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 October 12, 2008
Thielert bids received
A savior for diesel propulsion manufacturer Thielert Aircraft Engines may be about to emerge. A spokesman for the German company's administrator says ‘several’ prospective bidders have submitted letters of intent, with "purchase prices within the range the administrator is expecting" a statement on the sale is expected ‘shortly’. A total of 24 potential investors had by late July signed a confidentiality agreement to receive financial details on the company. However, Diamond Aircraft, Thielert's biggest customer and the only general aviation manufacturer to fit its Centurion engine as original equipment, rules out taking over its former supplier. It comes as Austro Engine, the engine maker set up by Diamond, prepares to deliver its two-liter Jet A1-powered AE 300, an alternative to the Centurion. The Austrian company's marketing and sales director Markus Hergeth expects European Aviation Safety Agency certification this month. There are 2,000 Thielert engines powering Diamond s DA40 and DA42 aircraft, retrofitted Pipers and Cessnas, and versions of General Atomics Predator unmanned air vehicle. (By Murdo Morrison, Flight International 9/08)
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Every month: news, facts, and comments on the coming revolution for piston-engines aircrafts between 130 and 400 HP: Retrofitting a diesel engine to run on Jetfuel or Kerosene, reduce Gallons/Hour by some 30%, eliminate ignition systems (magnetos, spark plugs) and their problems, eliminate mixture control, increase TBO to 2,400-3,000 hours, increase performance between 6,000 and 12,500 ft., and drastically reduce Operating Costs.
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