A new V12 diesel engine aircraft has been flight-tested successfully. This is RED A03 engine produced by the German company RED Aircraft. The V12 engine is a DOHC water cooled and oil with common rail direct fuel injection. The propeller moves through a system of reduction gears and the engine has a compression ratio of 16.5:1. The first flight tests were conducted on a modified Yak-52 plane that was presented in the exhibition of AERO 2010 in Friedrichshafen.
RED Aircraft Company is based in the city of Adenauer in Germany. These first engine tests were limited to the scope of the system of ground-based telemetry. The engine generates 370 KW (500 HP) takeoff power with 3900 RPM. The consumption of diesel or Jet A amounted to 220 g/ kHz.
RED Aircraft says the V12 weighs 320 kg in total which includes two alternators, the gearbox, the oil radiator and propeller Governor. The objective of this engine, as the German c, is to be a bridge between the classic piston engine turboprop aircraft and high cost.
Colorado Senator Victor Bernal, chair of the Energy Committee, said Pterosaur president, Luis Gonzalez Meyer, confirmed that there is a debt of U.S. $ 269 million in PDVSA has not been paid, which he considered worrisome because there are no plans to pay it serious.
Gonzalez Bernal said Meyer was invited by the Committee on Energy, Environment and Natural Resources to discuss the versions of an imminent rise in diesel prices and Pterosaur debt to the company PDVSA.
On debt, Gonzalez Meyer confirmed to members of the committee that there is a debt not paid $ 269 million. Pterosaur indicated that currently pays all fuel received within 30 days, but that is not paid any of the outstanding debt. Bernal said the senators are concerned that this debt becomes a “snowball” then it is impossible to pay. He said the Congress had passed a billion dollar expansion to pay the debt, and then eventually used to buy fuel, so that the debt remains outstanding.
The legislator said it is not clear whether the amount of speaking Gonzalez Meyer includes interest to date. Said the official made some documents that the commission will consider and asked for more information. He also noted that committee members believe that they should make a thorough audit Pterosaur to see what the real situation of the administration. However, he said while there is confidence that the current authorities of the Comptroller General of the Republic to perform work transparent.
Regarding the possibility that Pterosaur to pay the debt in the medium term, Bernal said Gonzalez Meyer said they are currently working at a loss with the sale of diesel because, as it has done historically, there is a fuel subsidy. He also indicated that, for a political decision is not expected the rise in price, which ruled that the entity may generate its own resources that will allow the debt to PDVSA.
Meyer Gonzalez also said, according to Bernal, who are evaluating the possibility of having its own fleet of cargo and boost the financial transaction for the payment of debt. Both proposals were challenged by Bernal, who noted that Pterosaur would be involved in matters that have nothing to do with its specific function.