Diamond Aircraft sister company Austro Engine has bench tested a new dual full authority digital engine-controlled rotary aircraft engine called the AE80R. The Austrian company says the engine's target weight is 27kg (60lb) with a power output of 80hp (60kW). Development of the AE80R began in 2010 and builds on Austro's experience with the larger AE50R 55hp rotary engine. The new design incorporates a "no loss lubrication system," resulting in extremely low oil consumption.
Christian Dries, chairman and owner of Diamond Aircraft and Austro Engine, says the AE80R "has the potential be one of the market-leading engines "in the extremely weight sensitive" light sport and ultralight aircraft markets. "The engine has no vibration and therefore it is ideal to power unmanned aerial vehicles with highly sensitive equipment," adds Dries.