First Twin-Engine Diesel GA Aircraft Is Fuel Thrifty
The Mercedes-Benz powered plane burns 12.5 gallons per hour at its maximum cruise speed of about 170 knots per hour, or at 80 percent power, but can be leaned out to burn just 9.5 gallons per hour at 170 knots, where most twins average about 32 gallons per hour.
SALEM - "It's just a very modern aircraft in every respect," said Ron Corbi,
president of Corbi Aircraft Sales, Inc., of the Diamond Aircraft Twin Star.
Corbi Aircraft, located at the Salem Airpark on state Route 45 north of
Salem, was selected as one of the newest dealers in the country for Diamond
Aircraft's complete line of aircraft and had a product rollout featuring the new
DA-42 Twin Star, twin diesel-engine four-seater Wednesday morning.
The Twin Star is one of three highly fuel efficent planes made by Diamond
Aircraft including the single-engine DA20 Eclipse and the DA40 Diamond Star,
which were part of the rollout.
Mercedes-Benz confirmed that it will introduce five diesel models beginning this fall. Honda, BMW, Nissan and the Chrysler group each confirmed plans to add diesels to their lineups over the next three to four years. Photo: Mercedes E-320 BlueTec diesel.