of Open Cockpit Weekend 2010 and a first for QAM was a series
of live engine runs by a Pratt & Whitney R-2000 from a
Caribou. Engine runs were a long cherished dream of QAM's
round engine specialist Peter Wilson who sadly passed away
suddenly before the engine was ready for running.
The engine is mounted on a purpose-built test rig which was
kindly donated to QAM by Aero Pacific at Archerfield. To ensure
the safety of visitors, the engine runs were conducted inside
a specially constructed fenced enclosure.
For the purposes of the run, power was restricted to 1700
RPM (maximum is 2700 RPM). At this power setting the supercharger
would not have contributed to the power output as it does
not cut in until 2100 RPM. Oil pressure was 85 PSI with the
engine cold but it settled down to an ideal 40-45 PSI warmed
up. Power was not increased beyond 1000 RPM until the oil
had warmed to 105 degrees. Each run lasted approximately 6-8
minutes and fuel consumption was one litre per minute.
QAM gratefully acknowledges the technical assistance of Mr
It is hoped that the R-2000 will be run on special occasions
throughout the year and that other engine types will be added
to the program.
Pratt & Whitney R-2000 bursts into life.
Ailsa Wilson with
the QAM Engine Crew
The engine test
rig which was donated by Aero Pacific