According to Christian Dries, CEO of Diamond Aircraft Industries, certification of the engine was achieved after 42 months of “most intense development work” at a cost of 48 million Euros. “The complete program developed into one that was significantly more complex than originally anticipated,” he said. “Only the full dedication of all participants, specifically the Austrian and European Airworthiness authorities, MB Tech, Bosch General Aviation Technologies and our employees, enabled the successful conclusion of the certification process.”
The Type Certificate “secures the future of the company,” Dries said.
There are already 27 Diamond DA42 NG aircraft with AE 300 engines on the production line, Dries stated. Type certification for that model also is expected imminently, he said. In the future the company will offer AE 300-powered versions of its DA40 and DA50 models, he added. “Based on the high demand, the AE 300 powered version of the MPP will also be certified as soon as possible,” he said. “For the existing diesel engine powered Diamond fleet, a retrofit solution to convert to AE 300 power will be developed and offered,” he assured owners of Thielert-powered Diamond airplanes.