DA42 Twin Crosses Atlantic Non-Stop First Trans-Atlantic Crossing Of A Diesel Powered Aircraft
August 16th 2004, Diamond test pilot Gerard Guillaumaud ferried the Oshkosh display DA42 Twin Star back to Wiener Neustadt, Austria, to continue optional equipment certification. Remarkably, the twin diesel engine DA42 was flown from London Ontario to Porto Portugal with only one stop, in St. Johnís Newfoundland, Canada.
The leg from London to St.
Johnís (1300 nm), took Guillaumaud 7.5 hrs. The trans atlantic leg of 1900
nm, from St. Johnís to Porto Portugal, was completed in 12.5 hrs.
The Diamond Starís optional
78 gallon long range fuel tanks were supplemented with a 26 gallon ferry
tank. The total amount of jet fuel consumed for the crossing, 72 gallons,
cost less than $200! The point to point travel time was considerably faster
than any available commercial flight combination, illustrating the Twin
Starís practicality as a personal or business transportation alternative.
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