May 2011 Issue
TCM’s FADEC Revisited: Will It Get Traction?
Owners who have the system—that’s not many—give it positive reviews. With other electronic systems coming, market timing may be improving for TCM.
More than a decade ago, Teledyne Continental bought a fully formed full authority digital engine control system from a startup called Aerosance. It made perfect sense, since at the time, many in the engine business thought the market was overdue for dumping magnetos in favor of electronics, which cars have had since the 1970s. The many turned out to be wrong. TCM got hardly any traction with its FADEC system, even though those who have flown it, installed it and own it say it should have succeeded. Why it did not seems to be due to a combination of bad timing, a hidebound market and conservative OEMs. But with fuel prices rising and 100LL threatened, is there resurgent interest in electronic ignition in general and TCM’s PowerLink specifically? It appears so.
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