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Increased range, fuel availability and better performance at altitude are reasons why diesel technology is poised to drive the future for general aviation aircraft.
The general aviation (GA) industry - smaller non-scheduled aircraft - provides a growing alternative to scheduled commercial air transportation and provides unmatched transportation flexibility. An estimated 65 percent of GA flights are conducted for business and public services that need transportation more flexible than the airlines can offer. General aviation also provides important public services such as remote location access, emergency medical evacuation and contributes to safe food and pesticide control through aerial application.
Facing dwindling supplies and high costs of .100 low-lead avgas, general aviation manufacturers have been seeking a suitable replacement fuel and technology that meets the ultra-high safety and performance standards of general aviation: reliability, proven, available and safe along with the right combination of power and performance and low operating costs.
That's why the GA industry around the world is turning to clean diesel power.
Leaders in general aviation like American Champion Aircraft, Cessna, Continental Motors, DeltaHawk Engines and Lycoming all have recently announced the development or introduction of new diesel engine options coming in the U.S. in the second half of 2014.
Aircraft and engine manufacturers are reporting the new diesel engines have lower fuel consumption and increased range and better performance at altitude - some very significant improvements that are being welcomed by the general aviation industry. The same attributes that have made diesel engines the power behind virtually all modes of surface transportation now has the potential to transition the future of the aviation industry. Major aircraft and engine manufacturers' strong commitment to diesel engines is an important step in the future expansion of diesel technology in a new arena. Some analysts predict the wide spread adoption of diesel engines throughout general aviation and even suggest that the increased fuel efficiency and lead-free emissions from new diesel engines may be the biggest change in light aircraft engines in many years.
For both business and personal travel, general aviation means going where you want to go (not just where the airlines go), when you want to go. The payoff is greater transportation flexibility and productivity than any other mode of travel can provide.
Like a car truck or even construction machine, safety and ownership and operating costs for general aviation aircraft are of paramount concern.
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