PUBLISHED: 10:43 29 July 2009 | UPDATED: 14:00 10 October 2012

Austro engined DA42 twin makes a successful crossing

DIAMOND'S newly certified DA42 NG, powered by two Austro

Engine AE300 170 hp turbo-diesel powerplants, has been flown across the

Atlantic to the Oshkosh air show EAA AirVenture 2009.Piloted

by Martin Scherrer, Manager of Flight Operations at Diamond Airborne

Sensing, the flight from Diamond’s headquarters in Wiener Neustadt,

Austria to it's facility in London, Ontario, Canada took 27.5 hours total,

flown in 7 legs ranging from 3 to 4.5 hours over 2.5 days. Fuel stops

included Dortmund, Germany – Wick, Scotland – Reykjavik, Iceland –

Narsarsuaq, Greenland – Goose Bay and Quebec, Canada.“The engines

maintained the performance to the desired altitude (FL140) without

degradation of power, which was very helpful when climbing through

icing layers on the way up. The flight was performed without any

problems whatsoever, with the engines running very smooth and stable,”

said Martin Scherrer. “The flight was very pleasant. The low noise and

vibration levels reduce fatigue, the seats with memory foam inserts,

adjustable lumbar support and backrests are very ergonomic and the new

taller canopy and electrically adjustable rudder pedals accommodated my

6’7” height comfortably.”All flights were flown at FL 140, at 65%

power, 155 KTAS, with a fuel burn of only 5.6 gph per engine. The

aircraft is a stock DA42 NG, without ferry tanks.

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