Innovations in Aviation Ada Companies Accomplish What Major Manufacturers Don't

By May, Bill | THE JOURNAL RECORD, October 19, 1998 | Go to article overview
Save to active project

Innovations in Aviation Ada Companies Accomplish What Major Manufacturers Don't


May, Bill, THE JOURNAL RECORD


ADA -- An object about half the size of a man's little finger has put General Aviation Modifications of Ada on the world's aviation charts.

A new type of fuel injector nozzle, called a GAMIjector, coupled with a highly sophisticated computerized data acquisition system, is revving up general aviation because it helps improve engine life and lowers fuel consumption.

Co-owner and Ada attorney George Braly and his partner, Timothy C. Roehl, also have purchased Turbo 2000, a Pagosa Spring, Colo., company that manufactures modifications to turn normally aspirated engines into turbocharged engines. They renamed it Tornado Alley Turbo and moved it to Ada. General Aviation Modifications and Tornado Alley Turbo will operate independently at Ada Municipal Airport, with sales and administrative offices, manufacturing plants, research and development facilities and warehouses in two buildings covering 18,000 square feet. Together the firms have 17 employees, with plans to add about 15 more within a few months. Roehl will be president of both companies. He and Braly are the sole shareholders in both. Revenue and sales figures were not released, but Roehl noted there are more than 4,000 sets of the GAMIjectors in service. The retail price ranges from $700 to $1,000 per set, depending upon the number of cylinders an engine has. The pair are developing two other products expected to receive a supplemental type certificate from the Federal Aviation Administration. One of these is a back-up alternator, expected to be certificated within four months, and the other is a baffle system designed to improve engine air cooling, expected to be certificated within six months. The baffle cooling system is designed for specific applications of the Continental engine, while the GAMIjectors are designed for several lines of both Continental and Lycoming engines. Several other projects are under research, but there's no schedule for when they will receive certification, Roehl said. This is a far cry from how the company started. Back in 1993, shortly after Braly bought his V-tail Bonanza, he began working on ways to improve its airborne stability. But being an engineer with a curious mind, the research soon veered off into a different direction -- the GAMIjector nozzle. "When he began thinking about structural modifications on the Bonanza, we got together and formed this company to develop it," Roehl said. "We still have the original fuselage in the jigs we built, waiting for us to start up on it again. We may do that, but these other products are taking front seat for now." When the company started, it had three employees and occupied 3,200 square feet of space in one building. Now, they are hoping that the success of the GAMIjectors will help fuel even further success with the turbo modification company. While the fuel injectors may be sold by mail and installed fairly quickly, turning a normally aspirated engine into one with a turbocharger requires a lot of work at the factory. In fact, it's a labor-intensive job that takes about a week to complete, even though many of the parts are made in advance.

The rest of this article is only available to active members of Questia

Sign up now for a free, 1-day trial and receive full access to:

  • Questia's entire collection
  • Automatic bibliography creation
  • More helpful research tools like notes, citations, and highlights
  • Ad-free environment

Already a member? Log in now.

Notes for this article

Add a new note
If you are trying to select text to create highlights or citations, remember that you must now click or tap on the first word, and then click or tap on the last word.
Loading One moment ...
Project items
Notes
Cite this article

Cited article

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited article

Innovations in Aviation Ada Companies Accomplish What Major Manufacturers Don't
Settings

Settings

Typeface
Text size Smaller Larger
Search within

Search within this article

Look up

Look up a word

  • Dictionary
  • Thesaurus
Please submit a word or phrase above.
Print this page

Print this page

Why can't I print more than one page at a time?

While we understand printed pages are helpful to our users, this limitation is necessary to help protect our publishers' copyrighted material and prevent its unlawful distribution. We are sorry for any inconvenience.
Full screen

matching results for page

Cited passage

Style
Citations are available only to our active members.
Sign up now to cite pages or passages in MLA, APA and Chicago citation styles.

Cited passage

Welcome to the new Questia Reader

The Questia Reader has been updated to provide you with an even better online reading experience.  It is now 100% Responsive, which means you can read our books and articles on any sized device you wish.  All of your favorite tools like notes, highlights, and citations are still here, but the way you select text has been updated to be easier to use, especially on touchscreen devices.  Here's how:

1. Click or tap the first word you want to select.
2. Click or tap the last word you want to select.

OK, got it!

Thanks for trying Questia!

Please continue trying out our research tools, but please note, full functionality is available only to our active members.

Your work will be lost once you leave this Web page.

For full access in an ad-free environment, sign up now for a FREE, 1-day trial.

Already a member? Log in now.

Are you sure you want to delete this highlight?