Piston Engine Aircraft

Piston Engine Aircraft pic

Piston Engine Aircraft
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Steven Orr is a broker and investment advisor based in Victoria, Texas. Mr. Orr has owned and operated the Orr Financial Group for more than 25 years. Outside of his accomplishments as a broker and wealth manager, Steven Orr is a licensed pilot and has flown the fastest piston engine aircraft in the world.

Piston engines operate under the same principles as the early steam engines of the 17th century. Piston aircraft are powered by classic internal combustion engines that use the hot gas from ignited fuel to fire pistons. The pistons then move a crankshaft that rotates the plane’s propeller(s).

Current manufacturers of piston engine aircraft include Cessna, Cirrus, Mooney, Diamond, and Hawker Beechcraft. Compared with modern turboprop engine aircraft, piston engine aircraft are typically less expensive and are ideal for making relatively short flights of less than 400 miles at relatively low altitudes (less than 15,000 feet).