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Hi, I just got checked out on my the DA40Tdi in my club in Oslo, Norway. Prior to this I have flown variations of PA28, PA18 and gliders (modern and old). When flying the DA40, I felt that motorplane producers finally had learned from the glider producers when it comes to use of modern technology. When it comes to the diesel engine: The simplicity is astonishing! The workload is very reduced thanks to the FADEC (Full Authority Digital Engine Control) and thanks to water cooling. Best regards, Fred-Johan Pettersen
Hi, I would like to inform that the diesel future has arrived! The DA40 with the Thielert diesel engine is available, and my flying club has received it's first, and is waiting for it's second. The engine is very simple in use with a FADEC taking care of both engine and propeller pitch. The performance can best be illustrated by: 75% power requires 5.2US Gal of Jet A1 per hour, and this gives a cruising speed of approximatelu 120 knots. In Norway, the price of Jet A1 is around 35% of the Avgas price. Now, this is impressive! Best regards, Fred-Johan Pettersen