LONDON, ONTARIO -- Diamond Aircraft Industries has received EASA Type Certificate EASA.E.200 for the turbo-diesel airplane engine E4 (AE 300).
According to Christian Dries, CEO of Diamond Aircraft Industries GmbH, and the Executive Management Team of Austro Engine GmbH, the certification of the E4 engine was achieved after 42 months of most intense development work and program costs of Euro 48 Million.
"The complete program developed into one that was significantly more complex than originally anticipated," says Dries. "Only the full dedication of all participants, specifically the Austrian and European Airworthiness Authorities, MB Tech, Bosch General Aviation Technologies and our employees, enabled the successful conclusion of the certification process."
There are already 27 Diamond DA42 NG with AE 300 engines on the production line, whose type certification is also expected imminently. Following will be AE 300 powered versions of the DA40 and the DA50. Based on the high demand, the AE 300 powered version of the MPP will also be certified as soon as possible. For the existing diesel engine powered Diamond fleet, a retrofit solution to convert to AE 300 power will be developed and offered.
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DA42 NG features improved performance, increased gross weight, and better fuel efficiency.