Diamond Aircraft president Peter Maurer wants owners of DA42 Twin Star aircraft to know there´s a light at the end of the tunnel... and it doesn´t appear to be an oncoming train. In a letter sent to customers December 8, Maurer assured there´s been "significant activity, effort and resources expended by Diamond" in creating a workable plan to assist owners affected by this year´s troubles and subsequent insolvency at Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH.
While Diamond still encourages owners to upgrade their Thielert-equipped Twin Stars to one of two engine options -- Lycoming IO-360 avgas-fueled powerplants, or sticking with diesel power by retrofitting the Austro AE300 engine still in development -- Maurer said things aren´t as dire for owners of planes equipped with Thielert diesels as they were this summer.
"In our view, the overall situation has improved and is continuing to improve significantly from rock bottom in May / June of this year, when there was only extreme uncertainty regarding the future of TAE," Maurer (below) writes. "Despite the difficult limitations imposed by the insolvency, TAE is genuinely working on improving their support, reducing the operating cost, and increasing the reliability of both the 1.7 and 2.0 liter engines.
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