June 2008 Issue

First Word: 06/08

If investment boldness were measured on a scale of one to 10, the Cirrus line would rate about a seven while Diamondís foray into the diesel market with the Thielert-powered Twin Star would inch out there toward the ledge at a solid 11. You have only to look at the particulars to understand why this is so. When Diamond announced the Twin Star at the Berlin Airshow in 2002, it was proposing not only a new airframe, but one powered by a new technology engine adapted from an automotive design, a strategy that hasnít succeeded in the world of certified airplanes, although the idea has made inroads in the homebuilt segment.

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