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News of June 19, 2008
Diamond Air plans a shift to Lycoming for DA42s
Following the problems with the Thielert
company (legal actions against its owners) Diamond
aircraft has now announced that it will speed up its plans to replace the Thielert
Centurion diesel engines for its DA42
Twin Star aircraft with Lycoming engines. Diamond
has also requested the European Aviation Safety Agency for approval to provide technical support and parts for Thielert
engines. Just to be on the safe side. The problems with Thielert
are a major blow to the light aircraft industry.
Comment: We expect this prepares an option to be offered to DA42 owners and customers having placed an order while the Austro Engine substitute to the Thielert engine is being certified.
posted at 3:12 AM
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