Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Answer: Starter/Generator problem from Ultimate Flight

During The Ultimate Flight, Steve's last record, there was a problem with the starter/generator. This is a direct-drive unit installed by Scaled Composites, the manufacturer of GlobalFlyer. Williams International produces the engine and allows the manufacturer to install their choice of starter/generators.

The problematic unit from The Ultimate Flight was replaced with a new part instead of an overhauled part.

More on the problem from John Karkow, Scaled Composites:
http://www.globalflyer.com/News/Engineering_Answers.jsp