Piper's Diesel Archer Receives FAA Validation

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Piper Aircraft said Tuesday it can begin North American deliveries of its diesel-powered Archer DX now that it has received FAA validation approval for its European STC through Technify Motors GmbH, a German-based member of Continental Motors Group. The DX model has a Continental CD-155 diesel engine with a FADEC system and will target the flight training market. The model was assembled to "stand up to the rigors associated with flight training," Piper said.

Piper and Continental Motors initially unveiled the diesel model in the spring of 2014 and it has been marketed in Europe, where leaded avgas prices are higher and can be difficult to find in some countries. The DX can use both Jet-A or diesel fuel (EN590), and can combine the two fuels in any ratio. "With this validation, we anticipate the advent of additional exciting things to come for Piper Aircraft. The Archer DX was purposed to allow Piper owners greater access to more economical and readily available fuel sources," Piper President and CEO Simon Caldecott. "We look forward to a greater representation of the aviation population enjoying this unique aircraft."