LORD Corporation Selected by Kestrel for the Engine Mount Solution for the Single-Engine Turboprop Aircraft
(10/29/2012)LORD Corporation was selected by Kestrel Aircraft to provide an engine mount solution for the all composite single-engine turboprop aircraft.
According to Jesse DePriest, LORD Customer Manager, LORD was selected based on their prior experience with business turbo-prop aircraft as well as a proven solution that is easily adapted for this aircraft.
"We were chosen based on customer confidence in our existing low-profile LM-849 engine mount system that was originally designed and developed for the Piper Cheyenne 400 aircraft," said DePriest. "Our mounts offer a proven design with a low-profile that offers excellent engine vibration isolation and streamlined cowl design."
Although engineering is required to substantiate the mount solution to meet Kestrel requirements, because the LM-849 mount system was previously in production, LORD is able to meet Kestrel's development schedule with little risk.
The Kestrel single-engine turboprop aircraft will carry six to eight people in a large, comfortable interior. It is being designed to be versatile, burn less fuel, and be able to maintain approach speeds at large busy airports, yet land on short, grass or gravel strip. For more information, visit www.kestrel.aero.
"LORD is pleased to be part of the Kestrel Aircraft team and proud to be associated with a leading, state-of-the-art aircraft," said Matt McGill, LORD Lead Project Engineer. "We look forward to serving Kestrel and their customers throughout the life of this exciting program."
About Kestrel Aircraft
Kestrel Aircraft is led by general aviation entrepreneur and industry leader Alan Klapmeier. The company is currently in the of process of design and FAA certification of a six to eight seat, all-composite, single-engine turboprop that is powered by the efficient Honeywell TPE331-14GR engine, boasting a broad performance envelope and advanced technologies available in personal and business aircraft. Kestrel Aircraft is based in Superior, Wis. and Brunswick, Maine. For additional information about Kestrel, please visit www.kestrel.aero.