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Jet engine from 0 to 100 Kg thrust Class

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.

Dreher Engineering Company

Mr Max Dreher, an engineer in aeronautics, studied and built a series of small turbojets between 1952 and 1976. He equipped one of them, better known as TJD-76 Baby Mamba, on the back of the fuselage of his personal glider, a Prue 215A.

This company discontinued its operations

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AMT USA (Aviation Microjet Technologie) was an Ohio based company that designed and manufactured small gas turbines for the propulsion of radio controlled flying aircraft for hobby, research, education projects at universities, and military applications.

This company discontinued its operations


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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PBS Velká Bíteš, a.s.

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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James Engineering Turbines Ltd

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