January 9th and 10th at the Autosport International exhibition in Birmingham, engineerinng department, you can find Teknofibra.
We will exhibit at the STAND E423
This is the exhibition's web page:
The new WFR AVIATION issue will be on newsstands from January the 10th.
On this issue the new world records of RISEN and SIREN, of which Teknofibra is a technical partner.
15 December 2019 7.00 hours
The RISEN beats itself
Under the supervision of the "International Aeronautical Federation", the Risen of Porto Aviation group, returned to the track to improve the speed record, with which it had become the fastest ultra-light aircraft in the world in 2017.
Also called the Siren on the track, a model with fixed landing gear and fixed pitch propeller, for "easy" piloting, as desired in the USA.
Today, Siren is officially the second fastest ultra-light aircraft in the world, after the Risen of course.
The Risen, equipped with a turbocharged Rotax 914, set the following record:
Temporary record 337.5 Km/h
The Siren, equipped with Rotax 912 UL, 100 CV set the following record:
Temporary record 288 Km/h
Both values will be further verified by F.A.I. and eventually retouched, which is certain, however, are the 2 records achieved.
Also in this case Teknofibra, technical partner, has collaborated to achieve these amazing results.
The event was followed by the media that talked about it.
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DeLand Day 2 — Safety First, Right? Here Are Two Ideas that Can Make Light-Sport Aircraft Safer
BYDAN JOHNSON||NOVEMBER 16, 2019 LEAVE A COMMENT
As readers of ByDanJohnson.com know, we enjoy keeping a tight (though not exclusive) focus on the aircraft we love to fly. That approach is not changing but I discovered two products at DeLand Showcase 2019 that can make airplanes safer, perhaps much safer.
As the show concludes tomorrow, I will resume focus on aircraft with more news and fresh video. For now, please consider these two products.
Teknofibra’s Miraculous Cloth
I recorded video with developer and company founder Alessandro Molteni watching as his U.S. representative Mark Harper did a demonstration like you see in the nearby photos.
It looked for all the world like a visual trick — the way a magician or sleight-of-hand artist might fool you. Yet I stood right nearby watching a live person hold a blue-flame torch up to the palm of his hand, protected only by a soft cloth of 4 millimeters (about 1/6th of an inch or about a stack of 3 dime coins). That was the only barrier between tender human skin and a hot fire of more than 2,000°F.
Mark admitted to being nervous before doing this demonstration the first time but he seemed no worse for the wear after applying the scorching torch to the cloth on his hand for more than 30 seconds.
To say I was impressed would be gross understatement.
Working with Teknofibra
The magical material is made of carbon fiber (about 80%) and the balance a closely-guarded secret. Soft to the touch, something like felt, Teknofibra cuts easily with a scissors and does not produce fibers that are harmful.
Ceramic fibers may have similar heat resistance but working with such material requires a breathing filter, gloves, and other protective clothing. If you’ve ever rubbed again fiberglass insulation with bare skin, you know how uncomfortable that is and it can itch for days. Ceramic fiber is said to be much worse. Teknofibra seems innocent in comparison.
Taking the material directly from Mark after his blowtorch demo, the cloth felt only slightly warm. It appeared completely unaffected and is comfortable enough against the skin that you could make fire retardant clothing from it, I imagine.
Uses of Teknofibra
Mark Harper is not an aviation guy. His business supplies high-end motorcycle racing. One use is to protect fiberglass body parts from hot exhaust pipes near the bodywork. Alessandro said it is widely used in auto racing and customers include a wide range of top names in that field. The uses are potentially endless.
For pilots… the uses are arguably even more valuable because of the seriousness of an in-flight fire. A firewall protected with material about 8 mm thick (a little more than a quarter inch) can be mated to a thin foil on one side and with an adhesive on the other. Recall it can easily be cut to fit precisely.
In addition electrical wires and fuel lines can be wrapped with material. Teknofibra supplies this in pre-made tubes of many dimensions. For an airplane manufacturer or kit builder, this would be a great finish. Airplanes already flying can use a sheet form of the material with strategically-placed adhesive so you can wrap the wires or fuel lines.
Still Not All the Value
Fire resistance is certainly a worthy application of Teknofibra but it also has very significant sound deadening capabilities. A test stand involving an 8-inch wide tube into which was inserted a sheet of the 8 millimeter (or so) material such that it filled the inside diameter of the tube. At the bottom was an electric bell.
When the Teknofibra was in the tube I could hear the bell ringing but it was clearly muted. When Mark pulled out the Teknofibra inner cylinder, the bell was at least twice as loud, maybe more.
Imagine not only the firewall but your cockpit side panels, floor, and ceiling being lined with Teknofibra before the interior finish was applied. You might quiet your cockpit fairly dramatically and that can reduce pilot fatigue.
Technically-inquisitive readers can go to Teknofibra’s page, which explains how the material works.
Ah, but such a remarkable material must be very expensive, yes? Nope. A firewall for a common Light-Sport Aircraft might cost around $100-150. Surrounding the entire cockpit with the miracle fiber might run $1,000 but you’d have one of the quietest (and safest) cockpits anywhere. Compared to the cost of many LSA today, that seems a modestly-priced and worthy option. Contact Mark at his website to learn more.
From 14 to 16 November 2019 we will be present at the Deland Showcase
at the Deland airport (FL)
120 East Lake st, suite 103
Sandpoint, Idaho, 83864
Come and visit us at Stand 210
53° Rally Valli Ossolane June 11, 2017
Andrea Crugnola, with navigator Fulvio Solari driving a Ford Fiesta bearing
the Teknofibra brand has won the 53rd Rally Valli Ossolane.
The pilot dominated the race by winning nine of the ten special trials.