We are pleased to announce that our technical program has progressed to the point where we are contracting for the manufacture or supply of several of the major components of the engine.
The components or assemblies that are now contracted for prototyping include:
- Combustor liner
- Turbomachinery components
- Fuel nozzles
We anticipate manufacturing or sourcing the remaining components during the next quarter. While this is exciting news for our technical program, what has become more evident as COVID-19 continues to affect the world is that the supply chain for aerospace componentry has been severely disrupted. The availability of the raw materials required to manufacture our components, combined with staffing issues with the suppliers, have resulted in long lead times to get components manufactured. We are doing our best to reduce the lead times, but our timeline is now at the mercy of the supply chain.
However, this progress towards the manufacturing of prototype components is very exciting for us. After so long designing components, it is exciting for all concerned to now be prototyping these engine components.
For those that have been enquiring about propellors to be used on the Talon, we had intended to keep the engine less complex by offering only an electric constant-speed propellor system. However, based on feedback from customers, we have now made the provision for a hydraulic constant-speed propellor to be used on the engine. Our new gearbox design is a two-stage planetary reduction design, and through an accessory drive port, we now have the provision to install a hydraulic governor for propellor control. The manufacturers of our propellers have still to be finalised.
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