The TT62 Alekto from High Performance Aircraft GmbH made from composite fibers and boasting the latest in avionic and engine technology recently made its maiden flight. But it was also the first flight for the Centurion 4.0 V8 diesel Fadec engine from Thielert Aircraft Engines GmbH.
The five-seater aircraft's twin diesels (installed inside the fuselage behind the cockpit) power two five-blade props connected to the fuselage via pylons. The diesels can use jet fuel (kerosene) or diesel fuel and deliver 310 bhp at a torque of 946 Nm at the propeller. Electronic engine and propeller controls let pilots operate the engine with a single lever.