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 April 17, 2011
Germany’s Flight Design unveiled a mock-up of its new, four-seat piston single it is calling the C4. “We want to create the optimal four-seat aircraft for our customers,” said Oliver Reinhardt, chief technical officer. “Engineers often put emphasis on certain features of a new design, while a flight school or a private owner might want something we did
not consider, so we are putting our concept of the C4 design out for the public to participate in the process.” The company is planning to collect as much information as possible from potential customers and from its worldwide dealer network and only then, probably at the next AirVenture, will they decide the final setup of the airplane. After AirVenture Oshkosh, the design will be frozen and the first flying prototype will be shown eight months later at Sun ‘n Fun. European approval is scheduled for late 2012, with U.S. certification to follow soon after. The airplane will be powered by an American (gas) and German (diesel) engine, but several “green” solutions are possible together with the hybrid technology.
Comments: Flight Design seems to trust Centurion better than any diesel supplier so far, for an airplane which is promised to a very wide diversified clientele including flight academies if it keeps its promises.
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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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