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Jul 30, 2005
DA42-TDI with Centurion 1.7 now also certified in the USA
Lichtenstein, Germany – The 28 July 2005 marked a further milestone in the arrival of modern diesel technology in general aviation. The Diamond DA42-TDI, which is fitted with two Centurion 1.7 engines from Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH (TAE), was certified by the US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA). The ultra-modern aviation design with the most up-to-date cell, engine and avionics technology is enjoying enormous demand. At present over 500 orders are awaiting delivery. A major reason for this interest is TAE’s easily operated Centurion jet fuel piston engines which reduce operating costs by over 50 per cent and which can also be run on standard aviation jet fuel (kerosene).
Following the Cessna 172, the Diamond DA42-TDI is the second aircraft model with a TAE diesel engine to receive US approval. FAA "Aircraft Certification Services" Director John Hickey presented the certificate at the EAA Convention in Oshkosh. The DA42-TDI from Diamond Aircraft Industries (DAI) is fitted with two Thielert Centurion 1.7 turbo diesel engines, which can either be run on automotive diesel (EN 590) or kerosene. Each of these engines achieves 135 PS (99 kW). In Europe DAI received the European Aviation Safety Agency approval certificate for the DA42 Twin Star at the Berlin Air Show in May 2004. Since the end of March 2005 DAI has delivered more than 35 aircraft with the much sought-after diesel engine. The first US deliveries are planned for the first quarter of 2006.