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You know, Iíve been trying to keep my mind open to Jet-A-burning diesels finding their way in the U.S. GA market, but so far itís been easy to shrug off the notion that the typical engine buyer has a real need for one. Most recently Textron canceled production of its diesel-powered Turbo Skyhawk JT-A, not a year since earning both FAA and EASA certification. The 155-HP Continental CD-155 turbodiesel powerplant is still offered to buyers directly through Continental as an STCíd installation for existing Skyhawks, but whether Textron had buyers or not for the JT-A Skyhawk, itís still a tone-setting setback. Officially, Textron said the decision will help streamline its production process. Itís not tough to read between the lines.

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