Hawker Pacific is set to tour the new jet fuel burning Diamond DA42-NG four seater piston twin around Australia early next year.
The company will showcase the twin after a week long, 7150nm ferry flight from Diamond Aircraft headquarters in Austria to Darwin via eastern Europe and Asia.
Powered by twin Austro Engine-made AE300 turbo diesels, Hawker says the DA-42’s long range makes it an ideal fit in Australia. The aircraft is aimed at the general aviation market and has proven popular with flight schools.
“The DA42-NG is available with larger fuel tanks that have a range of 2000km with a 60 per cent power setting at 14,000ft, with a fuel burn of only 38.9 litres per hour total (for both engines),” said Tony Jones, senior vice president, Aircraft Sales and Flight Services Group. “These are incredible figures for a piston engine twin.”
European aerospace giant EADS last year displayed a Diamond DA42 powered entirely by algae derived biofuels.