British Flight School Sues Diamond Over Diesels

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Millen Aviation Services of Kent, England, filed a lawsuit on Dec. 17, 2007, against Diamond Aircraft Industries in Wiener Neustadt, Austria, over their Thielert diesel-powered DA40s. "The claim for damages is based on our experience with our two DA40 1.7 TDIs, their extremely poor reliability, high maintenance costs, waiting time for spare parts and, our firm belief of their premature release to market without sufficient research, development and testing," company partner Mike Millen said in a prepared statement. Diamond did not immediately respond to AVweb's request for comment. Millen would not comment on the specifics of the suit or what damages his company seeks from Diamond, but told AVweb that an Austrian court has already appointed a judge to hear the case and that Diamond Aircraft has until Jan. 17 to respond to the lawsuit. Millen said the DA40s remain on Millen Aviation's flight line at the Rochester Airport along with two Cessna 172s that are powered by their original Lycoming engines.