CD-300 is not competition to Austros, being 300 HP rated.
BTW Retractable gear will definitely be good move for next generation of DA50.
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Nah, it was all about money. The aluminum block had IP and cost a lot of money to develop. It was cheaper for Diamond to keep the iron block and make aerodynamic changes to support the extra weight.Daveatation wrote: ↑Fri May 03, 2019 2:55 amMy understanding always was that the iron block was a step in a different direction and going back to aluminum would just be backpedaling. The iron blocks can be overhauled, and as such exchanges are about half the price. TMG never seemed to have any desire to try and overhaul theirs. I’m not saying that was the deciding factor for the decision to go iron but it seemed to make sense. Even with all the extra weight, the NG outperforms the TDI right? (I guess the new 2.0S has caught up to it, but I don’t know if it’s proven itself yet in terms of durability).
PS Neither the CD or the AE have life limits such as the TAE had (for good reason). The CD does have life limits on its accessories, whereas the AE does not (I don’t think I’m brave enough to get into a plane that is overflying their recommended times though). I’ve only heard tales of them going past TBO/TBR without issues and am a bit surprised they didn’t set those as hard limits. No compression tests, no oil analyses; how do you know it’s still airworthy?
Hmmm I never viewed the DA42 as the evolutionary path from a DA40 - The DA50 would be much closer to this definition.