Airboxer’s heavy fuel engine successfully passed FAR 33.49 endurance tests
In March 2022, High Eye completed FAR 33 engine endurance tests on the powerplant of the Airboxer aircraft system. The tests were performed using jet fuel (Jet A-1) and covered an extensive 150-hour variable load program. The engine performed as expected and passed all tests without any maintenance or other operator interference.
Prior to completing the FAR 33 test program, this powerplant ran a 50-hour continuous full load cycle to create a ‘worst-case’ scenario. Next to these compliancy tests, High Eye has compiled over 4000 hours of engine-related testing to mature the Airboxer’s powerplant. Tests have been completed within and exceeding the environmental limits of the engine, with different fuel and oil grades.
The powerplant is based on an 80cc air-cooled boxer engine. It comes with a fully redundant injection system and sensory suite. It is controlled by a smart, industry-standard ECU. The UAV UAS’s engine provides unrestricted performance throughout the entire operational envelope of the Airboxer, using common Jet fuel types.
High Eye is confident that the current powerplant of the unmanned aircraft is ready for the future.
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High Eye designs, produces and sells long-range VTOL UAVs for the international market. VTOL UAV stands for Vertical Take-Off and Landing Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. These are unmanned helicopters that can fly automatically. The UAVs are operated by a pilot at the Ground Control Station. High Eye focuses on one product: the Airboxer 🚁✔