Date: August 18, 1998
Subject: Tornado Alley Turbo, Inc.
Ada Municipal Airport
Ada Oklahoma, 74820
Tornado Alley Turbo, Inc. announces that it has acquired the rights to multiple
Supplemental Type Certificates for turbonormalizing IO-520 and IO-550 powered Bonanzas and for
the IO-520 powered Cessna 185. These Supplemental Type Certificates were previously the basis for the
popular Turbo 2000 and TurboFlite turbonormalizing installations installed in over 250 Bonanzas and Cessnas.
Tornado Alley Turbo will use the existing approved data from the earlier
turbonormalizing STC's as a foundation for the development of improved turbonormalizing systems
that will, in addition to the traditional high altitude flight level capabilities, offer superior
speed, range, and engine cooling to "flat land" pilots operating their aircraft below altitudes
requiring the use of supplemental oxygen. Initial plans include the existing IO-520 and IO-550
powered Bonanzas and Barons, as well as the Cessna 185 aircraft.
Tornado Alley Turbo's breakthrough technology allows efficient high power
continuous operation of these turbonormalized engines at brake specific fuel consumption numbers that
are more than 20% better than identical normally aspirated engines operated at similar high power
This technology, while providing major improvements in range and speed, accomplishes this
task with significantly cooler overall engine cylinder head temperatures than existing normally aspirated engines
operated under similar high horsepower conditions.
Tornado Alley Turbo, Inc. is not a successor to
Turbo 2000, TurboFlite or any other aviation orginization. Rather, Tornado Alley Turbo, Inc. is a recently
organized company which intends to apply new engineering modifications
developed from intensive research conducted by General Aviation Modifications, Inc.,
of Ada, Oklahoma (GAMI) to deliver new systems with substantial improvements
in the design and operation of the previous turbonormalizing systems.
GAMI, under contract with Tornado Alley Turbo, will provide certain research
and development services as well as engineering assistance with certification of the new systems.
General Aviation Modifications is the manufacturer of the GAMIjector® fuel
injector nozzle systems approved for over 300 existing Teledyne Continental and
Lycoming engine models. The innovative GAMIjector®
fuel injectors were named the 1997 Aviation Consumer "Product of the Year" and
have been enthusiastically praised by the more than 4000 pilots that have installed
them during the last 24 months, as providing significantly improved
engine operation. GAMI has extensive experience with the IO-520/550
turbonormalized engines in connection with earlier flight testing of
other projects for FAA certification, using the state of the art data
acquisition equipment and proprietary software developed by GAMI.
GAMI chief engineer, George Braly, stated, "I have
always been impressed with the quality of the FliteCraft turbonormalizing
installation and have flown that system on my personal aircraft for the last
five years. That system is universally regarded as the very finest and
most reliable turbocharging system you can fly in general aviation. We
at GAMI are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to use some of the
knowledge about that system that we have learned during multiple FAA
flight tests involving other projects, to help Tornado Alley Turbo
produce a still better product that general aviation pilots, who prefer
not to fly in the flight levels, will find provides significantly better
overall performance for their aircraft below at altitudes below 12,500'."
For more information, please contact:
Chris Vandeveer or Tim Roehl