Browse Publications Technical Papers 2019-36-0321
2020-01-13

The impacts of Diesel cycle engines on the operating costs of the Cessna 172 Skyhawk and JT-A aircraft. 2019-36-0321

Diesel engines have been used on the aeronautical market for a long time. Despite this fact, there are few studies showing the potential cost savings of using this type of technology. In this way, the goal of this paper is to find out whether or not it is advantageous to use an Otto or Diesel cycle engine on general aviation light aircraft. It is well known that both of them have pros and cons, however, the possibility of using Jet A-1 (kerosene) as fuel gives the Diesel engine a clear advantage in a market like Brazil, where the price of the regular piston fuel (AvGas) keeps rising to astonishing values. Throughout this paper, a detailed study of the fixed and variable costs of two similar aircraft, both Cessnas 172 equipped with Otto and Diesel cycle engines is conducted, comparing fuel consumption, performance levels, and other factors. Even though the latter engine has a higher fixed operating cost, the advantages found in this study makes the Diesel motor a step forward of its competitor, whether concerning the flight hour cost or performance.

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