Britten-Norman Evaluating Islander Diesel Retrofit

 - October 16, 2007, 6:57 AM

UK-based Britten-Norman, which is set to resume manufacturing its piston-powered Trislander regional/utility airplane, production of which was suspended in 1980, also disclosed that it is offering new customers of its Islander piston twins the option of choosing diesel engines. The airframer is evaluating the new 300-hp SR305 diesel under development by France’s SMA and believes the powerplant could be available by year-end. The Islander is also available with a pair of 320-shp Rolls-Royce 250-B17C turboprops.