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 14, 2012
Here is a diesel airplane which is silently making progresses,
and yet remains little known outside Europe. It is a 4 seater capable of a
range of 900 NM, cruising at 120 kts. The Ecoflyer, made by Robin Aircraft in
France, is essentially a well proven, reliable DR400 single engine,
four-seater, which is OEM’d with either the Centurion 2.0, 135 HP or the
2.0S 155HP diesel. 55 of them have been built and are flying in France, the UK,
Germany, Austria and a few other European countries. None of them has been sold
outside Europe yet. The engine is world certified and is the most widespread
aero diesel as of now. The Robin DR400
is a wood and fabric training
and sport monoplane, conceived by the famous Pierre Robin and Jean Délémontez. The Robin DR400 first flew in 1972
and is still in production, including in this newest diesel version. It has the well-known 'cranked wing' configuration which distinguishes all of
Delemontez’s designs since the Jodel single seat DIY airplane of the fifties,
in which the dihedral angle of the outer wing is much greater than the inboard.
This model is easy to fly and quiet during flight due to its wooden frame. The
Ecoflyer is EASA certified and should be easy to get FAA certified. Robin
produces presently one Ecoflyer per month and is watching this figure grow
slowly despite limited marketing resources: Its price in Europe, with glass
cockpit IFR and STEC A/P, is around $260,000.
and performances (in parenthesis are figures for the 2 liter): 4 seater. Wing
span 29 ft. 3-blade constant speed propeller. Gross weight Lbs. 2,156 (2,420) -
Useful load Lbs. 748 (1,012) – Take off distance 1,300 ft. – Landing 1,740 ft.
Fuel capacity (JetA): 30 gallons. Option: 43 gallons. The 2.0 liter with 43
gallons capacity has a range of 900 NM. Max. cruise speed 120 Kts. Climb speed
670 ft./mn. Fuel flow Gal./h 5.7 (6.5).
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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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