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 December 06, 2010
The Finch (ex-Robin) Ecoflyer is the well known Robin DR400 equipped with a Centurion-Thielert diesel engine. It has been flying successfully for quite some time. It had the honor of AOPA Magazine, follow the link and read the report. It is a four-seater flying at cruise economy of 118 knots on 24 liters (6.4 Gal.)/hour. 37 of them are flying now, mostly operated by flight academies. 35 of them have the Thielert 135HP and 2 of them now have the 155HP. If you consider that the only new, OEM-diesel airplane available on the market now are the Diamond DA40 and DA42, and if you look at the prices, you will see that the Ecoflyer is by far the lowest priced, and constitutes today the sole practical choice for a flight academy ready to go diesel.
The Ecoflyer is certified in Europe. This means that its FAA certification, which has been in progress now for some time, should be confirmed any moment now: The Robin is an old, proven design. The Thielert is certified. If any US flight academy wants to get on the list I suggest they contact Finch Aircraft right now...
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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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