DA42 NG and Austro Engine Life Extension Continues
Last month, Austro Engine received the 1,500 hour TBO for the 170 HP turbo diesel engine powering the DA42 NG. In less than one year, the European Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) raised the AE300 TBO in two steps: from 1000 to 1200 hours, and now to 1500 hours. Additionally, only the high-pressure pump must be replaced (600 hours); all other formerly life-limited components now are inspection-only, and the TVD may be inspected without removal of the prop. This proves once again the high quality and durability of this power plant.
The engine overhaul price of approximately $22,000 implies hourly reserves of approximately $15 per engine – among the lowest costs in the industry.
The DA42NG – VI is a 185+ knot, known icing approved, twin engine aircraft which goes faster and burns less, cheaper fuel than any of the competition.