The pioneer of these mini-engines is probably the American engineer Max DREHER, who in the 1960s built a series of small turbines for military or civil applications.
The French company JPX is probably the one that launched their use on a large scale (at a global level for model makers). Since then, competed by many other global companies, JPX has disappeared from this sector to refocus on piston engines for general aviation
The turbojets presented here are those which have equipped an airplane (with some exceptions, as for the fantastic work of Yves ROSSY) and some advanced projects.
This well-known German company produces a very complete range of small model turbines, whose P200 has been used on the Blanik glider of the Höganäs gliding club in Norway and on the Cricri Jet of Dominique Bonnaire. The P160 was installed on a Ventus jet glider in Germany.
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The TJ20 and TJ100 are produced by the Czech aeronautical company PBS Velká Bíteš, a.s. This company, which is present internationally, has over a proven experience in the development of turbojets for more than 50 years. For testing purposes, PBS used the TJ100 on a Blanik glider. The TJ20 was mounted on a Cricri Jet.
První brnenská strojírna Velká Bíteš
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The Cobra was designed by D.James and J.Walles and built by James Engineering Turbines Ltd (J.E.T). Originally this project was not intended to fly. But its performances were recognized, and it was chosen to equip the MC-15J Cricri of Yves Duval as well as numerous radio-controlled models. Its production was stopped in 2004
Il a cessé d'être produit en 2004