Avionics Report

June 2014 Issue

Piper’s New Diesel: Economy, Princely Price

The Archer DX delivers good performance and economy and makes sense as a trainer where avgas is unavailable. It needs a higher TBR for the U.S. market.

When Continental Motors announced last summer that it had bought the assets of Thielert Aircraft Engines, it promised to move aggressively to expand the aerodiesel market. In April, it made the first delivery on that claim when Piper announced the Archer DX, its first diesel-powered aircraft and perhaps the first U.S.-manufactured model to make it through the cert hoops to market.

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