"What we have done is taken a look at all of the technology from the past and present and decided on what provides the most total real world performance for the money..."
AeroMomentum INC (USA)
AeroMomentum was founded by Mark Kettering in the USA. An Aerospace engineer himself, Mark assembled a team of dedicated Aerospace engineering students to design and build a series of quality engines that were light-weight, powerful, reliable & affordable.
Over the last 10 years, AeroMomentum has built a reputation as a high quality engine supplier to the Marine, Automotive and Aviation sectors, worldwide.
AeroMomentum in Australia
With growing international sales and interest, the brand has expanded into the Australian market, choosing Mark Ellery & Nicholas Christie to head the team at AeroMomentum, 'down under'.
Importantly, both have significant experience in the Sport Aircraft and General Aviation sectors in Australia.
Mark has decades of successful
entrepreneurial business and manufacturing experience, plus many years working with marine, automotive and aviation engines and propulsion technologies. He also currently owns, maintains and flies a small fleet of light sport aircraft, from his home base in Victoria, Australia.
Nicholas is completing his Van's RV-12 project (fitted with a brand new AeroMomentum AM15 engine), and has significant small business,
corporate marketing & sales experience. He is also an active RAAus & GA Flight instructor and Commercial Pilot in Australia, and operates Sport Aircraft Sales - an exclusively 'Sport Aircraft' marketing & brokering business.
With literally hundreds of hand-built AeroMomentum engines across the world, and hundreds-of-thousands of punishing hours driven or flown, the AeroMomentum brand has been built on real time engine data from engines operating across the globe, quality workmanship and exceptional reliability.
AeroMomentum engines have a number of unique features that set them apart from other engines in the market today:
4 inline cylinders
precision cast aluminum block and head
steel cylinder sleeves
4 valves per cylinder
single overhead cam toothed belt cam drive
fixed valve timing
plenum tuned intake system
tuned tubular exhaust system
2.5:1 ratio PSRU
direct crank driven gerotor (trochoid) oil pump
solid cast steel crank
forged connecting rods
Bosch FEDEC engine control system
dual coil ignition
sequential fuel injection
light weight 40 amp alternator
optional 70 amp alternator
hemispherical combustion chamber
Our PSRU uses an all gear design with the same TBO as our engines.
The only service is periodic oil changes, no belts or other expendables.
Our case is CNC machined from aerospace aluminum alloy billet. The gears and shafts are forged and finished to AGMA aerospace standards.
Our German made Guibo rubber dampening donut couples the engine to the gearbox; also is designed to last to TBO.
Our PSRU is designed for 4 cylinder engines up to 210 hp and utilizes oversize gears and oversize bearings for extreme durability and reliability.
Our propeller shaft is hollow allowing for mechanical propeller pitch adjustment.
Our hub is drilled for standard Rotax, high power Rotax and optional SAE 1 propellers.
Both the AM13 and AM15 are fully engineered by a team of graduate aerospace engineers. We spent our time and money on creating the ultimate cost effective power plant for your aircraft and not a bunch of PR hogwash.
We started with the most proven base engine and then engineered a robust but lightweight system around it using CAD and CAE like static and dynamic FEA analysis.
From this point we have spent over a year testing both in the lab and more importantly in the real world. Only after exhaustive testing have we brought these outstanding engines to the light aircraft market.
Modern vs legacy technology
There is much debate on the merits of various technology in aircraft engines. We all tend to think of direct drive air cooled horizontally opposed engines with magnetos and carburetor or mechanical fuel injection as being the norm for legacy aircraft engines and this is true to a point. But the use of liquid cooling, 4 valves per cylinder, gear reduction and inline 4 cylinders are far from new.
The famous Rolls-Royce Merlin of WWII fame used much of this “modern” technology also used in the MFS engines. I am sure that if the Rolls-Royce Merlin designers had modern reliable microprocessor based electronics they would also have utilized FEDEC engine management instead of magnetos and injection carburetors.
The very first successful aircraft engine was an inline 4 cylinder with reduction drive. What we have done is taken a look at all of the technology from the past and present and decided on what provides the most total real world performance for the money.
Both the AM13 and AM15 are designed to be class leaders when it comes to performance.
By performance we mean power, power to weight and specific fuel consumption. No one in the same power class has better overall performance.
Some of the AM advantage is due to our light weight and high power but some is also due to our phenomenal 0.39 lb/hp/hr specific fuel consumption. Fuel adds weight and if you burn more fuel you need to carry more fuel.
The AM engines save about 0.7 gal/hr over the Rotax 912 and this is 2.8 lbs/hr. Even with a short 2 hour trip this fuel advantage of the AM engines more than make up for the slight weight advantage of the Rotax 912.
In the Lycoming O-235 and IO-233 class we beat everyone with a class leading 117 hp, 0.62 lbs/hp and our fantastic 0.39 lb/hp/hr specific fuel consumption.
The bottom line is with the AM13 and AM15 you can fly faster, farther and carry more load than you can with any other engine you can buy today!
We are far from new to the G series engines, even though we are relatively new to the light aircraft market.
We have been using these engines in boats and airboats since 2008 and have installed hundreds. These boats have been delivered all over the world including the US, China, Brazil, Russia, Pakistan, Australia, South Africa and many other countries.
Many are used for tour and rental operations that use them hard and cannot tolerate down time. Only after years of experience with these G series engines have we developed our aircraft engines.
The engine you chose has a major impact on what it costs you to fly.
First is the cost to buy the engine and Aeromomentum is by far the leader with prices about half that of the competition. No one else even comes close to offering all new engines in this price range. The AM engines save you money right at the beginning.
Second is fuel consumption. Most similar size legacy aircraft engine have specific fuel consumptions 20% to 40% higher than our class leading 0.39 lbs/hp/hr. Even the Rotax 912 that was the former efficiency leader with 0.47 lbs/hp/hr burns 20% more fuel for the same power. The AM engines are on par with the newest $25,000 FEDEC Rotax 912iS.
Add to this the ability to use lower cost auto fuel and the savings add up fast. The AM engines save you money every time you fly.
Third is overhaul cost. We offer full overhaul parts kit for the AM engines is just $1250 or we can perform the overhaul for you for just $2450. This is just a small fraction of the overhaul cost on a Lycoming, Continental or Rotax. AM engines keep saving you money.
With our low acquisition cost, low fuel burn and low overhaul cost the AM is by far the most affordable power solution to your light aircraft. Typical hourly cost (including fuel) is about $17 for the AM13.
As a comparison the Rotax costs about $26/hr. Both are using $4/gal auto fuel. The savings are even greater with $6/gal avgas.
So...why pay more,
for less !?