Posted By RichC on April 13, 2008
IndUS Aviation has flown a two-stroke diesel Thorpedo DP concept airplane from Dallas to Lakeland, Florida for Sun ‘n Fun. This new diesel powered light sport aircraft (LSA) has a unique a three-cylinder, liquid cooled, turbocharged diesel engine installed in an inverted mount. The Thorpedo DP will be the first diesel LSA and is said to only consume only 3.5 to 4 gallon per hour burning Jet-A. Although this is the first time the WAM 120 has been flying in the U.S., it has been flying for four years and logged 400 hours in a Thorp T211 in England. The 220 lb. dry 120 horsepower should be ideal for a variety of airplanes and proves the next generation of “green powerplants” for a slew of LSA.
IndUS Aviation President Ram Pattisapu explained that this will be the first ASTM-compliant diesel engine to enter the marketplace and that â€œavgas isnâ€™t available around the world like it is here in the United States, so to make general aviation accessible around the world we need an aircraft that uses a fuel thatâ€™s more readily available.â€ According the EAA, IndUS expects special light sport aircraft approval prior to EAA AirVenture in Oshkosh this summer. (July 28 – August 3)
IndUS Aviation’s Diesel Powered Thorpedo DP