The Silence SA1100 Twister
The Silence Twister started life as a world beating radio controlled aerobatic machine simply known as the Twister. It had been developed by Matthias and Thomas Strieker in Germany and was so successful that they decided to build a “real” version of the model.
The production technique used in the Twister bucks the trend in light aircraft that often use a foam core to separate the thin layers of glass fibre for the fuselage and wings. The Silence Twister uses a honeycomb core. Whilst more expensive, it makes the structure lightweight and very tough. The aircraft also features the same safety technology as current racing cars with a crash resistant safety cell enclosing the pilot’s seating position in the aircraft, Peter’s original Twister, G-TWST, was powered by the Jabiru engine. While the 80hp engine offered great efficiency combined with the advanced Twister airframe, it did not allow the pilot to fully exploit the aerobatic potential of the aircraft
Pete soon found a new engine design from Belgium and helped UL Power develop an aerobatic version of their 2.6litre high compression engine to scavenge oil from the engine even when inverted to become the UL260iSA developing 107HP. This engine is now fitted to all the team’s aircraft.
The design of the aircraft has been significantly developed from the original kits and the team’s latest aircraft have been built specifically for aerobatics and air displays with integral smoke systems and wiring for the wingtip pyrotechnics as well as glass cockpit technology featuring computerised engine management systems. G-JINX, the latest aircraft, also features a new centreline hardpoint allowing the carriage of a ferry tank and extra storage.