An Important Update to Monday’s Feature Story


In Monday’s AVweb Flash, we ran an article from the March 2014 issue of Light Plane Maintenance entitled “The Dangers of Jump-Starting.” The article discussed an accident that occurred where the pilot of a Diamond DA-42 with a flat battery jump-started both engines—contrary to the POH. The pilot’s actions started an accident chain that culminated in the FADEC commanding a double-engine shutdown and prop feathering shortly after takeoff.

Since the article was written, Diamond redesigned the electrical system to assure stable voltage was available to the FADEC. AVweb has updated and revised the article with the most current information available on the electrical system of the Diamond DA-42, which was provided through the courtesy of Peter Maurer, president of Diamond Aircraft.