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September 23, 2004 at 6:58 pm #604
Our formation leaders Pilatus P3-05 underwent a serious upgrade, and N4103T
(A-823) is now an airplane the Swiss should have designed and built to start with.
Noble Aviation LLC, Eagle River (EGV), Roger Shadick, converted N4103T with
a Continental TSIO-520, with intercooler, and the results are breathtaking.
N4103T now climbs starting at 1500 FPM, and at 15000 feet the climb rate is still
800 FPM. During the entire climb, all temperatures stay in the green. The cruise speed at 5000 feet MSN is now between 155 – 160 KTS, and at 12000 feet between
160 -165 KTS.
The nice thing about this conversion is the fact that this P-3 still looks original. Noble Aviation was able to fit this new engine into the existing cowling, and they even used
the two augmenters, the left one for the exhaust, the right one for cooling.
Noble Aviation also designed and built a 29 GAL auxiliary fuel tank with a bladder cell.
Gross weight and CG limits are still according to factory specifications.
N4103T is now a truly awesome performer.
editiert von: Stephan, 23.09.2004, 13:00 Uhr[addsig]
September 30, 2004 at 2:39 pm #632
Hi Stephan !
Sounds great ! Could you please post some pictures of the acft (also showing details of the engine installation, pls)? Further, what is the endurance on the standard fuel tanks ? Would you also be able to reveal an approximation of the costs for the conversion ?
Many thanx and happy flying with N4103T [addsig]
October 15, 2004 at 6:31 am #633
I’d like some more infos on your modification too! Veeery interesting!
November 1, 2004 at 9:14 pm #634
I have posted photos of TSIO modified N4103T (A-823) in the Owner’s gallery section of “Gallery”
November 20, 2004 at 9:43 am #635
But I see that the spinner is changed, that means you changed the prop. I can understand as the original one is for a geared engine and thus unsuitable for a direct drive beast. Couldn’t you have kept the old spinner? I like the way it looks, it’s not unlike those on a Bf 109E or Fw 190A!
November 25, 2004 at 2:15 am #636
Yes, the prop and spinner where changed also. Both came from a
T-210 (with the engine). The original prop whould not have fitted this engine, and the spinner was made for this T-210 prop and no fitting was required.
In my opinion, even if the original prop would have been suitable, who in the
world would want to use this prop (with it’s AD’s) if such a nicely suitable prop
and spinner matched the new engine.
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