Eurocopter delays diesel powered EC120

March 3, 2011, 9:41 AM

Eurocopter CEO Lutz Bertling, who two years ago was hoping to see a diesel-powered EC120 flying in 2011, in January said this may take place “in a few years.” He cited a need for more progress in reliability. He said power and weight were relatively easier challenges. AIN earlier learned that Eurocopter had difficulties finding the right partner in diesel development. France-based turboshaft specialist Turbomeca has shelved its plans for such an engine.

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