The Czechs may cause a revolution in the production of small aircraft engines. They are developing an alternative engine which can replace todays´ traditional piston engines designed more than 50 years ago. The company has patented the solution not only in the Czech Republic, but also in Australia, South Africa, Canada and the United States. The annual size of the aviation market for which the new engine is designed is estimated at around ten billion czech crowns (more than 565 million AUD).
Future ultralights and unmanned aircraft could be powered by a smaller, lighter and more powerful Czech engine. The engine can work on alternative and aviation non-standard fuel - ethanol and gas. After the three-cylinder engines the company wants to produce also six and nine-cylinder ones. Knob Engines claims that apart from the aviation, the new version of the engine could be used in six other industries, including hybrid drives.
The project is in the first stage of funding and the managing director of the company Mr Drahovzal hopes that Knob Engines will soon be able to sell a licence to produce aerial engine variant. Nowadays the company is intensively negotiating with aircraft manufacturers who are interested in participating in the flight tests.
KNOB ENGINES s.r.o.