The RV-10 aircraft completed its first flight

The TP 100 turbine engine has successfully completed test flights in the USA. The first flight took off on 8 June 2014 from DeLand Airport in Florida. After initial flight testing, the aircraft flew 4000 km to EAA AirVenture 2014 Oshkosh.

The TP 100 powers four place RV-10 aircraft certificated in the Experimental category. The successful flight represents a significant move forward, advancing the engine closer towards the final customers and gradual start of serial manufacture. The US distributor – Turbine Solution Group – obtained a US unrestricted experimental airworthiness certificate for the RV-10 (N241TG) aircraft after accomplishing 40 hours of flight test. Shortly afterwards, the aircraft completed a 9-hour flight from Florida to Wisconsin to participate in this year’s AirVenture. As of 15 August 2014 the aircraft has completed almost 70 flight hours in just over two months.

Here are the first reviews of the pilot Capt. Pete Pierpont (retired Navy) and his co-pilot, Christian Skoppe: “Smiling from ear to ear. It’s a real turbine-engine experience; the feeling cannot be compared to a standard piston engine. Once you try the turbine engine, there is no going back to the pistons.”

The first flight - the flight took approximately 30 minutes, at an altitude of about 3,500 ft (1 km). The aircraft took off from its home airport in DeLand and conducted aircraft response and systems performance; engine performance was flawless.

The TP 100 engine – the TP 100 turboprop engine has an output power of 241 shp (180 kW) and weight of 121 lb (55 kg). The basis of TP 100 is the well-proven TJ 100 engine which fulfils the function of the gas generator, drives the free turbine and, via a gearbox, a three-bladed, constant speed propeller (2,158 rpm).

Test aircraft – the popular RV-10 aircraft has been engineered specifically for the installation of the TP 100 engine, and has an overall empty weight including this engine of 1,530 lbs (694 kg). The fuel capacity has been doubled from 60 to 120 gallons (450 litters) which is located in the wings. The wingspan has remained the same – 31 ft 9 in (9.7 m), while the length of the aircraft has been extended to 25 ft (7.7 m). The popular 4 seat RV-10 aircraft is considered an ideal match for the TP 100 with room for a family of four and which is now powered by an advanced turboprop engine for General Aviation.