First Flight For Alekto Twin And New Diesels...

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And First For Thielert Engines

When the TT62 Alekto from High Performance Aircraft made its first flight last month, in Liechtenstein, it was also the first flight for Thielert's new Centurion 4.0 V8 diesel FADEC engines. "For both companies, it represents another important milestone in the introduction of the state-of-the-art technology into general aviation," Thielert said in a news release last week. The TT62 is a five-seater all-composite aircraft. The two engines are installed inside the fuselage behind the cockpit. They power two five-blade propellers connected to the fuselage via pylons. The Centurion 4.0 engines, as well as the shaft drive to the propellers, are certified in accordance with European Aviation Safety Agency requirements and are fueled by kerosene. The engines make the TT62 a powerful cruising aircraft with very low consumption values and a long range, Thielert said. The flight took place on Feb. 22. Now the prototype is continuing flight tests. Production of the first airplanes is expected next year.