Drag reduction/lift increase methods and techniques in 2016

First and foremost, I wanted to thank you all who have supported our Speed Covers in your comments suggestions opinions. It has been a good journey and we are ready to expand our development into other needed drag reduction/lift increase methods and techniques in 2016.
In 2016, we all are interested in improved avionics and flight control systems and many of our planes are getting retrofitted with new gear. As for engines, not much has changed beyond the engine monitor but for true utility and efficiency we need to optimize the fuel used relative to power produced. We have explored this at great length and are happy to see many of our supporters using 17-19 GPH @ 60-70% power a side in their 421’s while getting 200 plus knots. This is a far cry of the 20-23/side we heard many times several years ago.
Much of that credit goes to GAMI where having the ability to tune the fuel flow for the given intake port/profile to get a tight spread is excellent, my nod of approval to John-Paul. Being able to ascertain that has greatly improved with the new engine monitors, which give us peak FF simultaneously at a given power, what a concept!
And with that even distribution, we need to optimize the cooling to minimize excess FF in the climb AND reduce parasite drag in the process. Excessive baffle leaks are increased drag plane and simple.
So for 2016, we continue to reduce the EFPA (effective flat plate area) of the cabin-class planes with 2 very outside the box airframe refinements that will have the same effects as our wheel covers but in a totally different area of focus. the results will be just as surprising.
We have gone from 5.00 NMPG to 6.00 NMPG, how far we can take it…? I will refrain from saying but suffice it to say that climbing quicker at a faster speed will have compounding results where safety is greatly improved while keeping the smile on your face.
Avgas has been friendly to us in 2015 but don’t assume it will stay the same so we need to keep pursuing methods and techniques to preserve what we use going from Point A to B. Besides less fuel on board is less “baggage” so to speak, which increases payload potential and performance.
Wishing everyone an enjoyable and prosperous year to come, be safe! 😛
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