Maintenance Matters

August 2014 Issue

Continental Motors: Aggressive on Diesel

With a new six-cylinder in certification and a capital infusion into the Germany factory, Continental is making a huge bet on Jet A-burning piston engines.

When Diamond Aircraft surprised the 2002 Berlin airshow with an out-of-the-blue new twin powered by a pair of converted automotive diesel engines, there weren’t many visible reasons why it should succeed and a lot of reasons why it couldn’t. The twin market was flat. A new engine married to a new airframe can be the shortcut to disaster and no modern engine maker had commercially converted gasoline automotive engines for aviation use. A diesel conversion? Are you kidding?

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