircraft performance and power improvement.
It carries out program for turbine engine upgrade / conversion for the Beechcraft Bonanza A36 and A36TC, the Airbus AS350 helicopter and Cessna 100 / 200 series aircraft.
Along with this, the company has converted 750 aircraft flying in 35 countries across the globe and has more than 60 STCs.
Soloy Aviation Solutions also provide aviation parts manufacturing and contract engineering services.