Are You in the Market for a Piston Engine Aircraft?
Piston engine aircraft, also known as reciprocating engine aircraft, use cylinders and pistons to generate power instead of turbines.
These aircraft have the advantage of fuel efficiency. Mechanically, there is a very little gap between piston and cylinder. This allows for a high compression ratio, producing high heat and low fuel consumption. Over long flights, the engine increases fuel efficiency which owners are interested in. This interest is driving the market as owners are more invested in the reliability and simplicity of those engines compared to others. Piston engine aircraft are easier to maintain and very reliable.
A limit to this interest comes from the short life cycle of piston engines. On average, the maximum life span is 5 years. To combat this, manufacturers are researching on how to increase the life cycle of these engines, particularly the overhaul hours. Right now, the typical engine requires an overhaul between 1,200 to 2,000 flight hours. We’re excited to learn about more innovation in this industry throughout 2020 as the market grows.
Singe engine piston aircraft, particularly horizontally opposed, dominate the market. Horizontally opposed-piston engines are popular for their ease of maintenance, reliability, and simple mechanisms. Along with the advantage of air or liquid cooling system options.
Piston engine aircraft with maximum take-off weight of 1000-2000 kgs are also popular because of the fuel efficiency and performance.
At Norfolk Aviation, we’re in the business of being a trusted aircraft brokerage partner to our clients. We have the knowledge and experience to find the perfect aircraft for you at the perfect price. Let 2020 be the year you soar to new heights! Contact us today and let’s talk about how we can help, whether you’re looking to buy, sell, or customize an aircraft.