Propulsion Systems

Over the last 100 years of powered flight, the performance of aircraft has almost universally been constrained by the performance of the available propulsion systems. The imagination and ambition of aircraft designers has always been tempered by the low thrust-to-weight ratio, large size and poor fuel consumption of available propulsion systems. The introduction of the turbofan has completely transformed large scale aviation by providing an engine with improved thrust-to-weight ratio, low fuel consumption and excellent reliability. However, small and light weight aircraft are still restricted by their use of low performance reciprocating engines. The Propulsion Systems group at MDC is developing innovative and cost effective propulsion technologies that will make the higher thrust-to-weight ratio, low noise, low fuel consumption and reliable turbofan engine available to designers and operators of light aircraft.