Announcing jetZILLA - New Online Magazine of Miniature Jet Propulsion

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Cottrill Cyclodyne Corporation announces jetZILLA, the new, free family-friendly online magazine of miniature jet propulsion, dedicated to miniature jet engine development and utilization.

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Larry Cottrill

Director of Product Development

Cottrill Cyclodyne Corporation

Mingo, Iowa 50168-9500

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<B>Announcing <big>jetZILLA</big><small></B>TM<B></small> - New Online Magazine of Miniature Jet Propulsion</B>

Mingo, Iowa, USA, 11 Feb 2003 — Small startup Cottrill Cyclodyne Corporation today announced the Premiere Edition of <B>jetZILLA</B><small>TM</small>, its new, Web-based magazine dedicated to miniature jet engine development and utilization. The Editor of this online newsletter is Director of Product Development Larry Cottrill. According to Cottrill, “This newsletter is our attempt to make the theory, development and use of miniature jet engine power more accessible to ordinary people – those outside the normal engineering disciplines. We especially would like to interest more young people in this fascinating field.” The home page for the site can be found at <u><B></B></u>;, with active links to the latest edition and to the Archive of past issues and other items of interest. Publication will be monthly.

“Our subject matter will appeal to anyone that has an interest in the physical sciences, especially areas like fluid mechanics,” Cottrill stated. “And, more hobbyists such as model plane and boat builders will get to see how tiny air-breathing jet engines can give an exciting new dimension to their crafts. Model jet engines up to the present have been fairly heavy and bulky, and far too expensive for many users. We are dedicated to creating the world's smallest, safest and most practical hobby jet engines - and in the meantime, we’ll acquaint people with what’s already out there that they could be having some fun with.”

Cottrill emphasized that the newsletter is not intended as an advertising vehicle for the company. “Certainly, we’ll be glad to talk about our products – even during the development cycle, in most cases – but the emphasis will be on giving people solutions they can really use, right now. Many of our own designs will actually be publicly disclosed for amateur builders to experiment with, as long as it’s done on a non-commercial basis, for their own education and enjoyment,” he said.

The newsletter will deal with all the conditions that presently make hobby jet engines difficult to use, such as size & weight, heat output, noise level, high fuel consumption, reliability, poor throttleability, and the always important safety concerns. He stressed that responsible use of these tiny powerplants will be a major emphasis. And, the magazine will always be ‘family friendly’ in article content, tone and direction. “We want something that no parent will need to fear, in terms of what their child sees or reads here,” he stated.

“There is no good reason that, with appropriate parental interest and supervision, any kid who can build and fly a model airplane shouldn’t be able to enjoy the jet-powered side of the hobby – AND, in many cases, even learn the skills needed to build safe, small-scale working pulsejet engines of their own,” Cottrill stated emphatically. “There are no parts requiring fine machining, so any kid – boy or girl – who can learn basic shop skills with simple metal-working tools should be able to successfully construct the extremely simple designs we’re going to publish.”

He also said that he hopes to provide future engine products in kit form, eliminating all but the simplest manual finishing tasks, for easier, faster construction than scratch building from plans. Model vehicle kits are also a future possibility, since models suitable for very small jet engines are practically unavailable.


<B>jetZILLA</B><small>TM</small> Online Magazine is the new online newsletter of miniature jet propulsion, published by Cottrill Cyclodyne Corporation, of Mingo, Iowa. Editor: Larry Cottrill. For a free subscription, send a blank email to: <u><B></B></u> You will receive approximately one issue per month, via email.

Cottrill Cyclodyne Corporation is a for-profit Corporation registered in the State of Iowa, USA - striving to create the world's smallest, safest and most practical hobby jet engines. Previous projects include design of the full-size <B>Cyclodyne</B><small>TM</small> jet powerplant, submitted to NASA in 2001 under the SBIR (Small Business Innovation Research) Grant program.<font>

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