Thielert's Cessna 172 conversion runs $80,000 plus. I expect that by the
time they get an STC for us it will be quite a bit higher. Low volume and
all considered.

Ron Dixon
N2333Z 1963 Be23 M-49_

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Message: 5
Date: Tue, 21 Mar 2006 07:21:48 -0800 (PST)
From: Harry Roussard <>
Subject: Re: Diesel engines

Thielert is coming into the States. They just
purchased Superior.
Check it out....
Lycoming / Continental ... better watch out... It's
going to be Japanese onslaught on USA cars all over
again but this time it will kill them off for good.
Yes it might take 10 years before all the old
sceletons are recycled out of the aircraft but it's
Getting a 3000 HR to maybe 5000TBO diesel engine that
sips 1/3 less fuel that is available everywhere and
gives you up to 17,000 foot ( or more) ceiling at 75%
power is no longer a pipe dream. Having a one lever
engine / prop control with computerized engine
management. It's all there folks. In the meantime , I
enviseage to have lots of our aircraft move to
experimental if the FAA does not move swiftly and
starts assisting the industry to replace the
I for instance had to do another 15K dollars top
overhaul after a 350 hours major. Clearly engine
design was a major contributor factor .

Just waiting.


--- Peter MacPherson <> wrote:

> In the next few years I'll be reaching TBO on my
> engine. Are there
> any diesel engines currently available, or projected
> to be in the
> next few years, to replace the Lycoming O-360
> engine?
> It seems the talk of avgas going away in the next 10
> years is becoming
> more realistic. Or at least it seems so from what I
> read.
> Thanks,
> Pete
> [Non-text portions of this message have been
> removed]

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