Diamond's Twin Back On Diesel For OSH

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Diamond is flying DA42 powered by twin Austro AE300 170 hp turbo-diesel engines from Austria to EAA AirVenture Oshkosh, stock, with no ferry tanks. For long distance flyers, the DA42's seven legs of 3 to 4.5 hours over two and a half days from Austria to London, Ontario, may be less impressive than the fact that it's carrying a six foot seven inch pilot "comfortably." Diamond is using the flight in part to showcase the new Austro engine's performance of 155 KTAS at FL 140 and 65 percent power -- all at the cost of 5.6 gallons per hour, per side. ... and its new taller canopy and electrically adjustable rudder pedals. The aircraft, DA42 NG OE-FSP, is en route for display at EAA AirVenture from July 27 to August 2.

In a press release, pilot Martin Scherrer, Manager of Flight Operations at Diamond Airborne Sensing offered his comments in market-friendly phrases. "The flight was very pleasant. The low noise and vibration levels reduce fatigue, the seats with memory foam inserts, adjustable lumbar support and backrests are very ergonomic and the new taller canopy and electrically adjustable rudder pedals accommodated my 6'7" height comfortably." His flight from Austria to Ontario was flown in 7 legs including fuel stops in Dortmund, Germany; Wick, Scotland; Reykjavik, Iceland; Narsarsuaq, Greenland; Goose Bay and Quebec, Canada.