News, facts, and comments on the coming revolution for piston-engine aircraft.
In 1998, one diesel engine flew on a converted airplane for the first time since 1945. Today, close to 4,000 singles and twins are flying. This is the beginning of a worldwide trend which will eventually allow a rebirth of the piston-engined aircraft, around new specs and new missions.
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News of July 27, 2005
Oshkosh: Diamond DA42 is FAA certified
Diamond Aircraft has announced that it's fuel-sipping, Thielert Diesel-powered DA42 TwinStar has been certified by the FAA. The type certificate was presented by the FAA's Director of Aircraft Certification Services, John Hickey, at a ceremony at EAA AirVenture. The plane has been certified in Europe for almost a year and 35 have been delivered. The company is also testing a Lycoming-powered avgas version of the plane that it hopes will be certified next year. "The DA42-TDI is the world's very first certified piston aircraft that incorporates new technology airframe, powerplant, and avionics technology," said Peter Maurer, Diamond's president. The all-composite twin also sports a full Garmin G1000 panel in addition to the Thielert engines, which churn out 135 h.p. a side while burning less (cheaper) jet fuel per hour than many singles. While the Lycoming version uses 30 percent more fuel, the extra ponies (180 a side) greatly improve takeoff and climb performance. Both are on display at Diamond's booth. (AVWeb, 7-28-05)
Comment: AVWeb forgets to say that the 30% difference applies at same speed, same power rating.
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