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100 mpg... In the air!

?Efficiency and speed go hand in hand,? said Savier, a German-born engineer, glider pilot, and composite materials expert. ?They?re so closely related that it?s really a matter of emphasis. Do you go as fast as possible and disregard how much noise you make and fuel you burn? Or do you optimize the airframe, engine, and propeller for maximum efficiency? To me, achieving speed through efficiency has always been more elegant.? Savier has altered his Vari-EZ and its Continental 0-200 engine by adding computerized fuel injection and ignition systems of his own design. He typically flies at 190 KTAS while getting a Prius-like 50 miles per gallon. If he slows to extend range, Savier?s mileage approaches 100 miles per gallon.

100 mpg... In the air!
xcel, Feb 8, 2009
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