Ly­coming (USA)

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The US man­u­fac­turer of gaso­line en­gines has also set foot in the diesel world. The ori­gin of its liq­uid-cooled, four-cylin­der, in­line DEL-120 200hp is a con­verted au­to­mo­tive diesel en­gine from the Fiat Group. The orig­i­nal en­gine was heav­ily mod­i­fied for avi­a­tion use and drives the pro­pel­ler via a re­duc­tion gear. It is in­stalled in the ‘Im­proved Gray Ea­gle’ from Gen­eral Atomics in the Preda­tor UAV se­ries. Orig­i­nally, this UAV was equipped with a Thiel­ert Diesel en­gine. The DEL-20 could also gain FAA ap­proval for use in cer­ti­fied air­craft should there be suf­fi­cient de­mand from air­craft man­u­fac­tur­ers, says Ly­coming Se­nior Vice Pres­i­dent and Gen­eral Man­ager Michael Kraft. www.ly­coming.com/en­gines/ del-120

For GA one day? Fiat-based Ly­coming

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