Cancidas From Poland, joined Jul 2003, 4112 posts, RR: 11
Reply 1, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 1 day ago) and read 2135 times:
there are conversions that can be done by lycoming or other manufacturers that allow you to use diesel or jet a in piston engines. this is valuable in areas where 100ll or even 100 octane is not available. there are also conversions available that allow fueling with regular car gasoline.
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DesertJets From United States of America, joined Feb 2000, 7828 posts, RR: 15
Reply 4, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 22 hours ago) and read 2092 times:
There has been a fair bit of development work in small GA diesel engines in the last 5 yrs or so. The main benefit of the diesel is that it will burn Jet-A, given as already mentioned that the availability of 100LL begins to decline. I would imagine a diesel engine would also have some reliability and durability advantages over the 100LL fueled counterparts.
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OE-LDA From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 5, posted (11 years 5 months 2 weeks 21 hours ago) and read 2059 times:
I flew a Diamond DA40TDI with the Thielert Common Rail Diesel engine the other day, and I must say that I was impressed. Fuel costs are very low, and the performance, even on higher altitudes was quite good due to the turbo charged engine. The computerized flight control is very convenient, but needs some time to get used to. For example, the entire run-up check is just pushing one button.
If you are interested in details, the aircraft operating manual is available from www.diamond-air.at in pdf-format.