Briefing: July 2014
First Flight For EPS Diesel Engine
This quiet new diesel engine represents “a new paradigm in aviation propulsion,” according to test pilot Dick Rutan, who crewed the first flight on May 2. The aviation community will get a chance to judge that for themselves when a modified Cirrus SR22 using that engine flies into EAA AirVenture in late July. EPS said testing will continue, and they hope to show that the engine, which can be fueled with Jet-A, JP-8, or straight diesel, is just what the general-aviation industry needs. The fuel-efficient engine is easy to operate with a single power lever, the company says, and is built with rugged materials that will expand the time between overhauls to 3,000 hours. The company said it expects certification by 2016.
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