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
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
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
-- 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. …