Al Marsh

Thielerts on tenuous flight status

June 7, 2008 by Alton K. Marsh, Senior Editor, AOPA Pilot

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University is on the AOPA ramp today with a Diamond DA-42 Diamond Twin Star powered by two Thielert diesel engines. The school has nine of them flying 16 hours a day each, and if you know the background on Thielert, you know the engine company is in bankruptcy in Germany. Diamond is hoping to certify its own diesel engine in Europe in two weeks, but it will take much longer for certification in the United States. Will Diamond end up buying Thielert? Don’t know, but that’s the rumor from the super-hot ramp at AOPA headquarters. You know how the heat can make people talk. There’s a plan, however, if diesel engine problems continue. Embry-Riddle has 10 Piper Seminoles scattered about the country, and they can all be called back to the flightline if necessary.


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